Housing

Living in the Stanford area can be a great experience. Palo Alto is connected to San Francisco and Silicon Valley by two major freeways (Hwy. 280 & Hwy. 101). There is easy access into San Francisco and Berkeley for cultural events. City life may be combined with the pleasures of rural Woodside and Half Moon Bay. Rentals in the Palo Alto area are expensive but living in the Bay Area more than makes up for it. Additionally, we have collated housing resources into Google sheets, including information from current fellows about where they live and the pros/cons.


Stanford Housing

Interns and residents are not eligible to live on the Stanford campus in dorms, Escondido Village, or purchase condominiums and houses for sale on campus land. However, you are able to rent apartments at University-owned apartment complexes. You are welcome to review the Stanford Housing Website for general tips and ideas.

  • Cardinal Apartments in Redwood City
    House staff have 4th priority on the elibility list
    Studio, one, and two bedroom apartments
    175 total units
    10 minute Caltrain ride to campus
  • Colonnade Apartments in Los Altos
    House staff have 2nd priority (2a) on the elibility list
    One and two bedroom apartments
    167 total units
    20 minutes to campus
  • Stanford West Apartments
    House staff have 1st priority (1c) on the elibility list
    One, two, and three bedroom apartments
    628 total units
    Within walking distance to campus
  • Welch Road Apartments
    House staff have 1st priority (1c) on the elibility list
    Requires an application, lottery held in May
    Studio, one, and two bedroom apartments
    108 total units
    Within walking distance to campus

Online Housing Resources

Housing Tips

Do not limit yourself to the immediate campus area. Many departments require house staff to rotate between Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Kaiser, Santa Clara and Stanford. It may be more convenient to live in a centrally located house or apartment. Rents tend to be less expensive in Mountain View and Redwood City than Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Additionally, we have collated housing resources into Google sheets, including information from current fellows about where they live and the pros/cons.