San Francisco State University

Located in the city of San Francisco across two campuses, San Francisco State University (SF State) is one of the most desirable places to study in America. In a globally influential city that’s also home to some of the world’s biggest tech companies, our students have the chance to build the connections and experience that will transform their careers.

SF State students frequently go on to outstanding careers in film, business, the law, medical science, education, entertainment, and the tech industry – with a significant number also heading to local companies such as Apple, Google, Wells Fargo, and Oracle.

At the heart of this success are market-leading departments like our Business faculty (top 5% nationwide – AACSB accredited (only applied to top 5% courses) and film school. With 21 Pulitzer Prizes, 49 Emmy and 16 Oscar winners, and NASA astronauts among our alumni, our students know that with hard work, success can be theirs too.

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SF State is ideally situated in uniquely beautiful areas of San Francisco. The main campus is located just east of Lake Merced, a quiet and picturesque area of the city with acres of parkland for relaxation. SF State Downtown Campus is located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, just minutes from the Embarcadero, Salesforce Tower and financial district.

Student lifestyle

As an inclusive, diverse university, SF State students will have a strong support network as they embark on their higher education.

Known for being one of the most diverse colleges in America, SF State is bound to make international students feel at home. It is also part of the California State University system, meaning it offers low tuition fees for overseas students.

Whatever your interests, you can find a sports club for you at SF State. Options range from Jiu-Jitsu and volleyball to indoor basketball and swimming. Students also run more than 200 clubs from politics to religious organisations.

Accommodation spread out across two campuses means you have access to both quiet, green spaces and the buzz of the city.

There is a big focus on what comes after your studies. SF State students frequently go on to pursue careers in film, business, law, entertainment and the tech industry. A significant number also had to local companies such as Apple, Google, Wells Fargo and Oracle.


Students can choose from a range of three accommodation options, all offering a supportive environment and access to resources.


We welcome international students and encourage students to live in personally matched homes with local families to get a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience. We provide students with a welcoming family and a place to call home while pursuing their education. SRS Concierge specializes in providing safe, easy, and world-class homestay experiences.

Living on campus

Residents of SF State have described living on campus as a rewarding and enjoyable experience. SF State is positioned in an ideal San Francisco area—residents are within close proximity to public transportation and bike routes. SF State Housing offers move-in ready, pre-furnished bedrooms and unfurnished bedrooms, which allows residents to bring their own furniture.

For students 19 and under, SF State has residence halls with bath and apartment-style 1 – 3 bedroom/ 1-2 bathroom units.

For students 19 and over, SF State has a wide array of low- and high-rise apartment-style housing ranging from 1 –4 bedrooms/ 1-2 bathroom apartments.

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