Located in Silicon Valley, Stanford University is one of the leading research institutions in the country. It's also a great place to study things like earth sciences, engineering, business, education, and law. The campus is located in the town of Stanford, which is beside the better-known town of Palo Alto, south of the San Francisco Bay. This school is renowned not only for its academics, but also for its sports program—many Stanford graduates compete in the Olympics, and alumni have garnered a couple dozen gold medals over the years. Don’t look for a bird while cheering on the Cardinals, however; the official mascot is the Stanford Tree.
A good way to start searching for your Stanford apartment is with our handy apartment guide. The area around Palo Alto is seriously coveted real estate, so apartment rental rates tend to be on the pricy side. The benefit of shelling out is luxury; many rentals in the area come with amenities like swimming pools. And many properties are very close to campus. While you start your search for the perfect apartment, you can also check out our convenient college life page to get a feel for what the day-to-day experience on & off-campus is really like.
Having a bike or car is great, but you can certainly get around without them. The school provides the Marguerite Shuttle that takes you from campus to downtown, or to the Stanford shopping center. You can take the train to San Francisco on the weekend, or, if you stick around, explore nearby places like the Arastradero Regional Preserve and Lake Lagunita. The Unofficial Guide To Stanford Online is a great resource for finding that ideal bookstore, bar, restaurant, or what-have-you, when you're ready to wander off campus.