Welcome to Hult San Francisco

Real stories, big city, bold choices

Overview

Why study business in San Francisco?

Disruption is the name of the game in San Francisco—a forward-thinking city built on networking and entrepreneurial ambition. It's a city with a unique corporate culture, an emphasis on technology, and a pioneering attitude toward sustainability.

Located at the base of the iconic Telegraph Hill, in the Embarcadero neighborhood, Hult's San Francisco campus sits in the heart of a global center for innovation. Studying here gives you the chance to explore the Bay Area region and experience the culture that makes it such a desirable destination for nationalities from all over the world.

Highlights

  • Global center of digital innovation

  • Friendly, diverse, multicultural city

  • Entrepreneurs thrive with networking and funding opportunities

  • Mild weather all year round

  • Adventures on your doorstep: Napa, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Santa Cruz

51

Fortune 500 companies are based in the San Francisco Bay Area region

112

languages are spoken in San Francisco

%

39

of San Francisco residents were born overseas

Our campus

A space designed for innovation

Renowned architects at TSAO Design created our San Francisco campus building. A former dotcom headquarters, it has the informal and open-plan feel of a startup. Spread over four floors and occupying 60,000 square feet, it features amphitheater-style classrooms, video conferencing stations, breakout rooms, and student lounges.

Perks & facilities

  • Floor-to-ceiling windows that let in the California sunshine

  • 6 lecture theatres and immersive classrooms

  • Open fourth-floor space for events and gatherings

  • Short walk to downtown

  • Secure bike parking available for students

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Hult International Business School San Francisco Campus - interior

Student life

Get involved on campus

Immerse yourself in life at Hult San Francisco and meet the students, professors, and alumni who shape the vibe on campus. You'll have plenty of opportunities to attend industry networking events and informal meetups, plus the chance to get involved in Hult’s sociable, sporty, and business-focused clubs and societies.

Clubs & events

  • The AI Society's Women in AI event

  • Women in Business

  • Innovation & Project Management Clubs

  • Alumni panels & speaker series

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Silicon Valley Speaker Series

Some of Silicon Valley's top thought leaders from companies including Adobe, Apple, Expedia, Google, and Microsoft gathered at Hult San Francisco to share their insights, answer questions, and look to the future of business and technology.

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Take a seat in Professor Ted Ladd’s classroom

Check out a week in the life of a Hult classroom, led by inspirational professor Ted Ladd. His Master’s in Entrepreneurship and Innovation class is made to be experienced. See what Alice, Hamad, Francisca, and Eva see firsthand and feel the buzz of what it would be like to study with them in San Francisco.

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What skills do Hult grads bring to the table?

As a Technical Project Manager at Tesla, Morten Juul’s job moves fast. Fortunately, as a Hult Dual Degree alum, he’s used to thriving in a diverse, forward-thinking, and challenging environment. Find out what valuable skills Morten believes Hult graduates can bring to the table when working for innovative global companies.

Gender Intelligence

This student club aims to promote the involvement of women in the workplace, reduce the gender gap, empower women to speak up, and facilitate skills that allow professionals to work with all people, not against them.

Inside Wells Fargo

Students visited Wells Fargo in San Francisco to get an insider look at the company and chat with Hult alumni already working for the financial services giant in the Bay Area.

Alumni panels

Hult alums in the Bay Area regularly come to campus to meet current students, share their journey after Hult, and give future graduates the benefit of their experience.

Location

In the heart of downtown

Hult students live and learn just minutes away from Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Levi’s Plaza. Our campus is surrounded by hundreds of tech companies and startups that give the city its innovative edge, as well as the Fortune 500 companies of the Financial District.

Getting to campus

To get to campus, most students take electric public scooters, bikes, Uber, Lyft, or public transportation. You'll find the best route using 511.org or Google Maps.

If you plan on taking BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), the closest BART stations are either Montgomery or Embarcadero. It is about a 20-minute walk to campus from either station, or you can take a shuttle from Embarcadero station directly to campus.

Hult International Business School
1355 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA

+1 415 869 2900

Student housing

Where to live

San Francisco is a highly desirable city to live in, meaning apartments are often taken quickly. If you haven't secured your housing prior to arrival at Hult, we recommend making a reservation at a local hotel, hostel, or Airbnb apartment for at least the first week or two. This will give you time to explore the city and find the perfect place to live during your studies. Most students take between one and three weeks to find permanent accommodation.

Close to campus

Great if you like being among the hustle and bustle and don’t like long commutes, but be aware that rental prices in these areas tend to be on the higher end of the city’s spectrum.

  • Financial District - $$$$ (10 minutes)

  • North Beach - $$$$ (15 minutes)

  • Marina - $$$$ (25 minutes)

  • Russian Hill - $$$ (25 minutes)

  • Telegraph Hill - $$$ (10-minute walk)

  • Soma - $$ (30 minutes)

  • Lower Nob Hill - $$ (35 minutes)

  • Chinatown - $ (15 minutes)

Inner neighborhood

As San Francisco is geographically quite a small city, the inner suburbs offer a convenient place for students to live.

  • South Beach - $$$$ (25 minutes)

  • Nob Hill - $$$$ (30 minutes)

  • Pacific Heights - $$$ (40 minutes)

  • Hayes Valley - $$$ (40 minutes)

  • Mission - $$ (35 minutes)

  • Presidio - $$ (40 minutes)

  • Alamo Square - $$ (45 minutes)

  • NOPA - $ (40 minutes)

  • Haight-Ashbury - $ (45 minutes)

Outer neighborhood

If you are willing to move a bit further from the city center, you will find some more affordable housing options.

  • Duboce Triangle - $$$ (30 minutes)

  • Castro - $$$$ (35 minutes)

  • Tiburon - $$$ (50 minutes)

  • Oakland - $$ (45 minutes)

  • Outer Richmond - $$ (55 minutes)

  • Berkley - $$ (50 minutes)

  • Ingleside - $ (45 minutes)

  • Alameda Island - $ (55 minutes)

  • Outer Sunset - $ (60 minutes)

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

You can always arrange a call with our enrollment team who will be able to answer your questions. In the meantime, take a look at some of the information below to find out more details on living and studying in San Francisco.

What is the average rent for an apartment in San Francisco?

The average cost to rent a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco ranges from $2,200 to $2,800 per month.

What are the best ways to get around San Francisco?

Most San Francisco residents take advantage of the city's comprehensive public transportation system, including BART, MUNI, and buses. Hult has a shuttle service from Embarcadero station, a major transport hub, directly to campus. 

You can also walk and bike around the city.

What kind of weather can I expect in San Francisco?

San Francisco's weather is mild year-round, with cool summers and mild winters. It’s home to a unique microclimate influenced by the cold California Current offshore, the heat from the California mainland, and the city's varied topography.

This microclimate system results in significant weather variations across different neighborhoods. For example, while the western parts of the city can be foggy and cool, the eastern neighborhoods might be sunny and warmer at the same time.

What kind of cultural activities are available in San Francisco?

San Francisco offers a vast array of cultural activities, including world-class museums, live music and theater performances, and diverse culinary experiences representing global cultures.

The city is known for its significant diversity, showcasing a rich tapestry of ethnic communities, languages, and cultural traditions, making it one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the United States.

Which industries are booming in San Francisco?

The combination of talent, investment capital, and entrepreneurship, fuels innovation across these fast-growing sectors in San Francisco:

  1. Technology: San Francisco is a global hub for the tech industry, housing the headquarters of major tech giants like Google, Apple, Facebook (Meta), Salesforce, and many others. Startups in areas like AI, software, cybersecurity, and digital health are thriving.

  2. Biotech and Life Sciences: The Bay Area is a leading center for biotech and pharmaceutical companies, medical technology firms, and life sciences research. Major players like Genentech, Gilead Sciences, and 23andMe are based here.

  3. Financial Technology (FinTech): Many innovative financial tech startups are based n the city, disrupting areas like mobile payments, cryptocurrency, investment apps, and digital banking.

  4. Clean Technology (CleanTech): With a focus on sustainability, the region is home to many clean energy, renewable technology, green transportation, and environmental companies.

  5. Digital Media and Entertainment: Online media, gaming, streaming entertainment services, and content creation platforms have a strong presence, like Netflix, Pixar, and Twitch.

  6. Food and Beverage: The Bay Area is known for its creative food scene, craft breweries, wineries, and restaurant tech companies.

Is San Francisco a safe city?

While recent data suggests a marginally higher concern for crime in San Francisco, the city is vibrant, culturally rich, and actively working towards enhancing public safety. Efforts to mitigate crime are ongoing, with community and law enforcement collaboration playing an important role. 

What is San Francisco doing to address homelessness? 

Through increased shelter availability, permanent housing initiatives, and strict enforcement of laws against public encampments for those declining shelter, the city is working to mitigate the impact of homelessness.

You can read more about the city's Homelessness Recovery Plan here: www.sf.gov/data/homelessness-recovery-plan

What is the neighborhood around the Hult San Francisco campus like?

The Hult San Francisco campus is in the pristine Embarcadero neighborhood, known for its stunning views of the Bay and waterfront areas. This picturesque area combines natural beauty, parks, trails, and jogging and biking paths.

It is the hub for gourmet eateries, walking distance to the Ferry, which is a 45-minute ride to Vallejo, and the gateway to the Napa wine region. Embarcadero is also the center of a thriving business environment and an ideal spot for professionals who enjoy an active lifestyle. 

“The cultural richness, academic excellence, tech innovation, natural beauty, recreational

opportunities, and commitment to sustainability make San Francisco a great place to live and study.

Barbara Godoy

Campus Dean, San Francisco

Barbara Godoy

Programs available in San Francisco

Master's Degree

International Business

Gain a broad, practical understanding of business with on-the-ground international experience.

Home campus options: Boston, London, San Francisco, Dubai

Full-time

Master's Degree

Business Analytics

Gain the analytical capability and business acumen to translate data into meaningful actions.

Home campus options: Boston, San Francisco

Full-time

Master's Degree

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Gain the skills needed for value creation and learn to devise and deliver new products and services.

Home campus: San Francisco

Full-time

Master's Degree

Marketing & Analytics

Combine the strategic and creative skills of marketing with data know-how and analytical insight.

Home campus options: San Francisco, London

Full-time

MBA Degree

Global One-Year MBA

Accelerate your career in international business in one intensive year with a transformative global experience.

Home campus options: Boston, London, San Francisco, Dubai

Full-time (One year)

What our students say

San Francisco is one of the melting pots of the business world. All these tech companies and entrepreneurs determine the current status quo and the future.

Valentin Holoch

German

2019

Hult San Francisco grew my cultural awareness. I was exposed to a highly motivated international student body that boosted my network beyond my expectations.

Sebastian Perez Hoyos

Colombian/German

2019

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