Campus Shuttle buses operate every weekday (UC holidays excepted) linking the main Parnassus Avenue campus with most UCSF satellite facilities located throughout the city. There is also a night shuttle which will transport students to their homes within a one-mile radius of campus. For information about schedules and fees, see the UCSF Parking and Transportation website.
Walking is the best way to travel in San Francisco. The city is organized into self-contained neighborhoods, so you can do all your shopping locally. Travel by foot is slow enough that you can enjoy the charm of North Beach, the energy of the financial district, and the funkiness of Haight-Ashbury. Guided tours are listed weekly in the Events section of the Sunday Chronicle's Datebook (pink) section, and in the local free papers.
On Two Wheels
Bicycling is another great way to see the City. Hills, parks, and vistas make San Francisco a bicyclist's paradise. A fine bike map of the Bay Area can be downloaded from UCSF Campus Life Services.
For a few dollars you can get a key to the bicycle cages on the first floor of Millberry Garage. Go to the parking office, MU garage level G (476-2566).
Bicycles can be rented throughout the city. Bikes are for rent at Lincoln Cyclery at 772 Stanyan between Carl & Waller, and at other shops in the immediate area. Staff are extremely helpful with route suggestions, small repairs, and answering all sorts of questions. Wear a helmet! Use lights and reflective tape at night. Drivers are better here than in most large cities, but exercise caution nonetheless.
Rollerskating/Rollerblading: There are a number of places from which you can rent skates. Certain sections of Golden Gate Park are closed to cars on Sundays so you can enjoy safe skating in the Park. On Sundays between 10 am-5 pm, John F. Kennedy Drive between Stanyan and 19th Ave. is one such section. Rentals are available from Skates on Haight (752-8375) Tuesday through Sunday.
On Four Wheels
City-issued "J" stickers are required to park on the streets around the Parnassus campus. They can be obtained BY NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS at the SF parking office, 330 Grove St. at Franklin (554-5000), $23 for 1 year. Bring your vehicle registration and proof of address. Without a J sticker, Inner Sunset parking is limited to 2 hours on weekdays from 8-6. DPT officers act swiftly, and with a vengeance, to issue tickets to cars parked illegally. Some local streets and areas of the park do not have time-restricted parking; alas, these spots tend to go quickly.
Permit parking is available at Mission Bay.
On Many Wheels
MUNI, or the municipal railway, offers service to all sections of the city -- car-less students will become familiar with their brightly colored buses, streetcars, and cable cars. http://www.sfmuni.com/home/home50.htm
Cable cars. Impractical but fun. The Hyde-Powell Street and Mason-Powell lines run between Market Street (near Union Square) and Fisherman's Wharf. The California Street line runs between the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Embarcadero and the top of Nob hill.
Travel Outside of SF
If you travel outside the city limits often you might want to buy a Regional Transit Guide, available from local bookstores.
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is a commuter train/subway system that provides service between San Francisco and much of the East Bay. http://www.bart.gov/index.asp
SamTrans connects San Francisco with San Mateo County to the south. http://www.transitinfo.org/providers/providerinfo.asp?cid=SM
Golden Gate Transit operates buses and ferries to Marin County. http://www.transitinfo.org/providers/providerinfo.asp?cid=GG
Caltrain Peninsula Rail railroad operates a line that extends from San Francisco to San Jose. http://www.caltrain.com/
Buspools operate between UCSF and Marin County. Call Transportation Services at 476-1511 for information. UCSF-Sponsored Vanpools run from Marin, the East Bay, and the Peninsula. The cost varies and is paid by the month. Call Transportation services at 476-1511 for information.
AC Transit buses connect San Francisco with the East Bay. The San Francisco terminal is located at 1st and Mission. Call (510) 839-2882 for information. http://www.actransit.org/
Ferries (Blue and Gold Fleet) are operated by Golden Gate Transit and leave from Pier 43-1/2 at Fisherman's Wharf. Ferries go to Larkspur, Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island and Alcatraz. Call 546-2896 for information. http://www.goldengateferry.org/
Amtrak has a station in Oakland (1807 Wood St) which can be reached by BART or a shuttle from the Transbay Terminal located at Mission and 1st Streets. Call 1-800-USA-RAIL for information. http://www.amtrak.com/
Greyhound Trailways Bus route information can be obtained by calling 558-6789. The station is located on the 3rd floor of the Transbay Terminal (1st and Mission Sts.) http://www.greyhound.com/
The Green Tortoise bus line shuttles 'adventure travelers' up and down the West Coast. 956-7500. http://www.greentortoise.com/