Stanford Neighborhoods

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Residential & Dining Enterprises, along with our partners in Residential Education, has reimagined the undergraduate housing assignments process for 2021-2022. With input from student and alumni advisory groups and faculty, the new process is designed to support the ResX principle of nurturing a sense of community and belonging.

What’s New?

  • Undergraduate housing has been divided into eight neighborhoods. Every neighborhood includes a mix that will generally include frosh and multi-year residences, university ethnic and academic theme houses, Row houses, Greek houses, cooperatives, apartment-style residences and housing accommodations for students with disability-related needs.
  • Beginning this autumn, frosh will be matched with roommates and assigned to neighborhoods and residences; most will stay in that neighborhood throughout their time at Stanford, building and sustaining their communities.
  • For 2021-2022 only, rising sophomores who missed the frosh housing experience due to the pandemic will have the option to be assigned roommates and housing (as the frosh are) and may request to live in all-sophomore housing.

In three separate selection rounds, rising sophomores, juniors and seniors will 1) indicate their neighborhood preference, 2) rank their preferred residences within that neighborhood, and 3) select their rooms. Students will receive an email notification with instructions at the beginning of each selection round.

Please read below about the three-step process and the eight neighborhood choices.

Neighborhood Selection

  • In this round, individual students and groups of up to eight students list their preference for neighborhood assignment
  • Application portal opens Friday, April 9
  • Deadline to apply is Sunday, April 25
  • Neighborhood assignments announced Friday, May 21


Residence Selection

  • Beginning in mid-June, students will be able to list their preference for residences within their assigned neighborhoods
  • During this period, ResEd will select student staff for 2021-2022 and process requests for pre-assignment
  • Students requiring medical accommodations in housing should file a request with the Office of Accessible Education


Room/Apartment Selection

  • In August, students will use an online tool to select a room/apartment in their assigned residence


Learn About Stanford’s Eight Residential Neighborhoods

For most, the neighborhood you are assigned in the first round will be your home for the rest of your time at Stanford.

  • Whatever your neighborhood assignment, you will be able to choose any of the university theme houses, in or outside your neighborhood, in the next round. You may live in a university theme house outside your neighborhood for one or two years and return without penalty to your original neighborhood afterwards.
  • Students will be assigned to residences in their home neighborhood unless they are staffing in another neighborhood or pre-assigned to a university theme house in another neighborhood.
  • If, after the first year, you want to be assigned to a different neighborhood, you may request it, but you will be assigned after students who are already residents of that neighborhood.

Click on the maps and links below to explore all eight neighborhoods.


Neighborhood Selection Process

You may apply individually or in a group of up to eight students.

How to make your selection:

  1. Visit the neighborhood selection portal using the button below (or use this link to the application).
  2. When you apply, a unique group name and code will be assigned to you by the system. 
  3. If you are applying as an individual, you can disregard this code. 
  4. If you are applying with friends, other students can join your group by utilizing your unique group name and code. All members of the group must apply in the portal to be assigned.
  5. The maximum group size is 8 students. 
  6. Only the student who originally created the group can rank neighborhood choices. The same ranking is applied to all members of the group.


Ranking Neighborhood Choices

All eight neighborhoods must be ranked. The student who created the group can edit the rankings as often as needed until the application deadline.


How Neighborhood Assignments Will Be Made

Randomly generated numbers will be used to help guide neighborhood assignments. However, there are other factors that will affect your assignment, including:

  • our top priority to keep friend groups together
  • each neighborhood includes a certain number of spaces for each class year, ensuring classes are evenly distributed across the neighborhoods
  • in subsequent rounds, housing assignment priority will be determined by class year

Assignments Outside Your Neighborhood (Neighborhoods Abroad)

If you are interested in a university theme house, you should know that, in the residence selection round, your choices are not limited to theme houses in your assigned neighborhood. Students may live in a university theme house outside their neighborhood for a year or two and then return to their home neighborhood without penalty.

Neighborhood Dining

There are great new meal options for students - seven days a week in every neighborhood!

The new ResX neighborhood meal program allows students the flexibility to eat in locations across the campus, while also developing friendships within their neighborhood and enjoying opportunities to sustain the unique interpersonal connections which will occur in each neighborhood. It equalizes the meal plan cost across Row houses, Suites, and Dining halls while providing high-quality, sustainable and nutritious cuisine, across all neighborhoods, to meet a wide variety of dietary needs for a diverse student community.


Blackened Catfish

Dining Halls & Retail Locations

Our campus dining halls and retail locations have flavorful selections for every taste.​

Grab-N-Go Offerings

The Market at Munger

A one-stop shop for campus living essentials: groceries, produce and ready-to-eat meals. Open evenings and weekends.

Student ID with Food Image

Cardinal Dollars

Save on meals at dining halls, retail locations, and athletic concessions locations​

EVGR Marketplace

EVGR Marketplace

Stop for coffee, grab-and-go salads and sandwiches, meal kits, produce, deli/dairy, pantry basics, snacks, beverages and more. Stanford Dining and 24/7 vending available.