Local Atmosphere

Location
Santa Clara, CA
Undergrads
5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small city but accessible to San Jose and SF

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are places to eat and very few stores near campus. In order to go to museums, theatre's, and shopping malls, transportation is needed. I heard it could be a hassle because you have to check at the times of buses or trains. The good thing is that the train is close to campus and I think the bus is too. Our stadium, Buckshaw stadium, is home to the San Jose Earthquakes. During soccer season there are always games and those are fun to go to.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: SCU is in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, a popular tourist area. You have the top sports teams, cultural events such as the Ballet, Theatres, Symphonies, and great shopping. The most beautiful parks, beaches, and other outdoor attractions are also within driving distance.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The mall is close-by which is convenient, but the best part about transportation is that the train station is directly across the street. It is very easy to visit San Francisco, Santa Cruz and other beautiful cities and attractions. People are so nice here. always feel welcomed or safe.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of locals, so it's kind of a small town university.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Silk
Hometown
Bainbridge Island, WA
Major
English and French
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While situated in the vibrant and fast-paced Silicon Valley, Santa Clara remains a pretty lackluster town, consisting mostly of strip malls and small neighborhoods. Because Santa Clara is not considered a "college town," students usually have to venture outside of its limits to find fun things to do. While nearby Franklin Mall has three restaurants and two bars, its limited options motivate students to head to other towns like Palo Alto and Los Gatos for more variety. For shopping and dining outside of Santa Clara, few students choose to brave downtown's famously confusing layout, instead opting for Santana Row, the "Rodeo Drive of San Jose." While most of its stores tend to fall outside of the average student's price range, Santana Row has a wide variety of fun restaurants popular among SCU students, ranging from sushi to Indian food.

Because there's so little to do in Santa Clara and San Jose, many students find having a car imperative for escaping the "Santa Clara bubble" and exploring the more exciting activities the Bay Area has to offer. Hiking trails, beaches, and downtown Palo Alto and Los Gatos are only 20- to 35-minute drives away, and are popular destinations for students looking to blow off some steam on the weekends. While a car is necessary to access most outdoor activities, students can easily take the Caltrain to San Francisco and smaller cities in the Valley. The train stops across the street from campus and runs hourly, making it a popular way for students to explore the city's vibrant culture. Popular activities include Giants games, concerts, shopping, and dining out. A one-way ticket to San Francisco costs between $7 and $8, which is worth avoiding the price of gas and the stress of navigating city traffic.  

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Santa Clara was founded in 1777.
  2. Santa Clara is located in the center of Silicon Valley.
  3. Intel is the top private employer of Santa Clara.
Notable Natives
Brandi Chastain - Olympic soccer player
Points of Interest
  • AT&T Park
  • Ghirardelli Square (San Francisco)
  • Legion of Honor Museum (San Francisco)
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium (San Jose)
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
  • Santa Cruz boardwalk
  • Wine country
Shopping Centers
  • Santana Row
  • Stanford Shopping Center
  • Westfield Valley Fair Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Mercado 20
3111 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara
(888) AMC-4FUN
Movie Theaters
CinéArts @ Santana Row
3088 Olsen Dr.
San Jose/Santana Row
(408) 554-7010
Major Sports Teams
  • Oakland Athletics: MLB
  • Oakland Raiders: NFL
  • San Francisco 49ers: NFL
  • San Francisco Giants: MLB
  • San Jose Sharks: NHL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: : 5 to 7 hours (depending on traffic)
  • San Francisco: : 45 minutes
  • San Jose, Calif.: : 10 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 69 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 69 responses

  • 3% Painfully remote.
  • 45% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 16% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 17% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 19% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 69 responses

  • 7% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 68% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 25% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 70 responses

  • 10% No way.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 39% Totally.

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