About Stanford & California

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Stanford is a thriving residential campus and community sitting on 8,000 acres of foothills and flatlands – once a horse farm belonging to Jane and Leland Stanford and still fondly known as "the Farm." Living at Stanford brings surprises and new experiences every day, in an extraordinary community of creative and accomplished people from around the world.

Living on campus connects you to the full range of opportunities that Stanford has to offer. This is one reason why nearly all undergraduate students and more than half of graduate students live in R&DE Student Housing and choose to call Stanford home.

What is there to do around campus?

How can I afford Stanford?

Graduate Student Fiancial Aid

Financing Graduate Study at Stanford



Getting Around

Since rotations may be in the nearby cities, a car is strongly recommended, but not required for graduate students. A free shuttle travels across campus at regular intervals, and campus is very bicycle friendly. Public transportation is available via BART and Cal-train into San Francisco.