The availability and affordability of housing is a critical challenge in our region and building new on-campus housing will provide more space for members of the Stanford community.
Stanford’s approach to housing
Stanford builds housing on and near campus, funds affordable housing projects in the area and works closely with other large organizations and government agencies on regional housing solutions.
From its earliest days, Stanford has been a residential university. Living on campus enhances learning and research, encouraging collaboration and a sense of community. The goal of fostering the academic community drives Stanford’s approach to building more on-campus housing.
Local affordable housing
The Bay Area is facing significant regional housing challenges and Stanford recognizes the need to quickly deliver more affordable housing in the area. The university is one of Silicon Valley’s most progressive employers when it comes to housing and is committed to contributing to regional solutions.
Affordable Housing Fund Contributions
The 2018 General Use Permit application includes approximately $56 million in new funding for affordable housing, bringing Stanford's total affordable housing contributions to approximately $93 million since 2000.
Stanford is also currently collaborating with Santa Clara County and affordable housing organizations on innovative new solutions focused on delivering much needed affordable housing now when it is needed most.
Stanford’s housing by the numbers
- Undergraduates are guaranteed four years of housing, and all first-year graduate students are also offered housing.
- University-sponsored graduate student housing rents are currently about 40% below market rate.
- Approximately 75% of graduate students will be housed on campus upon completion of the Escondido Village Graduate Residences in 2020.
Faculty and staff housing
- Close to 1,000 rental units are available to faculty and staff, of which over 180 are restricted to below market rate rents.
- About 900 for-sale units on campus are provided for faculty and staff who wish to purchase homes.
- 200 housing units will be available for staff and postdocs.
*The Santa Clara County Planning Office has interpreted the housing unit authorization for students in the 2000 General Use Permit as: “One student bed or dormitory unit equates to one housing unit” and “one student family unit equates to one housing unit."