Hacker Hostels

With rents soaring in San Francisco, how would a person on a limited budget move to the Bay Area tech hub to start building his or her own startup? One solution: hacker hostels. I’d describe it less like a hostel, and more like living in the college dorms again with bunk-beds filled with geeks. The rent is about $40 a night, with some hacker hostels offering bike rentals for $3 a day. And just like the dorms (or in office buildings), tenants are asked to write their name on their food if they’re storing it in the shared refrigerator. That’s always been a funny rule to me, because who would eat some stranger’s food just because it happened to be unmarked? But as we’ve all learned, there’s always that person — which results in an angry person running around screaming, “Who ate my food!?”