California State University, Hayward, is a lovely campus set into the hills of this mostly-working-class town. If the university has a play in production, you may want to check it out; the theater department has a very good reputation among educators in the state.
Quick Tips: Your biggest challenge is to decide what class of motel suits your needs. The two main areas of town with accommodations are on Mission right by the university. A few miles away, in proximity to Chabot College and the mall, is the other "strip" of accommodations.
Best Way To Get Around: A car is a must in Hayward, unless you are quite hearty and look as though you will win any fight that picks you.