Flights to San Francisco
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Student flights from the UK to San Francisco
San Francisco is a bucket-list destination, perfect for everything from studying abroad to summer holidays. Centrally located along California’s coast, you’ll have access to plenty of beaches while also being in the heart of a big city. Whether you’re visiting for a few weeks or settling down for a few years of university, you can indulge in delicious foods from a variety of cultures and regions, see some iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Pier 39 and visit world-class museums and events. Stay in San Francisco and explore the best of what the city has to offer, or rent a car and use SF as a home base for some California road trips. Either way, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time in the Golden State!
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What are the main San Francisco airport hubs?
The main airport in San Francisco is the San Francisco International Airport. Oakland International Airport, which is just across the bay, is also an option, but most international travellers opt to fly into SFO.
San Francisco / SFO: As San Francisco’s main airport hub, servicing thousands of domestic and international flights daily, there’s a pretty solid chance that this is where you’ll be flying into. It’s also conveniently located about 20 minutes south of the city. Once you land, you can take BART (the train system) into the city or opt for an Uber/Lyft, if you’re not renting a car.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the UK to San Francisco?
Prices based on bookings made 60-91 days prior to departure.
San Francisco universities and campuses
San Francisco has a number of top universities, drawing thousands of students to the city every year. Stanford and UC Berkeley are two of the most prestigious, although there’s plenty more to choose from. San Francisco State University is one of the largest and the University of San Francisco is another great choice that’s centrally located and offers plenty of programme options. All of these universities offer plenty of international student placements. While San Francisco is a great place to study technology, science or engineering, it’s also a great place to study humanities and the arts, among other subjects, as well.
San Francisco lifestyle and culture
San Francisco’s culture in terms of arts, music, festivals, food and such is diverse and eclectic—it’s easy to find arts and food from all corners of the globe packed into this tiny city. The temperate climate and plethora of nature and outdoor adventures around the city (or in neighboring areas of California) make it the perfect place for getting outside and taking a break from the fast-paced city. Speaking of fast-paced: locals in SF, like many big cities, tend to hustle, so you’ll likely encounter an energetic and competitive lifestyle and culture if you decide to stick around for awhile.
Exploring San Francisco on a student budget
There’s no way around it: San Francisco is known for being an expensive city. However, if you’re used to London prices, you’ll probably be okay in SF! However, if you’re on a budget, no need to fret. There’s loads of free and cheap things to do in San Francisco. If you do some advance planning, you can also find plenty of amazing restaurants tucked away from the more touristy areas of SF offering amazing food at cheaper prices.