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Area Information - San Francisco, North Bay, CA

at Dominican University of California

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Tel: 1(415) 485-3224
E-mail: lav@ELS.edu

  • Safe neighborhoods with friendly people
  • Mild climate year-round
  • Near world-class attractions, nightlife and shopping
  • 80% of Marin County is dedicated parkland and green space
  • San Francisco Bay's calm waters make for excellent paddle boarding and kayaking
  • Over 112km of ocean coastline
  • Shopping at high-end shopping malls, independent boutiques and outlet malls
  • Public transportation to San Francisco Bay Area by bus and ferry


Area Description

ELS San Francisco, North Bay makes its home on the campus of Dominican University of California in San Rafael, which is considered one of California's most beautiful university campuses. Students will love the many opportunities to interact with American students by joining university clubs, taking part in a conversation exchange program, or using the campuses excellent facilities. San Rafael is a safe suburban community just 18KM from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Our small city has all the amenities of a big city while maintaining that American small town feel. Marin County has hiking trails for all fitness levels as well as beaches for exploring. Do you play golf? You can play on public or PGA Tour level courses. World renowned wineries are less than an hour way by car or SMART Train.

Area Attractions

  • San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Sausalito, Silicon Valley, Santa Rosa
  • Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Microsoft
  • Stanford and UC Berkeley
  • World-renowned Napa & Sonoma Wine Country
  • Fabulous shopping opportunities at high-end shopping malls, numerous independent boutiques and several outlet malls
  • Parks and beaches: Yosemite National Park, Muir Woods, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Stinson Beach, Point Reyes National Sea Shore, Angel Island
  • Six-Flags Amusement Park, Great America Amusement Park, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • National Champion sports teams: San Francisco Giants and 49ers, Oakland Warriors and Raiders, San Jose Sharks
  • World-class Music
  • More than 50 inexpensive public golf courses as well as several award-winning golf courses
    Top internationally-rated restaurants

Distances to Key Locations (from ELS Center)

Housing Options: Minutes Method
Homestays in the area (Homestay) Up to 45 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
San Rafael Student Home (Student Residence (off campus)) 15/30/10 Bike/Bus/Car
Local Places:    
 Airport 60/90 Bus/Car
 Bank 20/5/20/5 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
 Downtown Area 20/15/15/5 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
 Post Office 30/14/30/6 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
 Restaurants 20/25/10 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
 Shopping Mall/Outlet 20/5/20/5 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
 Supermarket 20/5/20/5 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Public Transportation 5/5/2 Walk/Bike/Car
 Pharmacy 20/5/20/5 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
 Sports Stadium 100/55 Bus/Car
Other Nearby Cities:    
San Francisco 60-35 Bus/Car
Berkeley, CA 65/40 Bus/Car

Local Transportation

  • Golden Gate Transit to San Francisco & Berkeley
  • SMART Train to Sonoma County
  • BART in the East Bay and San Francisco

Recommended Hotels

Contact hotel directly for prices.

The Marin Lodge
1735 Lincoln Avenue
Phone: 415.578.2827

The Villa Inn
1600 Lincoln Avenue
Phone: 415.456.4975

Four Points by Sheraton
Address: 1010 Northgate Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: (415) 479-8800

Embassy Suites by Hilton
Address: 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: (415) 499-9222