The Stanyan Park Hotel is the only hotel that is less than one mile from the University of San Francisco. There are several other hotels which are only a short (15 minutes or less) bus ride away. USF has preferred rates with selected hotels. These rates are subject to availability. See here for more information. Probably the cheapest and most convenient option for accommodations near campus is to book an Air BnB.

Accommodations in San Francisco are expensive. To help participants keep participants' costs down, we are coordinating among those who are interested in sharing accommodations during the conference. Several of our participants are graduate students or faculty who either lack access to research funding or have very limited research funding. Sharing accommodations will help to keep the conference financially accessible for these participants.

If you are interested in sharing a hotel room or AirBnB with other BayFAP participants, please fill out this form.

Getting Around

If you don't mind a few hills, San Francisco is a fairly walkable city. If you prefer motorized propulsion, the University of San Francisco is easily accessible by several San Francisco Muni bus lines. The 5/5R and 38/38R run parallel to campus and will take you between USF and downtown. You can also take these lines from campus to the Outer Richmond, where you'll find beaches, hiking trails, and scenic viewpoints at the end of the line. Of course, it's always possible to get around by Lyft or Uber.

Food and Drink

There are three grocery stores within walking distance of campus. Lucky Supermarket, at Fulton and Masonic, is closest. There is a Whole Foods on Stanyan (near the Stanyan Park Hotel), and a Target at Masonic and Geary.

There are also many coffee shops, restaurants, and bars nearby. For coffee, I recommend Flywheel Coffee Roasters (beside the Whole Foods), The Velo Rouge, and fifty/fifty. Most restaurants and bars are located along Haight Street (~15 minute walk). There is also a concentration of restaurants and bars along Clement Street, which is a bit further away from campus (~20-25 minute walk).

We will be coordinating a group reservation for dinner on Monday night (due to funding constraints, participants are asked to pay for their own meals). On Tuesday night, participants are invited to make their own dinner plans.


On May 22, we'll be taking a day trip to Angel Island State Park, the largest natural island in the San Francisco Bay. We will depart from Pier 41 on the 9:45am ferry. We return to the same location at 4:45pm (ferry departs Angel Island at 3:40pm). Ferry tickets can be purchased here (NB: you'll need to buy two one-way tickets). Angel Island offers 360 degree views of San Francisco as well as the Marin Headlands and Mount Tam. There is lots to do on Angel Island for those of different ages and abilities, including hiking, biking and various historical sites.

If you are looking for other things to do while in the Bay Area, there is plenty. There is lots to explore within walking distance of campus, including Golden Gate Park (which includes, among other things, the de Young Museum and the San Francisco Botanical Garden) and the Haight-Ashbury district. Ocean Beach and Lands End are just a short bus ride from USF (on the 5/5R and 38/38R respectively).