A Gators Guide to Navigating SF State

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ON-CAMPUS RESOURCES

SF State has a lot of resources for students hidden in plain sight. Here are some perks to take full advantage of:    

-Free tutoring centers on campus for registered students. Located in HSS, students can find the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) and the Campus Academic Resource Program (CARP) on the third floor.

-The J. Paul Leonard Library allows students to check out laptops for up to 3 hours. Just have your SFSU ID.

-Gatorjobs is a site by SFSU in which students can search for on-campus jobs or jobs in the city.

 

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SHORTCUTS

At college, students quickly realize the importance of money. Here a couple ways to get the materials you need and still have enough money left over to buy a burrito:

-Books: Sites like Amazon, Chegg or ValoreBooks offer textbooks at discounted prices. Associated Student Inc. has a book loan program in which students can apply for free textbooks on the current inventory list. Students can also check out the SFSU Facebook page called Textbook Exchange where students can post what books they have or need. Another option is to wait until after the first week of classes to determine whether your teachers will require every book on your list.

-Transportation: Students can purchase a Muni clipper card in the Cesar Chavez Center for $3 and add any amount of money. Students can also purchase a monthly Clipper card pass for $73, and can apply for a discounted monthly pass for $36 at https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/transit/fares-passes/low-income-lifeline-pass

 

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EXPLORING SAN FRANCISCO

Coming to a new city can be exciting, but also terrifying. As college students, our budget can determine where to go and how often. Here are a few inexpensive and fun things to do:

-Dolores Park, located in the Mission District, is a place where everyone lays out and enjoys the weather. Going alone? Take a book and a blanket and spread out. Going with friends? Bring some snacks, a radio, and enjoy each other’s company.

-Museums and cultural centers have certain days during the month where admission is free. Check out the list at http://freemuseumday.org/sf.html

-Golden Gate Park hosts the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival every year. This year’s Hardly Strictly will be September 30, October 1 and 2.

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