The Summer Housing Allocation

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Applying for Undergraduate Housing

2020-21 Summer Housing Allocation


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R&DE Student housing will begin accepting applications for undergraduate summer housing on Monday, April 26. Summer Housing Allocation applications are due on Friday, May 7. Summer housing assignments will be announced on May 28.


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Eligibility for Undergraduate Summer Quarter 2021 Housing

  • Priority for summer housing will go to current freshmen, sophomores, and students approved to be in housing due to special circumstances. 
  • Current juniors may be assigned, if space permits.
  • Current seniors who will return to campus for a fifth year in 2021-22 may be assigned, if space permits.
  • Students graduating in June are not eligible for undergraduate summer housing.
  • All students in summer housing must be enrolled full-time for summer quarter or on a Flex Term and taking an approved, Stanford-funded Experiential Learning Opportunity (ELO)
  • Current seniors who will be enrolled in 2021-22 to complete their co-terminal degree are strongly encouraged to apply for summer graduate housing and 2021-22 housing through the Graduate Housing Lottery, which is taking place now. Graduate housing applications are due Thursday, May 6. See the Graduate Housing Lottery website for more information.


Summer Housing Allocation Process

The Summer Housing Allocation process places an emphasis on ensuring friend groups/households can live in the same residence. Summer housing applications open on Monday, April 26 and are due by Friday, May 7, 2021. Summer housing assignments will be announced on Friday, May 28, 2021. 

To participate in the Summer Housing Allocation, students must submit an application in Axess. To submit your application:

  • Log onto Axess
  • Select Housing and Dining from the Student menu
  • Select Apply for Housing to join the Summer Housing Allocation


Applying as a Group

  • Groups can be composed of up to eight students. Please note that the group you apply with will be considered your initial household. The household program allows for increased social connections between students while still following state and county guidelines. Please visit the Dean of Students website for more information about households.
  • Once you reach the Summer Housing Allocation, the leader of your group (the first to apply), will establish a group name and password for the group and will rank the group’s housing options in order of preference. You will be required to rank all of the housing options available. All members of the group must apply in the portal to be assigned.
  • To join a group, enter the name and password established by the group leader. You will not see or be able to rank any housing options. Everyone in the group will have the same housing choices in the same order, as submitted by their group leader. Because of this, it is very important that you are talking with your group members and establishing a consensus regarding the order of your housing choices.

Why such an emphasis on groups?

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure physical distancing, it is likely that you will not be able to visit students in other houses. Additionally, students may be restricted to a specific dining hall based on their housing assignment. Because of this, we want to make sure that you are living in close proximity to your friends. 
  • While the Summer Housing Allocation is designed to keep friend groups together, rest assured it is also perfectly fine to apply without a group. In fact, we anticipate a number of students will elect to apply on their own.
  • Because our top priority is keeping groups together, randomly generated numbers will not be the sole driver in where you are placed. Your housing rankings and our ability to keep your group together within a house will determine your assignment. Because of this, application numbers and residence cut-offs will not be published.
  • In order to help us keep friend groups together, students will rank room types within complexes and large residence halls instead of smaller houses. Depending on demand, houses could be all-frosh, four-class or all upperclass students. Please note that not all of the locations will be available for students depending on construction/renovation schedules and other operational needs. Students must rank all of the housing choices on their application.

I can’t imagine my Stanford experience without on-campus housing. Living alone is a new experience for me, and it’s great to make friends to share that with. Resident fellows do a great job of creating fun and educational programming. It’s the perfect excuse to step away from studying and engage with my neighbors.

– Sammi,
Stanford University Student


Housing Options

Due to COVID-19 and the need to facilitate physical distancing, we have decreased the number of students living in each residence hall to ensure that every student can live in a single (private room) or a 2-bedroom apartment-style unit (each student in a private bedroom and sharing some common areas). 

Click here for more information regarding the housing options available for summer 2021.


Housing Accommodations

Students who have disability-related housing needs can request housing accommodations through the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). Any student needing an accommodation who has not registered with the OAE previously should do so immediately. Registration and submission of the Housing Accommodation Request Form will be online through OAE Connect. The disability accommodations process takes place before the Summer Housing Allocation process, although the deadline is the same. Students requiring special housing consideration must apply for housing in Axess and submit their online Housing Accommodation Request Form to the OAE by 5:00 p.m. on May 7. Disability-related requests submitted after the deadline will be considered and implemented on a rolling basis, as space become available. 

Students who need housing or dining accommodations due to religious reasons can find additional information and instructions on the Office of Religious Life website.

Summer Quarter Move-in

The move-in process for summer quarter will be unlike previous years. Planning for how students will move in is underway and we will have more information about this process soon. Students are advised to hold off on booking flights until they are told exactly when they will be able to move into their assignments.


Estimated Summer Housing 2021 Costs

Please note that Students are responsible for all housing and dining costs over the summer. For more information on summer aid eligibility, please contact the Financial Aid Office. Information about summer aid eligibility and the application process can be found here.

Contract Length



Summer Quarter Only
June 19, 2021 - August 28, 2021


Spring-Summer Interim + Summer Quarter
June 5, 2021 - August 28, 2021

$409 + $3,575 = $3,984 Only available to students in spring quarter housing

Spring-Summer Interim + Summer Quarter + Summer-Autumn Interim
June 5, 2021 - start of autumn quarter

$409 + $3,575 + $942 = $4,926 Only available to students in spring quarter housing who also have autumn quarter housing contracts

Summer Quarter + Summer-Autumn Interim
June 19, 2021 - start of autumn quarter

$3,575 + $942 = $4,517 Only available to students with autumn housing contracts

House Dues


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Dining Hall Meal Plans

All undergraduate students living on campus (except in Mirrielees), including EVGR-A, are required to be on a meal plan but students can switch their dining hall meal plan at any time until the last four weeks of the quarter. 

Students can use their meals for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner meals in any open dining hall. Visit our dining hall locations and hours page for more information. Please note that all meals are currently pre-packaged and for to-go only. Meal Plan Dollars may be used at select R&DE Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries retail locations or any R&DE Stanford Dining location. Cardinal Dollars may be used at all R&DE Stanford Dining and R&DE Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries retail locations.


Summer 2021 Dining Hall Meal Plans



19 Meal Plan includes:

19 meals per week in any dining hall

Meal Plan Cost


14 Meal Plan includes:

14 meals per week in any dining hall

145 Meal Plan Dollars for use in any dining hall, R&DE café,
Munger Market and EVGR Marketplace

This is the default meal plan for freshmen and upperclass students

Meal Plan Cost


10 Meal Plan includes:

10 meals per week in any dining hall

245 Meal Plan Dollars for use in any dining hall, R&DE café,
Munger Market and EVGR Marketplace

This meal plan is only available for upperclass students

Meal Plan Cost


For more information, visit Stanford Dining’s website.