University of California - Berkeley

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Student life in California

Student life in Berkeley, California is fun and exciting! Berkeley is a dynamic city situated in the San Francisco Bay Area and as a student at the University of California, Berkeley Extension you are right in the heart of Berkeley!

Berkeley in California

Berkeley is a small city in California with a big reputation.  It is one of the most politically liberal cities in USA and is known as a center for academic achievement, scientific research, free speech and a flourishing art scene. 

In the San Francisco Bay area you will find a wide variety of different cultures and the citizens welcome diversity with open arms!

Student life in Berkeley

In downtown Berkeley you are in the center of the arts and entertainment district that offers a wide range of cultural cinemas, theatres and music. You can grab a coffee in some cozy outdoor café, or take a walk in the Berkeley Hills.

On weekends you can explore San Francisco by hiring a bicycle and driving over the Golden Gate Bridge or take the cable car through Chinatown to Fisherman's Wharf.

In northern California you will find many attractions within easy reach. Napa Valley with its wineries, restaurants and shopping, is only an hour's drive from San Francisco. You can fly to Los Angeles in an hour or drive to Lake Tahoe to ski in less than four hours. Yosemite National Park with its spectacular rock formations, hiking trails and waterfalls, is also within 4 hours drive.

Climate in California

In California you will experience plenty of warm and sunny days with little humidity, but the nights can get a bit chilly and the climate varies within the state so bring warm clothes as well as  your swimsuit! In California you can find some of the hottest places on earth as well as cold mountain areas.

Getting around the Bay Area

Berkeley, San Francisco and the Bay Area offer a good selection of public transportation. If you want to explore California on your own you can rent a car or a bicycle.

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