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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lots of resources to go to if you need help.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe. but information is not readily there

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Hidden but available; just the way I like it.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never not felt safe on campus since I arrived here.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very safe campus, some people give mixed reviews about Vaden Health Center, and the Police seem to exist only to give biking tickets. But overall the campus is extremely safe, so it doesn't seem to need a strong Police force anyway.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 87th
    Safest Campuses
  • 210th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 777th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandria Butler
St. Louis, MO
Communications, Spanish
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Students are overwhelmingly satisfied with the level of campus safety. Given the huge size and isolated nature of campus, it is rare that outsiders venture here at night. The police forces are adequate, and they do a good job of patrolling. It is so safe that students feel at ease when walking or biking around late at night. Students may even leave their dorm rooms unlocked without any problems. The only crime that occurs frequently is bike theft. Sometimes—especially during move-in and move-out periods—there can be more serious theft from dorms, including laptops and other expensive electronics, but this is easily avoided by locking your door.

Though often viewed as a bad thing, the Stanford “bubble” phenomenon does create a very safe and secure environment. If you’re at a campus party, you can safely stumble back home. If you’re 21, you don’t even have to worry about carrying alcohol, as the current University policy does not have an open-container rule. It is true that a large number of the blue safety lights have been out of order for a while, but these are rarely used. Chances are, you will have a cell phone anyway. Overall, Stanford has very few big safety problems, so just keep your bike and laptop securely locked, and you probably won’t be the victim of any serious crime at Stanford.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 0
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
711 Serra St.
(650) 723-9633
Safety Services
  • 5-SURE Escort Service
  • Bike safety programs
  • Citizen complaint procedure
  • Emergency phones
  • Live scan services at Stanford
  • Lost and Found
  • Ride-along program
  • Security presentations
  • Stanford Community Emergency Response Team (SCERT)
  • University emergency notification system (AlertSU)
Health Center
Vaden Health Center
866 Campus Dr.
(650) 498-2336
Monday-Thursday 8:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy, immunization and injection clinic
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Dental care
  • Emergency contraception
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical examinations
  • Physical therapy
  • Referrals
  • Routine appointments
  • STI screening
  • Travel clinic
  • Wellness and Health Promotion Services (HPS)
  • Women's health
  • YWCA Sexual Assault Center
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
If you ever feel unsafe or uncomfortable, you can call 911 from one of the multiple public phones around campus. These phones, in bright blue containers, can connect you to Stanford Police and the Stanford Hospital. You just give them the number on the phone, and someone will be there to help you within five minutes.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 44 responses

  • 30% None
  • 19% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Walking alone
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 43 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 7% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 14% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 51% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 11% Not very visible.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 66% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 5% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 36% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 61% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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