New This Year

On this page, you will read about policy changes as well as upcoming construction and renovation projects that affect the application process for 2019-20.

New Graduate Housing in Escondido Village

The university is in the midst of a major project to construct 2,431 bed spaces for graduate students in Escondido Village. The new buildings will be multi-story, ranging from six to 10 stories, and will house primarily single graduate students or couples without children. Proposed amenities for the project include a market, café/pub, and indoor and outdoor community spaces, in addition to huddle rooms, computer clusters, and messy art spaces. The site of the new complex runs along Campus Drive and Serra Street between Thoburn Ct. and Blackwelder Ct.

Initial site preparation work began in January 2017, building construction began in the fall 2017 and the complex should be completed in August  2020. Once complete, the Escondido Village Graduate Residences will increase graduate student housing capacity on campus by almost 20 percent, meeting a critical university priority as Bay Area housing costs continue to rise.

This is a major construction project and will necessarily cause increased noise, dust and a reduction in available parking for the nearby residences. While all possible measures are taken to minimize the impact to residences in the surrounding communities, any student moving into or living in affected areas should be prepared to accept the unavoidable aspects of life in a neighborhood under construction. 

For more information on the new graduate student housing in Escondido Village, including weekly construction updates, photos and drone footage, click here

Off campus Subsidized Housing

Stanford has leased and subsidized off campus apartments  to meet the demand from graduate students until the new graduate housing is complete. Stanford houses graduate students in 24 apartment communities within Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, and Redwood City. Each location promotes a sense of community and is accessible to public transportation (see and/or bicycle routes to campus. Most communities are within walking distance of shops and restaurants, and some are on or near a Stanford Marguerite shuttle route. Amenities vary and may include swimming pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, exercise rooms and rentable community rooms. Visit for further information including photos and floor plans.

It is important to note that students assigned to the off-campus complexes are not eligible to sublicense their rooms and will need to move back to campus when the new graduate housing opens in autumn of 2020. Off-campus housing options and associated lease agreements will change beginning in autumn 2020.

Autumn-only contracts offered in Escondido South two-bedrooms, Escondido Village two- and three-bedrooms

To allow for more flexibility for housing demand that changes throughout the year, we are offering autumn-only contracts in Escondido South two-bedroom apartments and Escondido Village two- and three bedroom apartments. The single graduate students assigned to these autumn-only apartments will only be offered a quarter by quarter contract for 2019-20. The demand from students with children and undergraduate students for winter and spring will determine whether the students in autumn-only contracts may extend for additional quarters or be reassigned with priority to other vacancies.

Students in Escondido South two-bedroom apartments who will be able to stay in their apartments for 2019-20

  1. Single students living in Apartments 139-102, 139-103, 140-102, and 144-101 will be able to stay in place because these units will continue to be well suited for single student occupancy as they are outside the fence line
  2. CA staff and their roommates will be able to stay in place for the entire year.
  3. Students who have been living in the community the longest will be the last to be asked to move out of Escondido South, but may need to consolidate with others in two-bedroom or three-bedroom apartments. 

Students who are assigned quarterly contracts in Escondido South two-bedroom apartments for autumn 2019-20 may need to move during the next academic year or over the summer.  These students have the following options:

  • Renew in the Lottery and choose any other single student housing on campus where you would like to move (including the 3-bedroom in Escondido South). You will have to move over the summer.   
  • Renew in the Lottery and choose an Autumn-only contract to stay in the same apartment, knowing that you could be asked to move during Winter break or Spring break to accommodate changing assignment needs. You will be assigned ahead of other students, but your choices will be more limited during these assignment periods because available apartments are based on vacancies that come up in single student housing. Students who choose an autumn-only contract in a two-bedroom apartment, may need to move this summer to consolidate, especially if you have a roommate moving out of the apartment. 
  • New incoming residents will have autumn-only contracts and will have priority for the vacancies occurring in winter. 

A limited number of Escondido Village two-bedroom, one bath and three-bedroom, one-bath lowrise apartments located in buildings 7 to 31 will be assigned with autumn-only contracts in autumn. These spaces will likely be needed to meet the demand from guaranteed undergraduates returning to campus in the winter. 

  • Current residents of these apartments can renew in place, if they have housing priority years remaining or they can have priority access to renew into another type of apartment, if all the grad students in their apartments are moving out.
  • New incoming residents will have autumn-only contracts and will have priority for the vacancies occurring in winter. 

Unauthorized Sublicensing

Students are generally only able to sublicense (sublet) their apartments during the summer to verified Stanford affiliates who have been approved by R&DE Student Housing. Over the last year, numerous students and University administrators have brought to our attention that some graduate students are abusing the privilege of living in graduate housing by inappropriately sublicensing their housing space to others. We know that most graduate students appreciate living on campus and abide by the policies that are designed to create a supportive and safe community. Unfortunately, others have chosen an inappropriate approach for their own personal gain by sublicensing to unauthorized individuals not associated with the University or sublicensing to students who want to circumvent the Waiting List. Some are also doing this for financial profit by charging more than the rent that they pay for the unit. Students unable to be assigned to campus housing are particularly upset, given that these spaces could have potentially been assigned to them through the regular assignment process.

We are asking the entire graduate community to assist us in stopping this practice. Students who have chosen to disregard established sublicensing policies for their own personal gain are retaining housing space they do not need at the expense of others who want to live on campus. Please contact Housing Assignments if you know of a suspicious sublet or unauthorized occupant.

If students choose to engage in an unauthorized sublicense agreement, they should be aware that they may not only be violating the R&DE Student Housing Residence Agreement, but also the University’s Fundamental Standard. Students engaged in unauthorized sublicensing activities (contract holders and any unauthorized student sublicensees) will be charged an unauthorized sublicense fee, be required to move out of housing immediately, and permanently lose their on-campus housing privileges. If applicable, their case will be turned over to the Office of Community Standards. In some cases, students may be required to pay back any financial gain that they have received by sublicensing their apartment.

We understand the benefits of having a short-term sublicensing program for students who need to study away for a short period of time, and so we are planning to keep our current sublicensing program. However, we do need to enforce sublicensing policies so we are better able to meet housing demand from students enrolled and studying at the home campus. If you are interested in creating an authorized sublicense agreement, please refer to the sublicensing website.