Campus Life

Stanford Student Housing

Stanford is a residential teaching and research university. The Founding Grant of the university states the founders' wish: "It is desirable that the members of the Faculty and students should generally reside upon the grounds of the University..." Roble Hall, built in 1918, is the oldest residence and still houses students.

As of Autumn 2013, 6,448 undergraduates and 5,007 graduate students live on campus. Undergraduate campus housing is guaranteed for four years for entering freshmen. Approximately 97 percent of all undergraduates registered and residing at the home campus live in on-campus housing.

The undergraduate housing system includes 80 diverse facilities. About 25 percent of students join one of the 16 fraternities or 14 sororities recognized on campus. Seven fraternities and three sororities offer housing.

About 57 percent of graduate students eligible for housing live on campus, in housing designed for single students, couples without children and students with children. New graduate students are guaranteed housing their first year on campus when they apply by the spring deadline.

Student Organizations and Student Government

There are about 630 organized student groups at Stanford. The student newspaper is the Stanford Daily. The Associated Students of Stanford University is the representative government for Stanford students. There are about 44 recognized religious organizations. Stanford offers six cultural centers: Asian American Activities Center, Black Community Services Center, El Centro Chicano, LGBT Community Resource Center, Native American Cultural Center and Women's Center. New in 2013 is the Markaz: Resource Center for Engagement with the Cultures and Peoples of the Muslim World.

Haas Center for Public Service

The Haas Center for Public Service provides service opportunities, including fellowships, service learning, community-based research, public service leadership training, community programs serving children and youth and advising on national service options. The center supports nearly 20 programs and many student organizations, and works with faculty who offer about 40 service-learning courses and fund 20 community-based research projects.

Campus Safety

The Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) provides law enforcement, security, safety, crime prevention and emergency services on campus 24 hours a day. SUDPS employs sworn personnel holding the rank of deputy sheriff, sergeant, lieutenant and chief, as well as non-sworn community service and public safety officers. SUDPS produces the Stanford Safety, Security and Fire Almanac in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The business phone number is (650) 723-9633.

Getting Around

There are an estimated 13,000 bikes on the Stanford campus daily. Stanford has been named a "Bicycle Friendly University." Although freshmen may not bring cars to campus, the free Marguerite includes 60 buses in a 23-route system.

Traditions

  • Big Game is the annual football game against the University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears. It is preceded by Gaieties, a student-produced musical follies.
  • Fountain hopping involves touring and partaking of Stanford’s main campus fountains.
  • During Full Moon on the Quad, freshmen are kissed at midnight by seniors under the first full moon of the Autumn Quarter.
  • The Wacky Walk occurs during the first minutes of graduation, when undergraduates forgo the traditional march and run into Stanford Stadium, often in costume.

This page last modified Jul 10, 2014.