Life in the Bay Area

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For Residents

A Note about the Bay...

I have always loved the Bay Area. I went to college here and was definitely looking to return for residency. The weather is amazing with 300 days of sun. Any activity you could possibly want is within driving distance - city life, the mountains, the ocean, snow, wine tasting, national parks, mountain biking - you name it, we probably have it close by. I really enjoy living here! -Kim Hall (PGY5)

Welcome to the Bay Area, California

The Bay Area is one of the most beautiful, scenic, and diverse landscapes in the world.  Home to many different cultures, the Bay Area offers open and fascinating experiences for everyone.  Stanford's convenient location is less than 30 miles in either direction to San Francisco International, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, and Oakland International airports.  Below, take a stroll through just a few of the amazing attractions within and near the Bay Area!

Getting to Stanford

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Stanford University School of Medicine

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Stanford, CA 94305
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San Francisco/City Life

A crimson bridge, cable cars, a sparkling bay, and streets lined with elegant Victorian homes - San Francisco is undeniably one of the world’s greatest cities.  Located along the Northern region of California, at the state’s distinctive bend in the coast, the region has an alluring magic that stretches beyond the Bay to diverse cities with family activites, adventure, nightlife, and a delicius variety of trend-setting cuisine.

Silicon Valley

Thousands of tech companies are located in the Silicon Valley, also know as Santa Clara Valley. This is home to 39 business in the Fortune 1000, companies such as Apple Inc., Google, and Facebook.


Enjoy beautiful beach and various watersports such as surfing and paddleboarding in locations like Santa Cruz and Ocean Beach. Don’t miss out on watching the annual Titans of Mavericks invitation-only surfing competition in Half Moon Bay! See below, just to name a few:

Napa Valley/Sonoma County

More than 400 wineries are located at Napa Valley, with so much to do whilst there. Take in a vineyard tour and wine tasting, stay in a lavish resort, visit the top-rated chefs who work alongside the local farmers or take in a hot air balloon ride. There is so adventure to have at Napa Valley!

National Parks

One of the best things about California, is the unmatched beauty and enchantment of the national parks for hiking, camping, and adventure. Check out some of our amazing gems, including Yosemite, the Pinnacles, and the Redwoods: 

Lake Tahoe

Go Skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling at one of the country’s premier winter destinations, or take advantage of its breathtaking scenery and expansive lake in the summer with jet skiing, paddle boarding, and swimming.


With professional sports teams in San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland, as well as the outstanding Stanford Cardinal sports teams, major sporting events are almost always happening.  Watch the World Champion Golden State Warriors or San Francisco Giants perennially compete for a championship.