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Off-Campus Housing


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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Residential and Dining Enterprises, or RDE, controls.... residential and dining stuff. Since almost everyone lives on campus, or tries to (grad students), they basically control half our lives. However, they really aren't the most helpful organization. No one really tries to live off campus as an undergrad. If you stay beyond your four guaranteed years of housing, however, they do have a site that lets you look for off campus housing though. It's crazy expensive here though! Get some roommates.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is expensive.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is fine and can be nice but it's more expensive and more of a hassle, so there's really no need for it.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: One thing may be worse than the "dining" at Stanford, and that's the price, the quality and the availability of the off-campus housing. Forget about privacy and prices below $1000 for a crapy room at a shared old and smelly house in the suburbs with a 40 min commute.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The options are great, if you can find them. It is very hard to find off-campus housing and it can be very expensive.

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The majority of students is unified in the opinion that off-campus housing is a bad idea. Universally, off-campus housing is considered too expensive and inconvenient (given the enormous and isolated campus). It’s also true that living off campus almost definitely requires a car. Since Stanford guarantees four years of on-campus housing, few are willing to accept the cost and trouble of living on their own.

However, despite all of the negative opinions about off-campus housing, it can be done. For students who are tired of the Stanford social scene, living off campus is the only way to get out of the “Stanford Camp” environment and into the real world. If you rent a house with several friends, the cost can be around $500 a month per student, which is comparable to what you would pay for a room on campus. If off-campus life seems like an attractive idea, it’s best to start looking early for both roommates and living spaces; both of these are limited around Stanford, so finding the means to move off campus can turn into a serious project.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Spring! Look for housing at this time because many people are moving out. You will have more options.
Popular Areas
  • Mountain View
  • Portola Valley
  • Redwood City
  • San Francisco/Bay Area
  • Town & Country Village
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,000
  • 1 BR: $1,200
  • 2 BR: $1,600
  • 3 BR: $3,000
Did You Know?
If you are married and/or have children, the University provides housing options for you, as well, including multiple-room apartments and condos for families.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 77 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 81 responses

  • 2% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 7% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 33% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 57% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 80 responses

  • 9% Extremely helpful.
  • 35% Somewhat helpful.
  • 54% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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