Housing and the Bay Area

"The Bay Area", " Silicon Valley ", and " Palo Alto " are all associated with the highest living expenses due to the climate, quality and variety of cultural activities, educational facilities, sports, dining and other entertainment opportunities. Recognizing the costs, there is a major effort to provide residents with appropriate housing allowances and assistance in finding a nice, convenient place to live. For additional information on housing, please visit http://gme.stanford.edu

Resident Life

The residency experience is more than clinical time, conferences, and studying. Stanford has a long tradition of placing a priority on resident well-being, and from the program director to the faculty to the staff of the Graduate Medical Education Office, a strong support network exists to help the transition to a new and challenging stage in life.

End of year intern party

Graduation Dinner

No doubt the easiest way for residents to enjoy days off is to simply step out their door. The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world, and as a true cross-section of so many cultures it offers an open and fascinating experience for everyone. Read on to experience some of the unique aspects of our lives beyond the hospital walls.

Taking a break on the ward

Resident & Faculty softball game

Stanford Life

Stanford Medical Center lies adjacent to the undergraduate campus on a sprawling 8,180 acres of land owned by the university. The proximity between the undergraduate campus and all of Stanford's graduate schools has allowed for close association between the many world-class disciplines present here and continues to drive innovation in fields such as medical devices and technologies. Of course, it also means that our residents can walk out of the hospital and in less than 5 minutes enjoy a meal amidst the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside Paris .

Many residents have taken advantage of the unique opportunities at Stanford by becoming faculty advisors to undergraduates, mentoring undergraduates and medical students on research projects, or even teaching courses themselves.

Residents can also enjoy the sporting life, either as spectators or participants. Stanford has won its tenth consecutive Director's Cup, which is awarded annually to the top athletic program in the country. Stanford teams have won a total 88 NCAA championships, with 47 coming since 1990. To support athletics, the campus houses 1 million gross feet of indoor facilities and 94 acres of outdoor fields, most of which are available to residents for recreation. These facilities include four pools, thirty tennis courts, three fitness centers, and a championship golf course.

San Francisco Bay Area

Stanford University Hospital is located in Palo Alto , in the northern section of Santa Clara County , 30 miles south of San Francisco and 15 miles north of San Jose . Santa Clara , where Kaiser Permanente and Santa Clara Valley Medical Centers are situated, is approximately 20 minutes southeast of Palo Alto . The facilities are located near the San Francisco Bay and have the beautifully developed Santa Cruz Mountains and Pacific Ocean to the west.

Beautiful, natural areas are found in all directions and are close enough to make perfect weekend retreats. To the north is Mendocino County with its rugged, romantic coast to explore and its many fine country inns. Also to the north, approximately two and one-half hours from Palo Alto , is the famous wine region of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. A four-hour drive northeast will take you to Lake Tahoe with some of the most scenic ski resorts on the continent. Directly east is Yosemite National Park , with endless numbers of alpine trails and some of the most spectacular views in the National Parks system. Traveling south brings one to Carmel, the Monterey Peninsula and the gorgeous rolling hills and rocky coastline of Big Sur. It is no wonder this area is considered one of the most desirable places in the country to live.