Branner Hall - Summer Housing


During the Summer of 2013 Branner Hall is being used to house undergraduate students in the Stanford Summer International Honors Program.
This elegant, Mission-style building, renovated in 2003, houses 125 students, primarily in two-room doubles.

Branner Hall opened in January 1924, named after John Caspar Branner, Stanford’s first professor, second president (1913-1915), and Chair of the Department of Geology and Mining. The elegant building was designed by the San Francisco firm of Bakewell & Brown, who also designed Memorial Auditorium and the original Bing Wing of Green Library.

The University financed the building’s original $480,000 cost with gate receipts from the then newly-built Stanford Stadium. While conceived for “men who prefer to live as individuals and not in groups,” a nine-month, $20.2 million renovation created many more spaces to encourage the development of communities. Branner has also served as an all-women’s residence before becoming co-ed. The first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Conner, lived in Branner Hall during her freshman year at Stanford.

For information on the accessibility of residences for both living and visiting, please reference our Undergraduate Residences Accessibility Summary chart.

General Information

Residence Name Branner Hall
Neighborhood Eastside
Navigation Address 655 Escondido Road, Stanford, CA 94305
Housing Front Desk Crothers Hall Housing Front Desk
Dining Service During the summer, students will eat their meals at a dining hall on the east side of campus. Branner residents must purchase an R&DE Stanford Dining meal plan. R&DE Stanford Dining plans give students all-you-care-to-eat access. Meals are nutritious and of the highest quality, and are designed for every appetite.
Residence Type Residence Hall
Co-ed Type Co-ed by corridor (men and women live on the same floor); primarily two-room doubles
Custodial University managed
Service Common Areas Branner has a variety of common areas including a lounge, library, seminar room, and computer cluster.

The Residence


Common area

Single room

Conference room


General Bedroom Batrhroom
Wall-to-wall carpeting Extra-long twin bed  
Window coverings Desk and chair  
High-speed internet access Bookcase Communal bathrooms with showers are located on each floor. Some bathrooms are gender-neutral, while some are single-sex.
Telephone and telephone line Bookshelves
Cable TV capability Dresser
  Sink with mirror  
  Waste basket and recycling bin  

Sample Floor Plans

Single room - Top View

Two-room Double - Top View