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Life Around Campus

To help you settle into life around our campus, here are some frequently asked questions and resources as put together by former participants in the Exchange Programs and the student Peer Advisers.

FAQs

This student-led center houses all the multicultural student clubs on campus including the Asian Pacific Student Union, Mecha El Frente, Igwebuike, Ka Mana' O Hawai'i, and others. These clubs meet weekly and often have programs. Click here for more information.

Join any of the registered student organizations on campus offered through the Center for Student Leadership (CSL).

There are all kinds of fun events on campus in sports through the Athletics Department, cultural events put on by the multicultural clubs, community-based learning (service) activities through the Santa Clara Community Action Programs, alternative Spring Break Immersion Trips through the Ignatian Center and Campus Ministry,  career fairs through the Career Center, etc.

  • Safeway - 2605 The Alameda Ave. (across the street from Sobrato Hall)
  • Target - 2004 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (15 minutes)
  • Trader Joes -  635 Coleman Ave., San Jose (15 minutes)
  • Whole Foods Market -777 The Alameda, San Jose (10 minutes)
  • Target -2004 El Camino Real, Santa Clara for cheap food, clothing, beddings, etc (15 minutes)
  • Walmart – 4080 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara (20 minutes)
  • Santana Row - 368 Santana Row, San Jose for specialty stores,  restaurants, and bars (20 minutes by bus / 10 by car)
  • Downtown San Jose (15 minutes)
    • Winchester Mystery House
    • Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
    • Alum Rock Park
  • San Francisco (1.5 hours)
    • Pier 39
    • California Academy of Sciences
    • San Francisco Zoo
    • Exploratorium
    • Ghiradelli Square
    • Chinatown
  • Santa Cruz (1.5 hours)
    • Beach Boardwalk
    • State parks
    • State beaches
  • Napa Valley (2 hours)
    • Vineyards
  • Monterey/Carmel (2 hours)
    • Monterey Bay Aquarium
    • Pebble Beach
    • Cannery Row
    • Pinnacles National Park
    • Point Lobos
  • Los Angeles (6-8 hours)
    • Universal Studios Hollywood
    • Disneyland
    • Hollywood Walk of Fame
    • Griffith Observatory
    • Hollywood Sign
    • Santa Monica Pier / Beach
    • Madame Tussauds
  • And much more!!
  • Bars near campus: (all within walking distance)
  • DaSilva's Broncos (The Claran) - 1251 Franklin Mall
  • Blinky’s - 1031 Monroe St (also located in Franklin Mall)
  • The Hut - 3200 The Alameda (across the street from the Business School)
  • Bars in Downtown San Jose
  • Bars in Santana Row (more expensive)
  •  Restaurants near campus: (all within walking distance)
    • Ike's Love & Sandwiches - 2235 The Alameda
    • Wrap This! Mediterranean Cuisine - 2281 The Alameda
    • Pizza my Heart - 700 Bellomy St. 
    • Togos Sandwiches - 1000 Lafayette St Ste A
    • Mondo Burrito - 3300 The Alameda
    • Jasmine Fine Thai - 1211 Franklin St.
    • Hatcho Japanese Cuisine - 1271 Franklin Mall
    • Bill's Cafe - 2089 The Alameda
    • Restaurants in downtown San Jose and at Santana Row