Living in the Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the nation’s most desirable places to live: its diverse cultures, temperate year-round climate, world-class arts scene, food and wine, and access to recreation (ski slopes, hiking trails, redwood forests, beaches, wine country, and bustling cities) afford delightfully unique benefits. Stanford University sits within the dynamic Silicon Valley, in the cosmopolitan town of Palo Alto—just 35 miles south of San Francisco and 15 miles north of San Jose.

Fellows often reside in Redwood City, Menlo Park, Mountain View, or Sunnyvale—family-friendly towns with cheaper housing than Palo Alto. Stanford West Apartments, a convenient Stanford-owned option in Palo Alto, is available to fellows. These apartments are located across from the Stanford University Medical Center (SUMC). Fellows can bike, walk, or ride the free Marguerite Shuttle bus to Stanford University Medical Center, other campus sites and the downtown Palo Alto Caltrain station.