Stanford Neighborhoods

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 listed their preference for neighborhood assignment
  • Application portal opened April 9 and closed on April 25
  • Neighborhood assignments were announced on May 21
  • This process has been completed


Residence Selection

  • Beginning on June 21, students will be able to list their preference for residences and room types 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 as soon as possible


Room/Apartment Selection

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


Apply for a Building and Room Type within your Neighborhood

  • There are many different room types available in each neighborhood
  • Use the links and maps below to learn about what buildings and room types are in your neighborhood
  • View charts showing the number of bed spaces there are for each type of room within a house


Building Selection Process

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

How to make your selection:

  1. In Axess use the Student menu to
    1. select the Housing and Dining portal
    2. select Apply for Housing,
    3. specify the academic quarter in which you wish your housing contract to begin (autumn 2021-22 for most students)
  2. If applying with a group, only the student who originally created the group can rank residence and room type choices. The same ranking is applied to all members of the group.
  3. Other students can join your group by utilizing your unique group name and password.
  4. All members of the group must apply in the portal to be assigned.
  5. Students not guaranteed housing cannot apply with guaranteed students, as they are only assigned if there is space left after all other students are allocated.



Please note that students with coterm status who were also in the senior cohort for the 2020-21 year will only be accommodated in undergraduate housing if space allows. Students in this situation are strongly encouraged to apply for graduate housing.

Ranking Building and Room-type Choices

  • If you will staff, live in a Greek house, or if you’ve been selected to preassign, you will indicate this on your housing application in lieu of ranking the buildings within your assigned neighborhood. You will not be able to join or form a group.
  • If you are not serving as staff, selected to preassign, or living in a Greek house, you will rank all of the residence choices in your neighborhood.
  • Students who form groups and students who apply individually can edit their rankings as often as desired until the application deadline. If the person who formed a group changes their residence choices, all of the group members' choices will be changed to match.


Applying as a Group With Friends

  • The maximum group size is eight students. Your group can be different from the group you created when you applied for a neighborhood assignment.
  • Students with guaranteed housing can only apply with other guaranteed students.
  • Students from different class cohorts may apply together, but will be assigned according to the priority level of the person in the group with the lowest priority.
  • If applying with a group, the student who creates a group (the group leader) will rank all of the housing choices. Students who join the group will not rank choices. They will automatically have the same choices as their group leader. R&DE staff will match group members’ choices to that of the group leader after the application period has ended.

  • If you or any of your group members are participating in the medical accommodation process, please know that your assignment will be driven by the needs of the student(s) who are seeking medical accommodations. Students are encouraged to let their group members know if they are seeking medical accommodations through the Office of Accessible Education.
  • All group members must submit housing applications by the deadline. Students applying as part of a group with a student requesting a medical accommodation for housing have an earlier application deadline of June 30
  • Students wishing to room with a friend who has a different gender of record can apply for a gender-inclusive room assignment if assigned to a residence and room type where this is an option
  • Unlike the neighborhood assignment process, groups can be split during the building assignment process. This is because we are assigning by class level to both buildings and room types, and there are a small number of each room type available in each building. Larger groups will be harder to keep together than smaller groups. Please keep this in mind as you form your groups.


How Building and Room-type Assignments Will Be Made

  • Housing priority will be given to seniors, followed by juniors, and then sophomores
  • Randomly generated application numbers will be allocated according to class cohort: 1 to 1999 for seniors, 2000 to 3999 for juniors, 4000 to 5999 for sophomores, and 6000+ for students out of guarantee quarters.
  • Groups with mixed cohorts will be allocated a number from the set of numbers given to the lowest priority cohort in the group. For example, a group of rising sophomores and juniors would be given a sophomore number.
  • Students with no guarantee quarters remaining will be allocated application numbers higher (worse) than the sophomore numbers and will not be able to apply in a group with guaranteed students.

  • Groups will be kept together through all choices unless there is not room for the entire group in any residence choice.
  • If there is no singular residence and room type available, the group will be split between the residences and room types that are available.
  • Larger groups are more likely to be split than smaller groups.
  • For sophomore-priority residences, non-sophomores will be assigned only if there is not enough demand from rising sophomores.
  • If University Theme Houses are not filled through the pre-assignment process, students may be assigned to those houses if no other housing is available.


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.