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Cañada College is located in the foothills of Redwood City with spectacular views of the Peninsula (San Mateo County).  The College is just 30 miles from two major cities, San Francisco and San Jose.  San Francisco has many tourist attractions such as Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf and San Jose is located in “Silicon Valley," the home of computer technology and high-tech industry.

Our campus is accessible by Sam Trans bus #274 that connects to Caltrain with stations in between San Francisco and San Jose.  The College is also within easy traveling distance to several colleges and universities including Notre Dame de Namur University, CSU East Bay, Mission College, Palo Alto University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, and Santa Clara University.  Cañada College is also just 20 minutes from the Pacific Ocean, minutes to hiking areas and beautiful Redwood National Parks, and five hours to ski resorts in northern California.

The City of Redwood City is a small but vibrant city that takes pride in its diverse community.  Redwood City hosts lively annual festivals including the Lunar New Year Celebration, Salsa Festival, and free movies and concerts at Courthouse Square.


Cañada College does not offer on-campus housing.  Below is a list of housing resources.  New students should secure housing before arriving in the U.S. and plan to arrive at least two weeks before the start of the semester to attend the New International Student Orientation and to adjust to the surrounding areas.

SMCCD Housing Assistance: SMCCD provides international students with assistance in finding safe and affordable located near public transportation.  Housing options including apartment rentals, room rentals, shared housing with other international students and with host families.  Interested students should contact the SMCCD Housing Coordinator, Julnar Msalam at 1-650-358-6856 or or visit

Cañada College Housing Board allows students and community members to list available rooms for rent or students seeking roommates.  Other housing resources can also be found on the Housing Board that is located next to the Center for Student Life & Leadership Development in Building 5, Room 354.  To view the Housing Board and to request to add a listing, visit

Temporary Housing Cañada College is located 15 minutes from downtown Redwood City and is accessible by SamTrans Bus #274.  To find a list of hotels located in downtown Redwood City, click here.

Health Insurance

All international students at Cañada College will be automatically billed for health insurance at the time of registration.  The health insurance policy covers accident and sickness and is for six months and $648 each fall and spring semester.  For more information visit:  International students will receive their health insurance card within 2-4 weeks after the time of registration.  You should keep your health insurance card in your wallet at all times and present it to any health care provider at the time of service.

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