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.
As of Autumn 2012, 6,394 undergraduates and 4,950 graduate students live on campus. Undergraduate campus housing is guaranteed for four years for entering freshmen. Approximately 96 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 17 fraternities or 13 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 650 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 35 recognized religious organizations at Stanford. The university’s support of the Office for Religious Life presumes that faith and spiritual quest are consonant with the academy’s most vital pursuits of meaning and purpose.
Haas Center for Public Service
The Haas Center for Public Service provides service opportunities, including fellowships, serving 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.
The Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) produces the The Stanford Safety, Security and Fire Almanac in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.
There are an estimated 13,000 bikes on the Stanford campus daily. In 2011, Stanford was named a "Bicycle Friendly University." Although freshmen may not bring cars to campus, the free Marguerite includes 56 buses in a 19-route system.