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Summer Resources Guide @ Stanford

Welcome to the Farm!

“The Farm” is a campus nickname that originated from the days when horses rather than students roamed what was once the farm of university founders Leland and Jane Stanford. Today, the beautiful campus is home to a vibrant community supported by world-class academic resources, comfortable campus housing and award-winning dining.

This guide highlights the many campus resources and activities available to you during your stay. For additional information, please refer to your Conference Housing Service Center (CHSC) welcome flyer or contact your CHSC staff. Or take an enjoyable walk in our beautiful campus using this handy campus "walking time" map.   It’s a pleasure having you as our valued guest this summer on The Farm.

Staying On The Farm             Eating On The Farm              Exploring The Farm


Please contact service offices directly for holiday schedules, including Independence Day and Labor Day hours or closures. The university will observe Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 and Labor Day on Monday September 4, 2023. Many campus offices and services will be closed.

Staying On The Farm

Resident Fellows

Resident Fellows

  • Stanford is a residential university where students live and learn beyond the labs and classrooms. 
  • Resident fellows live with students in residences all year round and play a vital role in a Stanford education.
  • Please respect the living spaces of our residential staff by caring for our facilities, limiting noise, parking in designated areas, and following dorm rules and campus regulations.
Internet Access

Internet Access

  • The Stanford Visitor Wireless Network is available for immediate use as a click through network. 
  • Use the user name and password given to you by your conference contact.
Post Office

Post Office

  • Located in White Plaza next to the Main Campus Bookstore
  • Open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
  • Passport applications by appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Call (650) 321-4239 for an appointment.

Campus Shuttle

  • The Marguerite is a free campus shuttle that operates during the summer.
  • Shuttle maps and bus schedules are available online at

Campus Security

  • Lock your doors and windows, and keep valuables secured or out of sight when not in your room. 
  • Avoid walking or jogging alone at night, stay on well-lit paths, and remain alert to your surroundings. 
  • Report suspicious persons, activities, or crimes in progress immediately to your Conference Housing Service Center staff and/or to the Stanford University Department of Public Safety. 
  • For emergencies, call the Stanford Police by dialing 911 from your cell phone (9-911 from any campus phone) or activate the nearest blue emergency tower. 
  • For non-emergency police assistance, phone (650) 329-2413

Eating On The Farm

Dining Halls managed by Stanford Dining

  • Conferees are expected to dine in their assigned dining halls throughout the duration of their conference. 
  • Please contact your program director regarding your dining hall assignment and meal schedules.

Food Allergy Concerns

  • Stanford Dining offers various options for guests with food allergies, sensitivities and special dietary needs through our Food Allergies @ Stanford program. 
  • Our dining and culinary staff are trained to work with students and guests with food allergies and other special dietary needs. 
  • We label the following allergens in the dining halls: coconut, egg, fish, milk, peanuts, sesame, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat. We also identify items that are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. 
  • If you have a food allergy, please inform the dining hall manager so that appropriate accommodations can be made. 
  • While we take many precautions to correctly identify ingredients and prevent cross-contact, we are unable to guarantee the absence of potential food allergens in our food or facilities. 

Please direct additional food allergy questions to

Stanford R&DE Cafés and Markets

Explore the variety of cuisines and flavors offered in our convenient cafés. In Tresidder Memorial Union, for example, you’ll find delicious sushi, salads, sandwiches and wraps, authentic Italian gelato and baked desserts, along with fast casual favorite brands Starbucks, Panda Express, Subway and Curry Up Now. The Market at Munger is a short walk from Tresidder Memorial Union and offers groceries, grab-and-go meals, a wide variety of snacks and beverages, and more.

Proceeds from R&DE retail locations help offset increases in room and board and support student programs.

All locations listed below are accessible Monday – Friday via the Marguerite shuttle. Stanford R&DE cafés are cash-free so don’t forget your credit card when purchasing your meals. Summer hours vary by location and may change without notice. Call for operating and holiday hours. Save time by preordering online and schedule a convenient time for pickup.

The Market at Munger

Groceries, Produce, Grab-and-Go Meals, Snacks, Beverages, Personal Essentials

Monday - Friday  8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday - Sunday  8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
554 Salvatierra Walk  (650) 723-4501


Union Square at Tresidder Memorial Union

Union Square Grab-N-Go • Decadence • Kikka Sushi • Subway • Panda Express • Curry Up Now • Starbucks

For individual café menus and hours, visit
459 Lagunita Drive  (650) 725-2098

Forbes Family Café

Forbes Family Café

in the Science & Engineering Quad

Pho, laksa, panini, weekly lunch specials and grab-and-go salads, sandwiches and snacks
Monday - Friday  11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
475 Via Ortega Drive  (650) 724-7969

Med Café

Med Café

at Li Ka Shing

Starbucks hand-crafted hot, cold and blended beverages, fresh-baked pastries, daily hot lunch menu, grab-and-go salads, sandwiches and wraps.

Monday - Friday  7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
291 Campus Drive  (650) 724-5093



on the grounds of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Peet's made-to-order coffee beverages and a variety of flavorful grab-and-go breakfast, lunch and snack items, healthy sandwiches and salads, and entrée specials

Monday - Friday  11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
2575 Sand Hill Rd. Menlo Park  (650) 468-3917


Off-campus Grocery Stores / Shopping Information

Mollie Stone’s Market
164 California Avenue  (650) 323-8361
Open Monday - Satday from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

Whole Foods Market
774 Emerson Street  (650) 326-8678
Open daily from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

325 Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park  (650) 854-3056
5 a.m. - 2 a.m.
525 El Camino Real, Menlo Park  (650) 847-2901
Open daily – 24 hours

Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto. Open-air shopping and dining destination with Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Wilkes Bashford and more than 140 specialty stores ranging from luxury  to local brands.

Town & Country Village
855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Trader Joe’s, CVS Pharmacy, restaurants, specialty stores, dry cleaner, shoe repair.

Exploring The Farm

Stanford Visitor Center

  • Stanford University’s Visitor Center, located at 295 Galvez Street, offers campus tours and provides information about Stanford and the vicinity. 
  • Open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The center is closed on Independence Day, Tuesday July 4, 2023.
  • Hours are subject to change. For more information, please go to

Campus Tours

  • Plan to join a free walking tour by checking walking tour hours with the Visitor Center or visit to learn about campus destinations and self-guided tours to interesting campus sights. 
  • Plan to join golf cart and group tours by checking available hours at Advance booking is required for most golf cart or group tours. A nominal fee is charged per person but there is no charge for persons with disabilities accompanied by one companion.
  • The Hoover Tower Observation Platform is currently open to Stanford affiliates. Conferees and guests can purchase tickets by showing their Conference ID Card.  The card does not grant waiver of this fee.  Purchase tickets in advance by visiting  

Library Privileges

  • Summer visitors with an acceptable government-issued ID on hand and visiting Green Library for research purposes may register as a visitor at their registration kiosk. There is a limit of seven (7) free visit days per calendar year.
  • Library services and requirements are available in their library access and privileges page.  
  • For library hours and services, visit


University Bookstore Locations

  • Stanford Bookstore (519 Lasuen Mall): Shop for Stanford merchandise, books, gifts, apparel, and more.
    Store hours are Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Stanford Athletics Shop (corner of Galvez Street and Campus Drive under the track bleachers): Stanford athletic gear, clothing, and gifts.
    Open Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • The Stanford Shop (Stanford Shopping Center): Stanford logo apparel and gifts.
    Open Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tresidder Memorial Union

Campus Services at Tresidder Memorial Union

  • Banking Services. Stanford Federal Credit Union and Wells Fargo Bank both offer full-service banking on campus. Bank of America, Stanford Federal Credit Union, and Wells Fargo ATMs are located at Tresidder.
  • Campus Bike Shop rents out bicycles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Rental rates include locks, helmets, and maps. For online bike rental reservations, store hours, and rates, visit: Monday - Friday  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday  9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Tresidder Package Center offers printing, copying, and other services. Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The office is located on the first floor of Tresidder Memorial Union (next to the Tree House). Self-service machines are available.
  • Stanford Store. This student-run business offers Stanford merchandise. Proceeds benefit Stanford student organizations. The store is in Tressider Union behind Starbucks.
  • Stanford Hair provides haircuts, color, relaxers, and perms. Located in Tressider Union. Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Stanford Ticket Office sells tickets for most campus performances. (650) 725-2787
  • Tresidder Express. Tresidder Express offers Stanford apparel and miscellaneous convenience store items such as beverages, snacks, and health & beauty aids.


Recreational Facilities

  • Stanford’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation sells daily Guest Athletic Facility Passes to conferees ages 18 and over who want to use the campus recreational facilities. 
  • Conference attendees may purchase guest passes for their own use during the official dates of the conference upon presentation of a photo ID and their conference ID card. 
  • Passes are $16 each and valid for the entire day. 
  • Passes can be purchased at Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation (341 Galvez Street) or Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (285 Santa Teresa Street) during normal business hours. Visit for facility hours and locations.

Swimming Pools

  • The Avery Aquatic Center and the Avery Recreation Pool are open to conference guests and their immediate families. 
  • Guests age 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult and can only swim during family swim hours. Visit


  • The West Campus Courts, Taube South Courts, and the Taube Family Tennis Stadium are available on a first come, first served basis if they do not conflict with scheduled activities (P.E. classes, tennis camps, special events, or a current reservation with a printed confirmation). 
  • Tennis racquets and balls are not provided and tennis shoes are required on the courts at all times. 
  • Summer conferees must purchase a Guest Athletic Facility Pass to use the courts.


  • The Stanford Driving Range is open to the public 7 days a week. The range features 50 well-spaced driving stations, five target greens, and lights for night play. Visit
  • There is a small pro shop with gloves, balls, bags, shirts, wedges, and golf apparel for sale onsite.  Visit

The arts at Stanford

Arts at Stanford

Cantor Arts Center (Lomita Drive at Museum Way) encompasses 24 galleries with art from ancient Egypt to the 21st century.

  • Outdoor sculpture installations include Andy Goldsworthy’s “Stone River” and one of the largest collections of Rodin bronzes outside of Paris.
  • Free Rodin sculpture tours are offered at 11:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Docent-led tours of current exhibitions are offered Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Cantor Arts Center is open Wednesday - Monday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Admission is free but day reservations are required. Book online at Phone: (650) 723-4177

The Anderson Collection (314 Lomita Drive), adjacent to Cantor, is one of the world’s most outstanding private assemblies of modern and contemporary art.

  • Docent-led tours are offered weekly on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
  • The Anderson Collection is open Wednesday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission is free but day reservations are required. Book online at Phone: (650) 721-6055

Stanford Jazz Workshop (SJW)

  • SJW has created a lively and supportive community of jazz artists, educators, students, and enthusiasts at Stanford.
  • This summer, the SJW celebrates its 50th anniversary with dazzling performances at the Stanford Jazz Festival from June 17 to July 30. SJW also brings back to campus Jazz Camp for students aged 12 to 17 and Jazz Institute for adults and advanced youth.
  • Tickets for the Stanford Jazz Festival are available at For information and group discounts, call (650) 736-0324 or visit

Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT)

  • Stanford Repertory Theater’s Voices of the Earth - from Sophocles to Rachel Carson and Beyond is available to all Stanford conferees and visitors.
  • If you would like to see the full-length audio/visual presentation, listen to their radio broadcast, or read the script, it’s all free. Visit and click on the Voices of the Earth tab. Registration takes 20 seconds, and you will receive a password that give you free access to all the material, provided it is for non-commercial purposes.

Stanford Live Summer Season

  • Bing Concert Hall offers an engaging summer series of performances and events presented by Stanford Live. For a list of summer events, visit

Memorial Church

Office for Religious & Spiritual Life (ORSL)

  • The Office for Religious & Spiritual Life (ORSL) and Memorial Church are located within the Main Quad. 
  • The ORSL welcomes all genders and sexual identities, all religious and non-religious traditions, and all cultural backgrounds.  
  • University Public Worship (UPW), a non-denominational Christian service, is held in Memorial Church on Sundays at 11 a.m. Multi-faith UPW services are held periodically. Roman Catholic Mass is held every Sunday at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Visit
  • Memorial Church will remain closed to the public this summer except for church services.

Photo credits:

  • R&DE Strategic Communications
  • Stanford University, Human Resources Department, Photographs used for New Employee Orientation (PC0118). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif. 
  • Ian Terpin / University Communications 
  • Jeff Goldberg / Esto
  • Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service 
  • Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts