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Stanford University: Stanford University, one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions, is located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley.  The university opened its doors on October 1, 1891, six years after Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane, began planning and building Leland Stanford Junior University as a memorial to their son.  For more information about Stanford University and its history, please visit

Stanford University Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER): The athletics department and facilities are located on the east and west sides of the 8,180-acre campus.  The Department of Athletics’ main precinct encompasses more than 100 acres of land as well as 30 acres of grounds through the main campus and 150 acres at the Stanford Golf Course.

Traveling to Stanford: Below are just a few resources to plan your trip:

Local Airports
Centered between 3 of the bay area’s largest airports, Stanford University is just a short drive from San Francisco International, Oakland International or San Jose International. 
Stanford University Visitor Information Center
Visitor Information Services helps visitors navigate and enjoy Stanford University's world-class facilities, sprawling foothills, and distinct sandstone and tile architecture. The trained staff of sixty student tour guides represents many academic disciplines and campus activities, including student leadership, performing arts, community service, and athletics. For more information, please visit
Stanford Athletics’ Preferred Hotels
Through our long standing partnerships with local lodging businesses Stanford visitors can enjoy great rates and deals while staying in the Stanford area.  For more information and a full listing of preferred hotels, please visit our preferred hotels page.
Getting to Campus
For detailed information about getting to Stanford from both around the area and from local airports, please visit Stanford University's Maps & Directions Website. Also visit the Transportation Department Website or Stanford Athletics Preferred Transportation Partners, including Amtrak, Compass Transportation, Royal Coach Tours and Uber.
Located in Northern California, Stanford University enjoys a moderate climate year round. The average temperature is 50 degrees in the winter and 70 degrees in the summer.
Stanford Weather
Campus & Parking Maps

Parking Map

Campus Map

Palo Alto Map
Also see: Stanford Parking & Transportation


Stanford University is committed to providing an online environment that is accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities.

Reporting accessibility issues

If you cannot access content or use features on any Stanford University website due to a disability, please contact us via HelpSU.

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Stanford Online Accessibility Program

The Stanford Online Accessibility Program provides guidance to the Stanford community as they use the web and other online platforms to communicate and interact with their audiences. Our goal is to make Stanford's online communications accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities. The SOAP website provides description of our services, guidelines and web developer resources.