International students are attracted to San Francisco for its diverse and welcoming environment, as well as job opportunities, but may not know Golden Gate University’s neighborhood. The GGU campus is located downtown in the Financial District, and is within a block of three major development projects that are setting records in terms of scale, innovation, and service:
- the new Salesforce Tower, a platinum-certified LEED building, and the tallest west of the Mississippi river,
- the $300-million-dollar Oceanwide Center; future site of the city’s tallest residential building and a new Waldorf-Astoria Hotel; and
- the Transbay Center, a visionary transportation, housing, and recreational project featuring a 5.4-acre, 1,400-foot-long elevated park.
The Transbay Center will be known as the “Grand Central Station of the West” and be the destination of 11 transit systems throughout the Bay Area. For those preferring human-powered transportation, the Transbay Center will have storage for 600 bicycles. It’s going to be the best place to start or end a journey in the entire Bay Area.
The park will have an outdoor amphitheater and stage for concerts, along with quiet areas where the community – including GGU students – can come to relax. The “living green” roof will provide shade and biological habitat for flora and fauna, with botanic gardens, lily ponds, trails, and open grass areas. Planting on the green roof cools the surrounding environment and improves air quality, acting as a “carbon sink.”
As we featured in our blog earlier, the GGU community knows about the many great places to eat the Financial District. You can also read blog posts by international students from China and India, who are starting careers and enjoying the best of what San Francisco has to offer.