The following pages are dedicated to helping you get settled into your life here in San Francisco. We hope to provide some guidance on issues such as how to obtain housing, how to arrange for telephone service, gas and electricity, and where to shop for furniture, groceries, and other essential items. Some people visit San Francisco ahead of time to search for housing. We realize that this may be difficult for most of you, so we have included maps and websites that will help you become familiar with the local neighborhoods, housing options, and costs before you arrive.