Student Life

Stanford is a thriving residential campus and community of creative and accomplished people from around the world.


As of Autumn Quarter 2017, 6,569 undergraduate and 5,993 graduate students live in university-provided housing. Housing is guaranteed for four years for entering freshmen. About 97 percent of all eligible undergraduates live in campus housing.

The undergraduate housing system includes 80 diverse facilities. About 25 percent of undergraduate students join one of the 15 fraternities or 14 sororities recognized on campus. Seven fraternities and five sororities live in university-owned housing.

About 65 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.


Stanford campus offers more than 30 dining options from cafés to dining halls to fast casual eateries. Residential & Dining Enterprises serves more than six million meals a year in dining halls (serving students, faculty, staff,, conference guests and visitors) and a variety of campus retail cafes, athletic concessions and vending. Stanford Dining offers many programs to engage the Stanford community in sustainability, wellness and opportunities including the Stanford Flavor Lab and cooking classes in the Teaching Kitchen @ Stanford.

Student Organizations

There are about 600 official student organizations at Stanford. The student newspaper is the Stanford Daily. The Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) is the representative government for both the Stanford undergraduate and graduate students. There are about 30 recognized religious organizations, and more than 100 committed to the arts. Stanford offers seven community centers which include several affiliated student organizations: 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.


  • 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.
  • Cardinal Nights are popular evenings of student activities that challenge the normative believe that alcohol is needed to have fun on a college campus by providing premium, equally attractive, social programming.

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