Housing & Residential Life
Since most students live on campus, Stanford has developed many diverse housing options in the hopes that everyone will be able to find a home at this university. From the freshman year roommate experience to awesome row house parties or close knit co-op communities, the residential experience at Stanford will shape you as much as you will shape it.
Now, assuring that everyone gets their desired housing options is easier said than done. We use something called the Draw, which ultimately places your residential fate in the hands of a sophisticated algorithm. The probability game has been known to bite, but there are also ways to beat the draw (on the next page). The best you can do is gather the necessary information and cross your fingers. At the end of the day, you’ll get as much out of housing as you put in…or you can just claim a spot on the floor with a friend who fared better.
Lucie Stern Hall (Stern)
Edith Mirrielees House (Mirrielees)
Chi Theta Chi (XOX, Theta Chi)
Residence halls or Dorms house the majority of the undergrad population, including incoming freshmen. Living in a dorm can be very important in helping new students develop their social groups, as well as providing a high level of academic and emotional support for residents. However, the dorm experience can lack the intimacy, independence, and close community offered by smaller houses. Living in a residence hall is great for a year or maybe two, but is probably not something to do for your entire time at Stanford.
Instead of dining halls, common spaces and communal bathrooms, apartments have their own bathrooms, living rooms and (except for Suites) kitchens. This living arrangement is obviously much more secluded, and if you have a small group of best friends who always hang out together, apartments sound perfect for you. A general rule of thumb is to avoid trying to draw into an apartment unless you have a draw group that can fill it.
A self-op is usually equipped with a kitchen, living room, etc that make the space feel more like a house and less like residence hall. The name self-op comes from the fact that a staff made up of students runs the house, typically hiring a cook and a janitor and doing the rest of the work themselves. Self-op houses tend to foster intimate communities that remain consistent from year to year, due in part to their small size but also to the fact that each staff appoints the next year’s staff.
Cooperative living is a vastly different experience from the more institutionalized lifestyle of self-ops and dorms. Co-op residents are held responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of their house, as well as cooking and planning events. This not only gives students some essential life skills that aren’t taught in class, but it also saves them around $2500 each year. Co-ops typically draw a much more alternative crowd than most houses.
|Florence Moore Hall (Flomo)
||La Casa Italiana (Casa)
|717 Dolores St.
|680 Lomita Dr.
||La Maison Francaise (French House)
||Slavianskii Dom (Slav)
||Enchanted Broccoli Forest (EBF)
|Yost, Murray, and EAST
|Oak Creek Apartments
||Lagunita Court (Lag)
- Draw—University lottery for on-campus housing, in which students rank their housing preferences and are assigned a random number. Some residences, particularly houses on the row, have very low cutoff numbers. Once you get assigned a house, you will then go by specific house policies and in-house draws to figure out your room assignment.
- Draw Group—You can draw with a draw group of up to 7 friends (up to 8 people total) to up the chances that you and your friends will live together.
- Housing Tiers—There are three tiers in the housing system. Tier one can only be used once and tier three must be used at least once. Draw groups must draw in the same tier and preference is given to top tiers first.
The Best Ways to Beat the Draw
- Become an RA (Resident Assistant), PHE (Peer Health Educator), KM (Kitchen Manager), FM (Financial Mananger), CM (Community Manager) or RCC (computer helper).
- Pre-assign – Most Dorms with a focus or theme will offer an application to preassign, consisting of some essays or service hours. If you get in, you can skip the draw.
- Go Abroad!
There are many different opinions surrounding the Greek scene at Stanford, but nobody can deny that it brings a heavy dose of social activity to the undergrad community. Greek life may not be for everyone, but many students identify very strongly with their frat or sorority. Either way, chances are that you’ll end up at least a few frat parties during your time at Stanford.
- Athletes, EANABS (Equally Attractive Non Athletic Brothers), green water bottles, after parties, progressives, bromance
- Biggest Parties: Endless KA, Sunday Funday, KApes
- General debauchery, dance cage, alumni network, lacrosse
- Best Parties: Eurotrash, Foam Party, Luau
PHI KAPPA PSI
- High IQs, quality alcohol, cool lights
- Best Parties: Space Race, Thirsty Thursdays
- RAs, themed parties, ‘nice’ guys, sweet balcony, great location
- Best Parties: Snowchella (concert)
- ‘Southern’ fratty-ness, own their own house, Christmas Caroling, hardcore pledging
- Best Parties: Let’s Get Physical, Highlighter Party, Cowabunga
THETA DELTA CHI
- Chillers, friendly, less fratty
- No recurring parties, but they’re all fun!
DELTA DELTA DELTA
- Better known as Tridelt, this sorority is home to a group of strong, diverse, free thinking and independent women
- They support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with events like flipping pancakes on The Row to holding brunches in their house
KAPPA ALPHA THETA
- Members of Kappa Alpha Theta share values of leadership, service, and lifelong sisterhood. You can spot Thetas by the tinsel in their hair.
- Theta’s big philanthropy event is Thetabreakers, a 5K/10K walk/run to raise money for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
PI BETA PHI
- Stanford Pi Phi is a community of supportive, unique, involved, passion-ate and fun women.
- Pi phi’s philanthropy is First Book which is dedicated to providing access to books for children in need. Their events include Pie-a-Pi-Phi and the Pi Phi Pacific Dinner.
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Stanford’s Jewish Fraternity, unhoused, very active on campus
Best Known for Jewish Special Dinner
Delta Tau Delta (DTD)
Unhoused, football players, tight social community
No recurring parties, but they do mixers and individual events
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Large but close knit, diverse, strong academics, involved in student groups
Best Parties: Octoberfest, Spring Bound
Stanford Alpha Phi is a community of fun-loving, caring, and diversely talented women
Their philanthropy supports the Alpha Phi Foundation with an annual male pageant to raise money and awareness for women’s heart health
Alpha Epsilon Phi
The women of AEPhi are a lively and diverse group of women who value friendship, leadership, fun, and each other
AEPhi supports two foundations: Sharsheret and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). To do so, they host A Taste of Palo Alto in spring and Manicure for the Cure in fall or winter.
Chi O is comprised of ladies with passion, sincerity and charm with a desire for genuine sisterhood
They support the Make-A-Wish foundation with their Valentine’s week of Xs and Os and Scoop-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Kappas are known for creating a vibrant and fun loving community and for taking their traditions seriously
Their main philanthropy is with Support of International Change through an outdoor concert in the winter called Snowchella
Multicultural Greek Chapters
- Lambda Phi Epsilon
- Gamma Zeta Alpha
- Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
- Lambda Theta Nu
- Sigma Psi Zeta
African American Fraternal and Soral Association
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
- Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
- Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.