Helpful Links

Money, housing, furniture, cars and more:

Craigslist: A very well-known website where you’ll find classifieds about… everything! You can an apartment, furniture, a car, bike, and other household supplies.

Stanford Federal Credit Union: A great bank located on Stanford campus. You must be affiliated with Stanford, but they are very good at understanding the needs of those relocated from abroad.


Things to do:

California State Parks: California Parks is the official website for all the State Parks in California. This website will help you to plan your next trip into nature.

Visit California: California travel information including California vacation, California tourism

The Weather Channel: This is a good website to check the weather and temperatures before you embark on an adventure. Be aware of microclimates in the San Francisco Bay Area.

U.S. Geological Survey: This is a website which constantly monitors earthquakes in the California and Nevada region. Check it out, it is amazing how many quakes happen everyday and we just don’t fell them.

Yelp: Great resource to find restaurants, hair salons and other services in your area.


Administration & Bureaucracy:

California Department of Motor Vehicles: DMV will probably one of your first stops, if you plan to drive. This is where you get a driver’s license, registering a car and more.



Bay Area FasTrak: Drive nonstop through Bay Area bridge toll plazas and Express Lanes and have your tolls automatically deducted from a prepaid account.  NOTE: You can no longer pay cash on the Golden Gate bridge, more information in provided here.

Public Transit This website will tell you how to get from A to B. You can print out bus schedules, check on fares and plan your trips with BART, bus, muni or streetcar.

City Car Share and Zipcars: These two Car-Sharing-Corporations have many locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Local News:

KTVU News: Local news channel covering the San Francisco Bay Area. Mobile app available too!

SF Gate: Daily newspaper for the greater San Francisco area. Includes global news, regional information, classifieds, and entertainment.

Patch: A great resource for local Palo Alto news. Other local cities can be viewed as well.

Almanac Online: The Almanac Online is the community news and information service for Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside, contiguous communities located on the Midpeninsula south of San Francisco.