Relocating to San Francisco

The metropolitan San Francisco Bay Area region and entrepreneurial job opportunities attract students from around the world. With close proximity to industry leaders, we are excited to overlook the heart of San Francisco on the 20th floor of WeWork 600 California Street.

If you are looking to relocate, here are some helpful tips and links to get you started.


Within the city of San Francisco or SF, the Northeastern location is in the Financial District. The San Francisco location is easily accessible from several major freeways, including Highway 101 (US 101), Interstate 280 (I-280), and Interstate 80 (I-80). A number of public transportation options make it convenient to travel within SF and from SF to other cities in the region.

Air — The largest airport in the Bay Area and the closest to the SF location is the San Francisco International Airport (airport code: SFO), serving both domestic and international flights. We recommend the following steps to travel from SFO to the Northeastern location (about 15 miles) using public transportation.

  • 1. Take the Bay Area Rapid Transit. Board the Antioch (yellow) line from the San Francisco International Airport Station to the Montgomery St. Station.
  • 2. At Montgomery St. Station, exit towards Market St. and New Montgomery St.
  • 3. Time to take a walk. (Open Google Map walking directions here.)
    • ⦁ Head north on Montgomery St. toward Post St.
    • ⦁ Walk about 0.3 miles and then turn left onto California St.
    • ⦁ Walk about 0.1 miles and then on the right, arrive at 600 California St. building.

Public Transit — The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority provides Muni bus, light rail Metro train, historic streetcar, and cable car services locally, while the Altamont Corridor Express, Amtrak, BART, and Caltrain offer transportation throughout the greater Bay Area region and Northern California. Be sure to get your Clipper Card for all-in-one Bay Area transit.

Driving — In order to obtain a U.S. driver license, please visit the State of California’s Department of Motor Vehicles. Please view this page to learn how to apply for a license.

If you are not eligible to apply for a license, consider carpooling as a transportation option. Coordinate with your fellow students or check out the following ride-share websites: CarpoolWorld, eRideShare, and Craigslist: South Bay. Additionally, check on-demand ride-sharing options like Lyft and Uber.

Bicycling Check out this San Francisco bike map for bicycle-friendly roads with designated bicycle lanes. Learn more about California bicycle laws and sharing the road with motorists before you start biking.


Students living and studying in the state of California may consider getting a CA identification card (ID). The ID card serves as official identification, but does not authorize driving. It is useful to have legal identification for activities like banking or proving your age. To learn how to apply for an ID, please visit this page.


There are various rental options for both single and shared living in the San Francisco area. Many students live in buildings with studio or one-bedroom apartments. Often, single-family houses are rented out with individuals inhabiting different bedrooms while sharing the kitchen and living area.

First, check out the Off Campus Housing and Support Services website for useful information and resources on what to look out for during your housing search. Off Campus Housing and Support Services is available to review lease contracts and assist students with any landlord concerns, questions about renter’s rights, sublet issues, or roommate conflicts that may arise while living off campus.

Next, check out the following websites for common resources in searching for rentals.

Since a number of cities make up the San Francisco area, review the below breakdown of the nearest neighborhoods and cities to the SF location. Keep this Google map open as a visual reference while you explore the area.

  • > The Northeastern-WeWork location is in the Financial District neighborhood of San Francisco, which is home to the city’s largest corporate headquarters, financial institutions, and six of SF’S Fortune 500 companies.
    • ⦁ The Financial District neighborhood is situated between Chinatown and the Embarcadero and marked south of Washington St and north of Market St.
  • > The closest main highways to the SF location is Highway 101 (US 101), Interstate 80 (I-80), and Interstate 280 (I-280).
    • ⦁ You will encounter moderate to heavy traffic coming northbound/westbound in the morning and leaving southbound/eastbound in the evening.
  • > To live within walking distance* of the location, consider staying in the Financial District neighborhood.
    • ⦁ Surrounding neighborhoods and residential communities also within walking distance include Chinatown, SoMa (South of Market), North Beach, Russian Hill, and Nob Hill.
      *We consider “walking distance” here as a commute under 30 minutes or within 1.5 miles


Northeastern University provides information on housing in the San Francisco area for your convenience only. The University makes no representation as to the condition or suitability of any of the listed resources, or with respect to any particular neighborhood or housing. The University assumes no liability or responsibility for any housing you may find using the information provided nor for any agreement you enter into with the owner or operator of any housing.


National banks with banking centers throughout the SF Bay Area include:

Before signing up with a bank, please check requirements for non-U.S. citizens and associated fees to accounts.


National mobile phone companies include:


There are endless ways to experience San Francisco through local museums, outdoor activities, and cultural events. As an introduction on insights to the life in the U.S., please visit this page.

For a comprehensive list of fun and educational activities to enjoy in the San Francisco Bay Area, please visit:


The San Francisco Bay Area is proud to be home to sports teams in baseball, basketball, and football. Join in on the spirit of being a fan and connecting with local residents by cheering the teams on or checking out one of the games!

Important Emergency Information

For information on how to stay safe in San Francisco as you explore attractions and attend events, visit

  • For emergencies, call 9-1-1.*
    *This number is intended for life-threatening emergencies or crimes in progress. Calling this number for any other purpose may be considered a crime.
  • For general public safety information and non-emergencies, call the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) at 3-1-1 or 415.553.0123.
  • For a specific contact or department line, please visit the SFPD Contact Us webpage.