Campus Life

Every time you walk across our northern California campus, located just 12 miles from San Francisco, you’ll be reminded of our tight-knit community. Professors will say hello, staff members will ask how you’re doing, and classmates might remind you about a club meeting or game. 

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60 Acres. Everything You Need. Quick Access to San Francisco.

A community in itself, the park-like 鶹ý campus has everything resident and commuting students need throughout the day: sit-down dining and grab-and-go meals, health and wellness facilities, a library, campus store, and lots of green space for sprawling out. 

Our tranquil, suburban campus has big city access, too. Did you know 鶹ý University of California is just 12 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco? This means our location, in the heart of the Bay Area, presents possibilities for excursions as well as internship, work, and service opportunities in one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the U.S. 

15+ Clubs. Countless Possibilities.

鶹ý students are highly engaged with campus, the community, and each other. They’re athletes, they're leaders, they’re performers, they’re creators — they’re probably several of the above. You’ll find your place, too, as you build your campus life experience. 

Where is San Rafael, California? 

San Rafael is located just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Our campus offers a small-town, residential feel with lots of open space, beautiful gardens and quiet places to study. It's also close enough to San Francisco to have the "college student in a big city" feel. Downtown San Rafael, with its vibrant restaurants, cafes and shops, is located walking distance from campus. 

Favorite Spots On Campus

Wondering where our Penguins like to hang out on campus? Check out some of their favorite spots! 


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Student Life

Around Campus

Our students, staff and faculty members learn and work on a beautiful and scenic campus. 

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Our park-like setting is full of natural beauty, hidden gardens, and historic buildings.

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Species of Trees

Northern California is known for its nature, and our campus is no exception.

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12 short miles to San Francisco

A suburban campus with big-city access.

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Our Campus

Pictures can only do so much. As you walk through campus you’ll experience one unique building after another: Victorian mansions, Colonial manors, cozy cottages, and modern structures.

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Living on Campus

More than 300 students live on campus in our three residence halls, including in former estates and mansions.

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Arts and Culture

Enriching events and exhibits fill the campus calendar, from art at Barbara D. Goodman Art Gallery to performances from the 鶹ý Chorale and our Lines Ballet students. A guest concert series and leadership lecture series bring world-class musicians and engaging speakers to campus.

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#PenguinPride! We offer 13 intercollegiate sports, 2 intercollegiate clubs, and are a member of NCAA II and the Pacific West Conference.

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History and Traditions

Our campus traditions will become yours. From Shield Day each fall to the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony every December, you’ll make memories here.

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