Liliore Green Rains Houses

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Liliore Green Rains Houses, one of Stanford’s largest housing complexes, accommodates nearly 800 single students in two-and four-bedroom apartments clustered around lawns and courtyards. Rains is home to the Multicultural Program (MCP) which seeks to promote cross-cultural experiences (more information below).

With their red tile roofs, sand-colored stucco walls, small circular windows, and arcades, the award-winning Rains Houses recall traditional California mission architecture, but with a postmodern interpretation.

When designing buildings in clusters extending over 12 acres of lawns and courtyards, Architects Backen, Arrigoni and Ross incorporated fragments of the Hacienda, an adobe winery built in 1875 by Peter Coutts. By employing elements such as a semicircular pergola, old fountain, plus a restored white-brick Buttery, these architects added a unique historical feel to the complex.

Named for its benefactress, Liliore Green Rains houses opened to students in 1988.

General Information

Residence Name Rains Houses

Escondido Village
Stanford, CA 94305

Mailing Address
Buildings: 201, 206, 208, 216
Buildings: 202, 207, 209
Buildings: 212, 213, 214
Buildings: 215, 217-238
Building number, Rosse Lane

Building number, Running Farm Lane

Building number, Pine Hill Court

Building number, Ayrshire Farm Lane

Front Desk
Rains Houses Village Housing Front Desk
Housing Category Graduate
Residence Type Apartments
Custodial Service Common areas are University managed. Apartments are not serviced while occupied.
Dining Service


Kitchens provided; optional Stanford Dining or student-managed plan

The Apartments

Rains Living/Dining Room ­ Rains Kitchen
Living/Dining Room Kitchen
Rains Bedroom ­



Please note all rooms are staged for photographs, decorative items not provided.­­


Rains Multicultural Program

The mission of the Rains Multicultural Program is to help Rains residents connect with cultural communities at Stanford by highlighting relevant cross-cultural events and activities across campus and within Rains. In addition, interested students can indicate a preference to be assigned roommates of diverse cultural and academic backgrounds who have expressed a similar interest. Interested students new to Rains should indicate interest on their housing application and should additionally send a 50-100 word statement about why they want to participate to the program coordinator at Rains residents interested in the multicultural program ­are encouraged to join the community mailing list at:

Note: All graduate residences have diverse student populations. ­the Rains Multicultural Program offers a formal program on multicultural issues.

Gender-Neutral Housing Option

Student Housing has launched a gender-neutral housing program in Lyman, Munger and Rains to allow students to live in an apartment with mixed gender.

Students will not be randomly assigned to a mixed gender room or apartment. Students will live only with coed roommates of their choosing and must completely occupy the apartment.

For more information regarding this policy, please read the gender-neutral information online.


Wheelchair accessible for living ­ Some
Wheelchair accessible for visiting ­ Some


General Bedroom Living/Dining Kitchen
Wall-to-wall carpeting Extra-long twin bed Dining room table Refrigerator/freezer
Window coverings Desk and chair Credenza Stove with self-cleaning oven
High-speed internet access in each bedroom and
living room
Built-in bookshelf Loveseat and lounge chair or sofa ­
Dresser Four dining chairs ­
­ Nightstand TV/end table (some) ­
­ ­ In some apartments, coffee table ­
General Bedroom Living/Dining Kitchen
Wall-to-wall carpeting Extra-long twin bed Dining room table Refrigerator/freezer
Window coverings Desk and chair Credenza Stove with self-cleaning oven
High-speed internet access from each bedroom and
living room
Built-in bookshelf Two loveseats or two sofas ­
Dresser Six dining chairs ­
­ ­ TV/end table (some) ­
Coffee table
Note: Students who want to bring their own beds may store the University bed at their own expense. No storage is available for unneeded furniture. Students provide their own cookware, dishes, utensils, towels, and other kitchen items.

Sample Floor Plans

2 - Bedroom Top View
4 - Bedroom Top View

Common Areas

Eight buildings house the Rains Housing Front Desk and common rooms for meetings and social events, laundry, and computer clusters.

Lounges and Meeting Rooms

Rains residents can use their apartment keys to access three of the four Rains lounges: Bailey, Willis, and Fairclough.

The fourth lounge, Timoshenko, may be reserved for private functions at the Rains Housing Front Desk. Timoshenko has a fireplace, microwave oven, couches, tables, and chairs.

Conference room

A conference room in Building 5 is used primarily as a student study room. Furnished with tables, chairs, and a dry erase board, it is accessible with a Rains apartment key.

The Rains Buttery

The Rains complex incorporates the white-brick Rains Buttery, a vestige of Peter Coutts’ 1875 farm. The Buttery is often used for Rains community events staged by the Community Associates (students who volunteer to coordinate programs and activities for Rains residents).

Laundry Rooms

Environmentally-friendly washers and dryers are located in buildings 203, 210, 211, 230, and 231. Rent includes Student Housing’s "Just Like Home" laundry program, giving residents unlimited use of these washers and dryers; no coins or cards required.

Computer clusters

Rains Computer Cluster

Rains’ two computer clusters are equipped with laser printers, scanner and Macintosh­ computers loaded with many commonly used software programs.