Centrally and conveniently located, Hayward is the 6th largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering all the wonderful diversity of a bustling small city. Served by Interstates 880 and 238, it is 25 miles southeast of San Francisco, 26 miles north of San Jose and 14 miles south of Oakland. Hayward has two BART stations (Hayward and South Hayward), an Amtrak station, Hayward Executive Airport, and easy access to the larger San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose International airports. For more information on the unique quality of life in Hayward, check out its local newspaper, The Daily Review.
Be sure to subscribe to the “Arts are Alive” postings for Cal State East Bay, which is a great resource for art, music, speakers and exciting cultural events. There are also numerous movie theaters and local theater groups to enjoy. The incredible sports, arts and entertainment culture of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose is just a short BART ride away. Hayward is full of lively shopping malls, featuring dining, movie theaters and diverse retail, the largest of which is the Southland Mall. Don’t miss the wonderful local Farmers Market each Wednesday, from 10-2pm, 27400 Hesperian Boulevard.
The Hayward Unified School District, with its 22 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools, is committed to enabling “all students to recognize and strive to fulfill their potential as caring, thinking, productive, contributing and responsible participants in our changing world.” Hayward is also home to the main campus of California State University East Bay, (the city’s largest employer) and the Chabot Community College, and the nearby Ohlone College.