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May 23, 2022
Photo of a group of student residence staff on Move-In Day (Photo credit: NSO)


Dear Class of 2026,

We hope by now you've found your way to Approaching Stanford and have looked through our materials, noted the summer timeline, and gained an understanding for what you'll need to do to prepare for Stanford. 
Last week we sent the Approaching Stanford Mailing to your mailing address as listed in Axess. If you haven't received it yet, please keep checking your mailbox! The items in the mailing are all informational and available online and in Canvas, so don't worry if it takes some time to reach you.
As a new student, you will apply for First-Year Housing as part of your Approaching Stanford Forms, due June 8. So this week's email is all about first-year housing! Scroll down or click these links for:
Approaching Stanford Forms: If you haven't started yet, please log in now to ensure you have access to your Approaching Stanford Forms, which require Two-Step Authentication. You can complete these required forms at your own pace and have until June 8, to submit them. There is equal consideration given to everyone who submits by the deadline; we don't assign housing or courses based on the order you submit. Give yourself a few hours, work on them in any order, just save as you go!
Have questions or still not sure where to begin? We're here to help! Send an email to approaching@stanford.edu, call us at (650) 723-7674, or post on the Q&A Boards in Canvas. 
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Frosh Housing Options 

Stanford has a widely diverse range of on-campus residences for undergraduate students; there is something for everyone! As a new student, you will be assigned to live in one of Stanford's eight Neighborhoods, S-T-A-N-F-O-R-D, which you and your friends will be able to call "home" throughout your time here. Unless selected into a theme house, you will be assigned to a Neighborhood and to an all-frosh residence. (Note: You cannot select your specific Neighborhood or all-frosh residence.)
The First-Year Housing Application is part of your Approaching Stanford Forms. Learn about these First-Year Housing Options, and rank them on your forms:
  • All-frosh housing, on an all-gender floor
  • All-frosh housing, on a single-gender floor
  • Casa Zapata - Chicanx/Latinx American ethnic theme house, 4-class
  • Muwekma-tah-ruk - Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Indigenous ethnic theme house, 4-class
  • Okada House - Asian American ethnic theme house, 4-class
  • Ujamaa House - Black Diaspora ethnic theme house, 4-class
  • Explore Energy academic theme house, 4-class
  • Public Service & Civic Engagement academic theme house, 4-class
  • Structured Liberal Education (SLE), all-frosh & 4-class
  • Immersion in the Arts (ITALIC), 4-class
Get a taste for living on The Farm by reading these frosh housing experiences of current Stanford students! Remember, everyone is unique, so we encourage you to read these comments and attend info sessions, but to pay attention to your own desires for your living environment. Rank the options based on where you think you'll best be able to thrive.
The extraordinary housing and residential education teams spend all summer matching you to a residence and roommate(s) based on the information you provide, so it's important to be honest with yourself and with us. You must rank all available options, except SLE and ITALIC because they are academic courses.
If you have general questions about Housing, post them in the First-Year Housing Q&A Board in CanvasIf you would like to discuss individual, private questions or concerns regarding your housing assignment, please send an email to approaching@stanford.edu. 
Graphic of Stanford neighborhoods (credit: Shaw Nielsen)

Theme House Info Sessions 

  • Explore Energy Academic Theme: May 23, 3pm PDT | Zoom
  • Public Service & Civic Engagement Academic Theme: May 27, 3pm PDT | Zoom
  • Structured Liberal Education (SLE): May 27, 4pm PDT | Zoom
  • Immersion in the Arts (ITALIC): June 1, 3pm PDT | Zoom
  • Ethnic Theme Houses: June 1, 4pm PDT | Zoom
Stanford authentication required. Please download and use Stanford Zoom to join the info sessions. Some sessions may be recorded. Please check the Canvas boards for the video recordings, if available.
Come to these Info Sessions, meet current Stanford students, and learn about living in Stanford's four-class residences: our Ethnic Theme Houses and Academic Theme Houses! 
Some of our Ethnic Theme Houses have existed at Stanford for over 50 years. Come hear what it's like to live in an ethnic theme house, why students chose to live in an ethnic theme house their frosh year, and why some have never lived anywhere else! At the Ethnic Theme House Info Session, meet staff and residents from Zapata, Muwekma-Tah-Ruk, Okada, and Ujamaa. We'll have a panel of student speakers followed by breakout rooms for each house. 
Academic Theme Houses are a special collaboration between faculty, students, staff and academic programs. Come learn more about the programs offered at individual info sessions for SLE, ITALIC, Public Service & Civic Engagement, and our newest theme house: Explore Energy.

Medical Housing Accommodations

If you think you will need a medical accommodation for your housing assignment this fall, please contact the Office of Accessible Education (OAE) and, if appropriate, register with them by June 15 for a housing accommodation. Examples of some housing accommodations are: carpet removal, room location on the first floor, installation of strobes and lights, need for a single room or private space, room location near single-user restroom, emotional support animal, and more. 
To learn more about the Office of Accessible Education, academic and/or housing accommodations, and the registration process, please visit: oae.stanford.edu/students.
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