Student Life


Stanford University’s main campus is on 8,180 acres on the San Francisco Peninsula, within the traditional territory of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. Stanford land includes an educational farm, the Stanford Red Barn Equestrian Center, Stanford Research Park and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Stanford leads by example in working to reduce its environmental footprint and by engaging the campus community to save resources and contributing to a culture of conservation and innovation. Stanford’s Central Energy Facility utilizes heat recovery and thermal storage to maximize efficiency in the university’s heating and cooling systems.

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Living on Campus

Nearly all undergraduates and more than 60% of graduate students reside in 81 diverse campus housing facilities. The residential program at Stanford is dynamic and features a wide range of choices including language, culture, and academic houses; ethnic theme houses;  co-ops and others. Eight dining halls, a teaching kitchen and organic gardens provide the campus community with healthy, sustainable meals. Programs include the Stanford Food Institute, Stanford Flavor Lab, Chef Tables, Tasting Tables, and student internship programs. Students can also enjoy late-night venues, retail cafes, and convenience markets.

Well-Being at Stanford

Learn about health and public safety services as well as recreational opportunities at Stanford.

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Athletics & Club Sports

Stanford students achieve at the highest levels of world-class academics and championship athletics. In 2018-19, Stanford captured its 25th consecutive Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup in addition to securing a record sixth women’s Capital One Cup. Stanford has won at least one NCAA team championship for 44 consecutive years. In 2018-19, the Cardinal won NCAA crowns for women’s volleyball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s gymnastics, women’s water polo, women’s tennis and men’s golf, along with an IRA title in women’s lightweight rowing, bringing the total to seven national championships. The Cardinal won three more NCAA crowns in the fall of 2019, with titles in men’s water polo, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

The Arts on Campus

Religious Life

The Office for Religious life seeks to guide, nurture and enhance spiritual and religious life within the Stanford community. Our aim is to promote enriching dialogue, meaningful ritual, and enduring friendships among people of all religious backgrounds or no religious background.

We offer a wide range of opportunities through our website. Our work this quarter currently centers around offering spiritual resources in a time of crisis, including virtual spiritual care and guidance, daily reflections, and weekly podcasts. Contact:

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Lifelong Stanford: Supporting Students After Graduation

Career education

BEAM supports Stanford students with internships, resources, career support and more. At BEAM (Bridging Education, Ambition, and Meaningful Work), we understand that changes in economic conditions, generational trends, and technology have necessitated a shift from a transactional model of career services toward one focused on building connections.

We engage with students to help them design their career pathways, venture into new opportunities, and pursue their job search. BEAM guides students to make connections that will serve them on the path to meaningful work.

BEAM and the Stanford Alumni Association offer career development resources for alums.

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The Stanford Alumni Association

The Stanford Alumni Association is here to help you stay connected to Stanford and to each other, wherever you are in your life. Whatever you’re seeking, be it Stanford events and connections in your hometown, an excuse to come back to the Farm for reunion homecoming, a job lead or a mind-expanding magazine, we’ve got you covered.

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