Hotels near University of California, San Francisco
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The University of California at San Francisco is a world-class research university spread out over various campuses in the City by the Bay. The main campus, Parnassus, is tucked just below the city's most expansive green zone, Golden Gate Park. Since San Francisco is a popular travel destination year-round, the accessibility and pricing of lodging is more dependent on general travel flows rather than major university events. Although San Francisco is infamously foggy in the summertime, it’s still peak season for travel, and hotel prices reflect accordingly. 

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Neighborhoods near University of California, San Francisco
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Lombard Motor Inn
Lombard Motor Inn
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7.8
Good
1475 Lombard Street, San Francisco
from $98
Best Western Plus Americania Hotel
Best Western Plus Americania Hotel
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7.4
Good
121 7th Street, San Francisco
from $96
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
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8.1
Excellent
333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
from $143
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
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8.7
Excellent
5 EMBARCADERO CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO
from $169
The Scarlet Huntington
The Scarlet Huntington
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9.0
Excellent
1075 California Street, San Francisco
from $216
Hotel Carlton
Hotel Carlton
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8.2
Excellent
1075 Sutter Street, San Francisco
from $139
Intercontinental Hotels Mark Hopkins San Francisco
Intercontinental Hotels Mark Hopkins San Francisco
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8.5
Excellent
1 Nob Hill, San Francisco
from $170
Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco
Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco
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8.8
Excellent
2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco
from $174
Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf, CA
Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf, CA
250 Beach St, San Francisco
from $207
Orchard Garden Hotel
Orchard Garden Hotel
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8.6
Excellent
466 Bush Street, San Francisco
from $209
More About Hotels near University of California, San Francisco...

An incredible city like San Francisco comes at a steep price. It’s the second most expensive city in the U.S., and lodging costs are no exception. Luckily, since it’s such a popular destination, San Francisco has a thriving hospitality industry, with lodging options to fit every need and budget.  

UCSF has three main campuses (Parnassus, Mt. Zion, and Mission Bay) and 19 affiliated department buildings spread throughout the city. When planning your visit and researching lodging options in the city, be sure to take note of what campus you'll want to stay near. Each neighborhood of San Francisco has a unique feel, though prices are relatively similar throughout the city. Winter rates are always lower; motels and hostels, while of poorer quality, are notably more affordable than hotels. 

Tenderloin Offers Cheapest Rates

San Francisco's downtown, known as the Financial District, borders its seediest neighborhood, the Tenderloin. While San Francisco is undergoing undeniable gentrification in all of its neighborhoods, the Tenderloin is still not a great place to be at night. The cheapest hotel and hostel options are in this neighborhood, and while many are perfectly suitable, it’s a good idea to read the reviews before booking in this area. 

In off-season (wintertime), most motels and inns in the Tenderloin or Downtown will offer rates hovering around $50 a night. The Encore Express Hotel near the Mt. Zion campus, which is rated above average, has rooms for $61 during off-season. 

If you’re ambitious, both the Mt. Zion and Mission Bay campuses are accessible from Downtown and the Tenderloin on foot. Otherwise, they’re a short bus or cab ride away.

Hostels for Solo Travelers

San Francisco has a number of offerings for solo budget travelers. Dorm beds in some of the more wallet-friendly hostels, such as San Francisco International Hostel near Union Square, go for as low as $21 a night during high season. Privates are as low as $36 per person. Consider this hostel if you're visiting the UCSF’s Hastings School of Law, as it's just a stone's throw away. 

Airbnb as an Affordable Alternative

Although recent laws in San Francisco have made it increasingly difficult for Airbnb to operate, the service hasn’t notably suffered, and there are still a huge variety of private and shared rooms, as well as entire rentals, available throughout the city. Just like hotels, rates will change in the high and low season, but one should be able to find a private room in any area of the city for upwards of $85 a night during high season. Options are almost limitless, which drives competition, helping to keep price points somewhat reasonable. The map search function on Airbnb is fantastic for locating a room near the UCSF campus you’ll be visiting.

Transportation Options from Lodging to UCSF

San Francisco public transportation system leaves a bit to be desired. There's Muni, the metro system, which runs on a few lines. There's also BART, which connects several stops in San Francisco with the wider Bay Area. Buses run throughout the city. However, many people these days opt for private rides via Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. Depending on the time of day, these services can be considerably cheaper than taxis.