California population is growing my leaps and bounds every year. Naturally there is no stunt in that growth when it comes to the Hayward area. It is best to follow the college calendar when looking for an apartment. Look for graduation dates as this is when you will see a flux of students leaving the campus and thus more apartments opening.
Look to other college students for first word about any apartments opening up. Competition is going to be tough in this area as numerous students will be applying for a place to live. You need to get your paperwork completed on time and work expediently in order to get a chance at getting head of the other applicants.
Being in California as well as the San Francisco Bay area, having your own means of transportation is critical in getting around the area. However if you don't have reliable transportation then the Hayward area does have a public transportation system that can get you from point A to point B.
There are a number of restaurants in the area that feature some of the finest in California cuisine. If you like to golf then there are three golf courses to choose from including Stonebrae Golf Course, Skywest Golf Course and Mission Hills Golf Course. Of course naturally there are a number of shops if you love shopping.