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Welcome to Residency

Residency Overview

Students and faculty meet five times per semester for four-day residencies. On-site learning during residencies is combined with interactive distance learning, including required synchronous online class sessions, conference calls, readings, team-oriented assignments, and projects with real companies.

Residency & COVID-19

After nearly a year and a half, we are excited to be able to come back together this month for in-person residency. However, with the Delta variant spreading rapidly, affecting both vaccinated and unvaccinated populations, we want to ensure we keep our communities near and far healthy and safe.  

As a reminder, here are our COVID-19 guidelines: 

  • We are requiring proof of vaccination for anyone attending in person (please submit no later than August 14th
  • In compliance with Alameda County requirements, we will also require all community members to wear masks while indoors at residency.  
  • If you are vaccinated and were exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please be sure to be tested and receive a negative result before attending residency. 

We will be providing color-coded bracelets to all students attending in-person residency. These bracelets will indicate each person’s social distancing preferences, as follows:

  • Red means “Please maintain a six-foot distance.”
  • Yellow indicates “No handshakes, but elbow bumps are allowed.” 
  • Green signifies that handshakes are welcome. 


Attendance at monthly residencies is required. Any student who misses more than one residency class session per term will not qualify to pass the course. Exceptions can only be made in extenuating circumstances. In the case where a student must miss part or all of a residency, the student must inform course faculty prior to the absence. It is up to the student (not faculty) to take responsibility for making up any missed class lectures or materials. Students may ask other class members if they are willing to share notes, slides or assignment details for the day(s) missed.

View Fall 2021 course offerings and room assignments.


Oakstop 17: 1721 Broadway, Oakland CA 94612
Oakstop 14: 274 14th Street, Oakland CA 94612

Note: The registrar office will communicate the course schedule and residency location (building 17 or 14) at least two weeks in advance.

Residency Resources

We’ve compiled some useful information to help you find your way around Oakland. Click below to explore resources on parking, lodging, meals, and more, to help you make the most of your time in the Bay Area.

The best parking lot in the area based on proximity and cost is the Franklin Plaza Parking Lot. If you arrive before 9:30am M­onday-Friday, there is an Early Bird Special of $12 for the full day and $1 per 20 minutes after that.

Street parking is the predominant parking option in the area. To avoid having to refill your meter every ­2 hours, we suggest downloading the ParkMobile App so you can manage your parking directly from your phone.

Parking Map

For more parking options and rates, please visit

For our more exercise-driven, eco-friendly, and/or proud Clipper Card-carrying guests, BART and AC Transit are probably the most stress-free options. Oakstop is conveniently located directly next to the 19th Street Station at 339 19th Street, Oakland, CA 94612.

BART: Students can take the Yellow Southbound BART line directly to the San Francisco airport and the Orange Southbound BART line to the Oakland airport.

BART schedule:

Weekdays (5:00am – 9:00pm)

Saturday (8:00am – 9:00pm)

Sunday (8:00am – 9:00pm)

Uptown Bart Bike Station – 1775 Broadway, Oakland CA 94612

Bus Services – Visit the AC Transit site for more information.

  • Tierra Mia Coffee – 6:30am-5:00pm, 2001 Broadway
  • Modern Coffee – 8:00am-1:00pm, 381 19th Street
  • Awaken Cafe and Roasting – 8:00am-2:00pm, 1429 Broadway
    Cool coffeehouse teaming its java with beer, wine, pastries, and live music in an art-filled space
  • Aburaya – Opens 11:00am, 362 17th Street
    Funky Japanese nook cooking up creative fried chicken and seasonal plates in an artsy, compact space
  • Falafel Boy – Opens 10:00am, 1924 Franklin Street
  • Shake Shack – Opens 11:00am, 1954 Telegraph Avenue
  • Cafe Van Kleef – Opens 1:00pm, 1621 Telegraph Avenue
    Hip watering hole offering craft cocktails and live music in digs packed with funky art and knickknacks
  • Xolo Taqueria – 9:00am-10:00pm, 1916 Telegraph Avenue
    Late-night taqueria offers creative tacos, burritos, and other Mexican comfort eats in a cool setting
  • Itani Ramin – 1736 Telegraph Avenue
    Buzzy counter-serve bistro for regional Japanese ramen bowls and sweets served from a vending machine
  • World Famous HotBoys – Opens 11:00am, 1601 San Pablo Avenue
    Fried chicken with five levels of spice, plus American sides and beers, served in retro-cool environs
  • Saigon Restaurant – Opens 10:00am, 326 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
    Unassuming Vietnamese restaurant with outdoor seating serving noodles, seafood, and curries
  • The Hatch Oakland – Opens 4:00pm, 402 15th Street
    Laid-back joint offering an array of hot dogs and beers in a modern space, plus live entertainment

Hampton Inn Oakland Downtown378 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607 (+1-510-607-8200)

Courtyard by Oakland Marriott – 988 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607 (+1-510-625-8282)

Ramada by Wyndham Oakland Downtown City Center – 371 13th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 (+1-510-683-1190)

Washington Inn495 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94607 (+1-510-452-1776)

Z Hotel Jack London Square 233 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607 (+1-510-452-4565)


There is a Keypad located at the front door of 1721 Oakstop and Oakstop 14. Please input the code the correct code for each location:

  • 1721 Oakstop: 202#
  • Oakstop 14: 202#, code is also available outside of the building.
  1. Wait for the security guard to return. There should always be a security guard behind the front desk on the first floor. If the security guard is not behind the front desk, then they are making rounds or using the restroom. Please remain calm and wait for them to return to the front desk.
  2. Call Davis O’Shea @ (510) 698-9370.
  3. Call a colleague upstairs to let you in.

The Oakstop building always has a security guard/front desk person to open the front door Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM-5:30 PM.

Upon your first arrival at Oakstop, please check in with the front desk on the first floor of 1721 Broadway. Please be prepared to show the security your Presidio or State ID and confirm that you are part of Presidio Graduate School with the Oakstop location.

  • The Oakstop space will be accessible to the Presidio community at 8:30 am on Monday-Friday, and will close at 5:00 pm.
  • Saturday/Sunday: Oakstop rooms are available for booking on the weekends. Please contact Davis O’Shea in order to reserve a room at (510) 698-9370
  • Coffee/tea is available to Presidio students in the Oakstop lobby and in the 1721 Oakstop kitchen. If you would like coffee access within your classroom, please discuss with a staff member or the front desk and they will provide a coffee machine.
  • The events and program coordinator and other administrative staff try to be present during Residency to answer any questions you may have and get to know the community better. Say hello if you see someone you don’t recognize! Staff will be located in the hallways. If you can’t find a Presidio staff member, check-in with the front desk, they will be able to answer your question or contact the person who can.
  • Tech Support: if you are having any tech issues that hinder your ability within the classroom, please check in with Davis O’Shea at the front desk, who can help to escalate as necessary.
  • Bike Room: There is a small area in the lobby dedicated to bike storage. This area is small. In order to guarantee bike security and parking, you can also park your bike in a bike parking garage located nearby called the Uptown Bike Station. You can get permission from the faculty to store the bike in the classroom.
  • Storage: If you need to store luggage or personal belongings, ask or contact Davis O’Shea at (510) 698-9370 during Oakstop’s business hours. Or, feel free to discuss with the front desk upon arrival. Storage talk to the front desk
  • Kitchen: There is a full kitchen available at the 1721 location open for usage. The kitchen resources include:
    • Microwave: One microwave is located in the Oakstop 17 kitchen area, which the Presidio community is welcome to use.
    • Refrigerator: There is only one refrigerator within Oakstop 1721, which is within the kitchen area open for Presidio students to use.
  • Lactation/Mother’s Room: There is not a specific room for this purpose at Oakstop. If you need a private space for this purpose, please contact Davis O’Shea at the front desk at (510) 698-9370.

Make sure to ask whether student discounts exist at food, transportation, hotel, entertainment and other establishments. Some known student discounts include the following:


  • Fox Theatre – 1807 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612
    Live music venue in a historic building housing an art school, bar, restaurant, and courtyard
  • Lake Merritt view from Snow Park – Harrison Street at 19th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
  • Little Giant Ice Cream – Opens 2:00pm, 1951 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

Natural spaces

Oakland is a beautiful area, with many pockets of nature near Oakstop. Use this handy Oakland Wiki page to learn about privately-owned public spaces and see an expanded list. Some nearby suggestions include:

  • Henry j. Kaiser Memorial Park: This park includes beautiful sculptures, green walkways, and benches for your enjoyment.
  • Snow Park: A large grassy area with beautiful views of Lake Merritt.
  • Kaiser Rooftop Garden: Great rooftop terrace and garden. The garden is accessible via the parking garage elevator near the corner of 21st and Webster Streets.
  • Super Family Farms Pumpkin Patch: A fun, family-friendly activity including a petting zoo, jumpies, and of course, pumpkins! Open daily from 10:00am-9:00pm.

Attractions in San Francisco

  • Take a trip to the California Academy of Sciences, located in Golden Gate Park. If your visit lands during May-June, don’t miss the chance to stop by the Rose Garden just around the corner.
  • Plan a visit to the Exploratorium to enjoy playful installations that exhibit science in action.
  • Take a stroll and grab a bite to eat at one of the stalls at the Ferry Building Farmers Market (weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays).
  • Stop by the Palace of Fine Arts as you make your way over to Crissy Field to enjoy a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. If you hit some legendary Bay Area fog, stop into the Warming Hut for a hot drink!
  • Pack a picnic and camp out at Dolores Park on a sunny day.
  • Take a tour of San Francisco’s famous North Beach neighborhood, and stop into one of the historical Italian-style bars for a bite (or a Negroni)!
  • See natural spaces in the Entertainment section of this page for ideas about places where you can work in scenic locations.
  • Oakland Public Library: Open from 10:00am-8:00pm Monday through Friday, and 10:00am-5:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • Coffee shops with free WiFi: Check out Modern Coffee at 381 19th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 (WiFi password is “postmodern”) and Awaken Cafe and Roasting at 1429 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612.
  • 24-Hour Fitness – Harrison St & 19th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 (+1-510-238-7275)
  • Wells Fargo Bank – 2040 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 94612
  • Chase Bank – 350 20th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
  • Union Bank – 1970 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Please be supportive of your sustainability efforts and use the proper trash cans. Your guide to Oakland’s waste management can be found here.
  • Recycle (Blue bins): Most products are made from glass, metal, plastic, clean paper. NOT soiled paper, plastic bags/wrappers, styrofoam, waxed cardboard/paper
  • Remember to bring your reusable coffee mugs and water bottles.
  • In case of Emergencies:
    • Contacts: For all emergency situations, call 911. Oakland Fire Department NON-Emergency line:(510) 444-3322. Oakland Police department NON-Emergency line: (510) 777-3333
    • Presidio community will meet on the corner of Broadway and 19th St. in an evacuation situation.
    • Fire alarm pull stations are located at the nearest stairwell.
  • Fire Extinguishers: Fire Extinguishers are located outside of the kitchen and the elevators on the second floor, as well as outside of the elevator and stairwell on the ground floor.
  • Stairwells: The second floor has two stairwells. Stairwell #2 is located towards Telegraph Ave. Stairwell #1 is located on the north side of the building and exits directly outside to Broadway.
  • Evacuation Plan: Familiarize yourself with Oakstop’s evacuation routes below.

Finding Your Way Around

Why Oakstop?

Oakstop provides casual gallery, event, work, and office spaces. Presidio values Oakstop’s mission to support local artists and empower its community members by providing convenient, affordable, and inclusive work and gallery spaces. Learn more about our partnership with Oakstop and its amazing founder, Trevor Parham, in our interview with him on the Presidian Blog.

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