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Uniquely UCSF

The UCSF PharmD



Uniquely UCSF

Living in San Francisco

  • San Francisco, a world-class city, and the Bay Area provide a unique and vibrant backdrop to pursue your pharmacy education. 
  • UCSF offers resources to make living in the city affordable, including apartment style campus housing. 
  • San Francisco’s natural beauty, restaurants, and cultural sites offer students opportunities to take a break, explore, and have fun beyond UCSF.




This city is beautiful. There's so many different hiking trails, so many different parks to explore, so many different restaurants to go to. There's, really, a lot of amazing ways to spend time in the city and to have fun.

Golden Gate Park has a ton of stuff to do. There's the Conservatory of Flowers. There's the Botanical gardens. There's the Japanese Garden and a tea garden. There's also Ocean Beach, which is very close by, too. You can have bonfires there. You can just lay out on the beach when it's nice out.

The most surprising thing about living in San Francisco so far has been how well the public transportation connects the city. Between the buses and the trains, it's very easy to get around.

The curriculum does allow you to shave off a year. And so because of that, if you think about it, that's one less year of rent that you would be paying. To help offset costs of off-campus housing, they actually give students that are living in the area but aren't on campus a living stipend. And so that helps to cover some of the monthly costs the students living on campus don't have.

The education is unparalleled. The professors that you are going to be coming in contact with are at the top of their field. So while yes, it's expensive to live in San Francisco, coming to UCSF makes it worth it.