Santa Clara University

Study Abroad

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.

Multicultural Center

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.

Student Organizations

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

Student Events

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.

Ways to Get Around the Bay Area

Places to Shop for Food

  • Safeway - 2605 The Alameda Ave. (across the street from Sobrato Hall)
  • Target - 533 Coleman Ave , San Jose (15 minutes)
  • Trader Joes -  635 Coleman Ave., San Jose (15 minutes)
  • Whole Foods Market -1690 South Bascom Ave, Campbell (45 minutes)

Places to Shop for Clothing & Other Necessities

  • Target - 533 Coleman Ave , San Jose for cheap food, clothing, beddings, etc (15 minutes) - 

Places to Visit on Weekends

  • Downtown San Jose (15 minutes)
  • San Francisco (1.5 hours)
  • Santa Cruz (1.5 hours)
  • Monterey/Carmel (2 hours)
  • Los Angeles (6-8 hours)

Where Students Socialize

  • 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)
    • Wrap This! Mediterranean Cuisine - 2281 The Alameda
    • Stuft Pizza - 700 Bellomy St. 
    • Togos Sandwiches - 1000 Lafayette St Ste A
    • Mondo Burrito - 3300 The Alameda
    • Hatcho Japanese Cuisine - 1271 Franklin Mall
    • Restaurants in downtown San Jose and at Santana Row