Student Guide to San Jose, California



San Jose          

Mass Transit: About 40 mins
Take #10 VTA from Mineta San Jose International Airport,
Climb off at 1st & Metro light rail station,
Then take 901/902 Light rail Train to Convention Center Station
Driving: 10 mins


Mass Transit: About 2hrs (depends on time of day)
SFO station BART to Millbrae BART station,
then change to Caltrain and off at San Jose Diridon Station
Driving: about an hour


Mass Transit: About 1hr & 45 mins
Follow signs to Oakland Airport Connector, However the signs just say “BART”
Take Connector to Oakland Coliseum BART Station,
From Oakland Coliseum BART Station take train towards Warm Springs BART Station
Get off at Fremont BART Station and take VTA #181
Get off at West San Fernando/Almaden Station
Driving: about an hour

Discount Code: TBD
Discount Valid Dates: TBD
Discount: Usually 10% off your reservation made online.


Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

Including the free “DASH” shuttle


There are also apps for your phone. 



Per the AAA “Housing information will be available Summer 2018”


There are of course the usual Airbnb’s, and some of you may qualify as well to stay at the local universities such as and

But these are also fairly nearby:

Hotel Clariana
(low to mid-priced)

Four Points by Sheraton
(low to mid-priced)

Hotel De Anza
(low to mid-priced)

Hyatt Place San Jose Downtown

AC Hotel by Marriott

San Jose Marriott

The Westin San Jose

Fairmont San Jose
(pricey but delightful, nice pool, decent breakfast buffet often included)

Also, the has listings for hotels and activities slightly further out if one is willing to Drive/Bus/Dash into the Convention Center daily. Ironically despite the Convention Center’s parking fees the truth is that accommodations located in other parts of San Jose as well as nearby cities such as Milpitas or Fremont are so much cheaper that it might behove one to rent a car and brave the local traffic. However, I only recommend this as a solution if your budget is quite tight and you are used to driving under heavy traffic conditions. Still another option might be hotels in those cities along the VTA 181 line.

**these are not recommended by the AAA but are places in the area which are rated well by other sources. Currently the AAA doesn’t have any recommendations for places to stay.




Dai Thanh Supermarket
420 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113
Vietnamese store which carries a lot of faux-meat vegan products & fruits native to Asia

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market
272 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
A mix of cheap groceries and assorted odds & ends – like home décor and toiletries

80 S First St; San Jose, CA 95113
Small family run deli with really good sammies, soups, pasta salads and the usual Italian-American fixings. For those of you catering off-site events this is also a good place to get those needs met.

Restaurants/Coffee+Tea Shops/Gastropubs

Close to Venues:

Voltaire Coffee House
360 S Market St, Ste 80
San Jose, CA 95113
Coffee, Liege waffles, pastries

Vero’s Coffee Bar
387 S 1st St, Ste 126 San Jose, CA 95113
Coffee Bar with nice outdoor and free Wi-Fi

Pizzetta 408
387 South 1st St, Ste 104
San Jose, CA 95113

Uproar Brewing Company
439 S. First Street San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 673-2266
Beer, Americana+Poutine+Samosas: brunch, lunch, dinner and live music.

The Fountainhead Bar
367 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113

Toasted Craft
387 S First St
San Jose, CA 95113
Toasted sammies

Academic Coffee
499 S 2nd St
San Jose, CA 95113
Try the mochi muffin and nitro cold brew

325 S 1st St, Ste 120
San Jose, CA 95113
Cuban sammies and guava cheesecake

Orchestria Palm Court
27 E William St
San Jose, CA 95112
Self playing violin, ragtime and other jazz forms, Italian & Austrian fare, old fashioned sodas

Caffe Frascati
315 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
Live Music & various themed Open Mic Nights, coffee roasted on premise, Italian & American sammies and pastries

Downtown Poki
96 E San Salvador
San Jose, CA 95112
Poki with a tomato rice choice

China Chen
400 S 3rd St
San Jose, CA 95112
Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, ala Banh Bot Chien and various noodle soups

98 E San Salvador St
San Jose, CA 95112
Vietnamese sammies, Pho soup and dessert-like drinks

Cafe Stritch
374 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
Soul food, southern, variable mac and cheese

43 W San Salvador St
San Jose, CA 95113

Further but worth it:

Back a Yard
80 N Market St,
San Jose, CA 95113
Caribbean cuisine – heavy on the Jamaican

Iguanas – Home of the Burritozilla
330 S 3rd St A,
San Jose, CA 95112

IPOH Garden Malaysian Cuisine
150 S First St, Ste 111
San Jose, CA 95113
Malaysian/Singaporean classics like Hainanese chicken rice, Mee Goreng, Char Kway Teow, etc.


Atlas Obscura’s list of San Jose Things to Do
San Jose Convention Center’s Recommendations


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