Navigating College and San Francisco with Your Phone

Tanya Dzekon
Staff Writer

San Francisco is quickly growing into a tech Mecca. Twitter moved 3,000 employees to Market street in 2012, Google is currently building something mysterious on a barge on Treasure Island, and Mark Zuckerberg owns a house atop Dolores Heights. The Foghorn staff decided to organize a list of useful applications for incoming freshmen to help you plug in to the city.

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This is the official USF app, and it gives you easy access to your class schedule. It also includes the cafeteria menu, your OneCard balance, a Koret gym exercise schedule, notifications for when your laundry is ready, and many other nifty features. It’s easy to use and has a great interface.


Now that you have a MUNI pass, you’ll need some help planning your trips around town. Transit can do it for you, and the app shows you nearby public transportation stops.


A well-designed app for organizing your notes. It syncs with Canvas, and lets you add multimedia elements.


An application that helps you create, share, and discover digital flash cards that won’t get lost somewhere in a pile of stuff under your bed.

SF Climates

A perfect app to introduce you to one of San Francisco’s many quirks, microclimates. SF Climates will advise you on what neighborhood you need to bring a jacket to.


USF students are lucky enough to get a free Muni pass each semester, but for the times when you’re late to class, caught in the rain, or need a ride in the middle of the night, there’s Lyft, a peer-to-peer ridesharing app that makes it easy to get a somewhat affordable ride across town.


A convenient app for paying your friends and getting paid back for everyday spending.  It can be used for splitting up your utilities bill, paying back your roommate for lunch, etc.


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