Campus Housing

Location
Stanford, CA
Undergrads
7,003
Tuition
$42,225
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Student

Campus Housing: A good time with good people, all in all.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love Stanford's housing because the rooms are spacious and great.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are so many options and different types of housing, everyone can find something they like. Freshman dorms are incredibly social and valuable experience, plus self-ops, co-ops and Greek houses continue some of that throughout the rest of your 4 years. Upperclassmen dorms are not as social, but usually spacious and fairly nice.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm life and amenities are great, partly due to location.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 5th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 14th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 56th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1222nd
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandria Butler
Hometown
St. Louis, MO
Major
Communications, Spanish
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Student opinions of on-campus housing are appropriately mixed—there are so many different options that your housing experience can vary. There are standard dormitories (with 60 to 200 people), self-operated houses where students manage finances and cleaning (with 25 to 50 people), and co-ops where residents do all of the cooking and cleaning. Mirrielees House is an apartment-style dorm where you don’t have a meal plan, and you can do your own cooking. Some students are quite happy living in a regular dormitory, while others have a much better time in a smaller house. Most feel that freshman year is best spent living in an all-freshman dorm because you’ll get to know a lot more people and have a better social life. After freshman year, you have the option to live in a dorm again or in a Row house. Stanford’s lottery system called “The Draw” has a huge effect on the options you have each year.

Stanford definitely has one of the most diverse housing systems of any university, and there’s a large disparity between the qualities of different options. Some students live in crowded one-room triples and have mediocre food, while others live in singles and have a great house chef. The lottery, which gives you a random number that affects where you can live, supposedly mediates the disparity. Of course, some people are just unlucky. Others will manage to find loopholes; some people join fraternities, while others become staff members. Where you live on campus greatly influences your quality of life, though not always for the most obvious reasons. Having good food or a large room is nice, but sometimes having the right roommate or good people in your hall makes the biggest difference.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
11,339
Average Housing Costs
$6,700
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Cooperative housing
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
91%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
12
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Freshman Dorms
Stern Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Anywhere on the Row
Worst Freshman Dorms
Sterling Quad - FroSoCo (Adams and Schiff)
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Wilbur Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Students can also opt to live in "The Row" or small group houses with themes and programs. The types of houses include self-operated houses, cooperative houses, and Greek houses. There are also theme and focus houses, including language/culture/academic houses and ethnic/cross-cultural houses.
Available for Rent
Fridge, microwave, water dispenser
Did You Know?
Stanford, like the entire state of California, is basically smoke-free. You cannot smoke inside any restaurant, or even in bars.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Branner Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Courtyard, common area, computer cluster, conference room, dining room, in-room sinks, library, on-site dining, seminar room, student lounge; public service theme house
Crothers Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Computer clusters, game room, gender-neutral restrooms, indoor and outdoor common areas, lawn with barbecue, laundry facilities, music room, on-site dining, outdoor bocce ball court, seminar room, student lounges, TV room; global citizenship theme house
Florence Moore Hall (Alondra, Cardenal, Faisan, Gavilan, Loro, Mirlo, and Paloma houses)
Floors: 3 in each of seven buildings
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, and triples
Special Features: On-site dining, student lounges and common areas; houses named after Spanish words for birds
Governor's Corner Houses (EAST, Murray, and Yost)
Floors: 3 in each of three buildings
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Balconies, community kitchens, computer clusters, decks, dining rooms, laundry facilities, lobby, outdoor barbecue grill, student lounges; home to Education and Society, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and Spanish Language theme houses
Governor's Corner Suites (Anderson, Griffin, Jenkins, and Marx houses)
Floors: 2 in each of four buildings
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-, six-, and eight-bedroom suites (singles)
Special Features: Community kitchenette, laundry facilities, living room in each unit; residents required to join one of four Dining Societies.
Lagunita Court (Adelfa, Eucalipto, Granada, Naranja, and Ujamaa)
Floors: 2-3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, and triples
Special Features: Central courtyard, community kitchenettes, computer clusters, student lounges and common areas; grassy field across the street, nearby dining at Lakeside, outdoor trail around Lake Lagunita
Manzanita Park (CastaƱo, Kimball, and Lantana halls)
Floors: 3 in each of three buildings
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, quads
Special Features: Balconies (Kimball), computer clusters, elevator (Kimball), Handicap accessible, on-site dining, outdoor gathering spaces, student lounges, study rooms; Kimball is the performing arts-themed dorm; there is also a recording studio in the dorm for residents to use.
Roble Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, quads
Special Features: Computer cluster, game lounge, laundry facilities, library, music room, seminar room, student lounge, study lounge, theatre; adjacent to Lakeside Dining
Sterling Quad (Adams and Schiff halls, Potter and Robinson houses)
Floors: 3-4 in each of four buildings
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Common areas, community kitchenettes, computer rooms, laundry facilities, outdoor recreation areas, study rooms; Freshman/Sophomore College (FroSoCo), East-Asian Studies, Spanish Language/Academic, and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE) theme programs
Stern Hall (Burbank, Casa Zapata, Donner, Larkin, Serra, and Twain houses)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, some upperclassmen (Casa Zapata only)
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Common areas, dining rooms, student lounges; adjacent to Stern Dining, home to Chicano/Latino theme house
Toyon Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Computer cluster, courtyard, library, lobby, seminar room, student lounges; adjacent to new Arrillaga Family Dining Commons
Wilbur Hall (Arroyo, Cedro, Junipero, Okada, Otero, Rinconada, Soto, and Trancos houses)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, some upperclassmen (Okada house only)
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: breezeways connecting houses, common areas, computer clusters, dining rooms, student lounges; adjacent to Wilbur dining, home to Asian American cross-cultural theme house (Okada)

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Mirrielees House
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two- and three-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen and living room; building features balconies, common areas, computer clusters, laundry facilities, outdoor patio and barbecue area, student lounges
Oak Creek Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include air conditioning, balcony, carpet, furnished living areas; complex features biking and hiking trails, billiards room, clubhouse, movie theater, parking garage, sauna, swimming pool, tennis courts, weight room

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