Moving to the city is no easy feat – that’s why we’ve compiled a San Francisco Tech Survival Kit to help you make it in the city.

HOME SWEET HOME

  • HOUSING – you can’t crash on your friend’s couch forever. We recommend searching real estate resource and housing company, Trulia, to find the perfect apartment and neighborhood for you. Use Trulia’s map layers to check neighborhood amenities, commute time, local crime data and more. They even have an iMessage extension for a collaborative house search experience with your future roommates.
  • MOVING – now that you’ve signed the lease, next step is transporting your belongings to the new place. If you’re travelling a short distance, we recommend downloading Lugg, an on-demand moving and delivery service that helps you move your furniture from apartment to apartment or to your storage unit.
  • LAUNDRY – it’s been three weeks since you moved into your new apartment and you’re on your final pair of underwear. You don’t have the quarter inventory nor the energy to drag your overflowing basket down to the neighborhood laundromat. Have no fear – Rinse is here! With the Rinse app, users can schedule a pickup to have clothes dry-cleaned or washed, saving you time and energy.

FOOD

  • TAKE-OUT – whenever you’re feeling under the weather or whenever it’s inevitably raining outside, Postmates will be your go-to for food – the on-demand food delivery app runs 24/7 for all your food cravings.
  • GROCERIES – not everyone has the luxury of living near a Safeway or Trader Joe’s. Rather than heave your groceries through the public transportation chaos, consider ordering your groceries on Instacart, your friendly grocery delivery service. Using the app or website, order your regular grocery list items and an Instacart shopper will do the work and bring it straight to your door.
  • COFFEE – if you’re like us, you probably can’t survive without your morning cup of coffee. Order ahead apps from coffee stores like Starbucks are SF’s everyday heroes, especially on days when you don’t have time to wait in the treacherous coffee line.

MONEY

  • SAVING – the city is fun, but your bank account isn’t always pleased with your spending habits. If you’ve depleted your savings account, recommend switching to a newer, non-traditional bank account like Chime, which helps customers save money with the auto-save feature, and offers rewards for paying your bills and making purchases. With Chime, you can also kiss your monthly overdraft fees good-bye!
  • SPLITTING THE BILL – we all have that friend that’s always down to party but never down to pitch in. Venmo connects to your bank account and allows you to request money from your friends or pay them back after spotting you – all the cool kids are doing it.

SOCIAL

  • DRINKS – if you’re ballin’ on a budget, we recommend downloading Hooch, the $10 monthly subscription app where you are awarded one free drink per day from partnering bars.
  • MUSIC – SF has some amazing local venues and artists pass through the city constantly. To keep tabs on your favorite artists and track when they’re coming to SF, try checking SongKick or Bandsintown to start planning your next concert experience.
  • FINDING LOVE – finding love in the city can be tough. Zoosk is a dating website that not only connects you with your perfect match, but also publishes helpful dating content and advice for all your romantic woes. Other popular dating apps include Tinder, Bumble or Coffee Meets Bagel.

TRANSPORTATION

  • TRAVEL – parking is a struggle, so when public transportation is too slow, San Franciscans take to ride-sharing apps to get where they need to go, especially the money-saving carpooling features like Uber Pool or Lyft Line. Prices fluctuate and vary on each app, so the savvy San Franciscan will check both apps and choose the one that offers the best price.
  • PARKING – We don’t always drive in San Francisco, but when we do, we use the SFPark app to refill our parking meters and save us the extra trip every 2 hours.
  • COMMUTING – unless you are San Francisco royalty or have money to burn on parking daily, your commute will most likely involve public transportation of some sort. We recommend downloading the free Routesy app to check the real-time status of your bus lines.
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