Palo Alto is centrally located in the Bay Area -- allowing for quick and easy access to all the diversity this region has to offer! Residents live in a variety of communities in the Bay Area. Most live in the communities directly surrounding LPCH, including Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, and Redwood City. (Rents tend to be less expensive in Redwood City and Mountain View than Menlo Park and Palo Alto). Some residents commute from as far south as San Jose and as far north as San Francisco.
1. Do not limit yourself to the immediate campus area
It may be more convenient to live in a centrally located house or apartment, but many residents live as far north as Redwood City, or as far south as Sunnyvale. Rent tends to be less expensive in Mountain View and Redwood City than Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
2. Reach out to prior residents and fellows
The best housing has been handed down from resident to resident. You never know what secret apartment has been kept in the program year after year! Many apartment complexes also do not advertise and may not pop up as opportunities right away.
3. Utilize online resources
If you are searching from afar, Craigslist and other housing websites are very useful. SUPost is an internal website for Stanford affiliates and can also point you toward good options.
The University Housing Office is open Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is located at 565 Cowell Lane, on campus. They maintain a cardex file of rental listings, and university identification is required to access their services. A copy of your House Staff contract would suffice. This office does answer inquiries, and we can help get you access to a computerized list of their rentals.
Subsidized housing for Stanford affiliates
Interns and residents are not eligible to live on the Stanford campus in graduate housing, or to purchase condominiums and houses for sale on campus land. You are, however, able to rent apartments at University-owned apartment complexes at subsidized prices.
1. Welch Road Apartments
Located at the corner of Pasteur Drive and Welch Road, Welch Road is the home of many residents at Stanford, and is the closest complex to LPCH. The rent is cheaper than many equivalent sized apartments off campus. There are a variety of studio, lofts, and one bedroom apartments to choose from.
Applications for the Welch Road apartments are included in your registration packets and should be returned promptly to House Staff Administration. Incoming interns and residents are given top priority for any available units. Assignment is based on a lottery held in early May of each year. Residents are allowed to live at Welch Road during their initial Stanford residency only, and must move once they have completed residency.
2. Stanford West Apartments
Stanford West Apartments were completed in the spring of 2002. One, two, and three bedroom apartments are within walking distance from the Medical Center. The complex has an on-site day care center. Further information can be found at http://stanfordwest.stanford.edu.
3. The Colonnade
The Colonnade is a subsidized apartment complex that rents based on a priority ranking system with preference given to Stanford faculty, employees and affiliates. It is located in Los Altos, and is close to grocery stores and many restaurants.
Held over two weeks, our orientation prepares incoming interns with fundamental skills while also allowing them to get to know one another and the rest of the residency program. Past orientations have included rock climbing events, barbeques, dinner with our Department Chair, and a residency-wide happy hour.
Intern Boot Camp
There is so much that interns are expected to learn. We take advantage of the Grand Rounds hiatus over the summer to provide interns with a dedicated weekly boot camp. These boot camp sessions cover individual learning styles, team dynamics, what it means to be a leader, and much more!
Every year, each class is excused from duties as a resident and able to spend time with their co-residents in whatever setting that they choose. Classes have spent time up in San Francisco, out on the beach in Half Moon Bay, or nestled in the mountains off of the Monterey coast!
Annual softball game and bowling event
Spearheaded by our beloved Division Chief of Pediatric Nephrology, Dr. Steven Alexander, we hold a softball game every year during Intern Orientation where the Housestaff battle the Faculty. The competitive spirit is high, and trash talk is expected, but fun is guaranteed! If softball is not your strong suit, perhaps bowling is better for you! Dr. Alexander also hosts an annual bowling event that welcomes residents, faculty and family.
The Department of Pediatrics hosts a holiday party every year, during which time all residents are excused from clinical duties and covered so that they may attend! Photo booths, great food, and even better company make this a favorite event of the year for many.
Fully supported by our Department, residents can host and participate in a variety of social events throughout the year. From the annual Halloween party to subsidized yoga and spin classes to a day of fun in the sun, our residents cherish this time away from the hospital with their residency family.
End of the Year Graduation Ceremony
To celebrate all of the residents' great achievements, we hold a very special graduation ceremony every June. All those who have supported you on your journey toward becoming a pediatrician are able to join as you celebrate the grand accomplishment of finishing residency!