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Colleges of Contra Costa

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About the University 🏫

Since 1949, Contra Costa College, located in the Pleasant Hill area, has housed students just 45 minutes from San Francisco. Diablo Valley College, is the largest college in the CCC system and offers a wide range of educations and subjects to approximately 22,000 students, of whom 1000 of international students from more than 70 different countries.

The teaching takes place in smaller classes so that your learning is in focus and the community among the fellow students becomes stronger. In addition, DVC educators and employees are known to have a personal and interactive way of communicating with students. Colleges of Contra Costa is a college that focuses primarily on bachelor programmes, and thus you have the opportunity to study both an entire bachelor's degree or a semester at the institution.

A safe and friendly campus environment to socialize on, you have ample opportunities to try your hand at the many different student clubs in many different interests.

About the city 🌇

San Francisco started as a fort created by the Spaniards in 1776 next to the location of the Golden Gate Bridge today. For decades, the city remained relatively small. Then in 1848, the Gold Rush drew thousands of people to California hoping to strike the rich. The population of San Francisco jumped from 1,000 to 25,000 people. This established the city as an economic epicenter not only on the West Coast, but throughout the United States.

In today, San Francisco is home to 8.7 million residents and, in addition, the headquarters of multibillion-dollar businesses and start-ups, making studios in San Francisco the perfect destination for development and networking. In addition to being a true business hub, San Francisco is a hub for Internet technology with close relationships with Silicon Valley and companies that have played major roles in the dot-com and Web 2.0 boom (like Google, Facebook and LinkedIn, all of which have their headquarters in San Francisco).

The city has a wealth of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs that make it one of the liveliest cities in California. With its vibrant daily life and not least the world famous nightlife. With its ideal climate for daylight warmth and cool nights, natural beauty and unique cultural experiences, Studying abroad in San Francisco is seen by many as the ultimate experience for international students.

The experience's to-do list includes attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Coit Tower and Chinatown. A novelty in San Francisco is the cable cars that have begun whizzing through the city center. Also, there are stunning coastlines to hike along such as the Presidio or Golden Gate Park, and lovely beaches to relax on in, among others, North Beach or Santa Cruz. If you need a getaway from big city life, visit California wine country just a few hours away in Napa Valley or ski in the mountains around Lake Tahoe.

Housing 🏡


4stay, Colleges of Contra Costa offers students a variety of homes and rooms for rent around campus. You can search for both fully furnished and unfurnished apartments, private rooms, shared rooms and entire homes on both a semester and annual basis. 4STAY is a form of Airbnb with student housing.

4STAY is a trustworthy housing platform, and is part of the Colleges of Contra Costa's dedicated housing search assistance.

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Students have the opportunity to experience authentic American culture through Homestay. The Homestay solution is a guaranteed location for a family that wants to host an international student and can give you a true insight into the American way of life. Students get a room and several meals a day for a total of $900 a month.

What is particularly popular about Homestay is that you just tie up for 2 months, which is a super short period when talking about housing in California. This means that in principle you can take half a semester under a Homestay scheme and find accommodation even afterwards if you wish.

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Interresidential student housing can be obtained both as a private student accommodation or as shared housing depending on wishes and needs. All homes are a 5-minute walk from the DVC Campus and feature air-conditioned homes, HD-TV, buses in front of the complex, dining table and chairs, refrigerators, stove, oven and kitchen utensils.

In addition to that, the dormitory has its own private gym, swimming pool and spa where students can work out, enjoy and relax in their spare time.

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Tips and Tricks

A below housing options are primarily unfurnished homes, so it can be nice to know that there are companies like Cort that tackle these situations.

You simply choose which furniture package leasing suits you best, arranges a time and date you can get the furniture delivered on and opens the door to a friendly team cort employee who sets it up for you. See how Cort works here.

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