Unless you will be living in campus housing (dorms or university provided apartments), which is typically furnished, you will probably need to pick up a few items for your new home. There are many options available to you, although they vary greatly in terms of cost and convenience.
Chain Household Furnishing Stores, $$$, Effort: Easy
National Examples: Target, World Market, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Ikea
Local East Bay Examples: N/A
Pros: These stores often have delivery options available. Also, they have a wide selection, so you will definitely have choices.
Cons: They are more expensive than other options.
Second-hand Stores, $, Effort: Moderate
National Examples: Goodwill, Salvation Army
Local East Bay Examples: Out of the Closet
Pros: These stores usually have affordable, sturdy furniture.
Cons: You’ll need to transport the items yourself. Also, items may look a little
Yard Sales, $, Effort: Difficult
National Examples: N/A
Local East Bay Examples: Yard sales are usually advertised on the street. Keep an eye out for signs when you are walking around your neighborhood. You’ll see the most in spring or summer.
Pros: Yard sales are usually very cheap!
Cons: They are also hit-and-miss.
Online Social Networking Sites, $$, Effort: Moderate
National Examples: Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter
Local East Bay Examples: NextDoor
Pros: Neighbors can post items they want to get rid of. You might have more wiggle-room if you want to barter.
Cons: You should be cautious about safety during pick-ups and drop-offs.
East Bay ESL is an English language school for adult students in the San Francisco East Bay.