Student Guide to San Jose, California

TRANSPORTATION

AIRPORT


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

SFO

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

Oakland

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


SUPERSHUTTLE DISCOUNT
Discount Code: TBD
Discount Valid Dates: TBD
Link: http://www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=VUKDB
Discount: Usually 10% off your reservation made online.

ONCE IN SAN JOSE:

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 
http://www.vta.org/

Including the free “DASH” shuttle

Caltrain
http://www.caltrain.com/

There are also apps for your phone. 


HOTEL INFORMATION

OFFICIAL HOTELS:

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

OTHER PLACES TO SLEEP

There are of course the usual Airbnb’s, and some of you may qualify as well to stay at the local universities such as http://www.housing.sjsu.edu/conferenceservices/overnightguest/ and
https://www.scu.edu/auxiliary-services/conference-services/lodging-accommodations/

But these are also fairly nearby:

Hotel Clariana
(low to mid-priced)
http://www.hotelclariana.com/

Four Points by Sheraton
(low to mid-priced)
http://www.fourpointssanjosedowntown.com/?EM=EM_YELP_STWD_LISTINGS_FP_3510_NAD_FM&SWAQ=953P

Hotel De Anza
(low to mid-priced)
https://www.destinationhotels.com/hotel-de-anza

Hyatt Place San Jose Downtown
https://sanjose.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?src=corp_yelp_businesslisting_sjczj_en_homepage_desktop&code=YB

AC Hotel by Marriott
(mid-priced)
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sjcac-ac-hotel-san-jose-downtown/

San Jose Marriott
(mid-priced)
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sjcsj-san-jose-marriott/

The Westin San Jose
(pricey)
http://www.westinsanjose.com/

Fairmont San Jose
(pricey but delightful, nice pool, decent breakfast buffet often included) http://www.fairmont.com/san-jose/

Also, the https://www.sanjose.org/meetings/quick-guides 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.

LINK TO CONVENTION CENTER GUIDE


PLACES TO EAT


Groceries

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
groceryoutlet.com
A mix of cheap groceries and assorted odds & ends – like home décor and toiletries

Zanottos
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
http://places.singleplatform.com/voltaire-coffee-house/menu
voltairecoffeehouse.com
Coffee, Liege waffles, pastries

Vero’s Coffee Bar
387 S 1st St, Ste 126 San Jose, CA 95113
http://www.veroscoffee.com/
Coffee Bar with nice outdoor and free Wi-Fi

Pizzetta 408
387 South 1st St, Ste 104
San Jose, CA 95113
http://www.pizzetta408.com/

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

The Fountainhead Bar
367 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
https://www.facebook.com/fountainheadbar/

Toasted Craft
387 S First St
San Jose, CA 95113
https://www.toastedcraftsandwiches.com/
Toasted sammies

Academic Coffee
499 S 2nd St
San Jose, CA 95113
https://www.instagram.com/academiccoffeesj/
Try the mochi muffin and nitro cold brew

Cubamex
325 S 1st St, Ste 120
San Jose, CA 95113
https://www.yelp.com/biz/cubamex-san-jose
Cuban sammies and guava cheesecake

Orchestria Palm Court
27 E William St
San Jose, CA 95112
http://www.orchestriapalmcourt.com/
Self playing violin, ragtime and other jazz forms, Italian & Austrian fare, old fashioned sodas

Caffe Frascati
315 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
http://www.caffefrascati.com/
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
https://www.yelp.com/biz/downtown-poki-san-jose-2
Poki with a tomato rice choice

China Chen
400 S 3rd St
San Jose, CA 95112
http://chinachen.org/
Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, ala Banh Bot Chien and various noodle soups

Dakao
98 E San Salvador St
San Jose, CA 95112
http://dakaosj.wixsite.com/dakao
Vietnamese sammies, Pho soup and dessert-like drinks

Cafe Stritch
374 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
http://www.cafestritch.com/
Soul food, southern, variable mac and cheese

Haberdasher
43 W San Salvador St
San Jose, CA 95113
http://www.haberdashersj.com/


Further but worth it:


Back a Yard
80 N Market St,
San Jose, CA 95113
http://backayard.net/restaurants/index.html
Caribbean cuisine – heavy on the Jamaican

Iguanas – Home of the Burritozilla
330 S 3rd St A,
San Jose, CA 95112
http://burritozilla.com/

IPOH Garden Malaysian Cuisine
150 S First St, Ste 111
San Jose, CA 95113
https://www.yelp.com/biz/ipoh-garden-malaysian-cuisine-san-jose?
Malaysian/Singaporean classics like Hainanese chicken rice, Mee Goreng, Char Kway Teow, etc.


FOR THE FUNZIES

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

 

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