Life in the Bay Area

Calling all open minds and adventurous hearts.

Most of us feel strongly that there’s no better place to live your college years than in a part of the country known for its natural beauty, 文化, and innovation. Just 23 miles from Moraga, the San Francisco Bay Area offers a culturally diverse and exciting atmosphere with inspiration everywhere you look. Whether you’re a foodie, sport fanatic, 热爱大自然的人, 文化 connoisseur, or all the above, you’ll find ways to express your true self in a truly authentic way. 

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In pursuit of inspiration and opportunity.

One of the best parts of living in California’s Bay Area is having access to groundbreaking research and career-building internship opportunities in one of the most innovative parts of the world. Life-shaping opportunities are around every corner, so follow our lead and embrace the dynamism of a Saint Mary’s College experience. Our faculty are industry experts and prioritize preparing you for a lifetime of success and fulfillment.

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艺术 & 文化

With world-renowned museums, 交响乐, 剧院, and architecture, the Bay Area is known for its diverse and vibrant 文化. Learn more about unique cultural opportunities in and around the Bay Area.

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According to the 2022 Forbes Travel Guide, 20 Bay Area fine dining restaurants were recognized for everything from their exquisite cuisine to the aesthetic décor. If casual dining is more your thing, you’re in luck too. The Bay Area is home to thousands of distinguished restaurants with unrivaled culinary experiences in every neighborhood at every price point.

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When it comes to sports, the Bay Area isn’t lacking. With six major league, six minor league, and countless collegiate programs –including our beloved Gaels, you’ll never run out of teams to cheer for.

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Outdoor 活动

Scenic coastlines, pristine mountains, and open forests make the Bay area the perfect destination for outdoor activities and adventure. Picture yourself biking in the Golden Gate Park, hiking on Mount Diablo, or paddle boarding on the Bay. Discover some of our favorite local activities for outdoor lovers.

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If exploring the Bay Area is one of your priorities, you’ll find multiple ways to get around so you can embrace every opportunity that arises. Discover all your Bay Area transportation options including CalTrain, 巴士服务, 巴特, and San Francisco’s famed cable cars.