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Top 10 schools whose locales are the envy of family and friends

By Explore Editor

What the students are saying about:

University of California-Berkeley

University of California-Berkeley

The Berkeley campus is a 25 minute train ride from San Francisco and a 10 minute drive to Oakland. Its central location provides countless opportunities to explore, according to one student, “there are plenty of student organizations and activities both on campus and nearby in the Bay Area. Being in a university with tens of thousands of students as well as next to a liberal metropolitan area gives you more options than you can probably explore in 4 years, let alone one quarter!” You want more? Students can “hit up downtown Berkeley, where there are numerous theaters, even ones that show indie movies, with excellent restaurants, and so much more.” A typical Saturday night “could be spent doing something in San Francisco, seeing a movie, going to a concert, going out to dinner, hanging out at home in your pajamas (and watching a $1 movie rental from Elephant Pharmacy), or going to the one and only Yogurt Park.” That’s still not all. The campus itself is large and nestled amongst beautiful hills and verdurous common areas. “Berkeley is big. Pretty much anything you want is here. This also means anything you don't want is also here, but the beauty of the campus (which happens to include the beautiful scenery) is that it's so big and diverse, avoiding tools and angling your way towards the people that are actually cool is not too difficult an affair.” Berkeley is tough to beat with northern California's most populated areas as your playground, letting you enjoy the sites and culture of the northwest coast.