Housing & Dining


The physical plan of the Stanford campus recognizes that a true college experience can only exist with students and faculty living and learning in the same areas, a belief that has been preserved since the University first opened in 1891. Stanford's residential system guarantees campus housing to entering freshmen for all four years, and all first-year students are required to live on campus.

Stanford provides varied housing options through more than 80 residences including:

First Year Housing Preferences

Students are welcome to explore a variety of residential options with programs designed specifically for freshman. These include Integrated Learning Environments (ILEs), Frosh-Sophomore Theme Housing, Cross-Cultural Theme Houses, Four-Class Residential Halls, and All-Frosh Residential Halls. 

Here are examples of Four-Class Residential Halls and All-Frosh Residential Halls that house freshman:

Additional Information

The majority of campus housing is co-ed by corridor. All rooms for first-year and new transfer students are single-gender, i.e. roommates are of the same gender. Incoming first-year and transfer students who have concerns about their roommate match and/or housing assignment in relation to their sexual orientation or gender identity can request and receive assistance.

Every residence with first-year students will have at least one bathroom designated for men, one for women, and one that is all-gender.

Students who have a disability or medical condition that requires special housing considerations can submit a request for accommodation via the Office of Accessible Education (OAE).

All houses foster abundant social opportunities, including dances, theme nights, intramural athletic games and off-campus day and weekend trips. Each type of residence offers a distinct lifestyle that tries to meet the needs of Stanford's diverse student body.


Dining at Stanford is residentially based and, as such, the dining table becomes an intimate space not only to share good company but also to discuss, debate and exchange ideas and perspectives. Students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan and typically eat in the dining hall located within their dormitory (but they are welcome to eat at any of the dining halls on campus.)

Stanford Dining leads the industry in its commitment to providing the highest quality, best-tasting and most diverse menus possible. Award-winning chefs bring years of experience when preparing an extensive selection of regional and international cuisine.

  • Stanford Dining offers gluten-free foods in the dining halls. Stanford Dining has a Gluten-Free Micro-Kitchen at Arrillaga Family Dining Commons . This isolated area contains a designated cabinet, freezer, microwave and toaster to allow those who are allergic to gluten to find additional foods, condiments (all gluten-free) and appliances to finish preparing their meals.
  • Halal Dining - Stanford Dining is committed to accommodating Muslim students’ dietary needs, including guaranteeing halal options at every meal and hosting special meals to celebrate Muslim holidays.
  • Kosher Dining - Stanford Dining has created a kosher dinner program in Florence Moore dining hall .
  • Peanut and Tree Nut Sensitive Program - In response to a clear need for peanut and tree nut allergy awareness in university dining services nationwide, Stanford Dining has made Ricker Dining the first on-campus dining facility in the country to designate itself a peanut and tree nut sensitive environment.   
  • Vegetarian / Vegan Dining - All dining halls serve vegan and vegetarian main entrees at every meal service.

Eating Outside the Dining Halls

You may choose to eat meals at a Self-Operated House or Self-Op, where student residents and non-resident eating associates manage the operation of the house's meal service and hire a house cook.

You may choose to eat meals at a Cooperative House or Co-Op, where there is a student-managed meal service. Residents and nonresident eating associates manage the house meal service and prepare all meals together. Eating associates at Co-Ops are required to work 2-5 hours per week planning, cooking and serving meals. Because students prepare all meals, co-op board plans cost less than other meal plans at Stanford.

Between classes and student activities, it is sometimes a challenge to eat in a residential dining hall. There are a number of additional campus eateries that provide opportunities to grab a quick bite for students and visitors alike.

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Updated on April 2, 2021 2:45 PM