Santa Cruz Campus

Located in a beautiful setting, one block from the beach on the Monterey Bay and close to the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, the Five Branches Santa Cruz campus radiates a natural and peaceful feeling. Located within a residential community, you can choose to live close-by or ride your bike to school. Lunchtime is effortless with easy access to harborside restaurants or order food to go and relax in the cozy environment of the student lounge. The Santa Cruz campus is the perfect environment for healing and for the study of Traditional Chinese medicine.

Town character

Whose face doesn’t light up when you mention Santa Cruz, California? At the top of the Monterey Bay crescent, Santa Cruz shines like an emerald between warm beaches and cool redwood forests. With a population that barely tops 54,000, Santa Cruz belies her small town size with big personality and endless possibilities for recreation and entertainment. Home to the University of California (UCSC) and Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz has a vibrant youth culture that keeps the community unique and up to date while still retaining a warm neighborhood feel.

Outdoors

If you love fresh sea air, surf and the great outdoors, you have come to the right place. Blessed with mild weather and a gorgeous coastline, Santa Cruz has lured surfers, boaters, hikers, and bikers for decades. Bursting at the seams with parks, beaches and open spaces, Santa Cruz County is one of the most beautiful places to find yourself outside.

Food and Local Agriculture

One of the five branches of Chinese Medicine is nutrition, and Santa Cruz makes it easy for you to find fresh, wholesome, local food at many restaurants, cafes, and health food markets. Nearby farms are represented at several farmers’ markets located throughout the city, featuring fresh organic fruits and vegetables, locally produced seafood, artisan cheeses, free range eggs, fresh flowers and much more.

Arts and Entertainment

The creative denizens of Santa Cruz have made sure your experience here is steeped in art of every persuasion. Museums, galleries, art tours, film festivals, theater and dance troupes will keep your cultural calendar overflowing with options. Look forward to music every night of the week, thanks to a thriving local music scene. Larger venues like Rio Theater, The Catalyst, and Kuumbwa Jazz book many national touring acts. Downtown hosts a lively shopping district with bookstores, boutiques, antique shops, restaurants, and movie theaters catering to locals and visitors alike. The historic Santa Cruz beach boardwalk, home of the world famous Big Dipper roller coaster, is a seaside amusement park that has been a family destination for over 100 years.

Mass Transportation Directions

From San Jose/Santa Clara:

Bus From San Jose Station
Take Bus 17 Santa Cruz Metro From San Jose Diridon Station
Arrive Santa Cruz Bus station
Take bus 68 towards Portola – Capitola Mall
Get off Bus at East Cliff & 5th
Walk up East Cliff drive to 7th Avenue

Driving Directions

From Peninsula (San Francisco, San Mateo, Palo Alto):

South on 101
Follow US-101 S to CA-85 S in San Jose
Take exit 398B  to get on CA-85 S
Take exit 11A to get on CA-17 S towards Santa Cruz
Take exit 1B for California 1 towards Watsonville/Monterey
Take exit 439 Soquel Avenue, Keep right at the fork
Turn Left on Soquel ave
Turn Left on 7th Ave
Drive 1.6 miles, Turn right on Bonnie St
Parking lot is on 7th and Bonnie St

South on 280
Follow I-280 S to CA-85 S in San Jose
Take exit 12 to get on CA-85 S from I-680 S
Take exit 11A to get on CA-17 S towards Santa Cruz
Take exit 1B for California 1 towards Watsonville/Monterey
Take exit 439 Soquel Avenue, Keep right at the fork
Turn Left on Soquel ave
Turn Left on 7th Ave
Drive 1.6 miles, Turn right on Bonnie St
Parking lot is on 7th and Bonnie St

From San Jose/Santa Clara:

South on 880
880 Turns into CA-17
CA-17 S towards Santa Cruz
Take exit 1B for California 1 towards Watsonville/Monterey
Take exit 439 Soquel Avenue, Keep right at the fork
Turn Left on Soquel ave
Turn Left on 7th Ave
Drive 1.6 miles, Turn right on Bonnie St
Parking lot is on 7th and Bonnie St

From Southern California:

Take US-101 North
Follow US-101 N to Salinas
Take exit 337 toward San Miguel/Canyon Road
Turn Left onto Hall Road
Turn Left onto Werner Road, Merge onto Salinas Road
Get on CA-1 N
Take exit 439 Soquel Avenue
Turn Left on Soquel ave
Turn Left on 7th Ave
Drive 1.6 miles, Turn right on Bonnie St
Parking lot is on 7th and Bonnie St

 

Five Branches University
200 7th Avenue,
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 476-9424

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