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Campus Life

The Basics

Stanford provides a thriving residential campus and community of creative and accomplished people from around the world. Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose, Stanford University is in the heart of Northern California’s dynamic Silicon Valley. While at Stanford, you will discover that Stanford students sometimes seem to speak another language (known as Stanford Speak).

Stanford campus offers a wealth of sightseeing and educational opportunities. Whether it’s performing arts, athletics, lectures or cultural events, Stanford is bustling with activity.

Amazing California!

The Bay Area

Stanford is in the heart of the (San Francisco) Bay Area, which itself is in Northern California. In addition to the City (San Francisco), there’s the North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula (where Stanford is located), and South Bay (which includes Santa Cruz).

San Francisco

Even on the warmest of days throughout the year, always bring along a jacket when visiting the City. Someone once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”


East Bay

From San Francisco, the East Bay is on the other side of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island.


North Bay

On the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, the North Bay is all about nature. Gas up, bring along a jacket, water, and something to eat!



Including Stanford, the Peninsula has Silicon Valley to offer.


South Bay


Day+ Trips from the Bay Area

  • For an overview of the Monterey Bay Peninsula, take the 17-Mile Drive. While there, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In nearby Salinas, learn about John Steinbeck at the National Steinbeck Center
  • Hearst Castle was built by William Randolph Hearst in 1919. Famous guests included Winston Churchill, Howard Hughes, Charles Lindbergh, George Bernard Shaw, and many Hollywood entertainers such as Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, and Jean Harlow
  • Skiing in the winter, boating, hiking, and swimming in the summer. Lake Tahoe, around two million years old, offers plenty of recreational activities
  • Yosemite National Park, is a heavily visited shrine to human forsight, the power of glaciers, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. Interested in camping? Plan far in advance!


So Cal

The Bay Area has pretty much everything you’d want or need, but if you simply must travel to Southern California (So Cal), you will find a lot to do.


Important Phone Numbers

  • Stanford University Department of Public Safety: 650-723-9633
  • In the event of an emergency, please dial 911