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On-Campus Housing

  • General Information | Staying on campus can be a convenient and cost-effective choice. Before registering, please note these important non-negotiable aspects of on-campus housing.
    • Meal Plan: On-campus housing comes with a dinner meal plan included in the price. Breakfast and lunch are provided at the Festival. You do not have to use the dinner meal plan, however, there are no reimbursements for unused meals.

    • Dates: Check-in is Sunday afternoon, July 30. Check-out is Friday morning, August 4. There is no way to remove a night or add a night to your reservation. You do not have to check-in on Sunday afternoon, or be present for all of the nights, however there is no reimbursement for unused nights.

  • Housing Options & Pricing | There are two housing options, Apartment and Dormitory. Apartments are all single rooms. Dormitories come in single or double rooms. We will not know the amount of single and double rooms we are allotted until mid-May, therefore these rooms will be reserved and not paid for until June. Upon registration, all dormitory registrants will rank their preference for single or double, but must agree to accept whatever Stanford’s availability provides.
Munger Apartments dormitories
  • Air-conditioned apartment with private bath, activated phone, Internet access
  • Personal care kit  (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion)
  • Hair dryers, clock radios, desk lamps, irons, luggage racks
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Lounge areas for small group gatherings
  • Bed and bath linens
  • Conference front desk open 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily
  • 24/7 on-call service staff
  • On-site coinless laundry facilities
  • Activated phone in most residences. In certain residences, phone activation may be optional for a fee
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Lounge areas and seminar rooms for small group meetings
  • Bed and bath linens
  • Nearby conference front desk open 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily
  • 24/7 on-call service staff
  • On-site coinless laundry facilities
  • Optional computer/Internet activation
$965 total per person Single: $585 total per person
Double: $470 total per person
  • Registration | We have a limited amount of on-campus housing, so reserve your spots early! Registration will open via the red "Register" button in this section of the website on Monday, March 20 at 4p PT (we had an unexpected delay that pushed this date back from its original, March 17 4p PT scheduled opening, apologies). Registrants will select the number of beds they would like to reserve in Apartment and/or Dormitory housing. Registrants who elect to reserve dormitory rooms will not make payment at this time, as we will not know the supply of single or double rooms until May. Registrants electing Apartment-style housing can make payment at the time of registration. Payment can be made by credit card, check, or PO. Due to limited supply, housing is reserved for Festival participants only. If you have further questions about housing or the registration process, please email Kerri Balint,


Area Accommodations

Please see Stanford University's lodging guide, which is based on proximity to campus and includes website links, rates, and contact information. 



Stanford is roughly equidistant from the San Francisco and San Jose airports.

Major airports
Three major airports serve the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco International (SFO), San Jose Mineta International (SJC), and Oakland International (OAK). We suggest comparing fares to all three airports, as there can be significant differences, even for the same airline.

Choosing airports
Although San Francisco is the largest of the three area airports and offers the most airlines and flights, some visitors find that San Jose’s smaller size makes it a somewhat more convenient alternative, especially for domestic flights.

Public Transportation

Whether you are staying in Palo Alto or traveling from elsewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can reach Stanford by way of convenient public transportation.

The local transit hub for bus and train services at Stanford is the Palo Alto Caltrain Station, located near the main entrance to campus near the intersections of Palm Drive, University Avenue, and El Camino Real. The Stanford Marguerite Shuttle, the University’s free shuttle bus, operates several routes. Most provide service from the Caltrain Station to multiple campus locations.

If you are traveling from San Francisco or San Jose, Caltrain is your most convenient option. A one-way trip from San Francisco takes approximately one hour and costs about $7.75; a one-way trip from San Jose takes approximately 40 minutes and costs about $5.75. Caltrain also connects with stations and shuttles serving the San Francisco and San Jose International Airports.

Getting Around Stanford

Stanford is a big campus. The FREE Stanford Marguerite Shuttles pick up at many locations, some even beyond campus. See Marguerite lines and schedules here. Additionally, Stanford is a biking campus. If you live close enough bike, or are staying close enough to rent a bike, we highly recommend doing so!

Contact CSET
If you have additional questions please contact the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching.