R&DE Student Housing

Welcoming R&DE staff members

Stanford is a residential university where 96% of undergraduates (6,500 students) live in University-provided housing. Residences are focal points of intellectual and social life at the University. Under the Housing Guarantee, entering freshmen are guaranteed four years of University housing, while transfer students are guaranteed three years of University housing. All housing locations are managed by full-time staff dedicated to keeping the residences safe, clean, and comfortable. R&DE Student Housing is responsible for managing and maintaining the physical aspects of student residences, assigning students to housing, and operating the Housing Front Desks (HFDs), which assist with housing and dining related matters including assignments, meal plans, keys, maintenance, and other housing-operations related issues.

Housing Options

University residences differ in their physical characteristics, including age, style of architecture, and layout of student rooms and common areas. They also vary in size, accommodating between 30 and 300 students. Some are traditional residence halls, while others are connected houses made up of smaller residences that share common facilities for eating and recreation. Most rooms are shared by two students; a few houses have one-room triples. In some residences, four students share between one and three rooms. All residences with new students are coed, some within floors, some floor-by-floor. In several residences, both options are available. All rooms for freshmen are single gender. Women living on coed floors will share rooms with other women but will have men as neighbors, and vice versa.

Stanford University is a non-smoking campus. Smoking (including vapor cigarettes) is prohibited in or within 30 feet of all University residences, including all interior common areas, individual rooms and apartments, covered walkways, and outdoor areas where smoke may drift into buildings, as well as during organized indoor and outdoor events.

Winter Break Housing Options

During winter break, undergraduate residences are closed. For the 2015-16 academic year, residences will close at noon on December 12, 2015, and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on January 2, 2016. Winter break housing options are available for a fee for international students who are unable to travel home during this period. You should budget about $750-1000 for this continuous housing option.

Card Access

The majority of our undergraduate residences use a card access system. This means that your Stanford ID card will grant you access to your residence. Punching holes in the ID cards causes them to be unreadable, so please use a card holder to carry your ID on a lanyard or keychain.

Sustainability and Conservation Sustainable Living Guide 

Sustainability is a core value at Stanford. Your new home is one of the best places to make a positive impact and model your sustainable citizenship on campus. Review the Sustainable Living Guide online to learn about all of the opportunities to participate in sustainability efforts in your residence, in the classroom, where you eat, and more.