Housing & Dining

Commuting Option

Students who live near campus, or who have family or friends they can stay with for the summer, may opt to attend Summer Session as a commuting student. All commuting students select from the same courses as residential students, and are able to access the same on-campus facilities. For our out-of-area applicants, it’s important to note that living on campus offers many advantages, such as: lower housing costs, enhanced opportunities to interact with other students, and better access to on-campus resources.

Residential Option

Summer Session students come to Stanford from all around the world, bringing with them a wealth of culture and ethnic diversity. Residential life introduces an invaluable opportunity for learning about people’s experiences, differences, and similarities. Students who choose to live on campus have the opportunity to experience Stanford in its truest sense – as part of a vibrant residential community.

On-campus residences typically have their own lounge, computer cluster, laundry facility, and common area. Student rooms are equipped with window coverings and furnished with an extra-long twin bed, desk and chair, bookcase, dresser, and closet for each roommate. In addition, each room has a private telephone and is wired for the Internet. Wireless connectivity is also available in residence halls and most classrooms across campus. Pillows, bed linens, and towels are not provided for residential students, but may be brought from home or purchased at local stores during Welcome Weekend.

How do I apply for housing?

To guarantee housing for the Summer Quarter, you must:

  • Have completed a Summer Session application and been offered admission.
  • Have accepted the offer of admission, completed the entire acceptance process, and been issued a Stanford ID number.
  • Apply for housing online via Axess by the first-round deadlines in early May. Students who apply after this date will no longer have guaranteed housing, but will have a high priority for room assignments.
  • Select all housing options for which you are eligible in the housing application. It is imperative that all housing options are chosen, or you may be deferred to a housing wait list (more information about this process is supplied once a student is confirmed with a Stanford ID number).

What are my housing options?

Visit the Summer Housing website for detailed information on Summer housing, including the different options available. The charts below list prices for single students, but there are limited couples and family housing options available as well.

When can I move in?

Summer Session residences will open for occupancy on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Student meal plans begin with dinner on that evening. Housing contract end dates are specified by the Housing Office and will be noted within a student’s Housing Agreement.

How much does it cost?

The following table provides estimated costs for on-campus Summer Quarter housing (not including meals). For additional fees associated with room and board, see the Expenses & Fees page.

Summer Housing for Single Undergraduate Summer Session Students:

Contract Term Residence Halls Apartments
Eight Weeks:
June 24 – August 20, 2017
$2,095 $2,343
Nine Weeks:
June 24 – August 26, 2017
$2,316 $2,590

Summer Housing for Single Graduate Summer Session Students:

Contract Term Cost Determined by Housing Assignment
 (Price Range Shown)
Eight Weeks:
June 24 – August 20, 2017
$1,417 – $3,326
Nine Weeks:
June 24 – August 26, 2017
$1,593 – $3,744

Dining Information

Stanford Dining meal plans feature “All-You-Care-To-Eat” cafeteria-style dining, with options available at each meal to accommodate a wide variety of dietary needs. All undergraduate students with an on-campus housing assignment are required to purchase a meal plan, unless they are housed in an apartment-style residence hall. Residential students are automatically assigned a 14 meals/week dining plan but may modify their selection in Axess (costs will change accordingly). Graduate students and commuting students may purchase a dining plan if they desire, but it is not required. Information regarding Stanford dining plans is available online at the Dining Services website.

The following table provides estimated meal plan costs for Summer Quarter residential students:

Summer Meal Plans

Meals Per Week Eight-Week Term Nine-Week Term
19 $1,569 $1,731
14 $1,503 $1,658
12 $1,569 (+86 MPD*) $1,731 (+96 MPD*)
7 $1,399 (+254 MPD*) $1,544 (+282 MPD*)

*MPD = Meal Plan Dollars. Refer to the Dining Services website for information on how and where to use Meal Plan Dollars.