San Francisco State University

World-class academics, a diverse campus and an incredible location are three top reasons students pick San Francisco State University.

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San Francisco State University

Located in the city of San Francisco across two campuses, San Francisco State University (SF State) is one of the most desirable places to study in America. In a globally influential city that’s also home to some of the world’s biggest tech companies, our students have the chance to build the connections and experience that will transform their careers.

SF State students frequently go on to outstanding careers in film, business, the law, medical science, education, entertainment, and the tech industry – with a significant number also heading to local companies such as Apple, Google, Wells Fargo and Oracle.

At the heart of this success are market leading departments like our Business faculty (top 5% nationwide – AACSB accredited (only applied to top 5% courses) and film school. With 21 Pulitzer Prizes, 49 Emmy and 16 Oscar winners and NASA astronauts among our alumni, our students know that with hard work, success can be theirs too.

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1600 Holloway Ave. San Francisco, CA 94132

Features and Benefits

Top 20

Colleges nationwide for best location (


Students from all over the world


Academic staff


On-campus student clubs

21 Pulitzer Prize

Winners among SF State alumni


Academy Award winners among alumni

San Francisco

Long known for its eclectic culture and diversity, San Francisco is a place where international students can feel very much at home. Due to its relatively small size, the city is also easy to get around, and cycling is a very popular method of transport.

Iconic sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown will be the backdrop to your university life. Stroll the streets of Downtown, relax in Golden Gate Park and nearby Lake Merced, or check out the famous San Francisco Zoo – the possibilities are endless.

Studying in San Francisco arguably brings you closer to the heart of the global tech industry than anywhere else in the world. The city itself is the home of Twitter, Airbnb, Uber and Lyft, but it is also within easy reach of Silicon Valley, where the headquarters of Apple, Facebook, Google and Adobe can be found. SF State students are often able to find internships or employment with these (or similar) companies when they graduate.

In other fields, San Francisco is also home to 30 international financial institutions and six Fortune 500 companies, as well as being a national hub for marketing, design and biotechnology. Whatever your skills and abilities, you’ll have the chance to start a great career.

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SF State is ideally situated in uniquely beautiful areas of San Francisco. The main campus is located just east of Lake Merced, a quiet and picturesque area of the city with acres of parkland for relaxation. SF State Downtown Campus is located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, just minutes from the Embarcadero, Salesforce Tower and financial district.

Campus - Key Information
  • The International Year One students will study principally at the Downtown campus.
  • SF State Downtown Campus includes 12 classrooms, mobile computer labs and student study spaces with state-of-the-art technology and easy access to the greater Bay Area.
  • It’s 30 minutes direct between campuses on Muni (public transit).
  • Students receive a free Muni pass

Downtown campus 

SF State’s Downtown campus puts students right in the heart of the city. Meaning they are short distance from Embarcadero, Salesforce Tower and the financial district.

Mashouf Wellness Center

Mashouf Wellness Center facility includes a mix of social and recreational spaces: a two-court gym, a large multi-purpose activities court (MAC), pools for both competitive and recreational swimming, a spa, cardio / fitness areas, a running track, a lounge, and meeting rooms.


Students can choose from a range of three accommodation options, all offering a supportive environment and access to resources.


We welcome international students and encourage students to live in personally matched homes with local families to get a once in a lifetime cultural experience. We provide students with a welcoming family and a place to call home while pursuing their education. SRS Concierge specializes in providing safe, easy and world-class homestay experiences.

Living on campus

Residents of SF State have described living on campus as a rewarding and enjoyable experience. SF State is positioned in an ideal San Francisco area—residents are within close proximity to public transportation and bike routes. SF State Housing offers move-in ready, pre-furnished bedrooms and unfurnished bedrooms, which allows residents to bring their own furniture.

For students 19 and under, SF State has residence halls with bath and apartment style 1 – 3 bedroom/ 1-2 bathroom units.

For students 19 and over, SF State has a wide array of low- and high-rise apartment style housing ranging from 1 –4 bedrooms/ 1-2 bathroom apartments.

Information about housing can be found here.

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Key Features & Amenities

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Network of support staff

Sports facilities

Community dining spaces available

Free Wi-Fi Access

Student Experience

As an inclusive, diverse university, SF State students will have a strong support network as they embark on their higher education.

Known for being one of the most diverse colleges in America, SF State is bound to make international students feel at home. It is also part of the California State University system, meaning it offers low tuition fees for overseas students.

Whatever your interests, you can find a sports club for you at SF State. Options range from Jiu Jitsu and volleyball to indoor basketball and swimming. Students also run more than 200 clubs from politics to religious organisations.

Accommodation spread out across two campuses means you have access to both quiet, green spaces and the buzz of the city.

There is a big focus on what comes after your studies. SF State students frequently go on to pursue careers in film, business, law, entertainment and the tech industry. A significant number also had to local companies such as Apple, Google, Wells Fargo and Oracle.


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200+ clubs and societies mean students can choose to learn and practice Jiu Jitsu, volleyball, indoor basketball and swimming. They also run clubs from politics to religious organisations.

SF State offers students the opportunity to live and breathe the air of the world’s most popular city for technology start-ups. Apple, Twitter and Google are all headquartered in and around the city.

Your Route to this University

The International Year One program gives students the opportunity to ease into the US university way of life.

As part of the International Year One course, international students begin college-level study at SF State, whilst also taking modules that help build English language fluency and research skills.

They quickly become part of a highly supportive international community, with dedicated staff to help them adjust into the new pace of life of a US university student.

The International Year One students will study mainly at the Downtown campus but have access to the main University campus. They might also be required to attend classes from both campuses from time to time.

Small class sizes of no more than 18 (for non-credit classes) mean there is a lot of personal attention given.

Your route to SF State

Degree Courses

After the International Year One at San Francisco students can progress for over 70 degree courses at the University.

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