We have set up an online system for you to offer or find housing for Critical Mass visitors coming from out of the Bay Area.

Visit our Housing forum

Do you live in the Bay Area and can host visitors?
We’re looking for more folks willing to open their homes to out of town guests. Fill out the Host form.

Want to find a place to stay with someone in San Francisco?
If you’d like us to try and help find a homestay or camping arrangement, please fill out the Housing Needed form.

These are two well-known and commercial websites for finding places to stay:


Here is a list of local hostels that are more affordable than hotels:

San Francisco Hostels (we haven’t actually stayed in these, but we did visit most of them…)

USA Hostels, 711 Post Street

San Francisco International Hostel, 140 Mason near Eddy

Amsterdam Hostel, 749 Taylor near Sutter

Union Square Backpackers’ Hostel, 70 Derby Street, near Geary and Taylor

Orange Village Hostel in alley near 411 O’Farrell

Green Tortoise Hostel, 494 Broadway

Hosteling International City Center, 685 Ellis Street near Larkin

Adelaide Hostel, north of Geary at 5 Isadora Duncan Alley between Jones and Taylor

Dakota Hostel, 606 Post Street

Globetrotters Inn, 225 Ellis

AAE San Francisco European Hostel, Minna Alley between 9th and 8th Streets.


We’ve secured campsites at Kirby Cove, which is nestled very near to right under the Golden Gate Bridge across the water from SF (a picturesque entry to SF every time), a truly spectacular spot. Our campsites can accommodate up to 20 people per night, and we have them from Monday-Thursday, Sept. 24-27. Sorry to say we don’t have them earlier, or longer, although we did try. There is some chance of other campsites being secured before the time arrives, but for sure we have these.

If you are interested in being a camper at Kirby Cove, the sites are $25 per night per 10 people. If less come we’ll ask those who do to prorate the cost among themselves. We are looking into tents and other camping gear to lend, but if you have your own that would be much easier for us. Send an email to critmasssf@gmail.com if you would like to reserve a camping spot, let us know which nights and how many people you are. Here are some photos to give you an idea of how great it is (it probably takes 45 minutes-1 hour to ride back and forth from the center of San Francisco, which is a similar distance for a lot of local bike commuters):

Kirby Cove, once known as “Smugglers Cove,” is just west of the Golden Gate Bridge on the opposite side of the Golden Gate from San Francisco.

You’ll have to ride back and forth across the Golden Gate Bridge to get there!

Here’s the view you’ll wake up to in the morning.

The campsites are sheltered from the wind (and fog if there is any, though in September we usually have warm sunny weather).

From most of the campsites you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and parts of San Francisco.

For the adventurous you can even go in the water…

It’s a very special spot that few locals have camped at either!