Living in the Bay Area

Oakland, one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, is a dynamic city and cultural center. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is centrally located in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood, approximately 10 miles from San Francisco and 2.5 Miles from the University of California, Berkeley. Most residents and fellows find housing in one of Oakland's many neighborhoods, located just minutes away from the hospital. 

Oakland's mild climate means nearly year-round access to 500 nearby miles of parkland trails and virtually guarantees your free time can be spent outdoors. In Oakland, you'll discover the Oakland Museum, a bustling Chinatown, Jack London Square and the spectacular art deco Paramount Theater of the Arts, home to the Oakland Symphony and an array of cultural events.

Immediately north of Oakland is Berkeley, offering an eclectic mix of arts, theater, and collegiate sports. The East Bay has an extraordinary range of dining choices, from authentic ethnic fare to internationally acclaimed California cuisine.

The Bay Bridge connects Oakland to all the varied attractions of San Francisco, located about 15 minutes away by automobile or train on Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).

It is easy to see why the Bay Area is one of California's most desirable areas to live and work. Accessible for day or weekend trips from the Bay Area is the wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, the magnificent Redwoods, Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada including Yosemite and scenic coastal areas such as Big Sur, the Monterey Peninsula, and Mendocino. Watersports, cross-country and downhill skiing, fishing, camping and other outdoor recreational activities are easily enjoyed by our residents.

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