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The Art Institute of California – San Francisco is located in the Mid-Market area in San Francisco's Civic Center at 1170 Market Street. In early 2009, the school increased its size in a second building just across the Plaza in the 10UN Building at 1130 Market Street from the second floor to the entire building.
This expansion coincided with the launch of The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco. The culinary program is housed in the new, expanded location, and includes kitchens, lecture halls and a full service student-run restaurant that opened in early 2010. The 10UN facility also includes an audio studio, launched in 2009. The 10UN facility brings an additional 42,589 square feet (3,956.6 m2) to The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, bringing the campus to nearly 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) on the United Nations Plaza.
Public transportation is accessible near the campus in the form of BART, and MUNI stations
San Francisco is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. With historical architecture and a beautiful skyline, the city's exterior view is enough to inspire creativity. Popular areas of the city include Little Italy, Chinatown, the Mission District, Telegraph Hill, and Haight-Ashbury—which is forever associated with the 1960s hippie culture.
The city enjoys a cool climate year-round, with mean temperatures around 60 degrees—and the people who make San Francisco home have no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the weather. The city has more than 200 miles of bike paths, as well as numerous public tennis facilities and outdoor parks with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Cultural amenities include The War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, The War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, and The Fillmore. At these locations, students take in performances by the city's opera, ballet, symphony, and other performing arts organizations. Museums include The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Palace of the Legion of Honor, and the Asian Art Museum.
Sports fans enjoy following the Giants and 49ers. And running enthusiasts take part in the yearly Bay to Breakers race, known for its colorful costumes. The city also holds a popular marathon that attracts over 20,000 people each year.
Major employers in the region include Google, Salesforce, Twitter, Square, Dropbox, and Airbnb.
Many students enjoy apartment living in school-sponsored housing at The Fillmore Center in San Francisco. This housing site is conveniently located within a 20-minute commute from the school using Muni public transportation.