Communication: Telephone and Internet

International Calling Card
You can call home by using an international calling card, using a credit card, or by placing an operated-assisted or collect call. Collect calls are the most expensive way to place long distance calls. Telephone Call

International calling cards are by far the least expensive of the three and can be purchased on the internet at very low rates or at most grocery or convenience stores throughout the city, such as Walgreens. 

Tips for Making Calls

  • If you are calling a number outside the U.S., you will need to dial 011 + country code + city code + phone number. 
  • If you are calling a number within the U.S. but outside San Francisco, you will need to dial 1 + three digit area  code + seven digit phone number.
  • If you are calling a number within San Francisco from San Francisco, you do not need to dial the 415 area code, just enter the seven-digit phone number directly. 
  • At any time, you can dial “0” to receive operator assistance or “411” for directory information. Please note there is a $0.46 - $0.95 charge for this service.

AT&T Phone Directory
The AT&T Phone Directory, also known as the Yellow or White Pages, is an invaluable resource when you move to San Francisco because it lists the contact information for all businesses, stores, restaurants, government agencies, city services, and tourist spots in the city. It also contains maps and emergency preparedness information. 

Yellow Pages sorts information under headings such as “schools” or “restaurants.” White Pages sorts businesses or persons in alphabetical order. Most telephone booths, libraries, hotels, and UCSF departments will have an SBC Phone Directory for you to use until you install phone service in your home. You may also pick up a copy at the nearest Safeway grocery store. 

Internet Access
Free Wi-Fi Internet access is readily available throughout all UCSF campuses and the city of San Francisco. For your convenience, you may stop by our ISSO Lounge and use our internet access or visit one of the many Starbucks locations throughout the city.