Community Housing is the primary office at Stanford that provides information about housing opportunities in Palo Alto and the greater Peninsula offering listings of available house and apartment rentals. SUNet ID and password are required to access the rental listings; temporary user names and passwords can be requested. For more proactive house and apartment hunting, CraigsList will likely be your best and most immediate resource for locating and securing lodging near the university.

Parking & Transportation

If your classes are scheduled before 4pm and you are driving onto campus, you will need to purchase a parking permit from Parking & Transportation Services at 340 Bonair Siding. Consult a campus parking map to decide whether you prefer “A” or “C” parking. If you will only be on campus a couple of times a week, we recommend to purchase daily “scratchers”. You will need to show either your SUID or a Department Sponsorship Application. If you use alternative transportation to commute to campus, Transportation Services can assist you in planning your commute via public transit, finding rideshare partners, using the real-time Marguerite bus schedule, or by getting you information on the best bike routes in the area.


Check the Stanford Visitor Information for driving directions and various campus maps. A keyword-searchable campus map allows you to look for a particular building by name or address.

Campus Alerts

In the event of a major emergency affecting the Stanford campus, Stanford faculty, staff, and students will receive an emergency communication on the phone numbers and emails registered in the Stanford directory (via StanfordYou or Axess). The message will include basic information about the nature of the emergency and instructions on how to obtain further information. The system will be used in conjunction with other emergency resources already in place, such as the emergency web site and the emergency information hotlines (650-725-5555, 800-89SHAKE). Faculty members are asked to provide departments and StanfordYou with their updated emergency contact information.