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The Housing Application

When to Apply

Students who need housing for Autumn Quarter should apply during the annual housing Autumn Draw. Students who miss the Autumn Draw deadline and students who need housing starting either winter or Spring Quarter should apply during one of the subsequent assignment rounds.

How to Submit an Application

• Log into Axess
• Go to the Student drop-down menu and select Housing and Dining
• Select Apply for Housing
• Follow the instructions to submit your application

Program House Commitment

Before students are permitted to list co-ops, substance free housing, and other special program houses on their application, they must acknowledge that they understand the requirements for living in these houses by selecting "I agree" in the Program House Commitment section.

More information about what is required to live in houses with special programs can be found on Residential Education's website.

By listing a house with special requirements for residents, students are acknowledging that they understand these requirements, meet the prerequisites to apply for the house, and, if assigned, agree to participate in all required house activities. Failure to meet these requirements may result in their removal from the house.


Students who apply during the Autumn Draw, First Round Winter Assignments, and First Round Spring Assignments can pick a tier level on their application if they have a housing guarantee year remaining. The tier level dictates the range of numbers from which a student's random application number will be chosen. Applications are considered in application number order so the lower the application number, the sooner a student's application is considered. Tier 1 encompasses application numbers 1-1000, Tier 2 1001-2000, Tier 3 2001-3000. Students can only use Tier 1 once and must use Tier 3 at least once during their Stanford career. Rising sophomores are not eligible to use Tier 1.

Students who apply outside of the Autumn Draw, First Round Winter Assignments, and First Round Spring Assignments will not be asked to select a tier on their application. These students are assigned a sequential number over 3500 depending on the date their application is submitted.

Students living in their fraternity or sorority house use Tier 2 the first year (or partial year) that they live in the house and use Tier 1 the second year (or partial year) that they live in the house.

Housing Choices

There is no limit to the number of residences students may list on their applications. For a summary of available residences see the Residence Chart. For details about individual houses see the Housing Options section.

When ranking residence choices on a housing application, students should list choices in order of preference. Students have the option of listing "any" choices such as "Any Branner" or "Any Governor's Corner Residence." Students are advised to use caution when listing these general choices. If assigned to a general choice, students will receive the last assignment in that house. If a student prefers a specific room type (single, two-room double etc.) then they should list those choices before or instead of the "any" choice. If applying as a group, listing "Any" complex or area of campus choice such as "Any Gerhard Casper Quad"  or "Any East Campus Residence Hall" could split your group between houses and room types within that complex of area of campus.

For each assignment round, vacancies can occur anywhere in the system. Students are strongly encouraged to make an extensive list of choices and rank their residence choices based on where they want to live, not where they think they may get assigned. That being said, students should continue listing residence choices until they truly have no preference between those residences left unranked.  If a student prefers 2-room doubles over 1-room doubles, they should list all of the 2-room double options ahead of the 1-room (regular) double options. Students using tier 1 should not assume that they will get a single room, a premier room on the Row, or even a 2-room double. 

Final Application Choice

Students must select a final choice on their housing application. If they select the final choice of “Assign me to any residence for which I am eligible," they may be assigned to any residence except co-ops. If they select the final choice "Assign me only to the residences I have listed," they may be unassigned if we are unable to assign them to a residence they listed. Students should only select this option if they are willing to live off campus in the event we are unable to assign them to a residence they listed.

Students MUST select "Assign me to any residence for which I am eligible" in order to keep their housing guarantee.

Application Tips

  • Check the calendar for specific deadlines. 
  • When students submit a housing application, they are agreeing to the terms of the Residence Agreement
  • If a student has a medical need for a specific type of housing they should request a medical accommodation through the Office of Accessible Education well in advance of the application deadline. New registrations with the Office of Accessible Education for the following academic year must be completed by the very beginning of April.

Withdrawing an Application

There is no fee for withdrawing an application. However, students will be unable to withdraw their application after the application deadline. If a student is assigned housing and subsequently cancels that assignment, they will be charged an administrative fee. The amount of the fee increases as the move in date approaches. The fee schedule can be found at the R&DE Student Housing calendar.

Misrepresentation of Facts

The university, with cause, may ask you to provide certifiable documents of facts detailed in your housing application or on your signed Residence Agreement. Any misrepresentation of facts for housing purposes is considered a violation of the Stanford University Residence Agreement and the Fundamental Standard of Student Conduct and may result in the loss of housing privileges and/or possible University disciplinary action.