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 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 buildings 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 start in the summer of one academic year and graduate in the spring of the next academic year so have special contract dates.  For the 2019-20 academic year, MSx students can move in on July 5, 2019 and their contracts extend to June 28, 2020. MSx students 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 2019-20

Year-round Residences

Academic Term

Quarter Start Date

Quarter End Date

Munger Graduate Residence (Buildings 1, 2 and 3), Escondido Village, and Off-campus Subsidized Housing
Autumn September 13, 2019 December 16, 2019
Winter January 3, 2020 March 22, 2020
Spring March 28, 2020 June 15, 2020
Summer June 20, 2020 August 16, 2020

Academic-year Residences

Academic Term

Quarter Start Date

Quarter End Date

Munger Graduate Residence (Building 4 and Jacobson-Sorensen Hall)
Autumn September 13, 2019 December 16, 2019
Winter January 3, 2020 March 22, 2020
Spring March 28, 2020 June 15, 2020
Summer ------- -------
GSB Residences
Autumn September 11, 2019 December 16, 2019
Winter January 3, 2020 March 22, 2020
Spring March 28, 2020 June 12, 2020
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