Branner Hall

Branner Hall

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Overview

Known for its vibrant spirit, Branner Hall is an upperclass(non-frosh) residence with a focus program on public service. The elegant, Mission-style building houses 125 students, primarily in two-room doubles.

For information on the accessibility of residences for both living and visiting, please reference our Undergraduate Residences Accessibility Summary chart.

General Information

Residence Name

Branner Hall
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Neighborhood

Eastside

Navigation Address

655 Escondido Road, Stanford, CA 94305

Housing Front Desk

Crothers Hall Housing Front Desk

Dining Service

Branner Dining's intimate dining room and beautiful estate-style kitchen and servery greet students five days a week. Seven different food stations offer a variety of cuisine options, and special consideration is paid to vegan and vegetarian diets.

During the summer Branner Dining is not open and students will eat at one of two dining halls available for the summer.  Branner summer residents eat at the Arrillaga family Dining Commons.

Residence Type

Residence hall

Class Configuration

Upperclass during the academic year, used for a special program during the summer
Co-ed Type Co-ed by corridor (men and women live on the
same floor)
; primarily two-room doubles
Branner has gender-neutral housing assignments available in two-room doubles.

Custodial Service

University managed

Common Areas

Branner has a variety of common areas including a lounge, library, seminar room, and computer cluster.

 The Residence

Courtyard   Common Area
Courtyard Common area
Single Room Conference Room
Single room Conference room
Servery   Dining Room
Servery Dining room

House Facts

Configuration

Upperclass house

Co-ed type

Co-ed by corridor

Focus

Public Service (during the academic year only)
See pre-assignment and regular assignment information below.

Important Assignment Information

Residential Education offers a pre-assignment system for Special Program Houses for academic year assignments. This process allows Resident Fellows, Faculty Affiliates, and house program staff to pre-assign, before the annual housing Draw, a set number of residents who complete a pre-assignment application and meet specific requirements. See the Residential Education website for detailed pre-assignment information.

 

Furnishings

General

Bedroom

Wall-to-wall carpeting

Standard twin bed

Window coverings

Desk and chair

High-speed internet access

Bookcase

Telephone and telephone line

Bookshelves

Cable TV capability

Dresser

 

Mirror

 

Sink with mirror

 

Waste basket and recycling bin

Bathroom

Communal bathrooms with showers are located on each floor.  Some of these bathrooms are made available for gender-neutral use, while some remain single-sex.

Sample Floor Plans

Floorplan
Single room - Top View
Floorplan
Two-room Double - Top View

History

Branner Hall opened in January 1924, named after John Caspar Branner, Stanford’s first professor, second president (1913-1915), and Chair of the Department of Geology and Mining. The elegant building was designed by the San Francisco firm of Bakewell & Brown, who also designed Memorial Auditorium and the original Bing Wing of Green Library.

The University financed the building’s original $480,000 cost with gate receipts from the then newly-built Stanford Stadium. While conceived for “men who prefer to live as individuals and not in groups,” a nine-month, $20.2 million renovation created many more spaces to encourage the development of communities. Branner has also served as an all-women’s residence before becoming co-ed. The first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Conner, lived in Branner Hall during her freshman year at Stanford.