Moving to Stanford University

Are you ready to be among the great minds at one of the most prestigious schools in the world? Notable alumni include actress Reese Witherspoon, Seahawks safety Richard Sherman, and former President of the United States John F. Kennedy. Located in between San Francisco and San Jose, Stanford University is a private research and teaching college in the heart of Silicone Valley. With the days of summer ticking away and fall coming, be sure you know these tips before moving to Stanford to become a cardinal in northern California!

Moving to Stanford University


You are going to be attending one of the largest campuses in the United States– 8,180 acres to be exact! Before you start thinking about the possibility of getting lost on your first day of class (every freshman’s nightmare), have you thought where exactly Stanford is located? This is a little bit of a tricky answer! The main campus is located in the San Francisco Peninsula, about 37 miles from San Francisco and 20 miles from San Jose. Here is where things get complex. Stanford’s main campus is located on six different governmental jurisdictions:

4,017 acres in unincorporated Santa Clara County
2,701 acres in unincorporated San Mateo County
1,161 acres in Palo Alto
114 acres in Woodside
111 acres in Menlo Park
76 acres in Portola Valley

Don’t let this scare you. Stanford is a self-sustaining community within itself and even has it’s own zip code– 94305.

Housing on Campus

Moving to Stanford UniversityThe founders’ wish is stated on the Founding Grant of the Stanford: “It is desirable that the members of the Faculty and students should generally reside upon the grounds of the University…” A wish that is still being granted to this day as living on campus at Stanford University is the norm. Did you know that 97% of undergraduate students live on campus, as well as about 64% graduate students and 30% faculty members?

Incoming freshmen are required to live on campus, and all undergraduate students are guaranteed housing for all four years of their education. The undergraduate housing system includes 81 unique accommodations that are guaranteed to meet your housing needs. Dorm styles include residence halls, apartments, suites and more! If you are interested in becoming apart of the 25% of students that join fraternities and sororities. Keep in mind that 6 fraternities and 3 sororities offer housing.

First-year graduate students are guaranteed on-campus housing at Stanford University if you applied before the spring deadline. The university provides housing for single students, couples without kids, and students with kids.

Visit here for more information or to apply for housing!

Moving to Stanford University

Now you know where you are moving too and where you are going to live. Now it is time to figure out how you are going to move in like a pro. Move in day is mixed with many emotions, but stress does not have to be one! You can easily use Collegeboxes® to ship your items to the University prior to your fall move-in. Not familiar with Collegeboxes®? Don’t worry, find out 5 reasons why Collegeboxes® is worth your money.  If a road trip is ideal, then load up your moving truck or trailer and head to your future university. With many locations around Stanford, it will be easy to return your equipment once you have unloaded your belongings.

For more tips visit your go-to source for college moving or this Pinterest board.

How was moving to Stanford University campus for you? Where did you live? Share your input in the comments section below!