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Planning for our future

Stanford University is proud to play an active role in the life of our community, providing education, world-class research, the arts and economic opportunity.

Now, working closely with local residents and county government, Stanford is seeking an updated General Use Permit that will guide how Stanford uses its land and addresses housing, traffic and environmental concerns.

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Facilities to support research and learning

To allow Stanford to remain on the forefront of education and discovery as existing academic disciplines evolve, the university proposes an annual increase in academic facilities consistent with Stanford’s historic growth of academic space.
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Adding housing on campus

Living on campus enhances learning and research, encouraging collaboration and a sense of community. The university’s proposal adds 3,150 new housing units.
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Compact development on the core campus

Stanford is not proposing development in the 2,000 acres of land it owns in the foothills.

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Commitment to community

Contributing positively to our region's quality of life

"As Stanford considers the facilities that will be needed in the coming years for our teaching, research, and health care missions, we intend to work closely with the community, being sensitive to the concerns of our neighbors and committed to contributing positively to our region's quality of life."

~ Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President, Stanford University

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Keeping cars off the road

Stanford has not increased the number of vehicles coming to or leaving its campus over the last 18 years. The proposed permit will help limit congestion by continuing programs that prevent new vehicle traffic.
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Increased campus housing

The availability and affordability of housing is a critical challenge in our region. The proposed permit would allow the construction of an additional 3,150 campus units.
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Campus open space enables environmental restoration, academic programs and recreation.

Accommodating unforeseen opportunities

Like the current General Use Permit, the proposed permit will allow Stanford to accommodate unexpected, emerging opportunities allowing the university to produce some of its most exciting innovations.

Learn more about Stanford's Clark Center.

Breaking down barriers between disciplines

The Clark Center, designed for interdisciplinary collaboration between engineering, medicine, and biosciences, connects faculty to one another -- leading to a discovery that may improve our understanding and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
Learn more about Stanford's Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine

Finding definitive cures for genetic diseases

Housed in the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building, the Stanford Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine works to turn discoveries into therapies to aid the millions of people who have genetic diseases.
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Performing student-composed works

Opened in 2013, Bing Concert Hall is the ideal performance space for groups like Stanford Taiko who recently celebrated their 25th year on campus.
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Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) was made possible in part by the flexibility provided by the current General Use Permit and has led to a 68 percent reduction in campus greenhouse gas emissions.

Recent news

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