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Samuel Merritt University's main campus is located in Oakland, California, San Francisco’s eclectic 78-square-mile sister. The two cities are conveniently joined together by the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. Founded in 1852, Oakland is said to have the best weather of any city in the United States...and that’s only one of the reasons we attract such an amazing assortment of people from all over the globe. In fact, Oakland is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country, with more than 150 languages spoken among its 400,000 residents.

Click here to read more about Oakland at the City of Oakland's official website.
Click here to visit the Oakland Convention and Visitors Bureau website.
Click here to download our Welcome to Oakland brochure.
Click here to view documentaries highlighting what makes Oakland a vibrant and thrilling city.

Click on a topic to read more:
Getting Around
Housing & Neighborhoods
Restaurants & Eateries
Must-See Places & Things to Do

Getting Around
Samuel Merritt University is served by public bus lines provided by the Alameda County Transit (AC). Schedules and route information for stops near the Oakland campus are available by calling AC Transit at 800.559.4636 or visiting 511.org

The closest Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stop is located at 40th and MacArthur Streets. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (ABSMC) runs a shuttle service between MacArthur BART Station and the campus on a daily regular schedule, Monday through Friday.

For additional information on the shuttle, call the Summit Security Office, ext. 7847 or 510.763.4001. For step by step directions to Samuel Merritt University using public transportation, please visit 511 Trip Planner.

Additional transportation resources:

Housing & Neighborhoods
Click here to visit Student Housing Services.
Click here to read more about Oakland neighborhoods and surrounding cities.

Additional resources:

Restaurants & Eateries
New restaurants are opening up in Oakland all the time, especially in the thriving downtown area, Temescal, and Jack London Square--all quite close to Samuel Merritt University.

The following are walkable from the Oakland campus:

Here are a few additional resources to help you find whatever you may be craving.

15 Must-See Places and Things to Do in and Around Oakland

  1. Stroll the all-natural habitats of the Oakland Zoo. oaklandzoo.org
  2. Learn to blow glass or arc weld or even how to properly eat fire at the Crucible, the Bay Area’s only nonprofit sculpture studio, educational foundry and metal fabrication shop offering classes in fine and industrial arts. thecrucible.org
  3. Take in a flick at the historic Grand Lake Theater. rrfilms.com
  4. Ride in an Italian Gondola on Lake Merritt at sunset. gondolaservizio.com
  5. Treat yourself to a summer evening picnic and musical at the Woodminster Amphitheater nestled in the woods in the Oakland hills. woodminster.com
  6. Practice your figure eights or watch a Cal Bears Ice Hockey Game at the Oakland Ice Center. oaklandice.com
  7. On the waterfront, visit Jack London’s hangout—the First and Last Chance Saloon which has been in continuous operation since 1883. heinoldsfirstandlastchance.com
  8. Watch shooting stars and other celestial objects at the Chabot Space and Science Center. www.chabotspace.org
  9. Learn to windsurf in the warmer-water Oakland Estuary. boardsportsschool.com
  10. Explore the Mountain View Cemetery during one of its twice-monthly free tours. Its splendid grounds nestled in Oakland’s foothills are home to some of Oakland’s most fascinating historical gems! mountainviewcemetery.org
  11. Ride the elevator 317 feet to the top of UC Berkeley’s famed Campanile Tower and watch the 61-bell carillon being played up close and personal! Take ear plugs and marvel at the 360° view. visitors.berkeley.edu/camp
  12. Walk aboard a national treasure— the retired aircraft carrier USS Hornet which was involved in World War II and the Apollo manned space mission. uss-hornet.org
  13. Visit the unique Oakland Museum of California, with its tiered Babylonian style roof gardens. It is the only museum devoted entirely to the environment, history and art of California. museumca.org
  14. Step into some of the most beautiful natural settings on earth—2,500 acres of open space make up the Oakland Parks and Recreation. Visit seven community gardens, play tennis in 59 outdoor courts, play golf at three spacious golf courses, grab a ball and choose from 53 athletic fields or dive into a refreshing pool. oaklandnet.com/parks/inside_oakland
  15. Take the Oakland/Alameda Ferry and cruise right into McCovey Cove at AT&T Park for a Giants game. eastbayferry.com

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