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August 30, 2023
Photo of Orientation Volunteers holding sign: Welcome to the Farm!

Dear Class of 2027 and Transfers,

We'll see you on The Farm very soon! In this newsletter, you'll find detailed instructions for Move-In, along with maps and the NSO Parking Pass, as well as important information that will help you settle into living on campus.
But first, a few important reminders and updates:
Read on in the newsletter for:
Have a great week and reach out if you have questions!
Approaching Stanford Team
(650) 723-7674
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Move-In Day Instructions

New Student Move-In Day is Tuesday, September 19

On this day, frosh and new transfers can check in at their Housing Service Center anytime between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We encourage you to arrive by 12:00 p.m. so that you can enjoy the day's welcome events. Please note that all new students must be checked in by 5:00 p.m. Required NSO programs will begin that evening.
(For those arriving to campus early for a pre-orientation program, please review the specific arrival instructions provided by your program.)

Getting to Campus

Review directions to campus and transportation information from nearby airports (SFO, SJC, OAK). Once on campus, navigate to your Housing Service Center’s Check-In Location. Download the Stanford Mobile app and use the “Map” feature or find your residence on this 2023 NSO Move-In map.

Checking In

Go to your Housing Service Center’s Check-In Location to pick up your room key and SUID card. Be ready to show a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport. If you have already been issued a SUID card, be sure to bring it, as a new card will not be printed. 

After Moving In

Lunch is complimentary in the dining hall for your guests, We invite students and families to attend welcome events in the afternoon including these signature NSO events:
  • 133rd Opening Convocation Ceremony: 5:30-6:30pm, Frost Amphitheater
  • Residence Welcome
  • Community Welcomes, Open Houses, and Family Welcome Center
  • NSO Dinner with the Provost (families only). Click here for tickets
Photo of Orientation Volunteers carrying luggge at NSO (NSO)

What to Bring

Make sure you bring with you what you'll need for your first nights at Stanford: ID, toiletries & towel, clothes & jacket, shoes, and basic bedding.

Guidelines for Packing

Each student will have in their room: bed with mattress, desk and chair, wardrobe/closet, dresser, bookcase, and trashcan/recycling. Review these guidelines for what to pack and consider how to be sustainable.
Since Stanford does not provide storage on campus, we recommend you start by bringing only the necessities! Wait until you meet your roommates before deciding on optional items such microwaves, which you can purchase later if desired. Each dorm room will have a mini-fridge provided by Stanford Housing.

Shipping Your Belongings - Mail & Packages

All student mail and packages are received on campus at the Tresidder Mail & Package Center. Residences will not receive mail or packages. If you plan to send items to campus or order items online, follow the instructions to address your mail and packages.
Do not ship your items early, as they will not be accepted until you have moved in. (Exception: If you ordered your bedding through Stanford's Dormroom program, your Dormroom package will be held at Tresidder until you arrive.) 
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Biking on Campus & Other Ways to Get Around

Biking is one of the most popular and fastest ways to get around campus, and bike safety is a priority. If you choose to have a bike on campus:
Thriving at Stanford Without a Car
While new transfers can purchase parking permitsfirst-year students are not allowed to park cars on campus. But Stanford is a great place to live car-free with many transportation options, including:
  • Stanford’s free Marguerite Shuttle takes you around campus. Get up-to-the-minute information about bus locations and estimated arrival times for most Marguerite lines with the Live Map on the Stanford Mobile app.
  • Stanford has a university Zipcar program. Join Stanford’s plan for discounts and incentives. 
  • Stanford’s Frosh Emergency Ride Home program provides first-year students three free rides back to campus if they are caught without a ride or unexpectedly need non-emergency medical attention. Register now.
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Campus Bike Shop

The Campus Bike Shop is a full service bike shop located in Tresidder Union for repairs and sale of bike gear and equipment. Consider the convenience of renting a bike for the quarter or ordering in advance - see promotions just for new students, including a free helmet with purchase of a bike! They will hold your bike until you arrive to campus.
Photo of students on a bench with laptiops (School of Engineering)

Student Technology

Stanford has an extensive and diverse campus computing environment Your Stanford University Network Identifier (SUNet ID) and password will give you access to many online services, including email, collaboration tools, course information, and security systems. Review Tech Resources & Support and Before You Come to Campus as you prepare to move to Stanford.
In addition to email and Axess, which you have been using this summer, learn about the Stanford Directory, Cardinal Print, Stanford Zoom, Stanford Slack, Google Shared Drive, and other Stanford Software.

Lathrop Learning Hub

And when you arrive, be sure to visit the Lathrop Learning Hub for equipment checkout, tech support, computers, study spaces, and more!

First Student Bill

Your first University Bill was posted on Friday, August 25, and payment is due September 20. Log in via Axess and go to "My Finances" to view and pay your bill. At Stanford, the bill will always be sent to you, and it is your responsibility to ensure it gets paid.
Authorized Users: If your parents/guardians or others need access to your financial account to pay your bill on your behalf, be sure to set them up as an Authorized User.
Helpful links for Student Finances:

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590 Escondido Mall | Stanford, CA 94305-3085 US
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