Branner Hall

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Branner is an elegant, Mission-style building known for it's vibrant spirit. It houses approximately 120 students - primarily in two-room doubles.

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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.

General Information

Residence Name Branner Hall – Map
Res Ed Program N/A
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 All-frosh (subject to change)
Co-ed Type Co-ed by corridor (students of different genders live on the
same floor)
; primarily 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.


Single room
2-room double
2-room double
2-room double
2-room double


Wall-to-wall carpeting
Window coverings
High-speed internet access
Cable TV capability
Standard twin bed
Desk and chair
Sink with mirror
Waste basket and recycling bin


Note: Students who want to bring their own beds may store the university-supplied bed at their own expense. No storage is available for unneeded furniture. Students provide their own cookware, dishes, utensils, towels and other kitchen items.