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Contract Lengths for Couples without Children

The majority of contracts at Stanford are year-round contracts. However, some academic-year contracts are available in selected buildings. Each residence choice on Axess is displayed with a description of the contract length. Pay close attention while ranking the residence choices on your application as there are sometimes different contract lengths available for the same type of housing.

Your selections this year may limit your options for next year. You cannot remain in continuous occupancy if you are living in an academic-year building or in subsidized, off-campus housing, but you can terminate the summer portion of the year-round contracts. The move-in date options vary by quarter. Read more at Move-in Date Options.

Year-round contracts usually run from autumn through the end of summer term. If you move into your Stanford residence at the beginning of a term, your first month’s charges will be prorated to the first day of the term. If you are no longer enrolled and move out at the end of a term, your last month’s charges will be prorated to the last day of the term. The dates listed below are the general start and end dates for each quarter. If you are in continuous housing, there are no gaps in your contract between quarters. The housing charges for the next quarter start on the quarter end date of the previous term. If you renew your contract for a subsequent year, your contract is extended to September 1, the start of your new contract.

You may file a termination form on Axess in the R&DE Housing and Dining portal to end your year-round contract at the end of Spring Quarter, even if you are enrolled, as long as you file by the deadline and have not renewed your contract for the following year. If you fail to give notice by the applicable deadline noted in the Residence Agreement, you will be charged a $100-$450 late termination of occupancy fee. You are obligated to pay rent through the end of Spring Quarter as long as you remain an enrolled student. If you move out before the end of the Spring Quarter and remain enrolled, you will continue to be charged rent until the end of Spring Quarter.

Academic-year contracts usually run from autumn through spring term, though some contracts vary in length according to the residence to which you are assigned. Academic-year contracts are located in specific apartments that close for the summer. If you have an academic-year contract and want to continue in university housing during the summer, you’ll need to file a new summer housing application in the spring and move to a building that is open for the summer. See Apply for Summer Housing.

MSx students in the Graduate School of Business for the 2020-21 academic year will start in the winter 2020 and graduate in the autumn of 2021. Students should initially apply for Winter Quarter. If they are assigned to a full-year contract they will not need to apply for summer, but will need to apply for housing again the following autumn 2021 during the First-round Lottery in spring of 2020. Students assigned to academic-year contracts will need to submit two applications during the First-round Lottery in spring of 2020, one for summer 2020 and autumn 2021. Students admitted for 2021-22 will start in the summer of 2021 and graduate in the spring of the next academic year so have special contract dates. Newly admitted MSx students applying in the spring of 2020 must submit two applications one starting in summer and the next starting in autumn. They will have continuous housing, but may be assigned to different housing for summer and the following academic year, if their autumn assignment is not available in the summer.

Contract Lengths for 2020-21

Year-round Residences

Academic Term

Quarter Start Date

Quarter End Date

Escondido Village low-rises and mid-rises, Escondido Village Graduate Residences, Escondido Village Kennedy Residences, Munger Graduate Residence (Buildings 1, 2 and 3) and Subsidized, Off-campus Housing
Autumn September 11, 2020 December 14, 2020
Winter December 31, 2020 March 21, 2021
Spring March 27, 2021 June 14, 2021
Summer June 19, 2021 August 15, 2021

 

Academic-year Residences

Academic Term

Quarter Start Date

Quarter End Date

Escondido Village Graduate Residences and Munger Graduate Residence (Building 4 and Jacobson-Sorensen Hall)
Autumn September 11, 2020 December 14, 2020
Winter December 31, 2020 March 21, 2021
Spring March 27, 2021 June 14, 2021
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GSB Residences
Autumn September 9, 2020 December 14, 2020
Winter December 31, 2020 March 21, 2021
Spring March 27, 2021 June 11, 2021
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