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Hello June! In the blink of an eye, Summer is already upon us. The rainy weeks are over and the weather is starting to warm up, which means it is time to get out there and have some fun in sunny San Francisco! Lucky for you, you are living in one of the best cities when it comes down to the amount of diverse activities around the area. San Francisco is also the center for co-living or community housing, which means that if you choose to live in our affordable San Francisco rooms, you are sure to meet new friends and buddies that are happy to go on some Summer adventures with you! Without further ado, here are some of our hand-picked activities that are going to be happening in San Francisco this Summer!

 

Music Festivals

1San Francisco is known for its diverse population and therefore has a wide variety of music all around the city. If you are a Jazz lover, the Fillmore Jazz Festival will be taking place on July 6th and July 7th this year covering twelve blocks in the Pacific Heights district. If you are an opera fan, the famous SF Opera will be having several shows both in June and July at the War Memorial Opera House. This year, there will be performances including Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, and many more!

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There will also be several live music festivals featuring bands, singers, and more throughout the summer. One of the festivals is the Stern Grove Festival at the Stern Grove Park. These concerts will be happening every week starting in the middle of June all the way to August, and will have many popular singers and a different theme every single week! Best of all, admission is completely free! Another one of the biggest San Francisco music festivals is the Outside Lands Music Festival that will be happening during August 9th to August 11th. There will be over 70 bands performing for 3 days, including Twenty One Pilots, Childish Gambino, and blink-182!

 

Street Festivals

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When we talk about festivals, we can’t forget about all the amazing street festivals that San Francisco has that features all different kinds of food and entertainment. The North Beach Festival is one of the biggest street fairs that has been taking place taking place for more than sixty years. This year, it will be happening on June 15th-16th and will have more than 20 food vendors, over 100 arts and crafts vendors, a kid’s chalk area, and Italian street painting. There will also be live music and entertainment at four different stages at the festival.

If you fall in love with North Beach and would like to have a place to stay, don’t forget we have many single rooms and double co-living rooms available in North Beach today, and you can check them out on our website!

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371 Columbus Residences at North Beach -provided by Urbanests
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524 Columbus Residences of North Beach -provided by Urbanests

If you are more of a fan of Union City, then head over to Union Square Live, which is happening now until October! The diverse street fair will be featuring free dance, theater, music, and other performances and entertainments in San Francisco’s Union Square Plaza every Wednesday at 6pm and Sunday at 2pm. Since this part of the city is close to all public transit, the fair is only a bus or BART ride away! Urbanests also has many housing options available near Union Square, check out these rooms!

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1010 Bust St, walking distance to Union Square -provided by Urbanests
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Pyramid Residences, walking distance to Union Square -provided by Urbanests

Another fun and diverse festival is the Haight Street Fair of San Francisco! This year marks the 41st Anniversary of a festival that celebrates the diversity and history of the Haight-Ashbury District and will be happening on June 9th. There will be more than 200 booths with food and crafts for sale as well as live music for everyone to enjoy while at the fair.

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Fill you Summer with fun from all around San Francisco this year by checking out some of these amazing fairs and festivals! Whether you want to go somewhere with live music, food vendors, or just a place to hang out with your friends, San Francisco definitely has it all!

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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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 last few moments of Summer are slipping away, and you can feel it. School has started, Summer Fridays are a thing of the past, and you are already seeing your tan fade. But Summer isn’t over yet! The sky is still blue and clear, the weather is still warm, and you are still rocking your white pants, since Labor Day is still ahead. Whether you are a student living in SF or work a full time job, you are looking forward to the long weekend ahead.  You are anxious to get out of your short stay apartment in San Francisco, get outside, and drink in the last few days of Summer sunshine before accepting your San Francisco Fall fate. So we have got you covered, with a big list of fun Labor Day activity options for all! Here’s to a long weekend so full of fun and sunshine that you forget all about changing leaves and pumpkin spice lattes.

Enjoy Art, Music and Wine in one place

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The 48th Annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival is taking over downtown Millbrae from September 1-2 from 10 am to 5 pm, in celebration of the last blast of summer. This event is Mardi-Gras themed, and massive crowds are expected to show up for the incredible lineup of music, art, food, and entertainment. The event features live music on stage and throughout the streets, and the performers include Petty Theft, Illegals, Rock Steady SF, East Bay Mudd, Patron Music, Viva La Reve, Loudin’ Cleer, John Clarke, Bob Culbertson, Stephen Dreyfuss and HeartStrings Music. As you jam along, you can walk through the 250+ professional artists, craftmakers, and vendors showing their latest handcrafted wares, food and drink, an organic and green products showcase, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays and the “Classically Cool Car Show.”  There is also a dance showcase, a 200’ zip-line across Broadway, carnival rides and games, and all sorts of fun entertainment that will entertain youngsters and childish adults alike!

 

Explore Your City!

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This Labor Day weekend, San Francisco City Guides is offering free, guided walking tours all over San Francisco. Here is the full list of tours this weekend:

9:30 am – Japanese Tea Garden

10:00 am – 1906: Earthquake And Fire

10:00 am – Chinatown

11:00 am – Japanese Tea Garden – 11AM

11:00 am – Fisherman’s Wharf: A Hidden History

1:00 pm – American History in Golden Gate Park

1:00 pm – Japanese Tea Garden

1:30 pm – Chinatown

2:00 pm – Making Waves on the Waterfront

7:00 pm – North Beach By Night

 

Salsa Under the Stars

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If you want to dance your labor day weekend away, the 9th Annual Salsa Festival at the Fillmore Center Plaza is the place for you. From Friday to Saturday August 31 to September 1st, from 6-10pm, you can salsa your heart out at the Fillmore Center Plaza! This salsa fiesta features free salsa lessons from J Luis, live music, a DJ, and the biggest outdoor salsa dance party under the stars.

 

Jam to the Blues

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If blues is more your scene, check out the 2nd annual Morgan Hill Blues Festival! This family-friendly event takes place at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Amphitheater. Guests are invited to sit back, relax, and enjoy this years incredible blues lineup. Bring lawn chains and blankets so you can post up, and there will be a number of delicious food vendors available at the event for your snacking pleasure. The lineup includes Maxx Cabella Jr., Ladee Chico, Hendrik Martin, Alvin Draper, Kaye Bohler, Burnin Vernon Davis, Tony John & The Lucy Street Project, and AJ Crawdaddy.

 

Catch a Baseball Game

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Whats a more American way to celebrate a long weekend than baseball? From August 31 to September 2nd, the San Francisco Giants are taking on the New York Mets at AT&T Park! You can cheer on your three-time World Series Champion Giants as they (undoubtedly) crush the New York Mets in a three-game series. Fun Labor Day weekend events include Fireworks night on August 31st, where you can enjoy a fireworks show alongside the ball game, Fellowship Day with a Fellowship-themed Giants blanket giveaway on September 1st, and Buster Posey socks on September 2nd.

 

That’s all we got folks! Have a great Labor Day weekend, and let us know what you end up doing to celebrate!

 

If you are looking for a fall sublet, check out all of our available San Francisco apartments and room rentals!

Interested in more fun things to do in San Francisco? Check out our other blog posts!

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Here at Urbanests, we love our students. For years, we have provided student housing in San Francisco for both local and international college students, and for years, we have been inspired by the passion and commitment to education we have witnessed from these individuals. The students who have passed through our San Francisco student dorm rooms have left behind a beautiful legacy, and today, we here at Urbanests want to do our best to celebrate that legacy.

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This year, we decided to start two new traditions, to honor and support our Urbanests students, both past and present.

The first is our Fall San Francisco Student Housing promotion. We are offering our San Francisco students and tenants a one time $100 off rent credit for a 4-month lease and a one time $200 off rent credit for a 9-month lease through the month of August using the student codes RB100 and RB200, respectively.  Furthermore, in honor of those San Francisco student roommates who always have each others’ backs, we are also offering a ‘refer a friend’ promotion to current and referred tenants, who can receive a $100 rent credit each through the month of August when they use the code RBRAF. We hope to help ease the financial burden of student rent in San Francisco, as a tribute to the many incredible students that have lived in our halls.

If interested, please contact reservations@urbanests.com and mention the promotion and/or your friends name with contact information.

The second way we are honoring our students this Fall, and the reason you are reading this today, is through our new annual Urbanests $750 Student Scholarship! We asked students across the United States to submit a 750 word essay detailing the importance of their major in today’s society. We wanted to see a clear passion for their chosen field of study, a love and lust for learning, and that same degree of creativity that has so inspired us about our Urbanests students over the years.

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We were blown away with the number of incredible submissions we received, and from the clear passion these students have for their chosen fields! Our team here at Urbanests is humbled by the incredible students who took their time to put their love for learning to paper for us, and we are so grateful at the opportunity to be inspired by all of these future industry leaders.

Unfortunately, there could only be one winner.

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And that winner is…

Susannah Bland, a Global Studies Major from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama!

In her essay, Susannah Bland discussed her experience as a Global Studies Major, an experience that has taken her on a number of life-changing adventures. Susannah’s Global Studies major took her to a remote village high on a mountain in Nepal, where she helped build a community center. To a small room in Kathmandu, where she was given the opportunity to listen to a Nepali woman’s heroic escape from sex trafficking and current work to create an organization to help survivors like herself. Her major has changed her view on her own day-to-day life, as she challenged herself to subside on a class-simulated SNAP budget (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), living on less than $5 a day for food for a Hunger Studies class. Not only did Susannah’s essay underscore how her major has shifted her world views, ignited her curiosity, and pushed her far beyond her comfort zone, it also shone with the passion she feels about her ‘Global Studies Family’, and her overwhelming desire to make the world a better place.

We here at Urbanests are honored to offer Susannah Bland the $750 Annual Urbanests Scholarship for her education at Auburn University. We are so grateful for the large number of amazing submissions we received, and we are looking forward to the years of inspiration and learning that we have ahead with our Urbanests students.

To your unending curiosity and love of learning,

The Urbanests Team.

 

 

To find your San Francisco student housing for Fall, check us out on www.urbanest.com

We pride ourselves in our diverse, worldly, and dynamic team here at Urbanests, and we want you to get to know us better!

Today, we are profiling Thatcher Richins! Thatcher is a Motorsport enthusiast, loves anything mechanical, and really knows his way around SF ( read on for some incredible insider recommendations for cool spots in SF!)

 

Name:

Thatcher Richins

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Where are you from originally?

Sacramento, California

 

What brought you to SF?

I was here very very often growing up. So, from a young age, I fell in love with the hustle and bustle of city life. I think that kind of vibrant, busy environment is something  I thrive in, personally. I also wanted to move away from Santa Cruz – Amazingly living here was cheaper than the insane population bloat and impossible rental market that came from UCSC!

 

Tell us an interesting fact about you.

Motorsport is my favorite sport to watch. I watched over half of Le Mans a few years back.

Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?

Anything mechanical. Without a garage, recently i’ve been building and painting models of mechanical things real or ficticious.


How are you involved at Urbanests?

I do general operations work for the company, but I also manage the property at 1010 Bush Street. Since I manage the property, I also live there, and I love it. The Balmoral, or 1010 Bush Street.  Lower Nob Hill is a great neighborhood that’s pretty much at the center of everything.

 

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Do you know any secret spots in the city we should know about? 

There’s about a hundred public private spaces in the city, that most people don’t know about. The best maintained one I’ve seen is on top of the Fairmont Hotel.

 

What is your favorite thing to do in the city? 

Riding around between errands or on the way to meet up with people. You’ll never see the whole city just by walking or taking the bus. Always try to take a slightly different route and you’ll be able to get around without your phone in no time.

 

Got a restaurant recommendation for us?

Yes! Check out Toyose. It’s an amazing late night Korean restaurant in outer sunset. Bring friends, wait times can be brutal before 10pm.

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Want to find a short stay apartment or room rental in San Francisco with us? Check out our website here!

You can read more about our team here!