Master’s Degree Students’ Guide to New Graduate Housing Assignment Priorities and Eligibility

What are the priorities and renewal eligibility for current master’s students?

In general terms, the priority system guarantees master’s degree students one year of housing in their first year of study at Stanford, on or off campus, if they apply by the Lottery deadline and agree to live anywhere.  

Incoming master’s students (single and couples without children) enrolling in 2017-18 will have guaranteed housing (on or off-campus) for their first year if they apply by the Lottery deadline and agree to live anywhere.

Beyond the first year, Master’s students without children have no guarantee for subsidized housing (on or off campus). They are eligible to apply for the housing Lottery and will be assigned with low priority if if space is available.  The amount of space available each year will vary depending upon how many students renew and how many new students apply for housing.

Incoming master’s students with children will be guaranteed housing for the first year in their degree program, and have the option to renew in place for a second year. Master's students with children are eligible to apply for the housing Lottery after their second year in housing and will be assigned with low priority if if space is available.  The amount of space available each year will vary depending upon how many students renew and how many new students apply for housing.

Current master’s students transitioning to a doctoral or dual degree program

Continuing master’s students admitted to a doctoral or dual degree by May 11, 2017, should apply to renew their current housing. Continuing master’s students unsure of their transition to doctoral status should consult their department student services office. Students returning to Stanford to begin a new graduate degree program after previously receiving a Stanford graduate degree are considered continuing graduate students and should apply accordingly.

For students in dual degree programs, the number of priority years is based on the highest level degree at the time the application is processed (i.e., JD/MD students receive 4 years of priority, JD/MBA students receive 3 years of priority, etc.). Students are eligible to apply for the housing Lottery after having used their allotted priority years, and will be assigned with low priority if if space is available.  The amount of space available each year will vary depending upon how many students renew and how many new students apply for housing.

Special Assignments

Students who require on-campus housing due to a verifiable medical condition are encouraged to contact the Office of Accessible Education (OAE) at 650-723-1066 or OAE.stanford.edu. Housing exceptions for students with medical needs are only approved at the recommendation of the OAE.

Special Circumstances

Consideration of special circumstances for university-subsidized housing will be handled by petition to Housing Assignments on a case-by-case basis.

Spring 2017 Housing Lottery

The Lottery opens on April 12, and all applications, including renewal applications, are due by May 11, 2017. More information about the Lottery process will be emailed to you in April. If you have any questions about these policies, please feel free to contact R&DE Student Housing Assignments by filing a help ticket, stopping by our office, calling us at 650-725-2810, or by emailing us at housingassignments@stanford.edu. We are strongly committed to assisting you in the Lottery process. For more information, please see our website – https://rde.stanford.edu/studenthousing/assignments-contracts

Additional Support for Graduate Students

  • The provost has increased central subsidies to assist graduate students who will be living off campus. Students living in off-campus housing may apply for the resources below:
  • Housing Loan Program for those living in off-campus unsubsidized housing is available for graduate students to borrow up to $6,000 (all at once or in increments over several years); there are no fees and no interest if repaid within six months of graduation - http://financialaid.stanford.edu/grad/funding/emergency.  
  • Free Caltrain Go Passes for graduate students living in subsidized or unsubsidized off-campus housing (must live in eligible zip codes), beginning Autumn Quarter 2016 until the new graduate housing opens in 2020.
  • Housing Assignments staff will continue to assist students who are moving off campus through the Community Housing website, which provides information on rentals and how to navigate the rental process.
  • The Financial Aid Office has a need-based emergency grant-in-aid program for unanticipated expenses for which any graduate student may apply.

Looking for more information on the new Graduate Housing Assignments Priorities and Eligibility?  See our FAQ