Lyman Graduate Residences

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Lyman Graduate Residences


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In 1997, the award-winning Richard W. Lyman Graduate Residences opened its 112 two-bedroom, one-bath apartments to 224 single graduate students. Located on the west side of campus, the complex is close to the Medical Center and the Science and Engineering Quad. Each apartment offers about 575 square feet of space. A circular commons, organized around a 60-foot-tall oak tree, includes a large lounge with kitchen, TV lounge, piano practice room, computer cluster, mail room and laundry room.


Rates 2022-23

Room Type

Monthly Rate (per student)


Contract Length

Number of Spaces Average Square Footage







2 bedroom, 1 bath




224 575

Residence Video
Lyman Graduate Residences

Apartment Layouts

Two Bedroom

224 spaces
575 Sq. ft.

Residence Common Areas

Lounges and Meeting Rooms     
The Atrium Lounge holds up to 60 people and is available for social events and meetings, though this lounge must be booked in advance. The spacious, carpeted room has glass, garage-style doors that fold up into the ceiling, opening the lounge to the deck outside. This lounge also has a large fireplace and kitchen.        

TV Lounge
A small TV lounge features several sofas, a TV and cable. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Laundry Rooms     
A laundry room in the commons is equipped with environmentally-friendly washers and dryers. Rent includes Student Housing’s "Just Like Home" laundry program, which gives residents unlimited use; no coins or cards required.        

Storage space, either for personal belongings or unwanted furniture, is limited to individual apartments. Residents must store unwanted furniture off campus at their own expense and are responsible for returning it in good condition before checking out.
A Lyman resident who wants to store Lyman furniture from any common area in the apartment must get approval from his or her roommate since both are jointly liable for anything missing or damaged.

Computer Clusters
Lyman’s computer cluster is equipped with desktop computers, laser printers and commonly-used software applications. Printing is charged to the University debit card system. There is also a six-person conference table with a monitor and whiteboard.

Piano Practice Room
Lyman Commons also has a small music practice room with a baby grand piano. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis.        

Lyman is located next to the golf driving range and across the street from several tennis courts. A hiking and running trail along Lake Lagunita extends to the Stanford foothills.

Mail room
Lyman residents use their apartment keys to collect their mail from private mail boxes in the Lyman mail room.

Bicycle storage
Lyman’s covered bicycle corrals, locked and fenced bicycle enclosures, provide dry, secure bike parking.

Barbecue Area
The barbecue grill is located outside of the Lyman Common Building. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved.

General Information

Residence Name

Richard W. Lyman Graduate Residences Map



Mailing Address

Building 1:
121 Campus Drive West, Building A, Stanford, CA 94305

Jing Lyman Commons:
121 Campus Drive West, Building B, Stanford, CA 94305

Building 3:
121 Campus Drive West, Building C, Stanford, CA 94305

Housing Service Center

Munger Graduate Residences Housing Service Center

Custodial Service

Common areas are university-managed. Apartments are not serviced while occupied.

Dining Service

All apartments have kitchens. Students may also purchase a graduate meal plan from R&DE Stanford Dining.​







Wall-to-wall carpeting

Extra-long twin bed

Table with four chairs

Four-burner stove with oven

Window coverings

Desk and chair



High-speed internet connections from each bedroom and living room


Upholstered chair

Sink with garbage disposal






Recycling bin

Coffee table


Note: Students who want to bring their own beds may store the university-supplied bed at their own expense. No storage is available for unneeded furniture. Students provide their own cookware, dishes, utensils, towels and other kitchen items.



Wheelchair accessible for living Yes
Wheelchair accessible for visiting Yes
Braille signage Yes
Additional Information Some apartments equipped with horn or strobe fire alarms, flashing doorbell

About the Buildings

Lyman Graduate Residences, designed by Tanner Leddy Maytum Stacy architects, are named for Richard W. Lyman, Stanford’s seventh president (1970-1980).

The commons building is named for his wife, Jing Lyman, who is internationally and nationally known for her leadership in public programs ranging from fair housing to gender equity.

About the Buildings cont.

Lyman, an expert in contemporary British history, joined Stanford’s History Department in 1958 and became president in September 1970. During his tenure, Lyman coped with the activism that rocked campuses nationwide in the 1970s—he was outspoken and enjoyed the give-and-take of argument—as well as the economics of double-digit inflation, oil shortages, and a declining stock market.

Nonetheless, under Lyman’s leadership, the University raised $132 million for its endowment and additional funds for buildings, endowed chairs and student financial aid. Lyman’s tenure also saw an increase in the numbers and influence of women and members of ethnic minorities as faculty and students.