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Update - 11/1/2019

Stanford has withdrawn its long-term land use permit application and will focus on deepening engagement with local communities. Read the statement.


Undergraduates on freshman move in day

Stanford’s proposed General Use Permit proactively addresses housing needs.

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.

Campus housing

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.

Two undergraduate students in a two-person dorm room
Aerial view of Escondido Village Graduate Residences (EVGR).

Construction is underway on 2,020 new graduate student units in Escondido Village. Once completed, approximately 75% of graduate students will be housed on campus.

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.

View Stanford's housing proposal

Stevenson house, an affordable retirement home in Palo Alto, California

The renovation of Stevenson House, an affordable retirement home in Palo Alto, California was supported by Stanford contributions to the Santa Clara County affordable housing fund.

Stanford’s housing by the numbers

By 2020, Stanford's housing portfolio will include 17,900 housing units.

From 2000 to 2020, Stanford built over 6,000 housing units on and near campus.

Over 40% of Stanford's total population will be living in Stanford-provided housing in 2020.

Student housing

  • 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.
Community members getting off of Marguerite shuttle

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.
A map showing the location, type, and size of Stanford’s residential portfolio on the core campus and in nearby jurisdictions by 2020: 17,900 Cumulative Housing Units

*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."