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 2016, 6,538 undergraduate and 5,971 graduate students live in university-provided housing. Housing is guaranteed for four years for entering freshmen. About 97 percent of all undergraduates registered and residing at the home campus live in campus housing.

The undergraduate housing system includes 81 diverse facilities. About 25 percent of students join one of the 15 fraternities or 14 sororities recognized on campus. Housing is offered by six fraternities and three sororities.

About 66 percent of graduate students eligible for housing live in university-provided housing designed for single students, couples and families with children. New graduate students are guaranteed housing their first year at Stanford when they apply by the spring deadline.

Student Organizations

There are over 625 registered student organizations at Stanford. The student newspaper is the Stanford Daily. The Associated Students of Stanford University is the representative government for Stanford undergraduate and graduate students. Stanford offers seven community centers: Asian American Activities Center, Black Community Services Center, El Centro Chicano y Latino, LGBT Community Resources Center, Native American Cultural Center, Women’s Community Center and The Markaz: Resource Center.

Haas Center for Public Service

The Haas Center for Public Service is the hub of Cardinal Service, a university-wide initiative to elevate and expand service as a distinctive feature of a Stanford education. The center engages students through service, scholarship and community partnerships, offering connections to more than 100 service-related student organizations and signature Stanford service programs, 130 community-engaged learning Cardinal Courses, and more than 450 Cardinal Quarter full-time service opportunities offered locally, nationally and globally with Stanford support.

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. The department is comprised of sworn and non-sworn personnel. Sworn officers are reserve deputy sheriffs with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and are empowered to enforce the law in the State of California pursuant to Penal Code 836. SUDPS produces the Stanford Safety, Security and Fire Report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus 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 Platinum-level "Bicycle Friendly University." Freshmen may not bring cars to campus, but the free Marguerite bus service includes 86 buses in a 27-route system. Students can also access car sharing and rental car services on campus.


  • 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.
  • 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 Feb 27, 2017.