Insider Tips Archive

UCSF Insider Tips

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Get those party trays for less! Student Life has a Costco Card that you can check out for 24 hours.

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Working late in the lab or studying after-hours? Ask a police safety escort to walk you to your car or nearby housing.


$7 is all it takes to buy three dozen condoms at Student Health and Counseling Services.

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Did you know you can get a massage on campus? Relax, unwind and most of all, take care of yourself. Offered at the Fitness & Recreation Centers on Parnassus and Mission Bay.

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UCSF students can subscribe to the San Francisco Opera for half-off! Check out this deal (and many more!) at the UCSF Arts & Events website.

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What’s next after you take their business card? How do you build a professional network? Visit the Office of Career and Professional Development for resume and cover letter samples, individual counseling sessions and more.


How do you study best? Get best personalized study strategies prior to hitting the wall.

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Place your dirty clothes in a Laundry Locker, take the key, and they’ll do the rest! Lockers located throughout Parnassus & Mission Bay.


Did you know you can order your course books and materials online? Choose from new, used or digital books at UCSF’s Virtual Bookstore. It’s that easy.


You + two like-minded pals = Your Own Awesome Campus Organization. Join a campus club or start your own.

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Are you interested in learning about cutting-edge technologies in the classroom? "Like" the Educational Technology Services Facebook page to stay on top of trends in UCSF classrooms and beyond.

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Want the quickest way to the Student Inside Guide? Click on the “students” link listed on the top right side of the UCSF home page.

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UCSF students get special discounts on everything from theater tickets to acupuncture treatments. Check out what being a UCSF student can get you at the Arts & Events student discount website.  


Looking for after-hours study spots at Mission Bay? You’re in luck! The Mission Bay Student Resource Center, Library computer lab and Genentech Hall Student Lounge are all accessible with your Student ID. Check online for exact hours.

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Now that you’re here, join up with like-minded students to make a difference, celebrate your culture, or just have fun! Student groups at UCSF are called Registered Clubs & Organizations. Find your RCO today!

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Planning a campus event? Make sure it’s zero waste! Contact Campus Recycling to learn how.

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Did you know 80 power outlets were just added to HSW 300? Does your favorite lecture hall need more places to plug-in? Educational Technology Services wants to know!

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The Office of Career and Professional Development has a lending library of over 400 books, DVDs and other resources that address the unique academic, career and professional development concerns of UCSF students and post-graduate trainees. 


The UCSF Library has just launched a iPad lending program so students can explore the fascinating new world of tablet computing. Each iPad comes loaded with apps, VGA adapter and a stylus. Visit the Library website to learn more.

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Planning to travel over the holidays? Students enrolled in UC SHIP are covered for approved medical expenses while abroad. Visit Student Health & Counseling  for more information.

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A clear November day is the perfect time to explore the Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve, located just minutes from the Parnassus campus.

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UCSF Arts & Events now offering even greater discounts to the California Academy of Sciences. Best of all, you can buy your tickets online! Check out this, and other student-exclusive deals on the Arts & Events website.

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Too busy to protest? For updates on UC system activity, follow the UCSA on Facebook or add Student Regent Alfredo Mireles Jr. as your friend.


If you’re looking for a quiet place to study on a Saturday, try the UCSF Library on Parnassus Ave. Now open Saturdays from 10- a.m. to 6 p.m.

Take part in the Student Passport to Wellness program and earn a chance to win lots of amazing giveaways. Get stamps, win giveaways, be well. It’s just that easy!

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Need to get to Mission Bay? Heading to Parnassus? Check out the UCSF Shuttle Trip Planner on


Find researchers with shared interests via UCSF Profiles —  a search tool designed to locate investigators based on their research expertise.

Insider San Francisco TIps

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Short on cash? Looking for something to do? Many San Francisco museums and attractions offer free admission. What are you waiting for?

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Want to get away? UCSF students receive a discounted membership to City CarShare. Membership includes, multiple cars and trucks to choose from, reserved parking spaces on and near campus and much more.

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Put on your walking shoes and explore the City. SF City Guides offer free walking tours of some of the City's most interesting neighborhoods.

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S.F. is known for its extreme micro-climates. If it's grey where you are, try a new 'hood. Mission Bay and Potrero Hill are known for their sunny skies. Hop on Muni or grab a shuttle and don’t forget your sunscreen!

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Need to buy a bike? Sell your old computer? Find a new apartment? SF Bay Area Craigslist lists everything from free furniture to community forums. (And it was invented in San Francisco!)

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Waiting for the bus doesn't have to be a guessing game. Check out to find out when the next bus or train is arriving at a stop near you.

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Like to eat out but short on cash? Check out SF Gate’s Bargain Bites, a great guide to local cheap eats in the City. 

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Are you a savvy SF parker? Read the Student Inside Guide’s top five parking tips and kiss those parking tickets goodbye! 

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Don't pack away your summer clothes just yet. San Francisco usually has a sunny and warm September and October. Goodbye fog! (We hope...)

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Ever heard of an It's It? You will. This chocolatey crunchy ice cream treat was invented right here in the City. Check out other "only in San Francisco" favorities in the Student Inside Guide's Food and Drink section.


If you’re a student on Parnassus, Golden Gate Park is practically in your back yard. Check out all the amazing offerings this fall, from music festivals to open-air theater, many of them free!


An exclusive deal for UCSF students: For only $25 you can attend 25 performances of world-class music and dance. Buy the San Francisco Performances’ Culture Card online or look for them on campus next week!

New to MUNI? Check out the Muni Diaries, a fun blog devoted to our (sometimes) favorite public transportation system.

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Every Tuesday at noon, 65 sirens around the City sound off as a test for an emergency warning system. In a real emergency, the sirens will cycle continuously for five minutes and will broadcast instructions instead of "this is a test." Are you prepared? Check out to learn more.


Are you fun and cheap? There is a website for you.  is a weekly listing of affordable events in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

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Indulged in too much Halloween candy? Trade your sugar-high for a runner’s high by checking out one of San Francisco’s great running routes or outdoor tracks.

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If you commute on two wheels, check out San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Authority’s website devoted to biking in the City. 


You may know Richard Serra’s steel sculpture at Mission Bay  but have you seen his drawings? Visit the SFMOMA now until January 16 to visit the Richard Serra Drawing exhibit. Entry for students only $11. Visit Thursdays from 6-8:45 p.m. for only $9!


Want to do something meaningful this holiday season? Look for local volunteering opportunities at VolunteerMatch.


What’s your favorite coffee house? According to many UCSF Insiders it’s Philz — a locally owned coffee roaster with several locations near Mission Bay. Join your fellow students and see what the buzz is about!

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Take a break. (You deserve it!) And explore a new neighborhood. You never know what surprises await you just over the hill. 


Looking to simplify in the New Year? Goodwill takes everything from clothes to furniture to electronics. Donation sites located throughout the City.

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Don’t miss out on all the MLK activities scheduled for this week (both on and off-campus). We suggest checking out what’s happening at UCSF and visiting the Museum of African Diaspora.

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The SF symphony offers $20 rush tickets for same day performances. For availability, call the Rush Information Hotline at (415) 503-5577.

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Don’t miss the Chinese New Year Festivities — a San Francisco tradition for over 100 years. Held rain or shine!