Stanford University Resources:

Bechtel International Center: The Resource Center for International Families. There, you’ll be able to follow classes, meet people and why not, become a volunteer.

Bechtel International Center Newsletter: This is a very useful weekly newsletter. This one provides information about the coming classes, the different events, and news for the week.

CCIS: Community Committee for International Students at Stanford: A volunteer organization affiliated with the Bechtel International Center  (I – Center) at Stanford University.  CCIS offers a gracious and helpful connection between Stanford Internationals and the community. Check out their site for details on Friday Coffee Morning, Language Classes, Potluck Dinners, Music Nights, and much much more…

Stanford Post Doc Handbook: The Stanford University PostDoc handbook is full of great tips and advices on how to get settled in Stanford (Policy, Professional Development, Benefits, Administration, Miscellaneous)

SUpost: Very useful classifieds website for Stanford Campus.

Information for Expats:

Expat Blog: Info about get settled and living in California.

Expat Women: Expat community site for expatriate women living overseas.

Blog Expat: Online expatriate community

Finding apartments, furniture, cars and more:

Craigslist: This is a very well-known website where you’ll find classifieds about… everything! Either you are looking for an apartment, for some furnitures, for a car or for a baby-sitter, you’ll find some offers nearby where you live.

Best Places: Compare cities, rent prices, reputation…this site can help you to figure out where you’ll live.

Quality Used Cars: Great used car rental with friendly people running the business.

SFCU: Stanford Federal Credit Union, great bank located on Stanford campus to help out new arrivals. (Must be affiliated with Stanford)

Leisure, tourism and more:

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 and Bureaucracy:

California Department of Motor Vehicles: DMV is the only place to go – from the driver’s license, to registering and selling cars.


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 Golden Gate bridge toll on cash, 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 and Events:

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.

For Spouses:

Spouse Programs: A resourceful website for the spouses of international students and scholars who are studying or working at U.S. universities.

Coaching Sanctuary: Coaching Sanctuary, an interactive life coaching solution for women to help them to create their lives with intention, integrity and the love of friends.

Other Spouses blogging:

Berkeley Wives

Cotta & Dirk in California

Going to San Francisco

International Spouses and Partners Blog