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Halloween just a few days away, which means candy, haunted houses, and scary costumes. With that being said some of you might be wondering, what if I don’t have a costume ready? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! There are tons of spooky costumes that you can make yourself so you won’t have to spend the day sitting at your San Francisco housing, and go have some fun this Halloween! Here are some of our favorite simple and fun DIY Halloween costumes that you can make yourself.

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  1. Paper Doll Costume

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Get creative with this affordable DIY and make a costume out of an everyday essential… Paper! Grab some large paper or even pieces of cardboard and paint on any outfit of your choice and impress your friends with an entire outfit made out of pieces of paper!

 

  1. “Life Gives you Lemons” Costume

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Make the best out of our favorite quote and dress up with a Life Gives you Lemons costume. All you need is a yellow or white outfit and some lemons to recreate this fun and witty costume!

 

  1. Emojis

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Emojis make a fun and quirky costume for Halloween, and the best part is there are so many to choose from! Scroll through the hundreds of different fun emojis to find the one that you would want to dress up as! You could make the costumes out of paper, old T-shirts, or you could even purchase an emoji costume online or at your favorite Halloween store.

 

  1. Mime

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Remember that striped shirt you bought years ago that is now sitting at the back of your closet? You can easily create a mime costume simply with anything that is striped! Simply throw on some white face paint and creative mime-like designs to make your costume come to life. If you don’t have a striped shirt, you can always make your own with some dyes and an old shirt!

 

  1. The Classic Ghost

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Ah.. The classic ghost, it truly never gets old! This costume is one of the easiest and quickest and is suitable for anyone that wants to have a fun outfit without spending too much time or money on it. You can make the canvas out of tablecloths or by sewing pieces of white cloths together and drawing the face on top with markers or sharpies.

 

  1. Sims Character

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Sims characters are easily recognized by their green symbols floating above their heads. If you need a super quick and clever costume, cut out some cardboard pieces and glue/tape them together to make the diamond shaped symbol. Then, simply paint it green and attach it to a headband (you can even make your own out of tin foil) and you are done!

 

We hope these ideas are useful in helping you choose a Halloween costume this year!

 

If you liked this blog, don’t forget to check out some of our other ones too here, and we hope you have a spooky and fun Halloween!

Sweater season is officially here as San Francisco’s chilly weather slowly approaches. We know that sometimes students and workers just want to crawl under a warm blanket at their San Francisco room rental, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t occasionally go out and have some fun!

If you live at one of our wonderful affordable San Francisco housing options, then lucky for you, there are some beautiful beaches within a few minutes drive nearby! Don’t let the weather stop you from exploring all that this exciting city offers and explore the best beaches in San Francisco!

  1. Ocean Beach

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Ocean beach is San Francisco’s widest beach and is the only one that has fire-pits and rings. From the month of March until October, visitors can use one of the sixteen fire rings located around the beach to warm up in the chilly evenings of San Francisco!

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To the northern end of the beach, there is also a cute cliff house that tourists can visit and rest in. There are also restaurants there that can help fill you up after a long walk on this beach!

  1. Baker Beach
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Baker Beach is one of the most popular beaches in San Francisco, and there’s a reason for that! It’s wonderful view of the iconic Golden Gate bridge draws tourists in and is a perfect place for photography. It is a truly representative scenery of San Francisco, and is an ideal place for pictures, picnics, and relaxation.

  1. Clipper Cove Beach

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Clipper Cove Beach is a hidden gem in the big city of San Francisco. It is located on the east side of the beautiful Treasure Island and is mostly protected from the cold winds of the city as it is covered by a cove. The calm waters make this beach peaceful and relaxing, and is a great place to just sit down and enjoy the view of the Ocean.

  1. Fort Funston

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If you are a dog-lover, then this beach will be the one for you! As the name suggests, this beach is a ton of fun for both you and your furry friend! Although many of the beaches in San Francisco allow pets, Fort Funston is no doubt the most dog-friendly beach in the city. Dogs are allowed to roam with or without a leash and you will always see someone playing fetch or just hanging out with their friendly pups.

What are you waiting for? Head over to one of these beautiful beaches over the weekend and enjoy all that San Francisco has to offer with these amazing views of the Bay.

Need San Francisco housing? Check out our website for available rooms in the city of SF here!

Moving to a new home can be intimidating, especially in the big city of San Francisco! Sometimes, when moving to a new city, it can be difficult to get involved in a foreign community and make new friends. However, here at Urbanests we always strive to provide a welcoming community for our residents, where you can meet new friends and have fun with a great group of people. You will always be welcomed at all of our properties, and we make moving into a brand new residence fun and easy!

This week, our spotlight is on our 1080 Folsom building, and its superstar resident managers Ben and Collin. This property features many social nights and events where every tenant is invited to join!

 

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Recently Ben, along with the help of one of their wonderful current tenants Emily Mendez-castillo, has organized a number of exciting social events! One of the notable events of late at 1080 Folsom is Game Night, where the tenants are invited to join in on board games, video games, and other fun resident bonding activities. The building tenants frequently enjoy playing Card Against Humanity and Uno, but residents occasionally bring their own games! Best of all, fun prizes are given to the winners of the games.

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These nights are tons of fun and we encourage everyone to come and make new friends at your residence!

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Last week, Ben organized a double whammy Noodle Night and Game Night! It took place last Friday at 8pm and like always, all the tenants will be invited to join for some delicious noodles along with fun games!

More than a dozen tenants joined and enjoyed the free food generously offered at the party. There was also clean, non-alcoholic cider pong as a tournament, bringing back the college student vibe with mysterious fun prizes given to the winners!

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*Martinelli’s non-alcoholic apple cider was used in the game

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If you are not a current tenant at this property, we still have vacancies available and it is not too late to join the community! Click here to check out rooms available at 1080 Folsom on our website!

Don’t forget that our promotion has been extended to October and you are still able to receive $100 in a one-time rent credit if you sign a lease with us at any of our properties for 4 months or longer, and $200 if you sign a lease for 9 months or longer. If you are a current tenant, you can also get $100 for you and a friend by referring them to our properties.

Living in a new environment doesn’t always have to be scary, we make it fun and welcoming to move to your new home!

The streets of San Francisco seem even more overrun by business people lately. Men and women in button-down shirts and matching lanyards seem to be pouring out of every coffee shop in the city. Suddenly, cloud logos deck the walls of restaurants and museums, and art instillations have overtaken the pavement and windows. What is this all about?

Young techies, motivated businesspeople, and inspired future leaders from around the world flock to San Francisco in the Fall for two reasons: Oracle’s OpenWorld Conference and Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference.

Dreamforce is Salesforce’s annual tech conference, and is known as the most innovative software conference in the world, and is an event that is near and dear to San Francisco’s heart.  This year’s Dreamforce event marks the conference’s 15th birthday, and is estimated to bring in over 170,000 eager attendees, also known as ‘Trailblazers’. This vast number is probably the reason that, according to the San Francisco Travel Association, Dreamforce generates about $147 million of direct business sales in the the Bay Area each year. The speaker lineup this year is unbeatable, including Salesforce co-CEOs Marc Benioff and Keith Block, Al Gore, Unilever CIO Jane Moran, and NBA Champion Andre Iguodala.  Attendees have the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest of Salesforces technological innovations, have access to over 2,700+ sessions aimed to help every single role in the industry succeed,  and can network with other brilliant ‘Trailblazer’ attendees. But the event is not all business! The event caps off with an epic night of music,  where Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz will perform for the attendees.

Just a few weeks later, an estimated 60,000 tech enthusiasts will stream into San Francisco from October 22 to 25 for Oracle’s OpenWorld conference, a tech gathering at the Moscone Center downtown. Former Oracle CEO and current executive chairman, Larry Ellison, will kick off the event with a speech at 5 p.m. Sunday. The event’s spectacular speaker lineup includes Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO and Rick Welts, the Golden State Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer. With this conference, Oracle aspires to “transform tomorrow’s business, today”, by inspiring conversations about the future of our corporate world through four busy days filled with keynotes, learning sessions, networking opportunities with Oracle customers, industry leaders, and domain experts. The session catalogue includes 500+ available sessions, including Product Training, Customer Case Studies, and key content categories including integrated cloud platform and emerging technologies, among many, many others. After the lectures and workshops, conference-goers can relax, for Wednesday night of Oracle OpenWorld features Oracle CloudFest.18, an epic night of live music- Last years musicians featured The Chainsmokers and Ellie Goulding! This year, Elton John and Beck will perform at the Oracle Appreciation Event on Treasure Island, which will also include a Ferris wheel, arcade games and food.

Both of these events are available for the public – you can easily buy your tickets online, before they are sold out. Therefore, this Fall, for techies all over the world, San Francisco is the place to be.

Starting a new semester of college is scary. Living in a San Francisco dorm room? Even scarier. The transition from having your own space in your family home to a small cramped student housing space shared with 1-3 other roommates in San Francisco is a huge jump, and can be difficult to navigate. Lucky for you, we’ve got San Francisco dorm room design inspo by the dozen, and we want to help you make your San Francisco dorm room feel like home. So whether you are already living in San Francisco student housing  or a student about to move into one of our SF student rooms, we are here to help you make your shared housing in San Francisco feel like home, from the moment you move in through the rest of the year.

Tip 1: Take the Time.

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Before we even get started, lets talk about your intention going into this project. Take the time to really decorate and settle in. This is the place you will be living for the next year, your first year away from home! Take your time, spend some money, really make an effort to make the place feel like a home. The more you invest in your space, the most it will become YOUR space. We all get a little homesick down the line, and being able to come home to a clean, personal, warm, inviting, and organized space will make you feel settled.

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Tip 2: Pick a Color Scheme or Theme

 

 

Before you start shopping, figure out what you want your room to look like. Browse a few interior decorating magazines, check out dorm room inspo on Pinterest, make a mood board with colors and styles you like. Is yellow your happy color? Or are you more of a black and white kinda gal? Girly and frilly or modern and sleek? Pick your poison. Here are a few color matching inspiration ideas.

 

 

 

Tip 3: Make it Personal.

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If you feel lonely or homesick, rolling over to see your favorite pic of your dog, your family, or your BFF is an instant pick-me-up. Nothing cheers you up like cuddling with your childhood stuffed animal. And lets be real, having a stash of your favorite candy on hand will make even the worst day a little better.

Even if you are trying to start fresh and reinvent yourself in college, it isn’t ‘cool’ to leave everything that makes you you behind when you leave for school. Take a little piece of your past with you. That way, on a day when your new environment feels extra foreign, you have something familiar and comforting to rely on to get you through.

 

Tip 4: Lighting. Is. Everything.

Two words: Twinkle. Lights. The kind that make your heart feel extra cozy and remind you of winter time by the fireplace at home. Nothing can damper a mood like dingy or fluorescent lighting, and nothing brightens or warms a room quite like twinkle lights. If your dorm doesn’t allow the plug in kind, there are a number of battery-powered fairy lights that will make your ceiling twinkle. Other options? Glow-in-the-dark star stickers, fake candles, and color-changing ‘mood’ lamps are all dorm rule friendly and will do wonders towards your room’s lighting vibe.

 

Tip 5: And Plants. Plants are Also Everything.

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So are pillows, poofs, and (weirdly enough) a ton of regular household objects. There are a number of reasonably priced things you can use to spice up your room and make it look like home, including indoor plants, dried flowers, decorative pillows, printed photographs, and more. But we have already covered all of that! You can check out our other interior decorating blog posts for more info on these topics.

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Tip 6: Get Organized. Like, super organized.

Because trust me, you won’t have time once your semester picks up. The last thing you will want to do in between two essays, a pop quiz, three labs, and a midterm is color-coordinate your paper clips. So do it now, while you have time! Here is a little checklist for you:

  • Wall calendar with important dates (taken from club calendars, syllabi, and your class schedule) and goals (fitness, mental health, etc!) already penciled in.
  • Desk essentials, divided and organized: Pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, calculator, printer paper, notebooks, planner, binders, etc!
  • Under bed storage: Trust us, there is no way your whole wardrobe will fit in that tiny little shared closet. You will need this more than you think.
  • Containers for nail polishes, first aid kit (advil, cold medicine, bandaids, etc), skin care stuff, socks, sports bras, snacks, etc!
  • A shower caddy with important toiletries.
  • Clothing organization things: velvet hangers (thinner and hold clothes better), small dividers (for socks, underwear, bras, sports bras, etc), command hooks (to hang belts, purses, hats, etc), a shoe rack.
  • If you want a few more important student organizational tips, check out our blog on back to school tips for students.

 

Tip 7: Consider Making a Statement.

We are not talking about your basic Urban Outfitter tie dye tapestry. Nothing makes a space look rad like a statement wall. Wallpaper can be purchased from any home decorating store or online, and can be temporarily stuck on to the wall (without damaging your dorm paint!) with removable mounting products like tack or sticky strips.  Or, if you are going for a tapestry, look for landscape scenes or patters, the kind of thing that will open up the room and make the wall look professionally done.

 

Tip 8: Make Seasonal Adjustments

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A few little touches can go a long way to making your dorm room feel like home year round. Think about it – your mom most likely puts out pumpkins for Halloween or twinkle lights for the holidays, so why shouldn’t you? Those little seasonal touches will do the most to keep your dorm feeling like a home away from home, no matter what time of year it is.

Also, consider a DIY! We have a great one up on autumnal wreath making– the perfect home decor piece to make your dorm feel like fall.

 

Using these tips, your dorm space is sure to feel like home!

Don’t have a San Francisco student dorm room for Fall semester? Check out our open San Francisco room rentals here.

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