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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!

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.

To check out more small space decorating tips and articles like this one, click here.

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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!)

 

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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.

 

                                   1010 Bush Residences

 

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!