Living & Housing
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale offers countless cultural, environmental, and organizational amenities enjoyed by businesses and residents alike. Sunnyvale enjoys a mild climate throughout the year. Learn more about what makes Sunnyvale a great place to live and to pursue an education:
- Nationally, Sunnyvale has one of the lowest crime rates for a city of its size
- 9,400 retailers, hotels, restaurants, corporations and home-based businesses
- Highly educated and trained workforce. Residents are well educated with forty-six percent holding at least an associate’s degree (Claritas, 07/15/2002 )
- Superb quality of life featuring outstanding weather, excellent schools, recreation and cultural activities, award-winning parks, very low crime rate, and centralized access to all of Northern California
- Leading edge research facilities nearby including Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Sandia National Laboratories, Lockheed Missiles & Space, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field Museum, Onizuka Air Force Station and Satellite Tracking Facility, San Jose State University, and Santa Clara University
- The men and women of Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety have earned a well- deserved national reputation for professionalism and dedication to community service, enjoying a 95% citizen satisfaction rating for police and fire services
COST OF LIVING
Sunnyvale is located in Santa Clara County, about 10 miles west of San Jose and 50 miles south of San Francisco. Sunnyvale has a scenic setting nestled within the hustle-and-bustle of Silicon Valley, all the while providing some of the most affordable housing this region has to offer. Apartments abound; rents range from $750 to $1,000+ for a room, rents start at 1500+ for a studio apartment. Its residential areas are clean and pleasant, and housing prices are moderate. With more than 13 city parks, Sunnyvale is a wonderful place to live.
Although the University does not provide on-campus housing, the city of Sunnyvale and the neighboring communities of Santa Clara , Cupertino and Mountain View have extensive rental apartments and housing in all price ranges. The University is also within commuting distance from a number of other residential communities including Los Altos, Saratoga, Campbell, San Jose, Milpitas and Fremont.
The University bears no responsibility in finding or assisting students in finding housing. The University does, however, maintain a bulletin board for students in communicating opportunities for shared housing or for other community and professional listings.