Aerial view of the Downtown Oakland skyline and the Port of Oakland at at night.

Enjoy a World of Opportunity.

As a Mills student, you’ll live and study in one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States. You’ll explore Oakland’s unique neighborhoods and benefit from all that our location on the Pacific Rim has to offer. Arts organizations, healthcare providers, tech giants, and nonprofits also call this area home—and we keep tabs on internships and job openings for students to explore. Our faculty has deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area’s creative, academic, and professional communities and can often connect you to one-of-a-kind resources and learning opportunities.

Our students take full advantage of this. Let spoken word artist and Mills alumna Sarah O'Neal ’18 take you on a video tour through the heart of Oakland: from First Friday community festivals and Art Murmur gallery crawls to Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park trails and Downtown Oakland's restaurants and cafes.

Video credit: Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Get to Know Our Neighborhood.

See why National Geographic and Conde Nast Traveler call Oakland a "must-see city," and then check out a few of our local neighborhoods:

Explore the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mills students don’t limit themselves to exploring Oakland. The San Francisco Bay Area extends from picturesque Napa Valley and Sonoma in the North Bay to world-famous Silicon Valley in the South Bay. In between, there are the wonders of the City by the Bay—home to the historic Haight-Ashbury district, the LGBTQ+-friendly Castro district, Golden Gate Park (whose attractions range from the California Academy of Sciences to the de Young Museum to, surprisingly, a herd of bison), and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Our students also study and play in our neighboring city of Berkeley. They take advantage of our partner programs with UC Berkeley, attend plays at the Berkeley Rep, and devour ridiculously huge pizza slices on Telegraph Avenue.

During your time at Mills, you’ll have the opportunity to explore all the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer:

  • International cuisine—from authentic Asian to vegan Ethiopian to fall-off-the-bone barbecue
  • Outdoor adventures—including Lake Chabot, Ocean Beach, Muir Woods, and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Pro sports games—with six local teams including the six-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the Oakland A's
  • Science and learning centers—ranging from the Chabot Space & Science Center to the Exploratorium to the Tech Museum of Innovation
  • World-class museums—like the Asian Art Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and the recently expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art