Although San Francisco State University is known to be a commuter school, many students reside in the adjacent neighborhoods, alleviating their commute. Park Merced, located south of the campus, is the closest community to the university. The university acquired five blocks of the neighborhood of garden apartments, which they offer to students for housing. Students also live in the neighborhood in apartments not owned by the university. Either way, living in Park Merced is a convenience to students, offering them a short commute to San Francisco State.