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Contract Lengths for Single Graduates

Length of your contract is based on your academic program, category of housing, location of your housing assignment and when you are assigned. Your specific contract length can be found in your Axess account after you are assigned.

The majority of contracts at Stanford are year-round contracts although some academic-year contracts are available in selected buildings. There are also a limited number of apartments with contracts that extend for only one quarter (autumn only, winter only and  spring only) that can be extended on a quarterly basis, depending on availability. 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 contract lengths can sometimes vary 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; more information is available at Move-in Date Options

Year-round contracts usually run from autumn through the end of the 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. Rent also is prorated to the end of a summer session for students who do not continue in housing for the following year. Enrolled summer visiting students can apply just for summer quarter.

You may file a termination form on Axess in the R&DE Housing and Dining portal to terminate your contract at the end of spring quarter even if you are enrolled for summer provided 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 paying 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 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.

Quarterly Contracts (autumn only, winter only or spring only) extend just for one quarter. There are only a small number of quarterly contracts offered, usually for Autumn Quarter. Students in a quarterly contract will have priority for the following quarter. They will be given priority for assignment and can keep the lottery number from their their initial application. In a few cases, students may be able to extend their contract and stay in the same apartment depending on when space is needed for other purposes.

Contract Lengths for 2020-21

Year-round Residences

Academic Term

Quarter Start Date

Quarter End Date

Escondido Village, Escondido Village Graduate Residences, Escondido Village Kennedy Residences, Lyman, Munger Graduate Residence (Buildings 1, 2 and 3), Rains Houses and Off-campus, Subsidized 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 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 summer housing application in the spring and move to a building that is open for the summer. See Apply for Summer Housing.

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

Summer

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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

Summer

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Quarter by Quarter Residences (autumn only, winter only, and spring only contracts)

Academic Term

Quarter Start Date

Quarter End Date

A limited number of apartments in Escondido Village and Escondido South low-rises

Autumn

September 11, 2020

December 14, 2020

Winter

December 31, 2020

March 21, 2021

Spring

March 27, 2021

June 14, 2021

Summer

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