Welcome, San Francisco 'Dores
The San Francisco/Bay Area is a wonderful melting pot of ideas, neighborhoods, and micro-climates. The area has much to offer, but is also just a quick drive from many adventures -- from wine country to Tahoe to Santa Cruz, the possibilities are endless!
The San Francisco/Bay Area Vanderbilt Alumni Chapter offers the perfect events to catch up with Vandy friends and expand your network. Many people show up to events not knowing anyone, but leave with new friends. With a motto of “the more the merrier”, we always welcome friends & partners to all events!
A lot of our events are free of charge and there are no dues associated with being a member of the San Francisco/Bay Area Vanderbilt Chapter. However, some hosted events, such as our annual brewery tour and tasting, carry a modest fee to cover the costs. We hope to see you at an event soon!
Where to live
Most young people who work in Silicon Valley still live in the city and commute from there. It can sound daunting, but traffic is so bad in South Bay that your commute might be almost the same as if you were coming from the city. If you have a choice between SF or South Bay, go for San Francisco! ’15
Fremont is a great area in the Bay––it’s closer to SF than anything in the South Bay, but it’s still easy to explore the peninsula and everywhere else. It’s a chill area with great people, too, and isn’t nearly as expensive as SF or Palo Alto. ’17
I’ve lived in San Francisco and in Menlo Park (south of the main city). There are a number of great places and unique neighborhoods. Think about where your office is and what things matter to you (open spaces for biking/running, lots of restaurants nearby, short commute to work, etc.) and make a decision based on the most important factors you identify. ’12
Things to do
Favorite restaurant: Burma Love; Favorite city hike: Coit Tower; Favorite ice cream shop: Mitchell’s; Favorite activity: strolling around the tiny seven square mile city; Advice: get out of the city and enjoy all the nature the Bay Area has to offer. ’15
There’s always free fun stuff to do in SF; sf.funcheap.com lists tons of free fun events. If you like going out, download the Discotech app and get on free guestlists for a ton of clubs. Oakland is nearby and also has fun events like First Fridays, and Berkeley has amazing restaurants and a great atmosphere. ’17
Asian Art Museum, Cable Car Museum, Legion of Honor, California Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Big Sur, Carmel Valley, Half Moon Bay, Lake Tahoe, Marin/Tiburon, Mendocino, Napa Valley, Point Reyes, Santa Cruz, Sonoma County, Yosemite
San Francisco - By the Numbers
- Alumni: 3,274
- Students: 215