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, and both Redwood City and Mountain View have rent control which helps control costs for subsequent years’ rents). 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 Cardinal 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 Redwood City, and is close to grocery stores, restaurants, the Redwood City library and movie theater.
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.
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.
Most Stanford Pediatrics Residents have a car for transportation, but some have used public transportation for the majority of their needs and a variety of public transportation options are available. For transportation around Stanford, click here.
Stanford residents are provided with a free Caltrain and VTA pass for train and bus services.
For transportation to SCVMC, residents have taken the Caltrain to College Park station and then used VTA bus #61 or the Caltrain to Diridon station and then used the SCVMC bus.
Many resident ride bikes, scooters, walk, or take the Caltrain and Marguerite bus lines.
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.
New Resident 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 protected sessions cover individual learning styles, clinical skills, team dynamics, and much more!
Every year, each class is excused from duties as a resident and able to spend time with their co-residents in a retreat setting.
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 and wellness 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. Family who has supported you on your journey toward becoming a pediatrician are able to join as you celebrate the grand accomplishment of finishing residency!
Elected by their residency class, resident representatives come together each month to discuss topics related to the residency. These discussions include concerns raised by residents, optimizing resident experience, brainstorming solutions, and future residency programing.
Each class is excused from clinical duties for a protected class dinner every year. These are funded by our program at residents around our local community. Residents are able to have a nice dining experience with all of their co-residents along with residency leadership.