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Life at Stanford is great.

Set against picturesque hills, Stanford provides not only unmatched clinical and research opportunities – it is also a great place to enjoy personal and family time.

Stanford and the local environment

Beautiful areas to enjoy the outdoors abound, including Big Basin State Park, Pinnacles National Park, Big Sur, and Yosemite National Park.

An evening surf session, lounging on the beach, a mountain bike ride, or trail running, hiking, or rock climbing: all are possible on a day off, or even after work. 

Palo Alto has a vibrant downtown, with a variety of cafes, restaurants, bars, and shopping.

Just forty-five minutes north is the city of San Francisco, with its diverse neighborhoods, museums, theaters, restaurants, and music.

Sports activities range from college and intramural programs on campus to professional sporting events in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.  Season tickets to Stanford football games are discounted for housestaff.

Elite athletic training facilities are accessible to housestaff.  Go for a swim in the aquatic center, or hit the links on the world-class Stanford golf course.

Wine tasting is just minutes away in the Santa Cruz Mountains, or, in two hours, you can find yourself in the famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

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