As an alternative of the everyday hurried scramble to class throughout the faculty yr, Chavi Coy ’26 walked by way of a quiet Most important Quad in mid-July, having fun with the peaceable heat of summer time.
It’s a distinct tempo of life, Coy mentioned.
Whereas most college students packed as much as depart campus in June, a couple of thousand stayed behind to dwell on campus over the summer time. College students reported experiencing a distinct, calmer model of Stanford than in different quarters.
Housing choices throughout the summer time can vary from a number of flooring in EVGR on the extra handy east aspect of campus, to Lagunita Courtroom on the extra distant west aspect of campus.
Coy, who went from dwelling on east campus throughout the faculty yr to west campus throughout the summer time, mentioned, “It’s simply fascinating to be in two completely different geographical places and see what goes on.”
For a lot of college students, the value of housing performs a major function within the means of deciding the place to remain over the summer time.
College students are capable of dwell on campus for an eight-week or 10-week interval. With solely a handful of obtainable choices on campus for Stanford and non-Stanford college students, housing charges can get expensive, starting from $3,142 for the eight-week time period to $4,024 for the 10-week time period. Along with the housing value, college students need to pay home dues, know-how charges and meal plans.
Stanford offers a number of summer time packages for underclassmen, highschool college students and faculty college students who don’t attend Stanford, together with the Stanford Institutes of Medication Summer time Analysis Program (SIMR) and Summer time Undergraduate Analysis Fellowship (SURF). Stanford additionally hosts packages for incoming first era and/or low-income (FLI) frosh, together with the Leland Students Program and Stanford Summer time Engineering Academy.
Many first- and second-year college students mentioned these packages have been a driving think about deciding to dwell on campus.
Between 300 and 500 highschool college students dwell on campus throughout the summer time for Stanford’s Summer time Session programs.
“It’s a little bit bizarre … it’s sort of just like the spring when all the excursions have been occurring,” Hunter Prinz ’26 mentioned, referring to the highschool college students who dwell on campus.
As a rising sophomore, this was Coy’s first summer time on campus. She mentioned that she discovered the campus surroundings similar to the educational faculty yr.
“I feel most individuals who keep for the summer time are underclassmen, typically as a result of loads of instances folks will keep right here to do analysis,” Coy mentioned. “I additionally know that there are additionally loads of actually cool packages that you are able to do over the summer time with Stanford, particularly in case you are a primary era low-income scholar,” Coy mentioned.
Coy selected to remain on campus and work as a summer time resident assistant (RA) in Governor’s Nook (GovCo). Each dorm that homes any inhabitants of scholars — together with highschool college students, Stanford college students and non-Stanford college students — requires RAs.
She mentioned that whereas Stanford college students taking lessons throughout the summer time or in undergraduate packages are restricted to residences like West Lag and EVGR, summer time RAs and staff of the College are required to dwell of their designated residence corridor rooms throughout the job. These halls is perhaps unavailable for different Stanford college students throughout the summer time however occupied by highschool college students or non-Stanford associates.
Many college students agreed that there’s an phantasm of a full campus throughout the summer time, regardless that the scholar inhabitants is proscribed.
“Comparatively, there are much less folks … There are additionally so many conferences and different issues simply occurring on a regular basis,” Prinz mentioned. “So, we undoubtedly have a full campus, however I’d say it’s undoubtedly a a lot smaller ambiance.”
Though the overall ambiance on campus throughout the summer time is much like educational quarters, college students mentioned that the eating expertise varies vastly from the varsity yr. Some, like Coy, have their very own kitchens of their dorms, whereas others depend on eating halls for each meal.
All undergraduate college students are really useful to have a meal plan throughout the summer time, however these dwelling in Mirrielees should not required to have one.
“In case you dwell in EVGR and don’t have a meal plan, they take the range out … so that you both need to be on a meal plan or purchase your personal meals,” Coy mentioned.
Some college students opted for off-campus housing as a result of they needed to be near household.
“I made a decision to dwell [at home] this yr as a result of on-campus housing would have been a little bit expensive for me,” mentioned Soliman Aniss ’24, who lives within the East Bay along with his household.
All through his time at Stanford, Aniss — who’s a FLI scholar — mentioned that he by no means lived on campus throughout the summer time as a result of he noticed the break as the proper alternative to spend time with household.
College students also can select to search out flats near campus and within the Bay Space, however these are sometimes unaffordable. Zip codes like Palo Alto and Atherton are extraordinarily costly; the median house worth in Atherton is over $6 million, whereas the median hire is about $7,400 a month.
“Even with monetary assist, not all of it’s coated, and so it simply didn’t make a lot sense for me, as a FLI scholar, to attempt to make it work,” Aniss mentioned.