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Applying for Shared Apartments - Single Graduate Student Housing

Many of the housing options are shared apartments in which you have your own bedroom and share common space with one, two or three other students.

If you are new to Stanford and plan to live with one or more roommates, you can:

  • Apply for housing without specifying a roommate. The Housing Front Desk staff will review the roommate preference information in your application and match you with one or more roommates during the assignment process.
  • Apply for housing with a potential roommate or roommates you already know or have met through your department, Stanford student organizations, campus religious groups or online roommate matching services. Once you have a specific roommate in mind, you should apply as a group on your housing application. There is no guarantee that all members will be assigned to the same residence, or to the same room or apartment within a residence.

Either way, complete the Roommate Preferences part of the housing application. It's important to fill out your lifestyle preferences as opposed to listing what you hope to find in a roommate. The questions allow you to indicate your preferences for cleanliness, noise, social environment, gender identity, dietary preferences and smoking preferences. An open question provides an opportunity to include additional information. The Housing Front Desk staff will use the confidential information to provide you with a potentially-compatible match.

Living in Shared Housing

In some cases you may move into an apartment where another student has been living for a number of years. You should have access to an equal amount of space in the common areas.

Find helpful tips about living with a roommate on our website.

If you experience difficulties settling into your new apartment, please speak with your Housing Front Desk Supervisor or the Graduate Life Dean for your area.