Explore Sonoma County and Beyond

Get To Know Your New Home

Vineyard and hills with a sunsetLocated in Northern California's Sonoma County, one hour north of San Francisco and 45 minutes from the Pacific Ocean, Sonoma State University feels like home to all. Whether you have lived in a big city, small town or are from out-of-state, Rohnert Park is a town that is here to welcome you. With a population just over 40,000, Rohnert Park is a quaint place with big opportunities. 

There is always something to do on campus and in the nearby community. Let's explore some campus events and what Sonoma County has to offer.

On-Campus Fun!

Students talking across a table at a large event with a ferris wheel in backgroundWhether it’s a carnival night, drive-in movie, or petting zoo, you can have your schedule full of exciting events to attend. Most events are free to students and have the potential to be some of your favorite memories at SSU. 

On-Campus Event May Include:

  • Carnival Nights 
  • Drive-In Movies 
  • DIY Craft Nights 
  • Concerts and Performances 
  • Food Truck Pop Ups

Things To Do In Sonoma County

Bodega Bay ocean view with sunsetting From hiking trails just minutes from campus to unique and delicious food and beverage options and so much more, we encourage students to visit the surrounding areas for adventure, opportunity, and exploration. 

Approximate Distance from Sonoma State University

  • Petaluma: 7.6 miles
  • Santa Rosa: 7.1 miles
  • Sonoma: 12 miles
  • Healdsburg: 22 miles
  • Sebastopol: 9 miles
  • Napa: 21 miles 
  • The Coast: 20 miles
  • San Francisco: 41 miles 

All landmarks, restaurants, and attractions below are driving distance from Sonoma State University.