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Student Life

Toyon Hall is one of Stanford’s most historic residential dorms.

Housing

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the university limited undergraduate housing on campus in 2020–2021. During the 2020 autumn quarter, 715 undergraduate students, 4,980 graduate students, and 162 post-docs/non-matriculated students lived in university-provided housing. Undergraduate housing is guaranteed for entering first-year students for
four years. In a typical year, about 97 percent of all eligible undergraduates (four classes) live in campus housing. The undergraduate housing system includes 80 diverse facilities. Housing accommodations for students with documented medical needs are available through the Office of Accessible Education. The university offers on-campus houses for some university-themed and Greek-letter organizations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several residences, including houses on the Row, are now reserved for students in isolation or quarantine.

With the opening of the new Escondido Village Graduate Residences in autumn, the university has the capacity to house about 75 percent of eligible graduate students in university-provided housing designed for single students, couples and families with children. New graduate students are guaranteed housing. After the first year, priority for housing is based on the type of degree program, when students apply by the spring deadline. Visit stanford.edu/campus-life

Dining

Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) provides dining and hospitality services in over 30 locations from cafés to dining halls on two campuses. R&DE serves more than six million meals a year in its dining halls, late night venues, retail cafes, executive dining, catering (including for virtual conferences and events), athletic concessions, convenience markets and vending programs. R&DE offers educational programs to support and engage in community building, sustainability, research, health and wellness. These include the R&DE Stanford Food Institute, R&DE Teaching Kitchen, BeWell Community and Dining Hall Organic Teaching Gardens, R&DE Women’s Leadership Summit, Stanford Flavor Lab, Chef Tables, Tasting Tables, and student internship programs. The R&DE dining halls and cafes are also living laboratories, where collaboration occurs with Stanford faculty, to support the academic mission through educational programs and research.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, some programs have been temporarily modified and R&DE has implemented enhanced cleaning and safety protocols to continue service while keeping students and staff safe. More information about our CleanDining program is available on the R&DE website at rde.stanford.edu/dining.

Student Organizations

The Office of Student Engagement oversees more than 600 official student organizations at Stanford. On average, most students are involved in three organizations and over 1,500 events a year are planned by student organizations. There are about 30 recognized religious organizations, and more than 100 committed to the arts. Other types of organizations include ethnic/cultural, community service, social awareness, social, athletic and recreational, and pre-professional/academic. About 25 percent of undergraduate students are involved in one of the 15 fraternities or 12 sororities recognized on campus. The main student newspaper is the Stanford Daily. The Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) is the representative government for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Haas Center for Public Service

The Haas Center for Public Service is the hub of Cardinal Service, a university-wide effort to make service an essential feature of a Stanford education. The center engages students through service, scholarship, and community partnerships, offering connections to student-led service organizations and signature Stanford service programs; more than 170 community-engaged learning Cardinal Courses; nearly 500 Cardinal Quarter full-time service fellowships and internships offered locally, nationally, and globally with Stanford support; and advising and support to pursue public interest careers.

Traditions

  • The Big Game sometimes referred to as the Battle of the Bay, is the annual football game against the University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears. Visit 125.stanford.edu/give-em-the-axe
  • Fountain hopping involves touring Stanford’s main campus fountains and perhaps dipping your feet (or more) in them.
  • The Wacky Walk occurs during the first part of commencement, when undergraduates forgo a more traditional entrance and instead stride into Stanford Stadium, often in costume.Visit news.stanford.edu/2018/06/08/wacky-walk
  • Cardinal Nights are popular evenings of student activities that challenge the normative belief that alcohol is needed to have fun on a college campus by providing premium, equally attractive, social programming.

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