Housing & Dining


The physical plan of the Stanford campus recognizes that a true college experience can only exist with students and faculty living and learning in the same areas, a belief that has been preserved since the University first opened in 1891. Stanford's small-house system guarantees campus housing to entering freshmen for all four years, and all first-year students are required to live on campus.

Stanford provides varied housing options through nearly 80 residences including:

All houses foster abundant social opportunities, including dances, theme nights, intramural athletic games and off-campus day and weekend trips. Each type of residence offers a distinct lifestyle that tries to meet the needs of Stanford's diverse student body.


Dining at Stanford is residentially based and, as such, the dining table becomes an intimate space not only to share good company but also to discuss, debate and exchange ideas and perspectives. Students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan and typically eat in the dining hall located within their dormitory (but they are welcome to eat at any of the dining halls on campus.)

Stanford Dining leads the industry in its commitment to providing the highest quality, best-tasting and most diverse menus possible. Award-winning chefs bring years of experience when preparing an extensive selection of regional and international cuisine.

  • Vegetarian / Vegan Dining - All dining halls serve vegan and vegetarian main entrees at every meal service.
  • Peanut-free Dining - In response to a clear need for peanut allergy awareness in university dining services nationwide, Stanford Dining has made Ricker Dining the first on-campus dining facility in the country to designate itself a peanut-sensitive environment. ¬†¬†
  • Gluten-free Dining - Stanford Dining offers gluten-free foods in the dining halls.¬†Stanford Dining has a Gluten-Free Micro-Kitchen at Arrillaga Family Dining Commons. This isolated area contains a designated cabinet, freezer, microwave and toaster to allow those who are allergic to gluten to find additional foods, condiments (all gluten-free) and appliances to finish preparing their meals.
  • Halal Dining - Stanford Dining is committed to accommodating Muslim students’ dietary needs, including guaranteeing halal options at every meal and hosting special meals to celebrate Muslim holidays.
  • Kosher Dining - Stanford Dining has created a kosher dinner program in Florence Moore dining hall.

Outside the Dorms

Between classes and student activities, it is sometimes a challenge to eat in a residential dining hall. There are a number of additional campus eateries that provide opportunities to grab a quick bite for students and visitors alike.

Updated on July 23, 2015 10:11 PM