Branner Hall

Branner Hall

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Known for its vibrant spirit, Branner Hall is an upperclass(non-frosh) residence with a focus program on public service. The elegant, Mission-style building houses 125 students, primarily in two-room doubles.

For information on the accessibility of residences for both living and visiting, please reference our Undergraduate Residences Accessibility Summary chart.

General Information

Residence Name

Branner Hall



Navigation Address

655 Escondido Road, Stanford, CA 94305

Housing Front Desk

Crothers Hall Housing Front Desk

Dining Service

Branner Dining's intimate dining room and beautiful estate-style kitchen and servery greet students five days a week. Seven different food stations offer a variety of cuisine options, and special consideration is paid to vegan and vegetarian diets.

During the summer Branner Dining is not open and students will eat at one of two dining halls available for the summer.  Branner summer residents eat at the Arrillaga family Dining Commons.

Residence Type

Residence hall

Class Configuration

Upperclass during the academic year, used for a special program during the summer
Co-ed Type Co-ed by corridor (men and women live on the
same floor)
; primarily two-room doubles
Branner has gender-neutral housing assignments available in two-room doubles.

Custodial Service

University managed

Common Areas

Branner has a variety of common areas including a lounge, library, seminar room, and computer cluster.

 The Residence

Courtyard   Common Area
Courtyard Common area
Single Room Conference Room
Single room Conference room
Servery   Dining Room
Servery Dining room

House Facts


Upperclass house

Co-ed type

Co-ed by corridor


Public Service (during the academic year only)
See pre-assignment and regular assignment information below.

Important Assignment Information

Residential Education is offering a pre-assignment system for all Special Program Houses (Ethnic/Academic Theme, Focus and Cooperative Houses) for academic year assignments. This process will allow Resident Fellows, Faculty Affiliates, and house program staff to pre-assign a set number of residents who complete the pre-assignment application and meet all necessary requirements prior to the Housing Draw. Here is the Residential Education link for detailed pre-assignment information.

There are THREE ways to get in to Special Program Houses.  Please see the Theme and Focus Houses page for details.




Wall-to-wall carpeting

Extra-long twin bed

Window coverings

Desk and chair

High-speed internet access


Telephone and telephone line


Cable TV capability





Sink with mirror


Waste basket and recycling bin


Communal bathrooms with showers are located on each floor.  Some of these bathrooms are made available for gender-neutral use, while some remain single-sex.

Sample Floor Plans

Single room - Top View
Two-room Double - Top View


Branner Hall opened in January 1924, named after John Caspar Branner, Stanford’s first professor, second president (1913-1915), and Chair of the Department of Geology and Mining. The elegant building was designed by the San Francisco firm of Bakewell & Brown, who also designed Memorial Auditorium and the original Bing Wing of Green Library.

The University financed the building’s original $480,000 cost with gate receipts from the then newly-built Stanford Stadium. While conceived for “men who prefer to live as individuals and not in groups,” a nine-month, $20.2 million renovation created many more spaces to encourage the development of communities. Branner has also served as an all-women’s residence before becoming co-ed. The first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Conner, lived in Branner Hall during her freshman year at Stanford.