Yes, that's me on the top bunkAnother room.   In this case, the housemates brought their own linens.
Shelli's Student Home (1 Month Min)
Hosted by Shelli
Shelli is the host.
1 guest
1 bedroom
2 beds
2.5 baths
1 guest
1 bedroom
2 beds
2.5 baths
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My home is very communal. Students and interns who stay with me tend to become fast friends with each other. I organize weekly house events, such as Sunday brunches or game nights or a night out at the movies. I pride myself on being a "house mom". I'll give you tips on where to go in the city, make you tea when you are home sick, or take you on an adventure.

The space

You might see our home listed by Darren O. however this is actually my home (where I live) so I thought I would create my own listing as well. You can book through him or through me...but either way you'll be living with me.

This private house is set up to provide students and interns visiting San Francisco with a safe and comfortable place to stay that has a built in community of international travelers. Why come to San Francisco and stay in a place all by yourself? If you're friendly and social and would like to live in a fun house with students from all over the world, check us out.

You should know that living in a community is very different than living alone or with a family. We seek students that will be kind and respectful to other housemates and behave in a way that is not a burden to others in the house. Yes, this means washing your own dishes and cleaning off the counters. If you are a "dirty dish leaver" please, please look for another house.

Because this is a communal house you might need to be flexible and willingly adjust your personal routines and habits if it’s helpful to other occupants or for the overall good of the house. However, most housemates find that the social benefits of living together in a fun house far outweigh and inconvenience to personal space, privacy and routines. If you love hostels, let us know because then we know you understand how great community living can be.

Our two person rooms are shared with other housemates of the same gender, unless opposite gender roommates have agreed to share. Unlike a hostel, the rooms have a desk, drawers and a bit more space to spread out, decorate, and make your temporary home feel comfortable.

Housemates enjoy a free high speed internet Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, private bathrooms and laundry facilities. There's also a community common lounge with comfy sofas, chairs and community desks. Many of us also usually chip in and enjoy one or more weekly community meals together.

We offer flexible and affordable monthly rates. This is month-to-month rental accommodation so a housemate request application and credit check may be required. New housemates pay for at least one month to start. But unlike other homes, that require a fixed term contract, here you always have the option of checking out early, if your plans change. Please contact us for more details on this.

We looking forward to meeting you.

UPDATE: As of right now, the house is full for men (sorry). We have two places that are shared with existing female housemates.

Guest access

Each guest has access to all common areas of the house (kitchen, living room, roof top, laundry facilities, bathrooms). Everyone has a personal key to their bedrooms and may admit other housemates at their discretion.

Interaction with guests

I live in the house and am around most of the time to help out. Just holler if you need anything!
I provide cleaning to the main areas of the house (excluding guests dishes and rooms). I am also available to offer information about San Francisco to new comers of the city. I also schedule regular house events (Sunday dinners, hikes, ect).

Other things to note

We have a full kitchen, so no need to bring any utensils with you. We also have an iron and ironing board, towels, and soap and shampoo if needed.
We are located a short 10 minute walk away from Montgomery Street station, a good spot to get you pretty much anywhere in the city. We are within walking distance of several grocery stores, post office, parks, restaurants, and shopping. We are situated between Chinatown and the Financial District, two very safe, quiet neighborhoods.

Laptop friendly workspace

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 bunk bed

House Rules


Living in community is very different than living alone or with a family. You must always be kind and respectful to other housemates and behave in a way that is not a burden to your fellow housemates. You might need to modify your normal routines for the benefit of the community. You should not only be willing to clean up after yourself but be willing to do a little extra to help a housemate or the community.

This is a sample of some of the house rules. A complete list of house rules will need to be agreed to prior to move in.

1. STUDENTS ONLY - This home is intended for short term accommodation for visiting students only. You must maintain your student, intern or educational work exchange status to stay here.

2. FRIENDLY COMMUNITY - You should always be friendly & respectful to others, the house and the neighborhood. Even if you perceive someone is not being respectful to you.

3. NOISE – You must always be mindful of noise that may disturb other housemates or neighbors. No loud noise or music.

4. VISITORS – You may only have a maximum of two visitors in the house at any time. You may not assign your guests to another housemate. Your visitors must sign the guest book. Visiting hours are from 9:00AM – 10:00PM ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) Sunday – Thursday and 9:00AM – Midnight ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) Friday and Saturday.

5. SMOKING – Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the house, out the windows, or within 20 feet of the building.

6. DRUGS – Illegal drugs, including medical marijuana, are not allowed in the building at any time. Sorry, this is not a 420 friendly house.

7. ALCOHOL – If you are 21, you may consume small amounts of alcohol in the house (i.e. “social drinking”). However, you may not be drunk in the common areas of the house. If you feel the effects of alcohol you need to go out (if it’s safe for you to do so) or go to bed.

8. CLEANING- Y ou are responsible for cleaning your own room. Y ou should also promptly clean any other areas in the house you have used (such as the kitchen and bathrooms) immediately after you have used them. You will be asked to do one cleaning chore per week (such as clean a bathroom).

9. COOKING – You may cook your own meals provided you immediately and thoroughly clean the kitchen and your dishes and pans. To prevent fires, you must be in the kitchen and watching your cooking at all times.

10. NO OPEN FLAME – You may not have any open flame in the house. This includes matches, lighters, candles, smoking or incense.

11. PETS – Pets of any kind are not allowed in the house.

12. SECURITY – You must help to insure the security of the building at all times. Never let in unknown persons. Always make sure the security gate is closed. Report all security problems.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

30 nights minimum stay

11 Reviews

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Sneha User Profile
August 2017
This is a great community to come into for someone who's new to the city. Everyone was very friendly, and most were also working in SF for the summer. The location is extremely convenient- it was only a 10 minute walk to the financial district. Would highly recommend this place!

Jun User Profile
December 2016
Great for students studying in SF

Siddharth User Profile
September 2016
Shelli was a great host & did a great job ensuring we all felt welcome

Sheryl User Profile
May 2016
Shelli is wonderful. Room is spacious (compared to other hacker house rooms). It's great to be surrounded by other students (hint: it's not a party house. People are relaxed and fun, yet serious about their education - plenty of options to party outside, if that's your thing. I did not find that to be motivators in the group I was with.) Shelli occasionally organizes a group meal: such as a sunday brunch or dinner, or a thu night at an all you can eat sushi. It's nice to participate, but no pressure to do so. I was there for coding boot camp, and there were a surprising number of others doing the same. Everyone is friendly. Neighborhood is good. Walking to/from school, even at late hours was safe, and quick (MakerSquare almost 15min, and Hack Reactor about 20min). Several other students were attending Academy of the Arts, or Marketing internships. Its always changing: my last bunk-mate was a chef in training from Brazil with a 4month internship at Mesa restaurant, my previous bunkmate attended a coding boot camp. Students have a wide range of schedules. Uber/Lyft is quick, and there are a couple bus stops nearby. There is a kitchen to cook meals, and 1/2 shelf of refrigerator space, which helps keep food expenses down, and healthy eating options up. Overall, friendly, good experience, conducive to studying, at one of the best rental rates to be found in SF. Oh, the basement rooms get almost no sunlight, but are rather quiet. The upstairs rooms get good sunlight I hear. Although there are more rooms/people upstairs, I presume it is also quiet, as the first floor holds the common areas: living room and kitchen. Happy studies, and good bunking :-)

Lizette User Profile
April 2016
Shelli is the best host ever! The location is great! And Shelli was super welcoming and helpful during my stay. I would definitely come back here again! Thanks Shelli!

Hallie User Profile
August 2015
Shelli was really nice and fun to be around. There were quite a few people living in the house, but it was three floors (plus roof access) so it never felt like it. The location is in a very lively place, right in the middle of Chinatown, so it can be a little loud. But I had a great time, and was sad to checkout. Would definitely recommend, and would have stayed longer if I could. Great people came through there. O, and the maker space that you get access to is great. Regret not 3D printing anything while I could.

Blake User Profile
March 2014

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Hi! I run a student building in Chinatown San Francisco. Its a small community based home. If you are looking for an instant family away from home check us out.

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