Yes. Crime is low in San Francisco compared to other large cities. The city in Feb. 2024 announced that crime has reached a 10-year low. The Richmond neighborhood, where USF is located, is one of the safest in the whole city.

USF stands on a hill in the center of the city, with cafes, shops, restaurants, and Golden Gate Park all within walking distance.

“By many measures, San Francisco is the safest it has ever been. Violent crime is a third of what it was in 1985, and currently 20 percent below the average of 21 major American cities,” according to The New Yorker magazine. “The city has a triple-A credit rating. Most of its residential neighborhoods are clean and green and bustling. With the exception of the Tenderloin, the neighborhood from which most dire imagery comes, a walk through San Francisco is a stroll around an affluent Pacific capital of small bookstores and night markets and weekend festivals.”

Like every urban area, San Francisco has challenges. Still, San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Given all it presents — culturally, intellectually, spiritually — it is the ideal place in which to learn to change the world.

Your Safety is Our Priority

USF’s Office of Public Safety works 24/7 to ensure a safe learning, living, and working environment. Officers patrol and monitor the campus on foot, in marked vehicles, bicycles, Segways, and motorcycles, as well as by staffing several fixed posts.

Students walk across campus on a sunny day
Public Safety officer seated on stairs

Here to Protect and Serve

Our department runs 24/7. The majority of the students who attend USF are far from home and family, and when life happens, we are the ones who respond.”

Gain Secure Access to Campus Buildings

A USF ID card is required to access campus buildings and residence halls. For residence halls in particular, students must pass through several layers of security, using their USF ID card each time to get into the building, pass the front desk, enter the residential area, and swipe into their dorm room. The front desks of our residence halls are also staffed 24/7 to respond to any community needs.

Student exiting a dorm building

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), we are pleased to present the University of San Francisco's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.