Welcome to Stanford

There are number of options to make your stay at Stanford pleasant and entertaining. Here are a few helpful suggestions and links.


Ground Transportation
Hotel Accommodations

San Jose Airport is slightly closer to Stanford than San Francisco. However, the prices of taxi versus airport shuttle do not differ much. The shuttle from SFO is about $80 - $100 and taxi is about $100 each way.

The price for three day economy car rental is roughly the same, or better then the price of round trip taxi from SFO, so you can consider this option. However, the hotels where you will be staying have excellent free transportation to the Campus, so car is not a necessity. However, if you want to explore the Bay Area, the car might be rather useful.

Since the construction on campus is steaming ahead despite the economic downturn, the parking spaces are very hard to find. Consequently, even if you chose to rent a car to get around the Bay Area, we strongly discourage you from driving to campus and will not be providing free parking permits this year.

If you'd like to use a limo service, we have negotiated a special fare with a company we have been using regularly for years. Please call "On-Time Limo" at 650-455-1599 and ask for "Sam". In order to get the special rate, please tell him it's for the "SITE Conference".

Cardinal Hotel


Hotel Keen


SLAC Guest House


On-Campus Housing


Stanford Terrace Inn




Other Hotels in the Area

We recommend:


Three Seasons

Mandarin Gourmet




For other selections, please visit

Open Table


You may also explore the areas of University and California Avenues on your own. There are number of smaller eateries and bars covering a variety of cusines and experiences.

SITE is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). SITE receives additional financial support from the Department of Economics at Stanford University, which also houses its offices.