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The World Affairs Center

World Affairs is housed in the World Affairs Center – a 6-story building in Union Square in San Francisco which is owned and operated by World Affairs. The building offers meeting facilities including a large auditorium, a members’ lounge, and smaller meeting rooms – all of which are available for rent for special events. We especially welcome non-profits and businesses who may want to rent our space for their events. For further information, please visit us here.

World Affairs programs are held in our Auditorium which is located on the second floor.

Please note that our mailing address is 312 Sutter Street, Suite 312, San Francisco, California 94108.

Directions and Parking

To access our building you can follow the directions below or use
Google Maps to customize your driving.

Driving from the South Bay

US 101 North

  • Follow signs for Bay Bridge/Interstate 80
    • Exit on Fourth Street
    • Turn left onto Bryant Street
    • Turn left onto Third Street
    • Third Street becomes Kearny Street
    • Turn left onto to Sutter Street


I 280 North

  • Stay on I280 North until it turns into King Street in San Francisco
    • Turn left on Third Street
    • Stay on Third Street which becomes Kearny after Market Street
    • Stay on Kearny
    • Turn left on Sutter Street

Driving from the North Bay

  • Take the Golden Gate Bridge to US 101 (Lombard Street)
  • Turn right on Scott Street
    • Turn left on Bush Street
    • Turn right on Grant Avenue
    • Turn right on Sutter Street

Driving from the East Bay

  • Take the Bay Bridge
    • Take the Fremont exit
    • Stay on Fremont and pass Market Street
    • Turn left onto Pine Street
    • Turn left onto Battery which becomes Market
    • Turn right onto Sutter Street

Taking BART

  • Take BART to the Embarcadero station
    • Walk southwest on Market Street (turning your back to the Bay)
    • Turn slight right onto Sutter Street
    • For schedule information, visit BART online.

Taking Muni

World Affairs is easily accessible via muni with multiple buses stopping within a block or two. Visit Muni online for route and schedule information.

Parking Near 312 Sutter Street

There are several parking facilities within close range of the World Affairs Center. Below is a selection:

Sutter Stockton Garage
444 Stockton
Street San Francisco, CA 94108
Hours and fees are listed here

The White House Garage
223 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Hours and fees are listed here

Union Square Garage
333 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Hours and fees are listed here

Please visit Spothero.com for information about other parking garages.