Governor's Corner Suites

The Suites

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The Suites are composed of four apartment-style houses that are home to 260 upperclass residents. Each house—Anderson, Marx, Griffin, and Jenkins—offer living space in four- six- and eight-bedroom suites with a bathroom and living room. On the 1st floor of each building, there is a laundry room and kitchenette. Groups of four or eight students will receive automatic priority to live in the four- or eight-person suites. Groups of three or six will get an automatic priority for six-person suites.

Suites (and Dining Societies) in Governor’s Corner opened for students in the winter of 1982 after extensive planning for various buildings began in 1978. This was an answer to a housing need for 800 new students. A committee made up of students, staff, and faculty wrote the program for this complex, describing what would go into the new spaces. In phases from 1982-1983, Stanford opened several structures—Independent Houses, Suites and Dining societies, the Elliott Program Center, and Sterling Quadrangle.

Within Suites, four residences are named after former Stanford academic leaders and faculty members: Melville Best Anderson, first head of English department; James Owen Griffin, invited by President Jordan to form the first faculty; Oliver Peebles Jenkins, first professor of Physiology, Zoology, and decided location for Hopkins Seaside lab; and Charles David Marx, first faculty in Civil Engineering, and also a Stanford University Vice President.

Jenkins is home to the Outdoor House theme program during the academic year. 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.

Dining Societies
Students assigned to the Suites are required to take a meal plan at one of the Dining Societies during the academic year: Avanti, Beefeater, Bollard or Middle Earth. The Dining Societies are student-run organizations that offer a variety of eating plans and sponsor social activities. R&DE Stanford Dining is not involved in the management of the Dining Societies.

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

General Information

Residence Name

Governor’s Corner – Suites



Navigation Address

251 Governor’s Ave. South, Stanford, CA 94305
(each residence; Guest Suites at Elliott,
577 Governor’s Ave.)

Housing Front Desk

Governor’s Corner at Elliott Program Center
589 Governor’s Avenue, Stanford, CA 94305

Custodial Service

University managed, bathrooms in suites are cleaned once every 10 working days

Dining Service

Dining Societies - Students living in the Suites during the academic year are required to join one of four Dining Societies—Avanti, Bollard, Beefeaters, and Middle Earth. (There are no exceptions to this requirement.)

The Dining Societies are student-run organizations that offer a variety of eating plans and sponsor social activities.

Students living in the Suites during the summer eat in a dining hall with other Governor's Corner residents.

Co-ed Type

Co-ed on each floor
Gender-neutral housing assignments are available in four-person suites.

Common Areas

There is a laundry room and kitchenette on the 1st floor of Marx, Griffin, Jenkins, and Anderson.


Anderson Anderson
Griffin Griffin
Jenkins Jenkins
Marx Marx

House Facts





Co-ed type

Co-ed on each floor





Co-ed type

Co-ed on each floor




Upperclass​ undergraduates, some graduate students on third floor for Autumn Quarter

Co-ed type

Co-ed on each floor





Co-ed type

Co-ed on each floor




Wall-to-wall carpeting

Extra-long twin bed

Window coverings

Desk and chair

High-speed internet access


Telephone and telephone line


Cable TV capability



Waste basket and recycling bin


4- and 6-person suites have one private bathroom, 8-person suites have two private bathrooms, each with a sink, toilet, and shower.

Sample Floor Plans

4-person suite- Top view
6-person suite- Top view
8-person suite- 1st floor view
8-person suite- 2nd floor view