COVID-19 Update

R&DE Student Housing Operations

What are the financial implications of leaving campus?

Except for those who were granted authorization to remain on campus due to special circumstance, your room and board bill will be prorated to the number of days you occupy the space during spring quarter. Please note that in-person instruction will not resume, and that the entire Spring Quarter will be online through virtual instruction. Therefore, students who left their belongings in their room will have those shipped to them at no cost. Larger items that cannot be shipped will be placed in storage pods.

Can I change my mind?

If you have been granted approval to remain on campus after March 18, 2020 and you later decide to leave for the remainder of the quarter, please remove all of your belongings from your room and return your key to your Housing Front Desk.

I took my room key with me, what should I do?

You will be receiving communication on how to return the room key.

How will all this impact our guarantee years in housing?

We will work to ensure that students’ guarantee years are not negatively impacted by their housing status for spring quarter 2020.

Who do I contact if a housemate is on campus, but should not be here?

Please contact your Residence Dean.

I am an undergraduate living in graduate housing. Will I have the same restrictions as undergraduate students?

Undergraduate students living in graduate housing may leave campus, however, students will not be permitted to bring guests from off campus. We ask all community members to help mitigate community spread by practicing social distancing and reducing travel.

I am an undergraduate in graduate housing.  Will my room and board be prorated?

If you have already left your assignment in graduate housing, please file a termination of occupancy in the Housing and Dining section of Axess. Be sure to let us know if you left your things in your apartment or took them with you and if you plan to return to the Stanford campus for either summer or autumn quarters. You will not be charged for spring quarter.

If you are currently on campus but plan to leave, please file a termination of occupancy in the Housing and Dining section of Axess. Be sure to take your belongings with you and return your key to your Housing Front Desk. Your rent will be prorated up until the date you move out of housing.

If I take a leave of absence during spring quarter, will I still receive four full years of housing?

Student Housing will work to ensure that no one’s guarantee is negatively impacted by their spring quarter absence.

Can Stanford ship my belongings to me? Will I be charged?

All students who left belongings in their room will have those shipped to them at no cost. You will receive information on this process at a later date. Bikes can be shipped but furniture (couches, refrigerators, futons, etc.) cannot be shipped. Larger items that cannot be shipped will be placed in storage pods.

If I move off campus for spring quarter, what happens to my housing priority in the Housing Lottery?

Graduate students who move out of housing due to COVID-19 will have the same priority in the lottery that they would have had if they remained on campus.

If I am eligible to renew my housing assignment, and I move off campus for spring quarter, will I still be able to renew and be assigned to the same apartment for fall?

We cannot guarantee that a student will be assigned to their same apartment. However, if a student is eligible to renew, we will do our best to reassign that student back into their original residence and apartment type.

I left my car on campus. What will happen to it? What about my parking permit?

Learn more about Stanford Transportation’s response to COVID-19.


Questions about Self-isolation

Which units will be used for such purpose, and where are they located?

A student in self-isolation is required to remain in their room/apartment for the entire 14-day period. The university has made plans to accommodate students, graduate and undergraduate, in isolation by identifying rooms that house an individual student in a private bedroom or apartment with an “en suite” bathroom suitable for this purpose. These rooms are located throughout undergraduate and graduate housing. If a student already lives in a location with a private bedroom or apartment with “en suite” bathroom, the student will be self-isolated there. Otherwise, the student will be relocated to a suitable isolation location elsewhere on campus. To support students in self- isolation, R&DE Stanford Dining has established a process for them to receive meals delivered from dining halls.

Other students living in a residence where someone is in self-isolation need not take additional measures beyond those already recommended to prevent the spread of disease. All residences are receiving enhanced cleaning and following disinfecting protocols 7 days a week.

Can the virus spread from a self-isolation space to other rooms in the same building? How can the university ensure that there will not be cross-infection between the healthy student body, and those in self-isolation?

The CDC currently allows for COVID-19 positive individuals or individuals who need to self-isolate for other reasons, to stay in their personal homes, even if other family members are present. The CDC recommends the isolation occur in a separate bedroom.

Since the CDC allows this to occur within a household, based on their guidance, our residential settings do not put students at any additional risk.

Also note that none of the residences where students are self-isolating have air circulating between units.

While they are in isolation, will there be staff to bring them necessities such as food and take away trash from their room or do laundry for them?

The University ensures that students in isolation do not need to leave their room by providing them the services they need to remain in place. This includes, food, water, waste pick-up, and linen service. All of these services are provided under specific directions to ensure the safety of our staff and the community. Students in self-isolation are also given clear instructions to help them understand what it means to self-isolate.

How will the university disinfect the common areas in the buildings where students are in isolation?

Students in isolation should not use common areas. Students in self-isolation have their own bedroom and bathroom.

Shared bathrooms used by other students in the residence and high contact touch points will continue to receive enhanced cleaning, following disinfecting protocols 7 days a week.

Can students be self-isolated in hotels?

Self-isolating on campus allows us to continue to provide services to the students during isolation.  

How does the university know whether the virus will or will not spread through the sewage system, ventilation system, or even air?

None of residences where students are self-isolated have air circulating between units.

The University continues to collaborate with external and internal subject matter experts on ensuring that all possible precautions are being taken to manage the spread of COVID-19.

Can you contract COVID-19 by touching a doorknob?

You can contract COVID-19 by touching an object that contains the live COVID-19 virus and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. This is why it is so important to frequently wash your hands, following duration protocols, especially when returning home from outside.

Why doesn’t the university let everyone know where students are living in self-isolation?

We value the privacy of our entire community, including those who are having to manage a 14-day isolation period for various reasons. We cannot provide or share this information as it is protected health information under HIPAA.

In these cases, Stanford will follow the Santa Clara County Public Health Department/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations on notifying those who are at risk due to an exposure to COVID-19. The goal is to notify all people who have or may have had contact with a case, so they can monitor their own health and seek care if they become ill. The CDC currently has experts in our county to assist us if the need arises.


R&DE Stanford Dining

Which dining halls will be open? What about Suites dining societies? Will there be late night options available?

On Thursday, March 19, the student meal program changed to the designated dining halls as indicated on the R&DE Stanford Dining website and new dining hall operating hours began. Gerhard, Branner, Yost, East and Murray dining halls have closed and will not reopen for spring quarter. If a student had any meal dollars remaining on their meal card, these expired with the end of winter quarter. There will be no refunds for room and board charges from winter quarter. Answers to this and many other undergraduate questions can be answered here.

R&DE continues to offer essential meal services to the Stanford campus, with a modified schedule that acknowledges the reduced campus population in spring quarter and supports social distancing.

As part of our effort to reduce cross contact and maintain social distancing, dining hall meals are limited to Stanford students. We invite Stanford students, faculty and staff to purchase take-out meals from the Axe & Palm and groceries, grab-and-go meals and sundries from the Munger Market.

  • Wilbur, Stern, Arrillaga Family Dining Commons (AFDC), Florence Moore, Lakeside and Ricker will offer meals seven days a week through the spring quarter.
  • Beginning Friday, April 3, AFDC will offer continuous dining hours five days a week, Monday through Friday. Visit the locations and hours webpage for detailed hours of operation by location. 
  • To help maintain social distancing, undergraduates are assigned a dining hall based on their residence. Please visit the locations webpage for the list of residences, including Suites, served by each dining hall. Graduate students with dining meal plans may eat in any dining hall.
  • There are no late-night meal services in the dining halls.
  • Meals are pre-packed and for to-go only.
  • Sick meal delivery is available to students who should not visit the dining halls due to illness. Students who need meals delivered to them should contact their RD or GLO Dean.
  • All students will be on the 19-meal plan due to the limited open Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries retail locations. Students will need to apply for the 14-meal plan, and these applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

If I receive an exemption to remain on campus, do I have to have a meal plan?

Meal plans are required for all undergraduate students except those living in Mirrielees or those who were originally assigned to graduate housing during fall or winter quarter.  

Will the food pantry pop-up continue?

The monthly food pantry pop-up for students who need additional food support will continue. Visit the website for the next scheduled distribution and to register.