Google Street View provides virtual look at SF State campus

Prospective SF State students looking to scope out the campus, alumni wanting a trip down memory lane or anyone else wishing to explore the grounds can now do so without leaving home.

A photo of the SFSU Bookstore and quad as seen from Google Street View.

The SFSU Bookstore and quad as seen from Google Street View. Image courtesy Google Street View Imagery.

SF State is one of more than 20 campuses across the U.S. that played host to Google’s famous "Street View" cameras. Responding to user demand for a wider range of Street View images, Google mounted its cameras onto three-wheeled pedicabs called trikes to capture 360-degree panoramic images of participating places cars can’t reach, including universities.

The feature means anyone around the world can stroll from the dorms, past the Cesar Chavez Student Center, through the quad and beyond -- all from their computer or mobile phone by simply accessing Google Maps.

"It’s a great thing to have available for prospective students considering SF State," said Jo Volkert, associate vice president for Enrollment Management. "It’s a good way for students to check out our campus when they can’t come here in person. It seems like it would be especially useful for international students."

Street View imagery on Google Maps is just the latest way those interested in SF State can explore the campus virtually. In October, the University launched an app for iPhone and Android that allows users to download photos and interactive information from 27 locations on campus.

To view SF State’s campus on Street View, visit and search "San Francisco State University," then drag the orange pegman icon directly onto the map of the campus. Click here to see Google’s Street View trike in action.


-- Jonathan Morales