Campus Life

The Stanford Campus

Stanford University is located on 8,180 acres in the center of the San Francisco Peninsula. Stanford is a self-sustaining community featuring 49 miles of roads, two separate water systems, three dams, three open water reservoirs, 88 miles of water mains and a post office. Stanford’s Central Energy Facility utilizes heat recovery and thermal storage to maximize efficiency in the university’s heating and cooling systems. Stanford provides or contracts for its own fire, police and other services. Stanford owns 35 acres in Redwood City that will open as a campus of the university in 2019.

The main Stanford campus is located in six different governmental jurisdictions:

  • 4,017 acres in unincorporated Santa Clara
  • 2,701 acres in unincorporated San Mateo County
  • 1,161 acres in Palo Alto
  • 114 acres in Woodside
  • 111 acres in Menlo Park
  • 76 acres in Portola Valley

Sustainable Stanford

Stanford leads by example in working to reduce its environmental footprint and by engaging the campus community to save resources and contributing to a culture of conservation and innovation. For more information about Stanford's sustainability efforts please visit sustainable.stanford.edu.

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 about 13,000 bikes on the Stanford campus daily, and Stanford has been named a Platinum-level “Bicycle Friendly University.” Freshmen may not bring cars to campus, but the free Marguerite includes 71 buses in a 22-route system, and freshmen can access car sharing and rental cars on campus.

 

This page last modified May 02, 2018.