Living in the Stanford area can be a great experience. Palo Alto is connected to San Francisco and Silicon Valley by two major freeways (Hwys. 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 Campus: 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. You are able to rent apartments at University owned apartment complexes (Welch Road Apartments) at the corner of Pasteur Drive and Welch Road and (Stanford West) located on Sand Hill road.
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 on May 1-2 of each year. Residents are allowed to live at Welch Road during their initial Stanford residency only.
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. Some information is below. Further information can be obtained on their website.
University Housing Office The University Housing Office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and closed weekends. It is located at 565 Cowell Lane, on campus. A cardex file of rental listings is maintained, and University identification is required, such as a copy of your House Staff contract. This office does answer inquiries. Your department can get you access to a computerized list of their rentals. This is for interns and residents only.
The best apartments are handed down from resident to resident. If you like a particular area, drive up and down the streets looking for vacancy signs, since many apartment complexes do not advertise. On-line resources such as Craig’s List can be very helpful.
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.
Stanford Housing Website - For general tips and ideas.
Colonnade Apartments in Los Altos - Housestaff are 2nd priority on the elibility list.
Welch Road Apartments - Studio, 1, 2 bedroom apartments on 1180 Welch Road. There is a long wait list and housing assignment is based on a lottery held in early May each year. Welch is open to trainees who are on the Stanford Healthcare (SHC) Payroll. Click here for the Welch Road Apartments application. Send your applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call 650-497-0101 for more information.