BioMASS (BioMedically Affiliated Stanford Students) would like to welcome you to graduate school and to the Stanford community! We hope this guide will help you become familiar with Stanford, the Biosciences program, and life in the Bay Area.

BioMASS is a student run organization that represents graduate students from biology-related fields in both the School of Medicine and the School of Humanities and Sciences. Our mission is to promote social and professional interaction and impart a political voice to graduate students in biomedical related fields by providing services and information that are useful for graduate students.

Some of you have already been to a BioMASS sponsored function—the First Year Camping Trip. In addition to the Camping Trip, we also sponsor other social and professional activities that give students the opportunity to get interact with people outside of their department. These activities include:

As you can see, BioMASS is a fun and active organization. We welcome your input, energy, and enthusiasm! If you’re interested in becoming involved, we have monthly lunch time meetings that are open to all biomedically affiliated students. Check the BioMASS website (under “Events”) for exact meeting dates.

In addition to our monthly meetings, you can stay abreast of upcoming BioMASS events in three ways:

For more information, e-mail the BioMASS President, Moria Chambers (moriac@stanford.edu), or Vice President, Jeremy Chang (jbchang@stanford.edu).

Good luck in your first year!

Editors: Karen Colbert and Murtaza Mogri

Cover Designed by Charlie Anderson.

We thank Amy Radermacher for substantial contributions to the BioMASS Graduate Student Handbook in the past; the medical students for generously sharing information from their Medical Student Guide; the Stanford Department of Parking and Transportation and the Stanford Library System for the use of their maps; Suzanne Bethard and the bioscience graduate students for their pictures.

Copyright © 2009

All rights reserved. Permission should be obtained from the publisher prior to any reproduction, storage in a retrieval system, or transmission in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or likewise. For information regarding permission(s), write to: Stanford BioMASS Organization.

The Departments and Programs that are represented by BioMASS include:




Biomedical Informatics


Cancer Biology

Chemical and Systems Biology


Developmental Biology



Health Services Research

Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling


Microbiology and Immunology

Molecular and Cellular Physiology



Structural Biology

Table of Contents

Contacts in Graduate Education
University Calendar
Useful Stanford Websites
Getting Started
Academic Resources
Graduate Education Resources
Research Facilities
Advice from Grad Students
Good Practices Between Graduate Students & Faculty Advisors
Life on Campus
Life in the Bay Area
Day Trips & Weekend Getaways
Guide to Good Eats
Getting Around


Contacts in Graduate Education

Dean’s Office

Philip Pizzo Biophysics

Dean of the School of Medicine

Career Center Liaison

724-5688 Alumni Association Liaison

Alway M121 Amy Palin

philip.pizzo@stanford.edu Immunology

John Pringle

Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs LKSC Liaison

Lane Library Liaison


Alway M322


Biosciences Education

Office of Student Life

Murphy tor of Student Life 4945 ethard



New Student Orientation

498-Camping Trip Coordinator

MSOB 3rd Floor Johanna Schaub

zera.murphy@stanford.edu Cancer Biology

Suzanne B

Student Affairs Associate CTL Liaison

LKSC Liaison


MSOB 3rd Floor

sbethard@stanford.eduScott Woody

John Bray

Assistant Dean For Graduate Education

Director of Biosciences

Admissions & Administration


Alway M105


Jennifer Visitacion

Biosciences Diversity

Program Assistant


Alway M105


BioMASS Officers

Moria Chambers

Microbiology & Immunology Vice President Webmaster

Graduate Student Survey Coordinator Interschool Liaison


LKC Liaison

Louis Fernandes Thomas Roos

Biophysics Biochemistry

Treasurer Camping Trip Coordinator

Social Chair Andrew Roos

2008 - 2009 University Calendar



Sep 11 Fri Last day to register for courses to receive stipend or refund check on first day of term

Sep 21 Mon First day of quarter, instruction begins

Oct 9 Fri Last day for filing Study List

Oct 9 Fri Last day for adding courses or units

Oct 9 Fri Last day for dropping courses or units

Nov 13 Fri Last day for declaring or dropping credit/no credit grading option

Nov 13 Fri Last day for withdrawing from courses

Nov 23- 27 Mon-Fri Thanksgiving Recess (holiday, no classes)

Dec 4 Fri Last day of classes (unless class meets on Saturday)

Dec 7- 11 Mon-Fri End-Quarter examinations


Dec 11 Fri Last day to register for courses to receive stipend or refund check on first day of term

Jan 4 Mon First day of the quarter, instruction begins

Jan 18 Mon Observance of Martin Luther King Day (holiday, no classes)

Jan 22 Fri Last day for filing Study List

Jan 22 Fri Last day for adding courses or units

Jan 22 Fri Last day for dropping courses or units

Feb 26 Fri Last day for declaring or dropping credit/no credit grading option

Feb 15 Mon Observance of Presidents' Day (holiday, no classes)

Feb 26 Fri Last day to withdraw from courses

Mar 12 Fri Last day of classes (unless class meets Saturday)

Mar 15 - 19 Mon-Fri End-Quarter examinations


Mar 19 Fri Last day to register for courses to receive stipend or refund check on first day of term

Mar 29 Tue First day of the quarter, instruction begins

Apr 16 Fri Last day for filing Study List

Apr 16 Fri Last day for adding courses or units

Apr 16 Fri Last day for dropping courses or units

May 21 Fri Last day for declaring or dropping credit/no credit grading option

May 21 Fri Last day to withdraw from courses

May 31 Fri Observance of Memorial Day (holiday, no classes)

June 2 Wed Last day of classes

June 3 Thu Day before finals, no classes

June 4 - 9 Fri-Wed End-Quarter examinations

June 13 Sun Commencement


June 11 Fri Last day to register for courses to receive stipend or refund check on first day of term

June 21 Mon First day of the quarter, instruction begins

July 2 Fri Last day for filing Study List

July 5 Mon Independence Day observance (holiday, no classes)

July 2 Fri Last day for adding courses or units

July 2 Fri Last day for dropping courses or units

July 30 Fri Last day for declaring or dropping credit/no credit grading option

July 30 Fri Last day for withdrawing from courses

Aug 7 - 12 Sat-Thu End-Quarter Period

Aug 12 Thu Last day of classes

Aug 13 - 14 Fri-Sat End-Quarter examinations

Useful Stanford Websites









Student Financial




632 Serra St

Suite 150

Career Center,

School of Medicine



300 Pasteur Dr.

Grant S005

Career Development Center (CDC)



563 Salvatierra Walk

Counseling and Psychological Services



866 Campus Dr.

2nd Floor

Graduate Student Council


Graduate Education, School of Medicine



M105, School of Medicine




630 Serra St

Suite 110

Housing, Off-campus



630 Serra St

Suite 110

ID Cards



Tresidder Union

459 Lagunita Dr.

Lane Medical Library



L109, School of Medicine

Parking and Transportation



340 Bonair Siding




630 Serra St

Suite 120

Vaden Health Center



866 Campus Dr.

Getting Started

Watch for Mailings

Be sure that your address is correct in AXESS! You should have received mailings about ordering a student ID card, health requirements and other essential information. A pamphlet entitled "Welcome to Stanford's Online Information Resources" explains the basics of setting up email and the internet. The "Registering at Stanford" pamphlet has a nice summary of AXESS, registration, SUNet ID, student ID number, PIN, and class registration information.

Student ID Number

For the sake of privacy, Stanford doesn't use social security numbers. Instead, upon admittance, you are given an eight-digit student ID number, a.k.a. your University ID number. Your Stanford University ID (SUID) is a number assigned to your academic record and is required for any inquiries you make. The ID is printed on your registration commitment letter, your student ID card, and all enrollment and grading-related documents distributed by the Registrar. A PIN (personal identification number) is associated with your SUID. You will need your SUID and PIN to obtain your SUNet ID and password. As trivial as it sounds, make sure that you are assigned a number! Without it, you are not in the system, which can make things very difficult, particularly when dealing with the housing office. Call the Registrar's Office at (650) 723-4291, M-F, 9a-5p, for help.

Student ID Card


Stanford Card Office

Tresidder Union

459 Lagunita Drive, 2nd floor

(650) 498-CARD

The Stanford ID Card serves as an identification card, an electronic key and a debit card, allowing you to use services for which you have privileges, to enter facilities, and to make purchases. For example:

New students are sent an application form for their Stanford ID Card prior to their first quarter of registration. Students who do not receive an application can download a copy (http://www.stanford.edu/services/campuscard/signup_form.pdf) or they can obtain their card at the Stanford Card Office.

Courtesy Cards are available for spouses, same-sex domestic partners of students, opposite-sex domestic partners of students, employees of Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and certain other University affiliates as defined by the administration (contact the Card Office for a complete list). There is a $15 fee for the courtesy card.



When you accepted your offer of admission, you chose a username, a.k.a. your SUNet ID, and a password. This SUNet ID is permanently assigned to you. It will even be on your alumni association e-mail address if you choose to join after you graduate. Thus, it might be a wise idea to pick a “professional” sounding SUNet ID. You will be prompted to change your password every 180 days for security purposes.

The SUNet ID provides access to the Stanford University Network (SUNet) and its services. With a regular SUNet ID, you'll get an account and its associated services:

AXESS Account


AXESS is Stanford's information system available via the web. It is generally available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To access AXESS, use your SUNet ID and password. Using AXESS, you will be able to

Be sure to use the functions located under "Student Center/Personal Info" to update your address and to protect your privacy. Call the Registrar's Office (http://registrar.stanford.edu/) at (650) 723-4291 for help.

Class Registration


Your “Study List” is a list of the courses that you are taking in any given quarter. You must complete a study list every quarter to receive your stipend. You may sign-up for courses at any time the Study List function becomes available under the “Student Center” menu in AXESS, usually at least one month before the start of the quarter. Time Schedule information may be viewed online directly in AXESS, or can be found in the Fishbowl. Printed versions of the Quarter Time Schedule are available in the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) in MSOB and in the Harold and Maude Modulars. In addition, pick up a copy of the Stanford University Bulletin at Harold and Maude Modulars if you want to browse through course offerings in other departments in the university. The electronic Bulletin is available through AXESS. You must submit your Study List no later than the deadline published in the Time Schedule of Classes each quarter. Study lists are due by 11:59 pm on the Sunday after the second week of instruction. A late fee is charged after that deadline and your stipend will be delayed.



Housing Offices

Harold Modular Building

630 Serra St, Suite 110

Housing Assignment Services: (650) 725-2810

Off-Campus Subsidized Housing: (650) 723-3906

Numerous on-campus housing options exist for Stanford graduate students, ranging from family housing, apartments, dormitories, to co-ops. Demand is high and space is limited, but new students are guaranteed housing if they willing to accept any assignment. When you arrive on campus, skip gleefully to your residence office (Escondido Village, Rains, or Lyman) to pick up your keys. Telephone “land-line” service and Ethernet service are now mandatory parts of your on-campus housing bill as part of the Telecom Fee; you cannot opt-out of these services. The Telecom Fee includes basic phone service with call waiting and an in-room network connection with multiple IP addresses. The only optional features are Caller ID and Voice Mail. These two features are bundled in a single package which you can order through AXESS. A personal access code (PAC) is handy as it allows you to call long distance from any campus phone. Call 650-725-HELP or see http://www.stanford.edu/services/telephone/students/

The university most recently built a huge grad student “dorm” called Munzer Graduate Residences (http://mungerhousing.stanford.edu/), opening this fall.

If you don't have housing, don’t despair. There are options galore for you to explore.

Be warned that places are rented very quickly. Have your bank account, credit, and previous rental information ready to go. A nice tenant resume that you can fill out and give to landlords is available at: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/hds/chs/campus/info/resume.html.



Parking and Transportation Services

340 Bonair Siding

(650) 723-9362

M-F 7:30a-5p

At this office you may purchase yearly, quarterly, monthly, or daily parking permits that range in price and parking advantages. For students living off-campus, “A” lots are closest to the medical school and are usually less occupied than the more distant “C” lots, but “A” permits cost significantly more per year. One option is to buy the cheaper “C” permit and a number of “A” daily to use on days when you’re running late and need to quickly find a convenient parking space. Other programs include matching carpoolers, carpool discounts, and rebates for not driving. Students living on-campus are only allowed to purchase permits for the lots around their residence. Permits and scratchers can also be purchased at the Medical Center’s parking/paging office, but with a slower turnaround of a few days. If you have a checking account and a SUNet ID, parking permits can be purchased online at: http://transportation.stanford.edu/parking_info/HowToPurchase.shtml. If you purchase a parking permit in person, be sure to bring your University ID. 'A', 'C', and 'shared' resident/commuter lots are enforced Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meters are enforced 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Resident student lots are supposedly enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Parking tickets range from $35 for a permit violation to $336 for illegally parking in a disabled space.

Commute Club

Stanford will pay you not to drive to campus! Carpooling counts too! If you live off-campus and don’t purchase a parking permit or carpool with a friend regularly, you’re eligible for the Commute Club. Stanford will pay you up to more than $200 per year (it increases every year) to be in the Commute Club. Besides driving there are many other ways to get to campus including:

For more information and to join, go to http://transportation.stanford.edu/alt_transportation/Commute_Club.shtml

If you already know someone in the Commute Club, they can refer you and get $50. Convince them to split that with you so you get $25. See http://transportation.stanford.edu/alt_transportation/Commute_Club.shtml#refer for the referral form.

Car Registration and Smog Tests


If you brought a car with you to Stanford, you need to register it within 20 days of arriving unless your car is already registered in California. It is best to make a DMV appointment online because lines at the DMV can be very long. To find your nearest DMV office, see http://www.dmv.ca.gov/fo/fotoc.htm.

Be sure to bring proof of insurance with you when you register your car. Usually you need to have your car smog checked before you register it. The following vehicles are exempt from smog checks:

For more information about smog checks, see:



Wells Fargo (http://www.wellsfargo.com), Bank of America (http://www.bofa.com) Stanford Federal Credit Union (http://www.sfcu.org), and Chase (http://www.chase.com) are popular banks for Stanford students. On campus, you can find a branch of the Credit Union at the hospital and at the corner of Serra Street and Pampas Lane (near Escondido Village), and Wells Fargo and the Credit Union at Tresidder. Wells Fargo, the Credit Union, and BoA have ATMs on the second floor of Tresidder Union and the first two have ATMs near the hospital cafeteria.

Health Requirements


Before you can begin your studies at Stanford, you must complete certain health-related forms, immunizations and tests, which you'll return to Vaden Health Service. Fill out the forms as soon as they arrive in the mail; you don't want a registration hold, fines, and massive frustration because you procrastinated. All of the necessary forms are available online. You'll need to get a series of three shots for hepatitis B immunity if you haven’t gotten them already. A combined measles and rubella immunization is available for a fee at Vaden. Cardinal Care, Stanford’s student health insurance plan, does not cover this expense.

Starting in September of 2009, the university will institute a Campus Health Service Fee for many of the services provided at Vaden Health Center. The fee is mandatory for graduate students enrolled on the Stanford campus. The fee will be $167 per quarter for the 2009-2010 academic year. Read more about it here: http://vaden.stanford.edu/fees/index.html


As a graduate student, Cardinal Care Health Insurance is provided for you. You are automatically enrolled in Cardinal Care unless you opt out, which you can do on AXESS. With Cardinal Care, you can use the Vaden Student Health Center free of charge for general doctor’s visits and yearly exams. You also receive free a yearly eye exam at the Blake Wilbur building in the Medical Center. In addition, Stanford has extensive medical facilities on campus including physical therapy, ER, surgery, imaging, specialty clinics, etc. Most physical therapy and specialty clinics are have a $10 co-pay per visit. For a complete co-pay schedule, specifics about Cardinal Care, and specifics about alternative medical facilities off-campus, see http://vaden.stanford.edu/insurance.html. See the “Vaden Health Center” section under Life on Campus for more detailed information.


The Biosciences Home Programs reimburse bioscience graduate students for up to $97 of dental insurance. You can get a dental resource packet by going to http://vaden.stanford.edu/insurance/dental_vision_ins.html E-mail the address given and Vaden Student Health Center will send you a packet. These packets contain resources that you may use in order to obtain the valued dental services you may need. There are several voluntary, individual plan preferred provider dental plans. In addition, Vaden maintains a list of local dental providers who give discounts to students.

A mobile dental van comes to the Stanford Campus on a weekly basis. A flyer for on site dental services is included in the dental packet. The website for this dental practice can be found at: http://www.onsite-dental.com

Finances During Your First Quarter

National Science Foundation Fellowships


The NSF Pre-Doctoral Graduate Research Fellowship is a three-year prestigious, nationally-competitive (about 10% of applicants are successful) fellowship. Everyone who is eligible should apply! Ph.D. students may apply during their first and second years of their Ph.D. This year’s application deadline for the life sciences is November 6, 2009 for the Life Sciences. The award for 2008-2009 is $30,000, $1,500 more than the regular bioscience stipends. Citizenship requirements apply. For more information, application details, and eligibility requirements, see the website.

Estimated Taxes


If taxes are not taken out of your stipend (likely they are not), you will need to pay quarterly estimated taxes to the IRS. Quarterly taxes, for which you are responsible if your taxes will be $1000 or more and you paid taxes last year, are due each year on April 15 (Q1), June 15 (Q2), September 15 (Q3), and January 15 (Q4) of each year. You are subject to a fine plus interest if you don’t pay estimated taxes. Form 1040-ES is used to pay estimated taxes and can be downloaded from the above IRS website. To determine how to estimate your quarterly taxes go to: http://www.fairmark.com/estimate/




Visit this address for instructions on how to set up your in-room connection if you are living on campus. The website also contains other useful stuff, like software to download (e.g., antivirus software, e-mail programs like Eudora).



You have several software options for email programs. If you don’t own your own computer, you can use Stanford Webmail. You can also use a web-based email like Yahoo!, Hotmail or Gmail. They are free, accessible from any computer and have plenty of storage space.



Stanford offers a web-based method for sending and receiving email. With Webmail, you can read, reply, and send email from your @stanford.edu account conveniently and securely from anywhere using a web browser (like Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox). Webmail is a great way to check your mail when you're traveling, or even if you're still on campus but away from your normal computer. Since all of your mail stays on the server (unless you expressly delete it), the next time you check mail with a desktop mail program (like Eudora), you'll get copies of all your messages. Webmail also keeps your password safe: it uses SSL, the Internet-standard technology for e-banking and e-commerce.

Getting Stanford E-mail on your Computer

You can configure all the main e-mail programs (Oulook, Eudora, Thunderbird, Apple Mail) to download (POP) or sync (IMAP) your Stanford e-mail with the university servers. For instructions, see http://www.stanford.edu/services/email/config/

Mailing Lists


Many groups on campus use email distribution lists as a way to distribute memos and announcements to all members of a group. Participants subscribe to a list, then send messages to that list’s email address. Messages sent to the list are automatically sent to every participant on the list. Most, but not all, lists let you add or take yourself off the list and perform other routine tasks.

Mailman has been set up to serve as a mailing list hub or server for the Stanford community. To subscribe to a list, go to http://mailman.stanford.edu/ . Scroll down to the “Looking for a Specific List?” area and input the list name in the “Go to Subscriber Page” box. Put your e-mail address in the “Subscribing” section and following the remaining instructions. You may receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to confirm that you want to be added to the list. For example, to subscribe to the BioMASS email list, put send “ biomass-all” in the “Go to Subscribe Page” box..

Some useful mailing lists to subscribe to:


Newsgroups are electronic bulletin boards and there are thousands of them, covering all imaginable topics, ranging from the pedestrian to the absolutely sick. There are a variety of newsgroups that may be of interest to the Stanford biomedical community, found here http://cmgm.stanford.edu/community/newsgroups.html/. To read more about newsgroups, see http://www.stanford.edu/services/usenet/newsgroups.html.

Computer Resources


Select the services and facilities for information or tutorials on general, multimedia, internet/html/web page construction, statistical, and UNIX applications.

Meyer Computer Cluster/Multimedia Studio

(650) 723-9407

Open 24-hours a day

2nd Floor, Meyer Library

Home to a state-of-the-art multimedia production facility available 24 hrs to anyone with an email account. It includes digital-film video workstations, video editing stations, flat bed and 35mm slide scanners, MIDI keyboards, and removable media disc drives. Meyer also possesses a large bank of PCs and Macs. Connection stations in the cluster allow you to hook your laptop into SUNet.

Tresidder LAIR Computer Cluster

(650) 723-1315

Open 24-hours a day

The LAIR on the second floor of Tresidder Union has a color scanning station, black and white and color laser printers, plenty of Macs with zip drives.

Sweet Hall UNIX Cluster

Open 24-hours a day

For those who are UNIX savvy and in need of real computational power, the 24-hour Sweet Hall UNIX cluster should provide relief. It houses 150 HP, SGI and Sun workstations and free printing.

Visual Arts


(650) 723-6813

1st Floor, MSOB

If you need to produce high quality slides, posters, or color handouts, visit Visual Arts, located several buildings west of the med school.

Residential Computer Consultants

(on-campus housing)


If you live on campus and have a personal computer, you can hook up to the network from your room. Ask your Residential Computer Consultant (RCC) for more details about PhoneNet and Ethernet connections or visit their web site.

Computer Products

When purchasing a computer or software, try the Computer Products section of the main campus Stanford bookstore. They offer educational discounts on personal computers, peripherals and software. They also have a demonstration area where you can try the merchandise and an on-site service center.

Storing Your Files


Stanford University offers students AFS, online storage for your files and email. Stanford students, faculty, and staff get 500MB of disk space in AFS for storing web pages, text files, images, computer programs, email, and other forms of online information.

You can access AFS directly, from one of the public workstations in the Lane Library, or from the convenience of your desktop computer. To access AFS from your home computer, you must have the Essential Stanford Software package’s OpenAFS/MacAFS client installed and be connected to the Internet. After installing OpenAFS/MacAFS, you transfer files from your computer to you AFS space (or vice versa) by mounting your AFS drive on your computer. Your AFS drive appears as another disk drive on your computer. For instructions on how to use AFS for file transfer, see the above website. Note: You cannot mount AFS drives with Mac OS 9, Windows 95/98/NT/ME or earlier.

Essential Stanford Software (ESS)


Essential Stanford Software (ESS) is a collection of applications, free to the Stanford community, that will help you plug into the Stanford University Network (SUNet) and gain access to Stanford’s computing services. ESS includes applications to keep your password secure, protect against computer viruses, send and read email, browse the web, and exchange files. Here’s a short list of software you can download from the ESS site:




Use your Stanford ID or a Cash Card to pay for your print jobs in Lane Library and the Computer Lab (FLRC/MITL). The charge for B&W printing is $.15 per printed page.

Virtual Private Network


Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a remote access technology that creates a private connection over the Internet between your computer and Stanford's private network, SUNet. Stanford's VPN service allows any Stanford affiliate with an active SUNetID to connect to the campus from any available network connection almost anywhere including from home, from many hotels, and even from within some company networks.

Getting Started

To establish a VPN connection to Stanford's network, you need to download, install, and run the Cisco VPN Client software (see VPN website for download). The Cisco VPN Client is available for the Windows, MacOS X, Linux, and Solaris operating systems. Installation instructions are available via the menu links on the right side of the VPN pages.

Once started, the VPN connection will transfer any traffic you send toward a Stanford IP over the VPN connection. All other traffic will use your conventional network connection. For example, if you connect via VPN, and log into any computer system at Stanford, you'll appear to be connecting from a Stanford IP. However, if you log into any other system outside of Stanford, you'll connect using the IP number provided to you by your ISP company.

Important Note:

Stanford VPN does not provide additional security measures to protect the data you are sending electronically. Please use caution and do not send your passwords or other confidential information as you would over a secure network. Please also be diligent at applying operating system security patches and keeping your virus detection software up to date.

Buying a Computer

Welcome to the golden age of technology. With all of the coursework, data analysis, and PDF files that you’ll come across during graduate school, you’ll need a computer. We recommend buying a laptop. You will find the portability convenient in most cases and necessary in some. Wifi capability is a must. Long battery life is nice to have. And, if your spinal curvature looks like a map of Skyline Drive, you will probably want something light - in the 4-6 pound range.

Now-a-days Intel Macs are the most versatile machines because they can run Windows in addition to the Mac OS if Parallels Desktop for Mac or VMWARE Fusion is installed. Macs will allow you to use essential software in both operating systems. For more information on Parallels and VMWARE, see http://www.parallels.com/ or http://www.vmware.com/.

Apple Products

The Stanford bookstore also has great deals on Apple products (http://www.stanford.edu/group/bookstore/). Occasionally, you can find more than a 15% discount on select products.

There’s an Apple store on University and in the Stanford Mall. Make sure to tell them you’re a student; it will save you 10 to 15%. (This works for iPods, iPhones and other Apple merchandise too). You also can access an online Apple store that is particular to Stanford to get the student discounts via the web. Navigate from here:



Buying a new computer doesn’t have to be a complete headache, but you do owe it to yourself and your pocketbook to do a little research. Companies run offers all the time, so keep your eyes open. If you have questions about purchasing, ask around - every student probably has her/his own opinion.

Academic Resources

Where to Buy Books

Campus Bookstore

519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, Ca


(650) 329-1217 or 800-533-2670

The Stanford University Bookstore also contains the Medical School Bookstore. It offers a 7% discount on “faculty-adopted” textbooks and readers. To get this discount on any book, have your course director call the bookstore and “adopt” it by assigning it to a particular course. It does not matter if the book is required or recommended — you’ll still get the 7%. This savings makes bookstore prices competitive with Amazon.com, with the added benefit of no waiting period. Although, be sure to still check prices on online book retailers like Amazon.com.

Live on campus and too busy to go to the bookstore? Place an order over the phone using your MasterCard, Visa or Amex before 3 p.m., and the bookstore will deliver them to your door that afternoon.

About once a quarter, the bookstore has a good sale on books, Stanford apparel, and other supplies. It’s worth getting on the bookstore mailing list to stay informed of other sale dates.

Lane Medical Library


Lane Building

Lane has mostly medically related journals with online access to all e-journals subscribed to by Stanford libraries. If you need anything involving evolution/ecology, which is not online, you will have to go to Falconer. Lane is non-air conditioned and almost unbearable on extremely hot days. Marilyn Tinsley, your library liaison, can answer your questions about library or technology resources at Stanford University. There are a few library resources you should know about as you begin your studies here at the School of Medicine.

Accessing Online Journals

Stanford has site licenses to many journals that work automatically when you're on campus


Lane Library Liaisons and Librarians

Marilyn Tinsely

Liaison to Bioscience Graduate Students

(650) 723-5969 marilyn.tinsley@stanford.edu

Yannick Pouliot

Bioresearch informationist


Departmental liaisons are listed on the liaison page at Lane’s website:


Liaisons offer assistance in finding information, selecting a database or tool for a specific question, and conducting literature searches in PubMed, Biosis, Web of Science, and other databases. Call or email to make an appointment.



LaneConnex is your starting point for information. Search for services and resources, titles, or topics, using the LaneConnex search box.

Clinical Portal


You can simultaneously search over 100 important resources, including PubMed, ebooks, drug information, and images.

Bioresearch Portal


Find links to hundreds of tools and databases relevant to genetics, proteins, sequence analysis, and more.

Lane’s eJournals Page


Access over 4000 electronic journals in a variety of subjects relating to biomedical and clinical sciences; the FindIt@Stanford search accesses over 14,000 journals from all disciplines, representing the combined collections of all Stanford libraries.



If an article or book you need is not available on campus, our staff will order the article from another library. One-time registration for DocXpress service allows you to:

Register Your Laptop for Wireless Access

Wireless connectivity is available throughout the campus and School of Medicine, including in many outdoor areas. If you live on campus, register your wireless card through Residential Computing ( http://rescomp.stanford.edu/inrooms/ ). Computing help, including wireless registration for those living off-campus, is available from the IRT Help Desk Monday through Friday. Call 650-725-8000 between 7 am and 7 pm, or drop in at the TECH Desk, room M224 in the Alway Building, M-F, 11 am – 2 pm.

For wired access, usually you will be asked to complete registration when you first connect with an ethernet cord on campus.

Falconer Biology Library


Herrin Hall, 3rd Floor

Located in Herrin, Falconer has a lot of biology related journals including many older years, a few medical journals (such as JAMA), and biology books. Facilities include high speed copiers for all those papers you will read for class and lab.

Other Libraries

In addition to the two main libraries, Meyer and Green, there are more than twelve research branch or coordinate libraries, all housing special troves of material. Here are just some of the special treats in store…

Study Spots

Green and Meyer Libraries

The undergraduate twins. Grad students study here, despite the fact that they are often overrun with undergrads. Green has some nice study spots if you like large carrels...some with nice window views. Green has better lighting than Meyer. Many people dislike the book bag check policy as you’re leaving Green.

Meyer’s 24-Hour Room

For the intense, around-the-clock studiers! The after-hours entrance is on the side of Meyer facing Escondido Village (closest to Sweet Hall). This room is strictly a no-talking study space, so beware: students freely send glares to any chatterers.

ON CAMPUS — non-libraries

Axe & Palm

For those who like a little background noise (sometimes more than background!) while studying. Near Tresidder.

The Cafeteria in Tresidder

Does this place ever close? You get the point...it’s open really late and opens really early. Can serve as overflow for the CoHo if you weren’t lucky enough to find a table.

Pros: late, late, late, and early, early, early; drinks and food fine (go figure, it is a cafeteria!); good background noise level for those who think libraries are too quiet.

Cons. Noise level is unpredictable, outlets hard (if not impossible) to locate if you require music or computer while you work.

Rodin Sculpture Garden

Just across from the Med school; there are tables, and benches scattered among the sculptures. Café at lunch hour.

Cubberely Café

Next to the Education Building on the main quad. There are outdoor tables; café open on weekdays, during lunch and through the afternoon.

Stanford Bookstore Café

Great, super strong coffee. Seats sometimes hard to find.

OFF CAMPUS – Palo Alto/Menlo Park

Café Borrone

Located in Menlo Park, 1010 El Camino Real, an outdoor favorite but not only with students. It is difficult to find a table and sometimes difficult to keep a table.

Peet’s Coffee

Located at Town and Country Village at the corner of El Camino Real and Embarcadero. If you love strong coffee, buy your beans here! On a sunny day, treat yourself to their out-of-this-world coffee smoothies; sit outside and study.

Printer’s Inc

Located on California Ave. in Palo Alto. There is a second Printer’s Inc. south on Castro St. in Mt. View. Sit inside or outside, drink expensive, yummy coffee drinks. Good, interesting salads for about $7.

The Prolific Oven

Located on Waverly St. between University and Lytton. The BEST baked goods in Palo Alto. Try both the chocolate and the carrot cake. Large tables, down home, with quite a bit of background noise. Closed on Mondays.

Happy Donuts

What? Located south of campus, 3916 El Camino Real. What could be better? 24 hr donuts, studying and free wireless internet access!

Venturing Out of Palo Alto


There are tons of cafes, open late that sell cheap lattes. A favorite is Café Strada, on the corner of College and Bancroft. Lots of big tables, good coffee drinks, great people watching. Definitely go! Worth the hour drive to take a break from Palo Alto!

San Francisco

Cafés abound in a variety of neighborhoods. Explore SF by visiting cafés. If you drive during off hours, it takes only 35 min to get there! Parking can be an issue, so allow time to hunt down a space.

Library Phone Numbers and Hours for 2009-2010


Graduate Education Resources

Graduate Education Offices

Dr. John Pringle is the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Medical School. He works with graduate students on educational issues including advising, curriculum development, degree progress, thesis committee mentoring and graduate admissions. Students with interests in Biosciences curriculum development, teaching, under-represented minority recruitment, access to academic and non-academic careers and educational/community service opportunities are encouraged to visit the Office of Graduate Education and to volunteer for various graduate student committees. His contact information is:

John Pringle


School of Medicine Career Resources

School of Medicine Career Center (SoMCC)


Michael Alvarez, Director

Stephanie Eberle, Manager

Suzanne Frasca, Program Coordinator

Grant Building, S-005 650-725-7687 somcareers@stanford.edu

The School of Medicine Career Center provides a full complement of resources and services to meet the career-related needs of all biomedical science trainees, including graduate and medical students, postdoctoral researchers, residents, and alumni across the school and beyond. In addition to hosting industry information sessions and symposia around topics of interest, the SoMCC offers individualized advising and co-curricular programs to help scientists learn about opportunities and manage effectively towards their desired professional goals. SoMCC is also active in establishing and strengthening relationships with a wide range of prospective employers, providing formal structures through which Stanford biomedical science professionals can consistently make connections.

Support and professional consultation are available regarding all aspects of professional development, including the most effective techniques for researching options, career planning and management, opportunity assessment, credentials preparation, interview training, and offer evaluation and negotiation. The Center coordinates courses and seminars bringing scientists (often alumni) to Stanford to describe from first-hand experience the broad range of viable career pathways available. SoMCC is home to a career resource library and also offers a variety of web-based services. All these services and programs are structured to supplement and integrate the wide range of resources available throughout the campus, thus enhancing the Centers ability to support the career-related needs of all medical and life scientists across the University.

To arrange an appointment, please call the Career Center, (650) 725-7687, or send email to somcareers@stanford.edu

Stanford University Medical Center Alumni Association (SUMCAA)


2700 Sand Hill Road

Menlo Park, CA 94025

(650) 234-0618


The mission of the Stanford University Medical Center Alumni Association (SUMCAA) is to advance medical education at Stanford. We will promote and celebrate excellence, diversity, collegiality, alumni interactions with students and faculty, and support the School of Medicine and the Medical Center. The definition of a Medical Center alumnus/a is anyone who has finished three quarters of a degree-granting program and all former post-docs, residents, interns, and fellows.

Specifically, SUMCAA makes possible a variety of programs for graduate students at Stanford. These include the 1st year camping trip that has given students some of their closest friends in graduate school over the years. The Career Dinner program is sponsored by SUMCAA in conjunction with the School of Medicine Career Center. These career discussion dinners bring 6-8 students and one alum from the Medical School together for an informal dinner. The goal here is for the alum to share his or her experience and advice so current students can better plan their own careers. There are 6 career dinners per academic year. In addition, 1-2 tailgate parties are arranged per year. This is a fun opportunity for alumni and students to mingle before a Stanford atheletic event.

Keeping alumnus/a in the loop, SUMCAA publishes a quarterly magazine called “Bench & Bedside”. In it alumni and current students stories are told. The alumni association also supports a number of alumni-student mixers throughout the year. These include social hours, weekend events and tailgate parties. Stay tuned for upcoming events advertised through the Biomass newsletter and Bench & Bedside.



The Bioscience Association for the Interest of Minority Students (BioAIMS) is a student organization created to address the needs and concerns of minority students in Bioscience programs.

BioAIMS works to promote a supportive community and enrich the opportunities available for minority students pursuing an advanced degree in science. The organization’s goals are to 1) promote the recruitment and active retention of minority students for graduate studies in the biomedical sciences, 2) stimulate professional growth through career development sessions, 3) make an impact on the surrounding Stanford communities through various outreach and mentoring programs, and 4) foster a student support network through social interactions.

BioAIMS members assist in the recruitment process by representing Stanford at local and national meetings, visiting various colleges and universities, and meeting with students who visit Stanford to learn more about the PhD Programs in Biosciences. To promote and enhance retention and cohesion, BioAIMS members host a welcome BBQ in the Fall, plan social activities throughout the year, and organize fellowship application, financial planning, and journal reading workshops. The group also participates in volunteer and mentoring activities in order to expose youth to the basic sciences.

BioAIMS meets the second Wednesday of every month and welcomes new members (you don’t have to be a minority to join!). To learn more, please contact BioAIMS President Andrea Hartsock at ahart17@stanford.edu or go to the website.

Main Campus Career Resources

Career Development Center (CDC)


563 Salvatierra Walk

(650) 723-3963

The CDC offers services and written resources for each level of graduate student: Master's, Ph.D. and post-doctoral students. Graduate students have specific resources within the Counseling area including information on areas such as Writing a Curriculum Vitae, The Academic Job Search and Exploring Your Career Options (Outside of Academia). Special programs for graduate students are also available throughout the academic year so check out the Calendar of Events for more information and dates.

Stanford Career Network (SCN)


A searchable database of alumni who have volunteered to be contacted by Stanford alumni and students for information interviews and career networking. Using SCN is an effective way to get information regarding industries, companies and employment prospects in a variety of career fields. SCN is a service of the Stanford Alumni Association; there is no fee to use the service!

Several recent books might also be of interest:


Center for Teaching and Learning


(650) 723-1326 STATEMENT

The Center for Teaching and Learning’s (CTL) purpose is to promote excellence in teaching at all ranks and excellence in student learning inside and outside the classroom. They offer FREE oral communication tutoring to all Stanford students… even over the summer.

CTL can help you with:

The Oral Communication Program also offers a range of classes and workshops. To make an appointment and for more information, see http://speakinghelp.stanford.edu .

They also offer many services for TA’s including:

Vice Provost for Graduate Education


The VPGE was created in 2007 in response to the commission on graduate education. The “For Current Students” section of their website is an excellent resource for looking into opportunities outside of your department. This section contains information and resources in the following areas:

Summer Institute for Entrepreneurship

Hosted by the Graduate School of Business, the Summer Institute for Entrepreneurship offers current graduate students the unique opportunity to build the analytical and practical skills critical to launching a successful business in an intensive 4 week program

You’ll be taught by the renowned Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty and gain an intimate knowledge of the processes and challenges that face any entrepreneur. In the process, you will acquire both the hard skills (such as finance, marketing, and accounting) and the soft skills (such as public speaking, leadership, and networking) needed to excel in a business environment. The program concludes with an exciting opportunity for teams to present their business plans to a panel of experienced venture capitalists from renowned Silicon Valley firms.

The Summer Institute for Entrepreneurship offers the unique, enriching setting of Stanford and provides you with the necessary tools to get your business idea off the ground. For more information and to apply, go to http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/sie/. The application is due in March.

Stanford Graduate Summer Institute

Stanford Graduate Summer Institute (SGSI) courses are FREE interdisciplinary, non-credit bearing courses, typically for one-week in September for graduate students and post-docs. These courses are on a range of topics depending upon which professors have decided to teach each year. You’ll get to interact with graduate students from a variety of different disciplines. Past courses include Global Warming, Managing Groups & Teams, Music & Human Behavior, and Adventures in Design Thinking. Applications are due in typically May. For more information and to apply, go to http://sgsi.stanford.edu/. Applications are due in May.

Useful Non-Science Classes

Don’t forget to take advantage of the plethora of courses offered by Stanford! As a graduate student, you can take up to 10 credits of coursework each quarter. Once you’ve gone TGR, you can still take 3 credits per quarter. If you haven’t filled your 10 credits with other classes, you are free to take courses throughout Stanford. You may want to consider taking course that will help you after you graduate. Courses on people skills are always helpful (leadership, communication, negotiation) because no matter what you chose to do, you’ll always need to deal with people. Additionally, content-based courses related to your future career can be very helpful (science writing, public speaking, public policy, biotech). Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Classes in the business school require a special sign-up process. To see what classes are available, go to http://gsbapps.stanford.edu/nongsbreg. Before each quarter begins, a list of classes is posted. Fill out the “Add Request Form” and return as stated on the website.

ENGR 103 - Public Speaking

3 units, Aut, Win, Spr

Priority to Engineering students. Speaking

activities, from impromptu talks to carefully rehearsed formal professional presentations. How to organize and write speeches, analyze audiences, create and use visual aids, combat nervousness, and deliver informative and persuasive speeches effectively. Weekly class practice, rehearsals in one-on-one tutorials, videotaped feedback. In addition to registering for the course on Axess, students must sign the class list in Terman 201. Limited enrollment.

ENGR 202W - Technical & Professional Writing

3 units, Aut, Win, Spr

The process of writing technical and professional documents. Analyzing audiences; defining purpose; generating and selecting appropriate report materials; structuring, designing, and drafting clear and convincing reports; and clear,

concise, emphatic, and mechanically and grammatically clean editing. Weekly writing assignments and individual conferences.

GSBGEN 374 - Interpersonal Influence & Leadership

3 or 4 units, Win, Spr


Business School course.

How to build working relationships; foundational skills of face-to-face leadership. Factors that increase or decrease influence and the ability to work effectively with others. How to work through difficult issues; feedback; and group work. Learning from experience; leading organizations through a changing environment. You must submit a pre-qualification statement. See

GSBGEN 559 – Leadership Labs Condensed


2 units, Spr

Business School course.

Leadership Laboratories-Condensed Spring course (Spring Labs) focuses on improving students' abilities to build relationships, motivate others, and influence outcomes. Spring Labs provide students with structured time to practice these skills with role-playing and other interactive, experiential exercises in a "learn-by-doing" environment. Spring Labs' concentration on interactive, skill-based programming is geared toward ensuring that students actually develop their leadership skills, rather than solely gain knowledge about leadership.

To facilitate students' individual development, Leadership Laboratories create a feedback-intensive environment. Classes are conducted by specially trained GSB students who have been selected through a rigorous selection process during Winter quarter to receive a Leadership Fellow position. Running interactive skill-based programming requires a small instructor-to-student ratio and by leveraging Leadership Fellows, we are able to offer that ratio. In preparation for running the Spring Labs, Leadership Fellows participate in an intensive immersion program conducted by faculty and executive coaches from the Center for Leadership Development and Research. In addition to mastering the material covered in the Spring Labs, Leadership Fellows also master the facilitation, coaching and mentoring skills essential for effective delivery of the program.

IMMUNOL 240 – Professional & Leadership Development


Build foundational skills for professional and leadership development. How to communicate, resolve conflict, negotiate, and present. Workshop format integrating intellectual and experiential learning. Application required before the first day of class. For more information and the application see the website. Limited enrollment.

LAW 615 – Negotiation

4 units, Win (check to be sure)


Law School course.

This course is designed to: (1) develop your understanding of negotiation, and your awareness of yourself as a negotiator; (2) give you some tools and concepts for analyzing and preparing for negotiations; (3) enhance your negotiating skills through frequent role plays, reflection, and feedback; and (4) teach you how to keep learning from your own negotiation experience. In addition to negotiation skills and theory, students are introduced to issues of representation, ethics, and the place of negotiation in our legal system.

MS&E 245G - Finance for Non-MBAs

4 units, Aut

(Same as FINANCE 221, ECON 135)

For graduate students and advanced undergraduates. The foundations of finance; applications in corporate finance and investment

management. Financial decisions made by corporate managers and investors with focus on process valuation. Topics include criteria for

investment decisions, valuation of financial assets and liabilities, relationships between risk and return, market efficiency, and the valuation

of derivative securities. Major corporate financial instruments including debt, equity, and convertible securities. Equivalent to core MBA finance course, FINANCE 220. Prerequisites: 51, or ENGR 60, or equivalent; ability to use spreadsheets, and basic probability and statistics concepts including random variables, expected value, variance, covariance, and simple estimation and regression.

MS&E 285 – Negotiation

3 units, Spr

(Same as CEE 151/251, ME 207.) Negotiation

styles and processes to help students conduct and review negotiations. Workshop format integrating intellectual and experiential learning.

Exercises, live and field examples, individual and small group reviews. Application required before first day of class; see http://www.stanford.edu/class/msande285/. Enrollment limited to 50.

PUBLPOL 101 - Politics and Public Policy

5 units, Aut

(Same as POLISCI 123.) How policies come to be formed. How interests compete within public

institutions to turn ideas into policies. Examples of this process from contemporary policy areas, including tax, social welfare, and environmental

policy; results evaluated using equity and efficiency criteria. Prerequisite: POLISCI 2. GER:DB-SocSci

S356 - Evaluating Entrepreneurial Opportunities

4 units, Win


Business School course.

A combination of class work and team project work. The class sessions are primarily lectures to support the process of evaluating your specific business idea. The project work is the more intense part of the course and can potentially span both winter and spring quarters. The idea is for each student team to identify a business idea (prior to admission to the course) and consult with an assigned mentor and faculty member during the course. Teams will develop the components of a business plan evaluation and then compile a comprehensive evaluation at the end of spring quarter. The components of the evaluation will be presented to your student cohort (groups of 4 student teams) throughout the winter and spring quarters. At the end of winter quarter a written paper is due at which time the student team, in conjunction with the faculty member, assesses if it makes sense to continue through spring quarter.

STRAMGT 353 – Formation of New Ventures



Foundational entrepreneurship course offered by the Business School. The course will have two sections, each with a combination of GSB and non-GSB students.

STRAMGT 353 is for students who would like to understand what is involved in starting a new business and pursuing an entrepreneurial career. Topics include: how to identify and evolve a business idea; elements of a viable business model; staffing, financing and managing a new business; managing intellectual property; scaling a business; dealing with failure; gaining sales and distribution traction; and harvesting value. The course is taught primarily by the case method; visitors also will contribute to class discussions.

The classes will be taught from an entrepreneur’s point of view rather than that of a passive investor or employee. The instructors and class examples will emphasize business issues faced by young science and technology companies (e.g., biotech, computer science/software, scientific instruments, and electronic hardware); however, we will also touch on issues faced by consumer product and service companies. Students interested in attending should have an interest in founding a new business at some point in their careers. Students must also be willing to take an active part in class discussions and projects. A prior business background is not essential.

Research Facilities

Department of Biology

he Biology Department has three main sites:


Main Campus: Gilbert Hall, Herrin Hall, and Lokey Laboratory Building

http://www.stanford.edu/dept/biology/ Gilbert and Herrin Hall are located just across the street from the medical center, off Serra Mall. The Lokey Building is located across the street from the Clark Center, in between Mudd Chemistry and the medical department, in Herrin Hall.


arking structure. Falconer Biology Library is housed in the erey Peninsula

Hopkins Marine Station: Mont

http://www-marine.stanford.edu/ Hopkins Marine Station is a marine biology research and educational facility that operates as a branch of Stanford University's Department of Biology. Founded in 1892, Hopkins was the first marine laboratory to be established on the American Pacific coast. Since that time, many notable scientists, as well as a continuous population of undergraduate and graduate students have come to the Station to study and work towards a better understanding of the marine world. The Station is located in Pacific Grove, on the Monterey Peninsula, which forms the Southern shore of Monterey Bay. It lies in a region of scenic beauty and historic interest, 90


iles south of Stanford's main campus in Palo Alto. uz Mountains

Jasper Ridge: Santa Cr

http://jrbp.stanford.edu/ Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve is located near Stanford University's campus in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. An undeveloped jewel set amidst a rapidly urbanizing area, the Preserve provides fuge to native plants and animals, rich educational experiences to students and docent-led visitors, and a e natural laboratory for researchers from all over the world.


Chemistry Department

http://www.stanford.edu/dept/chemistry/ Some of the faculty that participate in the Biosciences programs are in the Chemistry Department. The chemistry facilities include the Mudd Chemistry Hall and the Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library, which is housed in the Organic Chemistry Building. These buildings are located next to Biology, also cross the street from the Medical Center.


Bio-X/The Clark Center

http://biox.stanford.edu/clark/ The Bio-X Program for Bioengineering, Biomedicine and Biosciences at Stanford is broad-based and campus-wide. The Program is facilitated by a new Center, the James H. Clark Center for Biomedical Engineering & Sciences, which began construction in June 2001 thanks to the enormous generosity of Jim Clark. The center was completed in summer of 2003. A critical mass of ~50 faculty from various disciplines, including many from Biosciences programs, occupy the Center. The building’s design and location make it ideally situated to ster an unprecedented degree of collaboration among scientists from many different disciplines.



http://www.slac.stanford.edu/ The Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) is one of the world ’s leading research laboratories. Established in 1962, it is located in Menlo Park, off Sand Hill Road. You can see the structure as you drive over it on the 280. The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lab is a division of SLAC, in which many Biosciences faculty participate. The mission of SLAC is to design, construct and operate state-of-the-art electron accelerators and related perimental facilities for use in high-energy physics and synchrotron radiation research. Take a tour of this ility some time while at Stanford! The SLAC Marguerite line shuttles people to SLAC from campus.


VA Medical Center

Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center is on Junipero Serra, about 5 miles south of campus. It was totally reconstructed in 1997 and houses research labs of faculty that participate in the Biosciences programs. The parch centers that are at the VA include:


Medical Center

Stanford University School of Medicine is the oldest medical school in the Western United States. Started in 1858 in San Francisco as the medical department of the University of the Pacific, in 1882 the Cooper Medical College was established by faculty of the Medical College of the Pacific. In 1885, Stanford University was founded and in 1908, Cooper Medical College was adopted by Stanford as the Stanford University School of Medicine. In 1959, the medical school moved to its current location. The reverse swastika, an ancient symbol for life, is prevalent in the external facade of the medical center. There are over 500 paintings and 1600 osters scattered throughout the hospital, generously donated by Dr. and Mrs. Bing.


Main Research Buildings at the Medical Center

Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine The Beckman Center houses several core facilities (see http://med.stanford.edu/research/core_facilities/ for a full list) for the medical center. Munzer Auditorium, a popular lecture hall since it’s nicer than most on the medical campus, is located in the basement of the Beckman Center, Room B060. And definitely check out the r as well. Beckman houses the following departments:


Fourth Floor: Biochemistry

CCSR (Center for Clinical Sciences Research) This building is one of the newer research buildings at the medical center and is comprised of two distinct


Fairchild Research Building irartments:


Third Floor: Microbiology & Immunology

Grant/Alway/Lane/Edwards and M-Wing This is the main building (oldest research facilities) at the medical center, adjacent to the hospitals. Variolabs from the Department of Genetics, Pathology, and others are housed here. The M-wing is the main medical school building, with the Dean’s Office and the Offices and seminars.


chool café and auditoriums for many classe

Health Research and Policy (HRP)

The Department of Epidemiology occu

Mayer Cancer Biology Building A small research building that was just renovated, it houses a few labs that conduct cancer research, as its

name states.

MSOB (Medical School Office Building) Lots of offices for administration, including the Office of Student Life, are in this b


r Biomedical Informatics Research has space here as well on the second floor. opy)

MSLS/Lucas Center for MRS (Medical School Lab Surgery/Magnetic Resonance SpectroscThis building (twop


Advice from Graduate Students


Choosing a Lab

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Lab

Thesis Projects

Thesis Committees:

Balancing Life & Lab


Switching Departments

Deciding to Leave


Guidelines for Good Practices in the Graduate Student-Faculty Advisor Relationship

High-quality graduate education depends upon the professional and ethical conduct of the participants. Although the University is composed of many distinct disciplinary "cultures," its faculty and students together form a community of scholars. As such, they have complementary responsibilities for upholding academic standards and sustaining a creative and collegial environment.

Focused on the professional academic relationship between faculty advisors and graduate students, the following guidelines are based on the collective experience and wisdom of a number of major research universities. Their purpose is to encourage a heightened awareness of - and conscious commitment to - practices that the great majority of faculty and students here and elsewhere routinely follow as a matter of common sense, courtesy, and basic honesty. Although a few of these guidelines have more direct relevance to some fields than to others, most are applicable across the entire disciplinary spectrum.

Faculty Advisors should:

Serve as intellectual and professional mentors to their graduate students, by:

Be knowledgeable concerning the academic and non-academic policies that pertain to graduate students, including:

Prepare students to be competitive for employment, by:

Maintain a high level of professionalism, including:

For their part, graduate students should:

Understand faculty advisors' central role, as well as their constraints. This includes:

Take primary responsibility for informing themselves of the regulations and policies governing their financial aid, degree and course requirements, and research activities. This may involve:

Exercise high professional standards in all aspects of their work. This includes:

Life on Campus

Support Services

University Ombudsperson


David Rasch

Mariposa House

585 Capistrano Way

2nd floor, Rm. 210

(650) 723-3682


What does the Ombudsperson do?

The Ombudsperson is a designated impartial individual who strives to see that people are treated equitably and fairly. The Ombudsperson provides confidential assistance to students regarding academic and employment-related concerns. The Ombudsperson helps generate options to facilitate informal problem-solving and conflict resolution and serves as an information resource and communications channel.

Please note that email is NOT a CONFIDENTIAL means of communication. If you reach voice mail, please leave a phone number and instructions about leaving a message. To protect confidentiality, the Ombudsperson will leave messages only if given instructions to do so.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


CAPS, located on the second floor of Vaden Health Center on Campus Dr., offers free, confidential evaluations and brief counseling (up to 10 visits) to any registered Stanford student who has paid the Campus Health Service Fee. For couples counseling, only one person needs to be a registered student. Assistance is available for students experiencing personal problems or difficult situations, including stress, anxiety, depression, relationship distress, procrastination, sexual concerns, sexual assault/harassment, or family problems. African American, Asian-American, Chicano/Latino, and gay counselors are available upon request. If longer-term treatment is indicated, it is available through CAPS or through outside services. The financial aid officer in the OSS can assist students in arranging special loans to pay for such treatment. Cardinal Care will co-pay up to $50 per visit with a $1,500 maximum per year. Students can be seen on an urgent basis the same day. A clinician is on-call 24 hours and can be reached at (650) 723-3785. For CAPS Sexual Harassment & Sexual Assault Counseling, call (650) 725-9955.

The Bridge


(650) 723-3392

Available 24 hours.

Call for location on Stanford Campus

Drop-ln Counseling

581 Capistrano Way

Open 9 a.m. to midnight during the school year (the hours vary when school is not in session).

The Bridge is a group of student counselors providing free, confidential, 24-hour peer counseling services to Stanford and the neighboring community. Intensively trained volunteer undergraduate and graduate student counselors staff this center. These peer counselors will discuss any student concerns — academics, sex, substance abuse, loneliness, family, relationships, death, domestic violence, abuse, etc. Their goal is to help you develop your own solutions to problems or uncertainties that you may be dealing with. All services are completely free and confidential. The Bridge also provides information on local support services. In addition, it sponsors support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Emotions Anonymous, as well as workshops on such topics as stress and time management.

Office of Accessible Education


563 Salvatierra Walk

Stanford, CA 94305

(650) 723-1066 [voice]

(650) 723-1067 [TYY]

(650) 725-5301 [Fax]

The Office of Accessible Education (OAE) coordinates services for students with documented disabilities. They work with students with a variety of disabilities, including mobility impairments, learning disabilities, chronic illness, psychological disabilities, and sensory disabilities. The OAE provides disabled students equal access to all facets of university life: education, housing, recreation, and extracurricular activities.

ASSU Legal Counseling Office



(650) 375-2481

The primary function of the ASSU Legal Counseling Office is to provide legal advice and consultation to Stanford students and domestic partners. The service is envisioned as the first step for any student who thinks that he or she might have a legal problem. The service is strictly confidential. When possible, the attorneys advise "preventive law," i.e., they attempt to analyze the possible consequences of an act before the student engages in the act.

Office of Religious Life/Campus Ministries


Round Room, on the west side of Memorial Church

(650) 723-1762

An excellent resource for information regarding religious organizations. Contact Campus Ministries in Memorial Church for information regarding the following organizations:

Baha'i Faith

Buddhism at Stanford

Hinduism: Vivekananda Vedanta Society

Humanist Community

Hillel Foundation Jewish Student Center


Asian American Christian Fellowship

Baptist Student Ministries

Campus Crusade for Christ

Campus Evangelistic Fellowship

Canterbury Episcopal Chaplaincy

Catholic Community at Stanford (the Newman Center)

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship

Christian Science Organization

Church of Christ

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


International Student Christian Outreach

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

Korean Christian Union

Korean Presbyterian Bible Study

Lutheran campus Ministry

Parakaleo Christian Ministries

Rejoice in Jesus Campus Fellowship


Trinity Lutheran Ministry at Stanford

United Campus Christian Ministry

Worldwide Christian Fellowship at Stanford

The Stanford Help Center


585 Capistrano Way in the Mariposa House

Stanford, CA 94305

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Telephone: (650) 723-4577


This resource is available to Stanford University staff (anyone receiving an employment paycheck from the university) or their spouses. Graduate students who hold appointments as research or teaching assistants (if you get paid) qualify during the quarters of their appointment. Graduate students whose spouses are University employees also qualify. The Help Center is a professional service for limited counseling, staffed by psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and marriage, family and child counselors. All visits are confidential; no records are kept. People seek counseling regarding stressful relations with a significant other, stress, alcohol & drug abuse, loss of a loved one, care of ill family members, etc. In addition to individual appointments, there are workshops, peer support groups, and a help line for those wishing to speak anonymously with a counselor.

Security Services

(650) 723-7222

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Lost your favorite jacket? Desperate to find your microscope? Think someone stole your bike? Need a car jump while on campus? The medical center Security Department will help. They provide escorts, unlock doors, investigate thefts, crimes, perform patient restraints, etc.

Athletic Facilities


Athletic facilities on Stanford campus are available for student use, both instructional and recreational. These facilities include:

These facilities are located throughout the campus. The east side of campus includes the Arrillaga Family Sports Center, which has a recreational weight room and wrestling room, intramural fields, outdoor volleyball courts, and tennis courts. Behind Arrillaga is the DeGuerre Complex. It houses swimming and diving pools as well as handball, racquetball, and squash courts. Across the street (more or less) from Arrillaga lies the Ford Center for Sports and Recreation. It contains Stairmasters/lifecycles, and multipurpose rooms for aerobics, basketball, badminton, gymnastics, martial arts and volleyball. Next door, the Burnham Pavilion is used for volleyball. In the center of campus, Tresidder has a small fitness center filled with mostly weight machines.

On the west side of campus, lighted tennis courts can be found near Encina and the golf driving range on Campus Drive West. The dance studio (for classes and dance concerts), small activity rooms, a multipurpose gymnasium (basketball), a fencing center, an outdoor swimming pool, a small weight room, and a large playing field are located at Roble Gym. An 18-hole championship golf course, a sailing center, and a rowing facility are also available.

To find out current information on recreation schedules and what facilities are open for recreational use, check the athletic department home page at http://www.stanford.edu/dept/pe/index-main.html. It's a good idea for some facilities to sign up for them in advance (i.e. the tennis courts). Arrillaga Sports Center Weight Room and Tresidder exercise facilities tend to be most crowded at the dinnertime hour (5p –7p). Least crowded day is Friday. Watch for more crowded facilities in the beginning of January after the break….must be all those “New Year’s Resolutions”! Usually tapers off after Spring Break.



Take advantage of various physical education classes such as horseback riding, windsurfing, tennis, fencing, dancing and many others that are offered throughout the year. Check the Time Schedule of Classes for more info. Sign-ups for courses occur the first day of classes.

Aerobics courses are available through the Athletic Department for credit (as described above), or through Stanford Aerobics, which offers classes at various campus locations on a drop-in basis. Both quarterly and yearly passes are available. Check the web page for more info: http://www.stanford.edu/group/aerobics/

If running is your thing, there's always the ever popular Campus Drive loop, or check out the paths up by the Dish (hills on the West side of campus, by the satellite dish. Lots of trails for walking/jogging, unfortunately no bikes are allowed. You can catch great views of campus and the surrounding Bay. A great place for picnics too!

Phone numbers for some athletic facilities:

Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation 724-9872

Arrillaga Weight Room 723-1499

Avery Aquatic Center 725-0725

Golf Course 323-0944

Golf Driving Range 323-9516

Roble Gym Complex 723-7686

Roble Pool 723-8136

Tresidder Fitness Center 723-1204



(650) 723-1081

Fun, recreational team sports are available for Stanford students, faculty and staff through the Intramural Program. Teams are created each quarter, and compete in a round-robin format, culminating in a championship match. Different sports are available each quarter. Sports which have been organized in the past include softball, soccer, 6 vs. 6 volleyball, floor hockey, tennis singles and doubles, badminton, racquetball, basketball (both team and 2 vs. 2), triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, fencing, handball doubles, pool (8-ball), table tennis singles, squash doubles, two on two volleyball, inner tube water polo, wrestling, and tag football. BioMASS sponsors IM teams for any sport—watch for IM announcements in the BioMASS newsletters, or contact the officers for more information.

Club Sports


(650) 723-3089

Highly competitive team sports are available to students, faculty and staff through the Stanford Club Sports Program. Club teams meet regularly for practice, and compete against teams from other universities.

The Stanford Club teams are:

Student Organizations

Graduate Student Organizations

Asian American Graduate Students Association http://aagsa.stanford.edu/

Asian Pacific American Policy Forum http://www.stanford.edu/group/apapf/


http://www.stanford.edu/group/biomass biomass-all@lists.stanford.edu

Bioscience Association for the Interest of Minority Students (BioAIMS)


Black Graduate Students Association (BGSA) http://www.stanford.edu/group/bgsa/ bgsa@lists.stanford.edu

Chicano/Latino Graduate Students Association (CLGSA) http://www.stanford.edu/group/CLGSA/

Gradnet-Lambda; for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender graduate students


Graduate Women's Network (GWN)

http://www.stanford.edu/group/gwn/ gwn@lists.stanford.edu

Graduate Student Council (GSC)



InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship @ Stanford (IV-Grad)


Stanford Returning Student's Association



Umbrella Student Organizations

Associated Students of Stanford University


Asian American Students Association (AASA)


Black Student Union (BSU)


Entrepreneurship: BASES


Movimiento Estudantil Chicanos de Aztlan mecha@lists.stanford.edu

Mexican Students Association

http://www.stanford.edu/group/mexicanos/ mexicanos@lists.stanford.edu

Latino Students Association (LSA)


Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO)


Stanford India Association


Turkish Student Association (TSA)

http://www.stanford.edu/group/sutsa tsa@lists.stanford.edu

Stanford Martial Arts Program (SMAP)












Kenpo Karate


Muay Thai Kickboxing


Wing Chun Kung Fu


Shotokan Karate






Various Campus Centers

Native American Cultural Center


Asian American Activities Center (A3C)


Black Community Services Center (BCSC)


El Centro Chicano


Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Community Center

http://www.stanford.edu/group/QR/ lgbcc-staff@lists.stanford.edu

Women’s' Center


Other Student Organizations

Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA)


Alpha Phi Alpha


ASHA - an action group for basic education in India


Asian American Christian Fellowship


Ballet Folklorico


Barrio Assistance


Caribbean Students Association (CSA)

http://www.stanford.edu/group/CSA/ csa@lists.stanford.edu

Chicanos in Health Education (CHE)


Chi Alpha at Stanford


Delta Sigma Theta

http://www.stanford.edu/group/DST/ dst@lists.stanford.edu

East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring


Familia de Stanford

http://www.stanford.edu/group/familia/ familia@lists.stanford.edu

Hermanos http://www.stanford.edu/group/hermanos/

Islamic Society of Stanford University (ISSU) http://issu1.stanford.edu/

Israeli Student Organization (The ISO)


Lebanese Student Association




Native American Christian Fellowship


Omega Psi Phi


Pakistanis at Stanford (PaS)


Persian Student Association


Queer and Asian

http://www.stanford.edu/group/q-and-a/ q-a-news@lists.stanford.edu

Queer Resources


Stanford African Students Association

http://www.stanford.edu/group/sasa/ sasa@lists.stanford.edu

Stanford Egyptian Association (SEA)


Stanford Gospel Choir


Stanford Jazz Orchestra


Stanford Taiwanese Student Association


Campus Cultural and Community Resources

Asian American Activities Center

http:// www.stanford.edu/group/a3c

Asian America Student Association (AASA)


Asian Baptist Student Koinonia


Bechtel International Center


Black Community Services Center (BCSC)


Buddhist Community at Stanford


Catholic Community at Stanford


Office of Accessible Education


El Centro Chicano


Episcopal-Lutheran Campus Ministry


Fellowship in Christ at Stanford – SAM


Hindu Students Council


Islamic Society of Stanford University


Jewish Graduate Student Association


LGBT Community Resources Center


Muslim Student Awareness Network


Native American Cultural Center


Office for Religious Life and Memorial Church


University Public Worship: 10a.m. Sundays at Memorial Church

Stanford Events


Stanford Canadian Club


Stanford Indian Association


The Bridge Peer Counseling Center


The Women’s Community Center


Fire Truck House (1st floor)

Vaden Health Center


866 Campus Drive

(650) 49-VADEN

Vaden Student Health Center offers comprehensive health care to Stanford students and a health insurance plan through Aetna called Cardinal Care. You are automatically enrolled in Cardinal Care (http://cardinalcare.stanford.edu/) unless you chose to opt out because you already have alternative insurance. The services include all those typically needed during a student’s career at a university. Most services are free to registered students. Spouses and domestic partners can use most services on a fee basis. Medical services include the following:

Premiums are currently $756 per quarter. Children, domestic partners and spouses can participate as dependents. You are automatically enrolled in Cardinal Care unless you waive coverage. To waive Cardinal Care, log onto AXESS or visit their site at http://vaden.stanford.edu/insurance.html. For benefits information, visit http://www.aetnastudenthealth.com/.


Services include diagnosis and treatment of acute illness, injury, and chronic conditions, and preventive counseling and education. Vaden offers expertise in the following areas:

Call ahead to schedule an appointment with a clinician for either immediate concerns or an ongoing problem. You will usually be seen by a nurse practitioner unless you request an MD. Appointments with MDs are longer waits. Also, be sure to cancel appointments that you cannot keep with as much advance notice as possible.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


CAPS, located on the second floor of Vaden Health Center on Campus Dr., offers free, confidential evaluations and brief counseling (up to 10 visits) to any registered Stanford student. For couples counseling, only one person needs to be a registered student. Assistance is available for students experiencing personal problems or difficult situations, including stress, anxiety, depression, relationship distress, procrastination, sexual concerns, sexual assault/harassment, or family problems. African American, Asian-American, Chicano/Latino, and gay counselors are available upon request. If longer-term treatment is indicated, it is available through CAPS or through outside services. The financial aid officer in the OSS can assist students in arranging special loans to pay for such treatment. Cardinal Care will co-pay up to $50 per visit with a $1,500 maximum per year. Students can be seen on an urgent basis the same day. A clinician is on-call 24 hours and can be reached at (650) 723-3785. For CAPS Sexual Harassment & Sexual Assault Counseling, call (650) 725-9955.

Travel Clinic


The Travel Clinic at Vaden Health Center is a comprehensive clinic serving the needs of overseas travelers. Complete evaluations are customized to the patient’s health status and travel plans. The clinic provides advice, immunizations and prescriptions as needed.

The Travel Clinic offers the following services:

Schedule your appointment for a date at least six to eight weeks before departure. Bring your immunization record and/or International Certificate of Vaccination (“the yellow card”) with you. Available to Stanford students, faculty, staff, spouses, partners and alumni. There is a consultation fee of $30.00 for students and $45.00 for non-students.Immunizations are billed separately.

Women’s Health

A variety of women’s health services are available on an appointment basis including annual well woman exams; birth control advice, counseling and planning; STD checks; and diagnosis of gynecological infections. Well woman exams include pap smears and other routine screenings, pelvic exams, counseling concerns regarding STDs and contraception. A yearly medical history is required to be completed prior to each well woman annual exam. Call 498-2336 for an appointment and further information.


For life-threatening emergencies or unstable conditions, or when Vaden is closed, use the Emergency Department at Stanford University Medical Center. Call 911 (or 9-911 from University phones), and local paramedics will be dispatched. Ambulance and emergency department costs are billed to students’ health insurance.

Medical Advice

(650) 498-2336

A nurse is available during office hours to answer routine medical questions in person or by phone. Advice for urgent conditions is provided 24 hours a day by Vaden’s on-call physician.

Consultations and Specialized Tests

If consultation with a specialist is needed, students are referred to the appropriate clinic at Stanford University Medical Center. Specialist consultations, specialized tests and procedures, and hospitalization are billed to the students’ health insurance. Students enrolled in Cardinal Care, Stanford University’s health insurance plan, must obtain an authorized referral from a Vaden clinician for maximum coverage.

Additional Services

The Arts

Cantor Arts Center


The Center includes the beautifully restored 1893 building, a new 42,000 square foot wing with spacious galleries, an auditorium, a café, a bookshop, and the Rodin Sculpture Garden (this is a great spot for a picnic). With collections in eighteen galleries, it is an interesting place to spend an afternoon. Located at Lomita Drive and Museum Way, only a five-minute walk from the med school. Call 723-4177.

Stanford Lively Arts


A series of excellent music/dance programs brought to Stanford Campus. They have discounted tickets for students. Check out the calendar below and on the web page

Stanford Choral Activities



For audition information, call, stop by the Choral Activities Office (Braun Music Center, Rm. 119).

Chamber Chorale -- a select 24-member choir performing Renaissance and 20th century small choral ensemble music.

Symphonic Chorus -- largest choral group on campus, performing major chorale works.

University Singers -- a 40 to 50 member group performing a broad range of a cappella and accompanied pieces.

Memorial Church Choir -- provides choral music for services at Stanford Memorial Church.

Early Music Singers -- specializes in choral music from the medieval period through the Renaissance.

Stanford Music Groups

Play an instrument or sing and want to do so on a regular basis? A number of musical ensemble groups supported by the Music Department are open to student and community participation:

Stanford Symphony Orchestra



Organized in 1891, the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Akiko Fujimoto, performs during all four quarters of the school year, and attracts a diverse array of members. The orchestra has gone on three international tours in the last decade.

Stanford Band


(Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band, or LSJUMB). This infamous group is open to both student and community participation.

Stanford Jazz Orchestra


Open to all students. Contact Christina Taber at seaqueen@leland.stanford.edu for info.

Stanford Symphonic Wind Ensemble


Performs traditional and contemporary wind ensemble pieces and is open to students, staff and community. Contact Giancarlo Aquilanti at gcarlo@ccrma.stanford.edu

Stanford Taiko


Founded in 1991, Stanford Taiko is an entirely student-run group under the guidance of the Department of Music. Its goal is to bring awareness of Taiko to Stanford University and the greater community. Contact stanfordtaiko@gmail.com.

Stanford Dance Groups


Student-run dance groups are sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and include:

Contact the Office of Student Activities at 725-3104.

Stanford Drama Groups

Ram's Head Theatrical Society



Ram's Head is Stanford's oldest theatrical organization, and performs both original and traditional productions throughout the year (including Big Game Gaieties, Original Winter One Acts, and a big Broadway musical in the Spring).

Stanford Savoyards


A theater company specializing primarily in Gilbert & Sullivan works, the Stanford Savoyards are open to all members of the Stanford community and the general public.

Stanford Shakespeare Society


The Stanford Shakespeare Society is a student-run repertory theater troupe at Stanford University that produces a FREE full season of Shakespeare's playsfor the Stanford and Penninsula communities.

Cool Things On Campus

Events @ Stanford


You can find out everything that is going on around campus by visiting the online Stanford calendar at the above website.

Graduate Student Community Center


The center located in Escondido Village, is a focal point of graduate student life, and contains social, academic, multipurpose and administrative spaces. Some of the social and academic functions include a coffeehouse/café, recreation areas, meeting rooms and study space. The building accommodates aerobics classes, student organization meetings, study groups, and kitchen facilities.

Cantor Arts Center


Beautifully restored - an 1893 building, a new 42,000 square foot wing with spacious galleries, an auditorium, a café, a bookshop, and the Rodin Sculpture Garden (this is a great spot for a picnic). With collections in eighteen galleries, it is an interesting place to spend an afternoon. Located at Lomita Drive and Museum Way, only a five-minute walk from the med school. Call 723-4177; for tour information, call 723-3469.

Stanford Lively Arts


Lively Arts presents an annual season of professional performances of music and dance on Stanford campus. Past performances include Itzhak Perlman, Kroros Quartet, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. Student tickets are hard to get, but half price; call 7252787.

Music Opportunities

There are plenty of opportunities to be involved in music groups on the main campus. There is a mariachi class where anyone who plays the guitar, vihuela, guitarron, violin, trumpet, or even the flute is invited to join the class, even if you’re not a mariachi expert. Many of the class members are part of Stanford’s mariachi performing group, “Mariachi Cardinal” which is also open to anyone who is interested. At the end of each quarter, there is a recital which all of your med school buddies can attend. The class is pass/fail and the only requirement is attendance. ¡Que Viva Mariachi! Of course, this is just one example of music opportunities on campus. There are many other music classes available, as well as dancing and art. In fact, a group of medical students formed their own classical trio and play at a variety of events. There is no reason to lose touch with your musical side while you are in school.

Sunday Flicks


Sunday Flicks present recent films at 7 and 10 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium. Flicks is free for all Stanford Students. To subscribe to Flicks News, go to http://mailman.stanford.edu and put “flicks” in the “Go to Subscriber Page” box. Weekly email updates include capsule reviews. Come to the 10 p.m. showing with plenty of junk paper since this showing is infamous for paper fights.

Hoover Tower

The Hoover Institution is a public policy research center dedicated to the development of ideas that define a free society. The observation deck in the 285-foot tower is open daily from 10-4:30. Admission to the deck is $2, free with Stanford ID. Call 723-2053.

Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

Located at the corner of Lomita Drive and Roth Way, the garden consists of 40 large-scale works created on-location by eleven artists from Papua New Guinea. Favorites include reinterpretations of Rodin’s Thinker and Gates of Hell, and a stone carving of an evil water spirit whose face bears an uncanny resemblance to Nixon. For a freaky experience, see it at night.

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)


Go see how subatomic particles are made at the two-mile-long SLAC. Call 926-2204 for tour reservations. 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park

Fountain Hopping

A fun and free way to beat the heat, fountain hopping has been a Stanford tradition for years. Most students make sure to tour the fountains at least once during their tenure at Stanford. Not to miss are the Claw in front of the bookstore and the fountains in front of Hoover Tower and Green Library.

Stanford Athletic Events


Stanford boasts one of the best athletic programs in the country. Check out the Big Game versus Cal. Join your fellow med students in basketball’s 6th Man Club. Be amazed by world champion athletes competing at track meets. Attend the Bank of the West tennis classic in July and watch your favorite tennis players. Just remember, parking is a pain during athletic events. Parking on El Camino or in the Town & Country shopping center across the street from campus is always a good option.

Horseback Riding



Stanford is one of the only schools with an equestrian center on campus. If you already ride or are interested in giving it a try, this is a good place to take lessons. Classes through Stanford University carry the steep activity fee of $640/quarter for two lessons per week or you can choose to ride once a week for $320. There is also a working student program in which you can get a free group lesson in exchange for five hours of work per week. Or take one lesson at a time for $50. As an alternative, you can join the Polo Club for only $200/quarter. Practice with the polo team or just exercise the horses.

Communing with Nature

Stanford campus is the largest in the country and much of it is open land and preserves, so take advantage of the beauty right in your backyard. Take a tour at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (327-2277, reservations required), or explore the foothills and greater campus area on your own. Take a short excursion to the Baylands Preserve at the end of Embarcadero past 101. Go to any of the many open-space parks along Skyline Blvd. (take Page Mill or Woodside Road west 'til you hit Skyline). Or just get lost in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains (take 280 south then head west on 17).

Old Time Cinema


Just a few minutes from campus on University Avenue is the beautifully restored Stanford Theatre, which secializes in classic movies from Hollywood's golden age. Check the website for listings.


Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to volunteer during your sojourn here at Stanford. This list is by no means complete but should get you started.

Haas Center for Public Service


562 Salvatierra Walk (650) 723-0992 info@haas.stanford.edu

The Haas Center for Public Service houses over 40 service organizations and a variety of staff-run programs. They range in size, focus, ideology, approach, commitment level, etc. There are also service organizations and programs in the religious communities and the ethnic community centers on campus: Asian American Activities Center, Black Community Services Center, El Centro Chicano, and the Native American Cultural Center. You will also find exciting opportunities at the Women's Center and the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community Center.

Need Help Searching for Opportunity? If you need help finding an opportunity, the Haas Center Peer Advisors are also available in person Monday through Friday, from 8am- 5pm Drop by and check them out!

49er Academy


Contact: Carolyn Phillips, phillica@stanford.edu

The 49ers Academy serves 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in East Palo Alto who benefit from a small, nurturing and personalized environment. The population is primarily made up of low-income minority youth and it is safe to say that many of the kids served by the 49ers Academy exhibit high-risk behaviors. These children are often characterized as hard to reach and hard to teach. Next to the family, the Academy is the major source of development for these students. Our goal, quite simply, is to keep these kids in school. The 49ers Academy provides a caring community where the emphasis is on one-on-one relationships to promote academic success in children who have struggled in other school programs.

Alum Rock Counseling Center


Alum Rock Counseling Center is much more than a counseling center. They are a community service agency that offers a variety of affordable programs and services designed to help youth and families achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles, one of the programs that this organization runs a mentoring program for high school students in east

San Jose.

California Academy of Sciences and Steinhart Aquarium (San Francisco)


The California Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution, one of the 10 largest natural history museums in the world, the Academy brings the message of research to nearly one and a half million visitors each year. The California Academy of Sciences is devoted to the study, display and interpretation of scientific collections which inspire people of all ages to explore the rich variety of life on Earth.

East Palo Alto Stanford Academy (EPASA)


Brings 30 East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Eastern Menlo Park middle school students to the Stanford campus for a six-week academy each summer. During the school year, the 30 students attend the East Palo Alto Stanford Academy (EPASA) for academic programming and are matched with Stanford tutors who act as mentors, advisors, and role models.

East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (EPATT)


(650) 725-4450

EPATT uses tennis instruction and tutoring as means to develop discipline sportsmanship, teamwork, and academic excellence among East Palo Alto youth ages 5-18. The tutoring program pairs tutors from Stanford and the surrounding community with EPA youth for two to four afternoons twice a week Mon-Thurs.

Friends for Youth


Located in Redwood City, CA, Friends for Youth's mission is to serve at-risk youth by creating and cultivating friendships with adult volunteers who help them strengthen their skills, develop their values and realize their full potential. These young people are physically or emotionally impoverished, exhibit delinquent behavior, or are at-risk of academic failure, and therefore are typically not accepted by other mentoring programs. Friends for Youth staff provides on-going, individualized attention and guidance to support and enrich each friendship.

Marine Mammal Center (Marin County)


The Marine Mammal Center works to this end through rescue and humane treatment of ill, injured or orphaned marine mammals, to return healthy animals to the wild; through scientific inquiry, to increase knowledge of marine mammals, their health and their environment; and through education and communication programs, to increase appreciation of marine mammals, foster informed decision-making and inspire action to protect the marine environment. The mission of The Marine Mammal Center is to rescue and humanely treat ill, injured, or orphaned marine mammals including seals, sea lions, sea otters.

Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey)


The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans. At the heart of the aquarium stand more than 1,000 dedicated volunteers and staff.

Nature Conservancy


To preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. So far they have protected more than 92 million acres of valuable lands and waters worldwide.

Packard Children’s Hospital


To make the Bay area the healthiest place in America for a child to be born to live and to grow. I n addition to creating a nurturing environment for the children who come into the hospital, LPCH also makes an effort to go out to the community it serves.

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST)


The Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) is a non profit land trust dedicated to preserving the beauty, character and diversity of the San Francisco Peninsula. Since its founding over twenty years ago, POST has been saving land on the San Francisco Peninsula-- more than 40,000 acres to date.

Planned Parenthood


Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual's income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence.

Ravenswood Reads

Ravenswood Reads is a tutorial program for second through fifth grade students whose goal is to bring the students up to grade level and help them realize their unlimited potential. Tutors support classroom teaching by providing individual instruction to the students.

Save our Shores (Santa Cruz)


Our mission is to protect and promote the ecological integrity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary through Policy Research, Education, and Citizen Action.

SAT Success


Provides local low-income high school students with free SAT I and SAT II tutoring. SAT Success offer one-on-one tutoring by Stanford students and also holds periodic workshops.

Science and Environmental Education


SEED is a Stanford student organization dedicated to educating the youth of East Palo Alto about environmental issues through natural science lessons. We hope to help the children open their eyes to the world in which they live.

Science Buddies


Science Buddies is an online, peer mentoring program for middle and high school students with a hands-on approach to science and access to science-related career role models. The goal is for students to complete a science fair project and to enter it in a Bay Area science fair.

Shelter Network of San Mateo County


Shelter Network is a nonprofit organization which provides housing and services for homeless families and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sierra Club


Explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth. Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources. Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment. Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose


The Tech Museum of Innovation is an educational resource established to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives, and to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future.

Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program provides first generation and low-income high school students from East Palo Alto and Redwood City with the academic support and guidance necessary to prepare for a college education.

Volunteer Center of Silicon Valley


If you are interested in volunteering, the Volunteer center can help you connect to volunteer opportunities that match your particular interests. They connect individuals and groups with over 900 non profit organizations serving Santa Clara County.

Life in the Bay Area


Grocery Stores


Located next to Nordstrom at the Stanford Shopping Center. Andronico's is the size of a large department store (the building used to be an I. Magnin) and has every expensive edible imaginable under its roof. It must be seen to be appreciated, but may be beyond your means, except as an occasional treat. A good place to meet friends for a super casual dinner or lunch.

Country Sun Natural Foods

440 N California Ave., Palo Alto, 324-9190 Country Sun offers organic and health foods. Take the Marguerite to California Avenue.


1010 University St. in downtown Menlo Park. Down the street from Trader Joe's is Draeger's, an upscale market with a fabulous take-out and deli section, gourmet food of every description, an enormous wine selection and a mediocre restaurant upstairs. Shop here when wealthy relatives are in town and offer to pay. There is a second Draeger’s in Los Altos (342 First St.).

Farmers’ Markets

Local farmers and cultivators sell their goods. Grab a coffee and stroll through the colorful displays of seasonal organic vegetables and fruits, honey, flowers, fresh breads, herbs, seafood, jams and plants. Go early if you want a big selection; go late if you want to get bargains.

Saturdays May-Dec in Palo Alto http://www.pafarmersmarket.org (8 a.m.-12 p.m.), behind the post office, just off Hamilton.

Sundays year round in Palo Alto on California Ave (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.), http://www.urbanvillageonline.com/markets/california.php A Thursday evening farmer’s market from 4 to 8 p.m. can be found in Los Altos on State St., between 2nd and 3rd Streets.

Sundays year round in Menlo Park http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/M3662 (9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), more expensive than the others though), in the parking lots between Draeger’s and Trader Joe’s and between Santa Cruz Ave. and Menlo Ave. Also,


520 College Ave., Palo Alto, (650) 857-0901. For all you car-less wanderers, this friendly little market is a close source of food. It's on the corner of College Avenue and El Camino, right across from the Shell station. A little known, but very useful fact is that if you buy a reasonable amount of food (not just a pint of Ben and Jerry's), they will deliver it to your door Monday through Saturday. If you go there often enough, the super nice service staff will begin calling you by name.

Milk Pail Market

2585 California St., Mountain View, (650) 941-2505. Formerly a drive-through dairy (only in California...), this market has expanded to carry a fine assortment of cheeses and breads as well as other produce.

Mollie Stone's Markets

164 N California Ave, Palo Alto, (650) 323-8361 This fancy market at the end of California Avenue across from the train station (accessible by the shuttle bus) is a lovely market with high quality and high priced produce, gourmet specialties, and natural foods. It is expensive. MS is a good place to buy spices in bulk or to meet a friend for lunch on a sunny day—they have outside tables.


Safeway has five local locations, but the most convenient one to campus is the Menlo Park branch on El Camino, past the Stanford Shopping Mall. The Sharon Heights location, which is just off Sand Hill Road, is accessible via the SLAC Marguerite route and provides a more peaceful shopping experience, although selection may be more limited. Both are open 24 hours.

Sigona's Farmers Market

Stanford Shopping Center. Located next to Max's Opera Café. Sigona's offers quality fruits and vegetables, plus some dried fruits, nuts, grains, and legumes in bulk. For those of you who enjoy fresh produce—and California is a wonderful place for fresh produce all year long—this is one of your nearest and best options, especially during the winter months, when Palo Alto and Los Altos farmers' markets close. Beware, Sigona's charges for the quality and convenience.

Trader Joe's

720 Menlo Ave. and in the San Antonio Shopping Center. Trader Joe's is not a one-stop shopping store, but it does have the best prices on wines, beer, cheese, snacks, juices, coffee, and some frozen foods. Some of their prepared foods are really wonderful! Take El Camino past Safeway and turn left on Menlo Ave, go two blocks, it's on the right. For those of you without cars and with baskets on your bikes, take the very easy bike route from Sand Hill Road, behind the Stanford Shopping Center; do not travel along El Camino unless you have a good major medical policy and a death wish. The other one is located at the San Antonio Shopping Center, take a car or the Marguerite.

Webb Ranch

2720 Alpine Rd, Portola Valley, (650) 854-6334. Go to Webb Ranch on Alpine Road, just before 280 for some gorgeous pesticide-free seasonal vegetables and fruits. The corn here is picked every hour when in season. Beware of high prices.

Whole Foods

Located on Emerson St. and Homer in downtown P.A., this is a large organic/gourmet market. It has a fabulous deli and places to sit, but it is expensive! Meet friends here for a quick, healthy dinner.

Ethnic Foods

For those of you who also want ethnic foods, check out Castro Street in Mountain View and the following places as starting points:

Chavez Supermarket

3282 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park, (650) 365-6510.

775 Arguello St, Redwood City, (650) 367-8819

Specializes in Mexican produce.

Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats & Wurst-Haus

400 San Antonio Rd., Mt. View, (650) 941-3800. German and Central European specialties.

La Tiendita Market

2875 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City, near Fiesta Mart. Mexican and Central American foods.

Nak's Oriental Market

1151 Chestnut St., Menlo Park, (650) 325-2046. Asian foods, especially Japanese.

Bargain Shopping


This is a "membership only" warehouse with yearly dues, but it’s worth it if you’re an active consumer. You have to buy in massive quantities, so shop with friends. Costco is located in Redwood City on Middlefield south of Woodside Road. In Mountain View, it is at Rengstorff and 101. Note: there is also an In and Out Burger and Krispy Kreme Donuts at this location.


On El Camino Real near Woodside Rd, 5 miles north in Redwood City. There’s also one in Mountain View. Take El Camino south and turn left on Showers Blvd., one street south of San Antonio.


Across the street from Target in Mountain View. Take El Camino south and turn left on Showers Blvd., one street south of San Antonio.

Fancier Retail Spots

Stanford Shopping Center is a cool place to walk around on a sunny day or to grab a coffee with a friend to chill. Take note of the amazing, seasonal floral arrangements. You can easily walk or bike there or take the Marguerite. It houses a Macy*s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Banana Republic, Victoria’s Secret, J. Crew, Max’s Opera Café, Sigona’s Produce Market, Coach, and more. There are also seasonal jazz concerts on Thursday evenings.

Downtown Palo Alto has yuppie shops that most grad students probably can't afford, but some cute cafes and places to eat. The Marguerite will take you there. Downtown also has a Walgreen’s, Long’s, Restoration Hardware, a bike shop, etc. Of particular note is Pluto’s, a restaurant with salads and sandwiches worthy of your stipend checks, and a really large Borders Bookstore.

Downtown Menlo Park also has many yuppie shops, but there are also a few excellent used clothing stores with good stuff at cheap prices. Find Noah’s and Posh Bagels, expensive restaurants, Peet's Coffee, the Runner’s High (a good, expensive running shop), and Trader Joe’s (cheap grocery store with funky packaged foods, great cheeses, bakery bread, and cheap freshly-squeezed juice). Get a great deli sandwich at Draeger’s fancy, beautiful and expensive grocery store (on University St., perpendicular to Santa Cruz Ave.).

Midtown has not yet fallen victim to the rampant yuppification so pervasive on the Peninsula. Located on Middlefield Rd., just south of Oregon Expressway, this area is local, unique and practically retail-chain-free. The atmosphere created by the local vendors is great. Here you’ll find Palo Alto Café, Nature’s Alley (a plant store), Mike’s Café, Karate classes, two dry cleaners, a hardware store, Long’s, and, of course, a Starbucks.


San Antonio Shopping Center

(Located on El Camino and San Antonio Rd. in Mt. View.) Target, Wal-Mart, Sears, Ross, Tower Records, Mervyn’s, RiteAid, 24-hour Fitness and yet another Safeway are all in the same massive shopping center. By bus, catch the 22 heading south along El Camino.

Hillsdale Shopping Center

Take 101 north and head west on Hillsdale Blvd. in San Mateo. Many of the same stores as the Stanford Shopping Center except no Bloomingdale’s but with the addition of a California Pizza Kitchen and TGI Friday’s.

Vallco Fashion Park

Located in Cupertino in the heart of Silicon Valley at Hwy-280 and Wolff Road. From campus take 280 south and exit at Wolff Road.

Newpark Mall

Located in Newark. Good for shopping (has a few trendy reasonably priced clothing stores), entertainment and dining. Whether you enjoy a relaxing family dinner at one of the mall's restaurants or you want to spend the day shopping at all your favorite stores, New Park Mall offers a complete entertainment experience. Take CA-84 E (Dumbarton bridge) to 880S, exit off Stevenson Blvd.

Valley Fair Shopping Center

This gigantic mall has all the good stores and lots of good sales. take 280 south and exit at Steven’s Creek Blvd. in Sunnyvale.

Outlet Stores

Gilroy Outlets

Huge outlet mall, about 1.25 hours south. Take 101 south to Gilroy and exit at Leavesley Rd. Avoid driving there at rush hour. Lots of name-brand stores including Guess, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, Kenneth Cole, Polo, Birkenstock’s, etc. It’s a shopper’s fantasy!!

Great Mall

A smaller outlet center about 30 minutes away in Milapitas. Take 101 south to 237 east. It has some name brand stores, including Esprit, Guess, and the Gap.



360 Portage Ave., (650) 496-6000. Has great prices and lots of selection, but the service leaves a lot to be desired. Take El Camino south; just past Oregon Expressway/Page Mill, when you see the Footlocker, turn left. There's also always Target and Wal-Mart.

Best Buy

San Carlos and in East Palo Alto.


Auto Mall Road

Stevens Creek Blvd. off 280 south. Tons of car dealers.

Boardwalk Auto Center

Camino in Redwood City


Movie Theatres

For information on what movies are playing where and when, for movie reviews, and to purchase tickets on-line, see http://www.moviefone.com/ , http:// www.fandango.com . You can also use Yahoo! Movies to check local listings at the theaters below.

Sunday Flicks


Sunday Flicks at Stanford present recent films at 7 and 10 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium on campus. Flicks is free to all students. You can get weekly email updates via flicks@lists.stanford.edu. Subscribe through Mailman (http://mailman.stanford.edu).

The Stanford Theater

5 minutes from campus


221 University Ave, Palo Alto

(650) 324-3700

Recently renovated, the revamped Stanford Theater shows oldies. A great place for a date — the movies with ambiance!


5 minutes from campus

430 Emerson St., Palo Alto


Run by Landmark Theatres; shows foreign and independent films.

CineArts at Palo Alto Square

5 minutes from campus

3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 32-MOVIE

Run by Landmark Theatres; shows foreign and art films.

French Cine-Club


Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

(650) 329-2366

The organization has public screenings of subtitled French films every other Wednesday night in the auditorium of the Palo Alto Cultural Center.

The Guild

5 minutes from campus

949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park


Run by Landmark Theatres; shows foreign and independent films.

AMC 20 The Mercado

20 minutes from campus.


3111 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara

You will feel like you are in a planetarium with these reclining seats. If you go late at night or off hours, you can put the arm rests down and take a nap. Be sure to bring your student ID — excellent student discount. Take 101 south and exit east on the Great America Parkway.

Century 16

15 minutes from campus.

1500 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043

(650) 960-0970

Shows current movies. Also provides students’ discount, so be sure to bring your ID.

Century Park 12

15 minutes from campus.

557 E Bayshore Rd, Redwood City, (650) 365-9000

Shows current, independent movies

Century Redwood City 20

15 minutes from campus.

825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

(650) 266-9260. Shows current movies

The Oaks Theater

20 minutes from campus

21275 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino,

(408) 446-1134

CHEAP tickets to see movies released six months ago. Take 280 south to 85 south. Exit at Stevens Creek Boulevard. Theater located across from DeAnza College in the Oaks Shopping Center at the intersection of Hwy 85 and Stevens Creek Blvd.

The Castro Theatre

429 Castro St, San Francisco, (415) 621-6120

A relic from the 50s, this theater is similar to the Stanford Theater, replete with an organist who plays before the movie. Lots of interesting film festivals bring diverse, non-mainstream movies to this funky old theater. Located on Castro St. near Market St.


Cantor Arts Center


On campus. Lomita Drive and Museum Way Impressive collection of Rodin sculptures inside and outside in the sculpture garden (the sculptures are lit at night). Many permanent pieces of art as well as touring art collections. Often there are special performance art events held at Cantor. Keep your ears open for special events where you can meet interesting people outside of science. The Cool Café is a nice place to grab a bite to eat. It is on the pricey side as campus eateries go.

San Francisco

California Academy of Sciences


55 Music Concourse Drive, in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

The California Academy of Sciences is a multifaceted scientific institution committed to leading-edge research, to education outreach, and to finding new and innovative ways to engage and inspire the public. Exhibits include a four-story tropical rainforest, a state-of-the art planetarium, an aquarium, and a living roof!



50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

The deYoung has a new home in Golden Gate Park. The modern architecture of the deYoung is worth the trip alone, but go inside for the museum’s extensive collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific, hand-blown glass and sculpture. Walk the grounds and when you’re done, walk over to the Japanese Tea garden, drink tea and relax in that tranquil environment.

Legion of Honor


Lincoln Park near 34th Avenue and Clement Street.

Built to commemorate California soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor is a beautiful Beaux-arts building located in San Francisco's Lincoln Park. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge and all of San Francisco, the Legion is most noted for its breathtaking setting. Its collections include Rodin's Thinker, which sits in the museum's Court of Honor, European decorative arts and paintings, Ancient art, and one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in the country. There is a shuttle between the deYoung and the Legion of Honor, so you can do both in one day.

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco


200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. Here you can travel through 6,000 years of history, trek across seven major regions, and sample the cultures of numerous countries. The collection includes more than 14,000 objects ranging from tiny jades to monumental sculptures of stone, bronze, wood and other materials, paintings on screens, hanging scrolls and other formats, porcelains and ceramics, lacquers, textiles, furniture, arms and armor, puppets, and basketry.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art



151 Third Street (between Mission and Howard Streets) San Francisco, CA

The Museum of Modern Art is committed to establishing, preserving, and documenting a permanent collection of the highest order that reflects the vitality, complexity, and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary at.



Hiking in the Bay Area is awesome. If you are in the city make sure you go to Golden Gate Park and the Presidio, as well as hike at Land's End near the Legion of Honor. Beyond the city there are endless trails, a few of which are described below. The best overnight nearby is probably Big Basin followed by Point Reyes. The National Parks in California are unbeatable.

Stanford Outing Club

The Stanford Outing Club organizes hikes on a weekly basis. This is a great low planning, low commitment way to hike the bay area. Each week hike leaders email the lists with the upcoming hikes, usually for Saturdays or Sundays. If you are interested, you meet the leader at the Department of Parking & Transportation parking lot at the designated time. Carpooling is arranged just before leaving.

Subscribe to the Outing Club’s Mailing list at


Borel Hill

30 minute drive


The perfect place for a sunset hike/picnic: Borel Hill in the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, is the highest named point in San Mateo county: Photos: http://kevingong.com/Hiking/BorelHill.html

It is the prettiest spot within a 1/2 hr drive from here. You can see 360 view of the pacific ocean, the bay, the mountains, and on a clear day also Mt. Talmapais remarkably. It is very tranquil and empty (few people) -- a real secret gem. The hike up to the top of Borel Hill can take as few as 15 minutes from a parking lot. Or if you want to take a walk through the woods, you park at another lot and do an hour-long hike to end up at the hill. Bring many of layers of clothing. It gets UNBELIEVEABLY COLD and windy when the sun sets.

Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

30 minute drive


A beautiful 7 mile loop down Whittemore Gulch Trail that returns up Harkins Ridge Trail. Steep return up the hill, but beautiful views out over the ocean given that there is no fog. Check out the open space website for other hikes in the area. ~5 miles south of 92 on 35.

Windy Hill Open Space Reserve: http://www.openspace.org/preserves/pr_windy_hill.asp

Up for best view near Stanford. This is a short hike (~5 miles) to the top of hill/mountain/mound that has great view of the South Bay. Take Page Mill Road West, and then right on 35. Park in parking lot on right.

Castle Rock State Park

45 minute drive


Best local rock climbing, but can be mossy and wet. You can camp overnight etc but why? 280 south to 85 South, West on Saratoga Road, Right on 9, Right on 35.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

1 hour drive

http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=540One of the best hikes in the Bay Area! Take the 12 mile loop going out Sunset Trail and back on Skyline to the Sea Trail. You'll pass three beautiful waterfalls and go through some great Redwood groves. There is a $5 fee per car. You can make this an overnight trip as there is a campsite half way through. 280 south to 85 south, west on Saratoga Road, right on 9, right onto 236 till park. It's a good hour drive from Stanford, but worth it!

Stinson Beach

1.5 hour drive


Nicest beach in the Bay Area but very cold. A good place to hang out after going rock climbing or hiking the Steep Ravine Trail. Same directions at Mount Tam, but continue on either Shoreline or Panoramic until you get to Stinson.

Mount Tamalpais

1.5 hour drive


This is the reason to live in Marin. Phenomenal mountain biking, great hikes, beautiful views, redwoods. Go there on a week day in the morning and hike through the fog till you just break through. It's awesome. Take 101 North over the golden gate bridge, take Shoreline Highway to Mill Valley [by the way you can take Tennessee Valley road to its end for a short walk/hike to the beach, nice and easy)], at the "T" in front of the Rug shop, make a left to stay on Shoreline, take a right on Panoramic Highway, take a right on Pan Toll Road. (I recommend the hike about five minutes up Pan Toll where you go around the bend and there is a parking lot on your right. Take the trial West towards Stinson).

Pinnacles National Monument

2 hour drive


Extensive Rock Climbing, but the rock is a bit crumbly. There is some interesting caving at Balcanies Caves and the hikes are cool but nothing spectacular. It can be very hot in the summer. Take 101 south to Hollister Road, go through Hollister and continue south on Airline Highway (Highway 25) and turn right into park. Must pay to enter.

Point Reyes National Seashore:

2 hour drive


Beautiful coast lines with endless trails. I recommend an 8 mile in and out to Drake's Head. You end up on a 100 foot cliff overlooking the ocean and some estuaries. You can actually get away from people up here. 101 North over the Golden Gate (take 280 to 19th then to 101), take the Sir Francis Drake Exit and continue on Sir Francis Drake till Highway 1, take a right on 1 and then you first left onto Bear Valley Road. Go online for more directions.

Ventana Wilderness/Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (Sykes Hot Springs)

2.5 hour drive


A 10 mile hike one way to hot springs where you can spend the night. It's supposed to be great but crowded beyond belief on weekends. Take 101 South to 1 South via 156.

Desolation Wilderness

4 hour drive


Best place to go overnight in Tahoe area. Numerous small lakes, views of Lake Tahoe if you're excited enough to climb Mt. Tallac. You need a permit to stay over night. Lots of camp sites and trails. Take 80 north, 89 East to Tahoe City, Right at stop light in Tahoe City to continue on 89, Right on Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe, etc past Fallen Leaf Lake.

Granite Chief Wilderness Area

4 hour drive


Another great place to hike in Tahoe. Lots of lakes, but first mile is straight up 1-2K feet! Trail head is on road to Alpine Meadows.

Road Biking


Now that you own a bike, Stanford University is set in a cyclist's paradise. The Santa Cruz mountain range and its foothills stretching far south and west to the coast provide premiere road cycling and many mountain biking trails. The weather is ideal. You can go up one of many great climbs to reach Highway 35, a.k.a. Skyline Blvd. Skyline runs along the ridge of the Santa Cruz foothills and offers views of the ocean on one side and the bay on the other. If the heights don't scare you, maybe the fact that the San Andreas fault lies along the ridge will. Direct your eyes southwest behind the Dish (the radar dish sitting on the hill directly west of campus and Foothill Expressway) to get a view of this locally famous ridge. Once on Skyline, you can take jaw-dropping scenic descents back towards campus or all the way to Highway 1 and our legendary California coastline. A loop to the coast and back is about 58-65 miles round trip, depending on your route, with a significant amount of elevation gain and loss. The gain part can hurt.

If you bike into San Gregorio (via Highway 84/Woodside Rd.), be sure to buy food and drink at the store/bar at the corner of Highway 84 and Stage Rd. Imagine yourself approaching Skyline while it is hot and sunny at Stanford, knowing that the low clouds skirting the ridge mean you are about to enter a different world. A world of white mist and water droplets forming on the hairs on your arms. Maybe you will head south on Skyline and break through the clouds to a sunny portion of the ridge.

How to Get Up to Skyline

Many roads take you up to Skyline. The quickest way is Old La Honda, which comes off of Sand Hill past the 280 junction. Other roads leading to Skyline include Page Mill, Alpine (paved on the western side and gravel on the Stanford side), Route 9 (often busy), Highway 84 (often busy, also called Woodside Road), Kings Mountain, Tunidas Creek, and Highway 92 (lots of traffic). You can combine these roads with Skyline to create amazing loops. There are also quite a few trailheads on Skyline Blvd. that lead to beautiful, peaceful hikes. Just go to the trailhead and look at the map. Go for a ride up to Skyline to take yourself away from the doldrums of coursework. You may find yourself racing against a hill-smashing horse or a tandem-riding racing duo. You, too will wonder how your non-cycling classmates make it through the week without seeing such vast beauty.

Flatter Routes

Knees a little sore from too many trips up to Skyline? Is your big ring feeling a little underused? If so, here are two options: the Portola-to-Alpine Rd. loop (~16 miles) and the Cañada Rd. runway (~30 miles back and forth). These routes lie east of the Santa Cruz range so you'll encounter only a bit of a climb. Start each trip by going southbound on Sand Hill and continuing straight into Portola Rd. for the loop and right onto Whiskey Hill Rd. for Cañada. Once you are on Alpine Rd. at the end of the Portola-Alpine Rd. loop, you will pick up serious speed from the shallow downhill and favorable winds that run all the way back to Junipero Serra. Cañada Rd. runs parallel to 280 up to the 280/92 junction and is closed to cars on Sundays. Towards 92 on Cañada you get a gorgeous view of Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir with the Santa Cruz Mountains as a background. On Cañada you may want to stop at the Pulgas Water Temple and pray to the gods that the prevailing easterly winds continue to propel you back to Palo Alto. Be forewarned though, the wind gods sometimes ignore your pleas and you may not get to use the big ring the whole way back! Make sure you stop at the two stop signs at the beginning of Cañada Rd. Cops have been known to ticket cyclists every blue moon or so.

Commuting on Your Bike

One bummer about the Bay Area is all the traffic. Avoid this by biking — you'll get there faster and probably feel a lot perkier. Invest in a taillight and a headlight NOW (see bike shop coupons in the back of the Campus Phonebook). Bryant St. runs north/south between Alma and Middlefield and is designated a Bicycle Boulevard with fewer cars and fewer stop signs. Also note that the Bike Boulevard to the south feeds into a bike path through Mt. View and to the north leads to a bridge into Menlo Park. Do not ride on El Camino. To avoid the railroad tracks along Alma, use underpasses at California Avenue and University. Check out http://transportation.stanford.edu/alt_transportation/BikingAtStanford.shtml for more information about good routes around town.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking around Stanford is fantastic. Hundreds of miles of trails within a stone's throw from campus await those who ride knobby tires. No matter your skill level, you will not be disappointed with what the Bay Area offers. For the beginner, wide and smooth fire roads offer comfortable rides through amazing scenery. Those who are ready for more technical riding can look forward to taming thin, twisty single track trails armed with drop-offs, water crossings, and sudden changes in terrain. Here’s a list of great mountain biking places near Stanford.

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve

Take Page Mill Road, go seven miles west of 280, look for sign on left.

Mostly fire roads. Good for beginners. Canyon Trail is a long fire road with only a slight grade that is perfect for beginners. Indian Creek Trail is a steep fire road that ascends about 1000 feet from Canyon Trail to Monte Bello Road. Bella Vista Trail is a fun single-track trail of moderate difficulty.

Los Trancos Open Space Preserve

Take Page Mill Road, go seven miles west of 280, look for sign on right.

Moderately technical single-track trails. Good

for experienced riders. This park is small which means the trails are short. The park is close to Stanford, the trails are steep and the scenery is beautiful.

El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve

Take Woodside west, then Skyline Blvd. north, and park at Skeggs Point. Moderate to extremely technical single track. Only experienced riders should attempt El Corte. This is a mountain biking park. Trails are steep, winding, and all around treacherous. Many of the best trails are unmarked. Some of the most technical trails have recently been closed due to serious bike accidents, so RIDE CAUTIOUSLY. The scenery in the park is absolutely beautiful. Redwoods, creeks, wildflowers abound.

Soquel Demonstration State Forest

Take 101 or 280 south, 85 south, 17 south, get off at Summit Road, go east on Summit Road, pass general store on left, make right at first stop sign, make immediate left, continue for about 3-4 miles on a small winding road, park at trail head.

This park is about a one-hour drive from Stanford, but it is well worth it. Trail maps are available at the trailhead. Conditions vary by the season, but usually the trails are pretty smooth but thin, winding, and very steep in areas. The redwood forest is breathtaking.

Russian Ridge, Skyline Ridge, and Long Ridge Open Space Preserve

Take Page Mill Road west, go eight miles past 280, when you get to Skyline, you can do one of three things: 1) go straight on Page Mill and look for Russian Ridge, 2) go south and look for Skyline Ridge, 3) go even further south and look for Long Ridge.

These three open space preserves are continuous with each other. Most of the trails are wide and smooth fire roads. Good for beginners. Scenery ranges from open meadows to thick forests. Great place to watch the sunset. Excellent web resource (http://www.openspace.org) contains down-loadable maps, directions, and topological information for all Open Space Preserves.



Northern California has some the best golf courses known to humankind, including the world's #1 course, Pebble Beach. From rocky beaches to redwoods, nature is always better appreciated with a golf bag strapped on your back. Unfortunately, Northern Cal also has one of the worst total golfers to public course ratios in the country. Fortunately for you, we've got a world-class golf course in our backyard at Stanford.

Where to start?

Never go on the course cold turkey. If you step onto the Stanford course without any instruction, you will not only be incredibly frustrated, you have no idea how annoyed other golfers will get.

What to learn: fundamentals of the golf swing, short game, putting (no, your putt-putt stroke is not good enough), golf course etiquette, basic rules.

Where to learn it:

If you're hard core:

Where to play

Where to take your parents to play

Bay Area Night Life

Check out www.citysearch.com , www.sfgate.com , www.metroactive.com or www.bayinsider.com for more information on many of these establishments as well as for other places we might not have visited.

Local Bars/Clubs

750 GSC

750 Escondido Road Stanford, CA 94305

(650) 724-7851

Location, Location, Location. Stanford Graduate Students own Bar/Restaurant on campus right next to Rains and EV. The food and beer selection is decent. Events include stand-up comedy night, sporting events on big screen TV’s and various holiday parties. Bottom line, it’s open late and on campus.

Alberto’s Night Club

736 W. Dana St. Mountain View, (650) 567-9670.

This club features an eclectic blend of music ranging from world beat music, reggae, salsa and live bands. They also offer swing lessons as well as salsa classes.

Bistro 412 (B412)

412 Emerson St. Palo Alto

They charge a $10 cover, but before 10pm it’s free. There is a real nice patio in back. The entertainment varies, DJ’s to live bands.

Blue Chalk

630 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 326-1020

Offers billiards, shuffleboard, 2 distinctive bars and music all under the same roof! Our relaxed atmosphere makes us the perfect place to hang out with friends any time! Very crowded on the weekends.

Oasis Beer Garden

241 El Camino Real. Menlo Park. (650) 326-8896

The Oasis is a popular hangout among Stanford students. Not only does it serve good, cheap beer, but its burgers and extra-cheesy pizza are also a big draw. This, along with the comfortable atmosphere and laid-back staff make this a fun place.

The Dutch Goose

3567 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park.

(650) 854-3245

Another one of Stanford’s classic hangouts, the Dutch Goose offers reasonably priced beer, peanuts (the shells of which you toss on the floor), pool table, pinball and jukebox. For all you egg fans, the Dutch Goose also serves excellent deviled eggs.

Miyake 140 University Ave., Palo Alto, Ca. (650) 323-9449 Miyake is Palo Alto's partying sushi bar where anyone that enjoys those two activities, like us, goes to dine on some of the freshest offerings around and down sake bombs till they're falling out of their chair. It really is a cool sight to see, especially on Friday nights when slick techno beats are matched with a multicolored light show, when everybody—and we do mean everybody—in a restaurant is seriously having a great night out eating and partying, but anyone whose been here knows that's exactly what Miyake's of Palo Alto is known for.


535 Ramona St Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 328-2722

Nola is a bit of New Orleans located in the historic Ramona Street Building in downtown Palo Alto. Our menu consists of Creole, Cajun, and Southwestern cuisine. Great place to go with a group for dinner.

The Nuthouse

321 California Ave. Palo Alto, (650) 321-2550

Aptly named, as almost every square inch of the floor is covered by peanuts, it is the closest thing in Palo Alto to a dive bar. Antonio’s continues to maintain its dimly-lit, relaxed, slightly dingy atmosphere, complete with pool tables and a juke box.

The Old Pro

541 Ramona Ave., Palo Alto, (650) 326-1446.

A great place to be if you can’t watch any Stanford event if you can’t be there in person. This is a real sports bar as every single inch of the walls in this place not covered by a television showing a sporting event is covered in some sort of sporting memorabilia.

The Rose and Crown

547 Emerson St. Palo Alto. (650) 327-7673.

This cozy English pub has a great selection of British ales on tap, not to mention excellent fish and chips to soak it all up

Rudy's Pub at Elbe Restaurant 117 University Ave., Palo Alto, (650) 321-3319 Rudy's Pub in Palo Alto is a local bar haven for lovers of imported European beer featuring some beers that even our well-traveled liver hasn't sampled. This dark and cozy corner bar also sports DJ dancing on the weekends and, before that fun begins, has an accordion player supposedly warming up the crowd.

San Francisco Nightlife

Blue Light Cafe

1979 Union St. San Francisco, (415) 922-5510

Long renowned for its pickup scene, Cow Hollow's Blue Light remains true to its reputation. Every weekend, swarms of sorority girls and Marina boys ogle their way through the long bar, making it a favorite destination for post-college drink fests and bachelorette parties.

Boom Boom Room

1601 Fillmore St. San Francisco, (415) 673-8000


Jazz & Blues

This revamped bar hosts big name and local jazz and blues performers as well as a Sunday jam session

Bubble Lounge

714 Montgomery St. San Francisco, (415) 434-4204


This is the "ultimate champagne source" where "champagnes can be discovered and enjoyed", a perfect choice for any occasion. Ten inviting salons are furnished with satin couches, overstuffed chairs, rich mahogany, and marble tables - all under the soft, warm glow of candlelight. Downstairs is The Krug Room, an even more intimate space reminiscent of traditional champagne cellars with a private bar and professional size pool table. The ambience is elegant, yet very comfortable, welcoming to a wide range of guests from the young professionals after work to the stylish and fashionable of late night.

The Cellar

685 Sutter St. San Francisco, (415) 441-5678

Dance Club with Karaoke

A revamped neighborhood bar with subversive, underground allure. Local DJ's and live spots offer up a panoply of music grooves ranging from trance and down tempo to jazz, deep soul and Latin rhythms. The cellar is a great place to go dance and just hang out. Two different dance floors, good music. A perfectly adequate place to play pool, preen and imbibe with abandon.

Club Deluxe

1511 Haight St. San Francisco, (415) 552-6949

Jazz & Blues

Since 1989, this classy 1940s-inspired locale hosts great lounge music and serves strong cocktails. Separated from the bar, the small lounge area hosts a weekly array of live jazz and swing bands and an occasional rockabilly act.

Club Six

60 Sixth St. San Francisco, (415) 863-1221

Dance Club

The best of both worlds--a large comfy lounge upstairs and a dance floor literally underground. Six offers up a lush, loungey environment with well-spun music and lots of great visuals, particularly in the long, narrow dance area downstairs, which gives the feeling of underground rave days gone by. With frequent art shows, live performances and local celebrity appearances spicing up the nightlife proceedings, this club brings together folks of all persuasions and tastes.

DNA Lounge

375 11th St. San Francisco, (415) 626-1409

Dance Club

The perfect nightclub combination: musical ingenuity with a twist of social ladder-climbing. The downstairs is basically a wall-to-wall dance floor augmented by a stage for live acts. Upstairs, partygoers can hang out on the reinforced-steel balconies, watching the hedonism below or taking a breather on the space-age leather couches. There's also a more intimate, candle-lit lounge in the back. All this adds up to a club that walks the line between edgy and subtle--without trying too hard, the DNA Lounge has become one of the classiest nightspots this city has to offer.


401 6th St. San Francisco, (415) 357-0827

Dance Club

There's a lounge with a pool table and a big fireplace--an ideal space for quality conversation and a terrific spot from which to take in all the action swirling around you. The best feature is the expansive patio area, which has a waterfall and lots of seating. Get ready to go late once you enter the doors, because this place has a tendency to suck you in for days.

1015 Folsom

1015 Folsom St. San Francisco, (415) 431-7444

Dance Club

Club kids line up around the block for the awesome sound system and some of the world's hottest DJs. A huge, multi-level club that specializes in bringing the biggest names in dance music to the Bay Area, 1015 has become the behemoth to beat on the club scene. The uppermost chill-out room features high ceilings and glamorous, self-appointed VIPs. Or venture down through several secluded lounge areas to the subterranean world of the lower floor, where you'll find a hard-working set of local DJs playing off the energy of a more "underground" crowd.

Thieves Tavern (was Hush Hush Lounge)

496 14th St. San Francisco, (415) 252-9082


Friendly crowd. Half crescent loungy booths to sit in. Good drinks and pool tables to keep you busy. Takes credit cards.


3138 Fillmore St. San Francisco, (415) 563-4180

A fireplace summons with glittering sand and floating flames. Toward the back are private, posh red booths, a second bar and a diminutive dance floor (where no dancing actually takes place). Once inside Matrix Fillmore, wall-to-wall players on the make gulp down microbrews and appletinis with desperate gusto. Specialty drinks include the Sugar Magnolia (Stoli Vanilla, Oranj and Champagne) and the Moon Light (vodka, Parfait Amour and Maraschino). A menu offering charcuterie and sweets keeps up the swingers' stamina.

111 Minna Gallery

111 Minna St. San Francisco, (415) 974-1719

This chic little gallery-bar-nightclub maintains an edgy New York feel in the heart of San Francisco. This small, out of the way club is reachable only through a back alley and two giant stable doors. The scene changes nightly with live bands, movies, performance art and DJs spinning drum and bass, hip hop, dub and everything else along the hipness spectrum. Day or night the crowd is diverse--reminiscent of one you'd find in New York City.


435 13th St. Oakland, (510) 451-2889

Dive Bar

This self-consciously hip, but unpretentious bar is a cool place to grab a drink on a dark night in the ghost town of downtown Oakland. Glowing with the red walls and paper lanterns of a Chinatown brothel, Radio features DJs who blend an eclectic range of music--much like you would find scanning along a radio dial. With a high ceiling and an upper-level DJ booth, there's an airy feel to the place that's otherwise hard to fine in a town filled with dive bars.

Red Room Cocktail Lounge

827 Sutter St. San Francisco, (415) 346-7666

Jazz & Blues

Singles love to mingle at this sharp little lounge.

Drenched in hypnotic plush red decor, the Red Room evokes the decadence of the big city lounges of a lost era. Serving grown-up cocktails nightly.

Space 550

550 Barneveld Ave. San Francisco, (415) 550-8286

In the expansive downstairs area, the dance floor is usually packed with undulating bodies. A partition separates dance and bar areas, but on a good night one spills into the other. Upstairs, you'll find another dance floor with a large window overlooking the main room. Adjacent to the upstairs dance floor is a VIP Lounge populated by luscious young things snuggling in low-slung couches while making eyes at each other and ordering exotic drinks. Features Techno & Industrial Electronica Music.


1539 Folsom St. San Francisco, (415) 431-1661

Fulfill your every desire for a friendly nightclub experience. This nightclub sports a diverse blend of club kids, professionals, locals, bikers, poseurs and pansexuals. Tasteful, not trendy, decor includes sumptuous leather couches and red lampshades casting a minimal glow. Featured DJs play an array of danceable styles.

Day Trips & Weekend Getaways

Half Moon Bay

Thirty minutes from Stanford, Half Moon Bay is a quaint, old town that has the usual tourist attractions. Other activities include the beach, sea kayaking, and fishing. During salmon and tuna season, fisherman may be on the docks at Pillar Point Harbor selling fresh fish directly to the public at much cheaper prices than you'll ever find in a store. The Pumpkin Festival happens in October and is a fun, if hokey, way to celebrate Halloween. Getting there by highway 92, you'll pass numerous nurseries where you can find beautiful fresh cut and potted flowers and plants to spruce up your apartment.

Año Nuevo State Reserve


This park is about twenty minutes south of Half Moon Bay along Highway 1. During many months of the year, you can get up close and personal with their famous elephant seals. These huge, deep-diving mammals certainly live up to the "elephant" in their name and depending on the season, you may see bulls fighting for females, cows with their young, or yearlings lounging. The walk from the visitor center to the beach is a short, easy hike. This is also a great park for geology buffs; many of the exposed sea cliffs show great stratification and lots of sea fossils. Check their on-line website before you go because reservations may be required during some months of the year.

Santa Cruz

An interesting town that provides a nice contrast to Palo Alto. Downtown you can find lots of interesting cafes, restaurants, thrift shops, body piercing studios, etc. The town is surrounded by lots of beaches, including the Boardwalk with its outdoor amusement park. SC is also a big surfing town. Visit UCSC, hidden in the redwoods on a bluff above the town. You'll lament having spent four years in New Haven when you get a glimpse of this truly peaceful haven.

Elkhorn Slough

This little out of the way place is mid-way between Santa Cruz and Monterey, right under two huge smokestacks of an electric power plant. But don't let the smokestacks fool you. The slough is home to many birds, seals, and otters that you can visit on a guided kayak tour. Several companies operate out of Moss Landing, the town right next to the Slough and for those who are a little wary of the rigors of sea kayaking, slough kayaking may be the answer. After a kayak trip, head to Phil's or The Whole Enchilada for some great seafood.

Monterey/Pacific Grove

For neophytes, the obligate stops include the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium (absolutely worth a visit!) and Cannery Row. The true charm of these two towns lies a little inland, in the "downtown" districts along Alvarado in Monterey and Lighthouse in PG. If you manage to make it down on a Tuesday, there is a year-round open market on Alvarado St in downtown Monterey. A recreation path extends from downtown Monterey, along the beach and around the peninsula to Asilomar State Beach. Along the way are numerous places to stop and check out local wildlife, such as seals, otters, and some of the best intertidal communities around. Surfers and scuba divers will also find many places around the peninsula to do their thing. For a small fee, kayaks can be rented and you can enjoy first-hand the kelp beds and fauna of the Pacific. Stop and visit what is probably the most beautiful piece of Stanford University, the Hopkins Marine Station right next door to the Aquarium. Miller Library is definitely my favorite.

Big Sur


The piece of Highway 1 south of Carmel leading to Big Sur is probably my favorite scenery in the entire world. Beats anything I've seen in Hawaii, Europe or the Caribbean. Big Sur is a park where you can hike or camp and is surrounded by several other state parks that are worth visiting. Beware of ticks. Note also that here you can backpack about 10 miles in to Sykes Hot Springs. See the website for more information.

Lake Tahoe

Tahoe is only 4 and-a-half hours from Stanford and is a great spot to ski in winter or to go white water rafting in the Spring. Visitors to the area have a variety of housing options, hotels, condominiums, lodges, houses or cabins. The one piece of advice you should always make your reservations early. This is especially true if you go to Lake Tahoe during the peak periods– winter break and MLK weekend. Finally if you are 21 years or older and like to gamble, there are casinos located on the Nevada side of lake Tahoe.

Wine Country

Napa and Sonoma Valleys are homes to many vineyards, restaurants and resorts. Wine country is well renowned for its breathtaking scenery as well as award winning wines. For wine lovers this is a heaven as there are regularly scheduled tours and tastings for visitors.

Yosemite National Park


Yosemite is about 4 hours from Stanford and has spectacular scenery and great hiking trails. Unfortunately, much of the world comes to visit, the park is home to hordes of tourists in the order of 3 and a half million a year. The park is open in winter for skiing and in the summer for camping, hiking, rock climbing and great sightseeing. To visit Yosemite in the summer, you will have to book camping reservations far in advance.

Guide to Good Eats

As you can see, eating out is something we do quite often. To make the guide more user-friendly, restaurants are listed by cuisine type, i.e. American, Asian, Cajun, etc. If this listing is not sufficient, check out www.citysearch.com. Happy eating!

Campus Cuisine

750 GSC

750 Escondido Road Stanford, CA 94305

(650) 724-7851

Location, Location, Location. Stanford Graduate Students own Bar/Restaurant on campus right next to Rains and EV. The food and beer selection is decent. Events include stand-up comedy night, sporting events on big screen TV’s and various holiday parties. Bottom line, it’s open late and on campus.

Axe & Palm

Near Tresidder, it has burgers and fries, other hot foods, and sushi. Reasonably priced and a good spot to get away from the Medical School.

Alumni Cafe

Located in the Arrillaga Alumni Center. Menu offers Mediterranean cuisine such as specialty sandwiches, salads, daily specials, and tapas, and a light breakfast menu, including a yogurt bar. Serve wine and beer produced by Stanford Alumni vintners and brewers.

Beckman Cafe

Located in the basement of Beckman. Beckman Café has great burritos to order.

Bytes Cafe

Located in David Packard Electrical Engineering @ 350 Serra Mall. Serves interesting fare such as coconut curry chicken soup and grilled orange tamari chicken sandwich.

Cool Cafe

Located at the Cantor Arts Museum. They use as many organic ingredients as possible, serving soups, salads and sandwiches.

Coupa Café

Located in the Y2E2 Building. A little spendy for a cup of coffee, but comes with a good atmosphere. Order tea and you get the whole pot.

Cubberely Cafe

Next to the Education Building on the main quad. There are outdoor tables; café open on weekdays, during lunch and through the afternoon.

Jamba Juice

Located in Tresidder. A student favorite, Jamba Juice serves a wide variety of healthy smoothies. Good for a quick snack or thirst quencher, or to grab a healthy option on the go.


Located in the CCSR building. Delicious, big sandwiches (you have to try the veggie meatball sandwich!) and an interesting selection of entrees in the fridge. Great for a quick ice cream bar or yummy frozen mocha drinks.

Med Student Lounge Cafe

Located in the fishbowl. They serve Italian and Asian food.


Located in front of Green Library. Quality drinks and fresh baked goods. Good for a late night caffeine fix or a collective study break.

Sports Cafe

Located in Arrillaga Sports Complex. Great place to go after a noon workout. Serves a wide variety of hot lunches. You’re likely to spot some Stanford sports stars. Great smoothies and burgers.

Stanford Hospital Cafeteria

Cheap prices. Especially good if you are in the mood to make your own sandwich or salad. Turkey Thursdays — a must! The Stanford Hospital Cafeteria Annex (right near the cafeteria) has yummy Mrs. Field’s Cookies!

Thai Cafe

Basement of the psychology building (Jordan Hall) in main quad. Very tasty and pretty much all entrees cost about 5 bucks. You’ll love it if you love spicy. Critics’ picks include chicken curry, chicken noodle salad, vegetarian curry.

The Tree House

Located at Tresidder. Mostly Mexican food, also burgers and fries. Expect to find lots of veggies in your veggie burrito. Also try the delicious sushi made fresh daily during the school year by sushi chefs from Toshi’s.

Tresidder Café

Mexican, American, Chinese, salad bar, pizza by the slice, sandwiches. Not exciting, but a nice change of venue outside of the med school.

Local Restaurants

$ = Average entrée price under $10

$$ = $10 - $15

$$$ = $15 - $20

$$$$ = $20 +


Armadillo Willys $$$

1031 San Antonio Rd., Los Altos (650) 941-2922

Yummy. Huge portions. Get lots of meat or order one of their delicious veggie burgers.

Chili’s Bar and Grill $$

700 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (650) 321-0330

Yes, the all-American chain. Good for ribs and burgers.

Empire Tap Room $$

651 Emerson St., Palo Alto, (650) 321-3030

Outdoor patio seating for a romantic night on the town. Salad with pears and walnuts is delicious. Great onion rings.

Gordon Biersch $$

640 Emerson St., Palo Alto, (650) 323-7723

Good beer. Overpriced food. Garlic fries are truly garlicky…bring Altoids! Critics’ picks include Hefeweizen.

Los Altos Grill $$$$

233 Third St., Los Altos (650) 948-3524

Usually crowded, but you will want to check out the spit-roasted chicken. Also try the grilled artichokes.

MacArthur Park $$$

27 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 321-9990

Variable. Great BBQ. Some iffy dishes…Be wary of the three onion torte. Nice place to take the family.

Max’s Opera House Cafe $$

Stanford Shopping Center (650) 323-6364

Fun place for a birthday. The waiters are talented singers. Great desserts and sandwiches. Blondies are a specialty. Huge portions. No reservations.

The Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill $


566 Emerson St., Palo Alto (650) 323-3131, Stanford Shopping Center. Amazing milkshakes, yummy burgers, and onion rings. Very popular. Great place for a fun date or a group of friends.

Plutos $

482 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 853-1556

Inexpensive and very popular. Critics’ picks include eggplant sandwich on foccacia and Farmer’s Greens salad. Purchase a side salad. Trust us, it is plenty.


Hobee’s $

4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 856-6124 and Town and Country Village, Palo Alto (650) 327-4111 plus another location in Mt. View, 2312 Central Expressway (Alma St.), Mt. View (650) 968-605. Highly revered for its amazing blueberry coffeecake. Also has great hash browns and spiced tea.

Joanie's Café $$

447 S California Ave., Palo Alto (650) 326-6505

Cozy atmosphere. Good lattes, pancakes and egg dishes.

Stacks $

600 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park (650) 482-2850. 314 El Camino Real, Redwood City (650) 482-2850. Hugely popular breakfast place. If you go on the weekends, prepare to wait. But once inside, go for a blueberry wheat germ pancakes or a bacon waffle.


The Counter $


369 California Ave, Palo Alto, 94306

(650) 321-3900

Great Burgers and a well stocked bar. For something different try the sweet potato fries and the burger in a salad bowl.

JZ Cool Eatery

827 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park (650) 325-3665

Eco-friendly dining. Great made-to-order hamburgers with grilled onions. A bit pricey.

Kirk's Steakburgers $

Town and Country Shopping Center (650) 326-6159. Awesome, BIG burgers flame broiled! Utterly ambiance-less but who cares, the burgers...

Oasis Beer Garden $$

241 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (650) 326-8896 Local dive that attracts a steady Stanford crowd. Order burgers, onion rings, and beer by the pitcher. Great place to hang with friends post-exams.

Taxi’s $

403 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 322-8294

Open late. Good spicy curly fries and milkshakes.


Café Borrone $

1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (650) 327-0830

A must-do while you’re at Stanford! Good coffee and light eats. Go there to pseudo-study outside & check out the crowds. Awesome desserts and scones. Entertainment on Friday nights. Check out the Jazz.

Coupa Café $

538 Ramona St, Palo Alto (650) 322-6872 OR

473 Via Ortega on the Stanford Campus

A little spendy for a cup of coffee, but comes with a good atmosphere. Order tea and you get the whole pot.

Esther’s German Bakery and Café $

570 Showers Dr, Mountain View (650) 941-4463

A family-owned bakery that sells hearty breads and tasty desserts. Great service and free wi-fi.

Fleur de Cocoa $

39 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408) 354-6974

Patisserie and Chocolaterie. Wide variety of French pastries and cakes. Homemade chocolates that are more than special. Staff is very friendly and have great attention for detail. Stay for a Croque Monsieur and leave with a box of chocolates or a fruit tart.

Menlo Café $

620 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. (650) 321-6666. Less expensive than other coffee joints. Friendly staff. Try the scones and iced mochas.

University Café $

271 University Ave, Palo Alto (650) 322-5301

Great egg dishes with a Californian flair. Espresso drinks are fair, but the fresh orange juice is nice. Try to grab a seat at the bar. Open late for dessert.


Blue Chalk $$

630 Ramona St., Palo Alto (650) 326-1020

Not memorable. Good for late-night scoping and pool.

Nola $$-$$$

535 Ramona St., Palo Alto (650) 328-2722

Very hip. Good appetizers and entrees, bad desserts. Great place for a drink after work (or after school). Can be pricey and the cuisine is far from being truly Cajun!


California Café $$-$$$

Next to Red Barn, 700 Welch Road (650) 325-2233 Close to the hospital. Serves Californian cuisine. Slightly pricey so check it out for a nice lunch with speakers or visitors to the Med Center. The Asian chicken salad is super-yummy.


Mango Caribbean Cafe $$-$$$

435 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto (650) 324-9443

Service with a smile. Critics’ picks include smoothies (fish bowl size) and jerk chicken. If you are daring, try the curried goat!


Chef Chu’s $$

1067 El Camino Real, Los Altos (650) 948-2696

Tasty family-style Chinese food. Great chicken salad.

Coriya Hot Pot City $$

528 Barber Ln, Milpitas (408) 428-0988

All you can eat. Meats and veggies that you boil/grill yourself. Very popular. Usually long wait.

Darda Seafood $$

Milpitas Ranch 99 Complex (408) 433-5199

Just look for lines that go outside of the restaurant. Completely misnamed. Critics’ picks include any seafood dish, Chinese pancakes with onion, any soups or noodles.

Fu Lam Mum $

246 Castro St., Mt. View (650) 967-1689

Not the greatest food in the world, but it’s open late, very late.

Hunan Garden Restaurant $$

3345 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 565-8868

Excellent authentic Chinese fare. Braised whole fish, spicy hot and sour soup, heads-on spicy shrimp and Sesame Chicken is recommended.

Hunan Home $$

4880 El Camino Real, Los Altos (650) 965-8888

Good authentic Chinese. Has special breakfast menu on weekends. Good honey walnut prawns.

Fantasia Coffee & Tea Shop $$

10933 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, (408) 865-1689

528 Barber Ln, Milpitas, (408) 382-9168

Amazing pearl tea. You must try it!

Fresh Taste Mandarin Kitchen $

2107 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 324-8749

Quite affordable. Delivers to campus. Boasts low-calorie dishes. While appetizers are unremarkable, the dry-sautéed string beans with shrimp and hot, spicy bean curd is good.

Hangen’s $

134 Castro St., Mt. View (650) 964-8881 Great kung-pao chicken.

Jing-Jing $

443 Emerson St., Palo Alto (650) 328-6885

Very spicy, almost too spicy. Critics’ picks include Szechuan Pepper Chicken and Walnut Prawns. Has a pretty good lunch deal.

Kirin $

485 Castro St., Mt. View (650) 965-1059

Horrible service, but food is highly recommended. Hefty portions.

Mandarin Gourmet $$

420 Ramona St., Palo Alto (650) 328-8898

High quality Chinese food along with pretty good décor. Favorites include the spicy bean curd with veggies and tangerine beef. Half price with a Stanford Student Coupon.

Mayflower Seafood Restaurant $$

Milpitas Ranch 99 Complex (408) 935-6999

Super dim sum. Very fresh and not very greasy. Superb shrimp dumplings.

PF Chang’s Chinese Bistro $$-$$$

Stanford Shopping Center (650) 330-1782

Americanized-Chinese food, but close to Stanford. Tends to be more pricey. Open late.

Tenfu Chinese Restaurant $$

1352 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (650) 323-6134

Good but greasy appetizers. Will deliver for large parties.

Windys $$

168 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 325-3188

New addition to Palo Alto. Great sizzling rice soup. Try the green prawn chow fun.


Le Boulanger $-$$

720 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park

650 Castro St., Mt. View

301 Main St., Los Altos

Deli and bakery. Fast service and great food. Critics' picks include the 3-layered vegetarian sandwich with chips, Indian curry soup, and black bean soup. Pick up a loaf of sourdough for sandwiches at home. Good for a study break.

Fratelli Deli $

405 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 323-0423

Great place to grab a sandwich. Critics’ picks are chicken club on Dutch crunch.

Schaub’s Meat, Fish, and Poultry $$$$

Stanford Shopping Center, (650) 325-6328

Fred’s sandwich. Go get it. Along with sausage or any other meat you might need for your next fancy dinner party.

Whole Foods $$

774 Emerson St., Palo Alto (650) 326-8676

Great place for vegetarians and organic goodies. Standout for the panoply of free samples and the yummy baked goods. The chocolate chews are low-fat and absolutely amazing!


La Bodeguita Del Medio $$-$$$

463 California Ave., Palo Alto (650) 326-7762

This place has great mojitos! Food is interesting, but slightly pricey. Try the salads.

Dim Sum

Cho’s Mandarin $

213 California Ave., Palo Alto (650) 326-4632

A little hole in the wall next to Kinko’s. Cheap and good (& sometimes greasy) dim sum. Be ready for a line on the weekdays.

Ming’s $$

1700 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto (650) 856-7700

Super-greasy dim sum. Favorite of the techie crowd.


Left Bank $$-$$$

635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park (650) 473-6543

Charming brasserie. Serves traditional bistro fare such as steak fries, but also has inventive California-inspired dishes such as Halibut a’ l’artichaut. Slightly pricey.

Café Brioche $$-$$$

445 S California Ave., Palo Alto (650) 326-8640

Tasty, authentic French food. Clafloutis are yummy.

Chez Sophie $$

201 California Ave., Palo Alto (650) 322-8586

Quaint atmosphere & good, authentic French food. Make reservations.

L’Amie Donia $$$$

530 Bryant St., Palo Alto (650) 323-7614

Traditional French food with some creative flair. This reviewer looks forward to their coq au vin. Menu changes frequently so try the prix fix menu. Very pricey, but lovely place to take a special date or parents. Has an amazing French wine list.


Zibbibos $$$-$$$$

430 Kipling St., Palo Alto (650) 328-6722

Located in a quaint house off University. Roasted mussels are a standout! Side dishes are especially good. Very trendy.


Evvia $$$-$$$$

420 Emerson St., Palo Alto (650) 326-0983

Excellent. Favorites include the Calamari, Greek salad, Whole Striped Bass with Lemon and Oregano, and the Braised Lamb Shank with Orzo. Great desserts.

Ice Cream

Cold Stone Creamery $

9 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650) 323-2102.

611 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA, 94025

(650) 325-4500

Great ice cream. Make your own combo or choose one of theirs. Humungous portions.

Gelato Classico $

435 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, (650) 327-1317

Italian ice cream like you get in Italy. Great prices and a huge selection. A must-do at least once while you’re at Stanford.


Amber $$-$$$

2290 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, 650 968 7511. Great Indian food. One of the best in the area.

Café Bombay $$$-$$$$

4546 El Camino Real, Los Altos, (650) 948-9463

Very expensive and OK food.

Darbar $-$$

129 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, (650) 321-6688

Good lunch buffet. Caters. Get the Stanford Student coupon.

Deedee’s Indian Fast Food $

2551 Middlefield Rd., Mt. View (650) 967-9333

Fast food Gujurati. Great samosas and always a variety of vegetable dishes. Try the chickpeas, but watch the spice.

Janta $$-$$$

369 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto (650) 462-5903

Beautifully situated in downtown Palo Alto. Service is always top notch. Tandoori Prawns are yummy, but the Pakoras are a true standout! Will cater.

Passage to India $$

1991 W. El Camino Real, Mt. View (650)969-9990.

Great Indian food. For those of you who don’t love spicy food, you can order your food with a s mild means mild.

Suraj $$

2550 El Camino Real, Redwood City (650) 369-8899. Tasty, spicy Indian. Try the lunch buffet.

Udupi Palace $$

976 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale (408)830-9600. Vegetarian. Excellent southern Indian cuisine.


Buca di Beppo $$

643 Emerson St., Palo Alto (650) 329-0665

Now with reservations! Make sure to avoid the long lines by calling ahead. Decent food, truly massive portions. Great place to go with a big group. Check out the eggplant parmigiana and linguine frutti di mare. If you are ordering food for pick up, be sure to give them 30 minutes more than you anticipate.

Frankie, Johnnie, and Luigi Too $$

939 El Camino Real, Mt. View (650) 967-5384

Old school pizzeria and Italian food joint. Stick to the pizza or calzone. Good for a large group.

Il Fornaio $$-$$$

520 Cowper St., Palo Alto (650) 853-3888

Nice atmosphere, but pricey. Breakfast is fabulous. Try the pancakes with fruit compote. Good pastas & wonderful breads for dinner.

Oregano’s $$

4546 El Camino Real, Los Altos (650) 941-3600

Decent & not too expensive.

Osteria $$-$$$

247 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto (650) 328-5700

Highly recommended, but also pricey. One of our favorites. Authentic. Ravioli and spinach fettucini are divine.

Pasta? $

326 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 328-4585

Cheap, fast, good Italian food.

Spalti $$-$$$

417 California Ave., Palo Alto (650) 327-9390

Italian. Not too cheap, but will definitely fill you up.


Akane $$$

250 Third St., Los Alto (650) 941-8150.

While the décor is less than spectacular, check on the tatami room. Good basic sushi. Standouts are the dragon roll and unagi. Frequented by Steve Young.

Akasaka $$$

925 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (650) 325-0444

Pleasant sushi restaurant. Start with the warm miso soup and green tea. While most of the sushi is conventional, the salmon sushi is a superstar. Great place to go before the movies.

Gombei $$-$$$

1438 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (650) 329-1799

No sushi here. Udon, donburi (rice bowls), and obento meals (combo. meals with teriyaki chicken, beef, and tempura) are their specialty. Terriyaki is scrumptious! No vegetarian options. Cash only.

Naomi Sushi

1328 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (650) 321-6902.

Fine Menlo Park gem. Sushi is fresh, tasty, and reasonably priced.


561 Oak Grove, Menlo Park (650) 325-6989

The staff is amiable and the food is divine. Most of the pastas are homemade. Critics' picks include fettucine vegetali and the outstanding chocolate souffle. The dessert takes 20 minutes to prepare, so be sure to tell your waiter early on.

Fuki Sushi $$$-$$$$

4119 El Camino, Palo Alto (650) 494-9383

Upscale sushi place. DELICIOUS! Try the agedashi tofu as an appetizer. Sushi is consistently good and fresh.


448 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 325-1605

Not bad for non-Sushi Japanese restaurant. Try the noodle dishes, particularly the tenzaru soba.

Le Poisson Japonais

642 Ramona St., Palo Alto (650) 330-1147

Expensive, but one of the best sushi places in the Bay Area. Very inventive. Start with the sashimi-tuna with oba drops or shitake tempura. Save room for dessert and get the warm chocolate cake….divine!

Miyake $$

140 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 323-9449

Fun-filled evening with saki bombs and disco balls. Not especially good sushi, but it’s cheap. Also check out the teriyaki and tempura (good veggie tempura). VERY loud.


Some Kind of Place

85 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, (650) 321-4730

Korean fast food served up by a charming old couple. Great stuff!


Babbo’s $$$$

Stanford Shopping Center (650) 321-1488

Sit outside, people watch and enjoy a great salad nicoise. Seafood dishes are also excellent.

Gyros Gyros $

468 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 327-0107

Pretty good souvlaki plates and relatively inexpensive. Sit outside and people watch as well.

Mediterranean Wraps $

425 California Ave., Palo Alto (650) 321-8189 Cheap and authentic. Try the falafel plate and the desserts. Great place for casual, quick dinner. Service is speedy.

Robaii Falafel & Persian Bites $

496 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto (650) 325-1994

Good falafel, great hummus and pita. Extremely cheap and fast service.


La Costena $

2078 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View (650) 967 4969

Voted Best Burrito in Mountain View for the last seven years. Create your own custom burrito or try the al mojo de ajo tacos, chorizo and egg burritos and homemade horchata.

Chevy’s $-$$

2907 El Camino Real, Redwood City (650) 367-6892. 2116 El Camino Real, Mt. View (650) 691-9955. Perhaps not the most authentic Mexican food, but a fun party place. Great for birthday parties — they give sombreros to the birthday boy/girl. Buy a tequila popper for the birthday person. Chips and salsa are heavenly. Fajita platter is great.

Fiesta Del Mar $$

1005 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mt. View (650) 965-9354

Really really excellent Mexican. Great shrimp dishes, imaginative sauces. Full tequila bar. Don’t you dare ask for your margaritas blended, this ain’t Tex/Mex.

Andale’s $

209 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 323-2939

Great taquitos and cool watermelon juices.

Baja Fresh $

3990 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 424-8599

Great new place. Definitely try the tacos “baja style”. Can get either shrimp, chicken, or steak. Great, fresh salsa. Inexpensive and next to Blockbuster - grab a movie and a taco!

Celia’s $

3740 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 843-0643

Nice place to celebrate with friends on the patio. You can find better salsa at other Mexican places, but nice atmosphere.

Compadre’s Mexican Bar and Grill $$

3877 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 858-1141

Great place to watch sports and have “western food with a Mexican accent.”. Share the taco fiesta with a friend. They offer a 25% discount to all Stanford students.

Palo Alto Sol $$

408 California Ave., Palo Alto (650) 328-8840

Authentic Mexican food to rave about. Pricey for Mexican food, but worth every penny. Great décor.

Playa Grill $$

Stanford Shopping Center (650) 323-8226

Good tortilla soup and fajita burrito. Great salsa bar with a free assortment of burrito toppings like cilantro, lime, and extra tomatoes. Check happy hour with frozen margaritas.


Long Life Noodle Co & Jook Joint $

Stanford Shopping Center (650) 324-1110

Pan-Asian noodle joint. Has Japanese Udon, Pad Thai, etc. Critics’ picks are the boiled wontons and ginseng ginger ale. Service and food are variable.

Zao’s Noodle Bar $

261 University Ave, Palo Alto (650) 328-1988

Hip noodle place. Check out the ginger-chili chicken and prawns. Makes a decent Vietnamese coffee. Show up early on weekends because of the lines.


Applewood Inn $

1001 El Camino at Menlo Ave., Menlo Park

Applewood 2 Go: same address, (650) 328-1556

Great pizza! Tasty, semi-thick crust. Try the pizza with Bulgarian sausage or the veggie feta, spinach, and portabellos. Great selection of beers most of which are Hungarian.

California Pizza Kitchen $$

521 Cowper St., Palo Alto (650) 323-7332. Also in the Stanford Shopping Center.

Inventive pizza, but not gourmet. Popular Thai Chicken Pizza.

Domino’s $

240B Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto (650) 326-6552 Fair to good delivery pizza. Beware of the buffalo wings. Delivers until 2am.

New York Pizza $

325 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto

Great delivery pizza. See their specials online. Highly recommend the Managers Special. You can bargain some with the person who takes your order.

Patxi’s $$

441 Emerson St Palo Alto, CA 94301, (650) 473-9999

Great Chicago-style deep dish pizza. A bit on the pricy side. It takes 30-40 minutes, so order in advance if you are rushed.

Pizza-A-Go-Go $

335 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 322-8100

Perennial favorite, but this reviewer thinks that the crust is bland. Delivers until midnight.

Pizza Chicago $$

4115 El Camino, Palo Alto (650) 424-9400

Best Pizza outside of the Windy City! Go for the specialty pizza such as the Fridge, The Untouchables, Air Jordan, and Rush Street. Great place for a group! Will deliver.

Pizza My Heart $

220 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 327-4400

New pizza place on University Ave. Yummy thin crust pizza. Try the pesto pizza. Inexpensive and sells pizza by the slice.

Round Table Pizza $-$$

263 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 322-2893

3407 Alma St., Palo Alto (650) 494-2928

With many, many, many other locations

Good generic pizza. Stick to the traditional ingredients such as pepperoni, mushrooms, and green pepper. Stay away from specialty pizzas.


Cook’s Seafood $$-$$$

751 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (650) 325-0604

Fabulous fish and chips. Make sure to try the Alaskan halibut and chips or the prawns and chips. Amazingly ungreasy. Staff is fast and friendly. Not open on Sundays. Also check out the seafood shop next door.

The Fishmarket $$-$$$

3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 493-9188

Great value for quality seafood. Try the New Zealand steamed Green Mussels and the Salmon.


Siam Royal $$

338 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 329-8129

Tasty green and yellow curries. Great place for lunch and dinner on University Ave.

Straits Café $$-$$$

3295 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 494-7168

Inventive Thai food that really tempts the taste buds. Prices are reasonable to pricey. Go here for a special occasion.

Thai City $$

3961 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 493-0643

Inexpensive at lunch time. Generous amount of food. Tasty Pad Thai and appetizers.

Green Papaya $$

137 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408) 395-9115

Inventive Vietnamese food. Start with the spring rolls and the Saratoga salad. Then get set to be amazed by the Sea Bass in Banana Leaf and Shrimp/Bacon Crepe. Amazing wine list. Share with someone special.

Pho Hoa Vietnamese Noodle Soup $

220 Castro St. Mt. View (650) 969-5805

Cheap and delicious. Try their drinks, especially the avocado shake.

Pho To Chau $

853 Villa St., Mt. View, (650) 961-8069

Great Vietnamese pho and spring rolls. Cheap and fast.

Three Seasons Restaurant $$-$$$

518 Bryant St. Palo Alto (650) 838-0353

Great Vietnamese fusion, family style service, and a great atmosphere in a bank vault. Great bar too. A fun place to go with a group. May be on the expensive side.

Tamarine $$$-$$$$

546 University Ave., Palo Alto (650)325-8500.

Wonderful contemporary Vietnamese! Honestly one of the best meals I’d had in a while (granted, since I usually mac and cheese, the bar is low!). Well worth the price! Great reviews from pretty much every major newspaper in the Bay.



Le Cheval $$

1007 Clay St., Oakland (510) 763-8495

Very reasonably priced. Good décor and service. Try thebird’s nest noodle dish.


Breads of India & Gourmet Curries $$-$$$

2448 Sacramento St., Berkeley (510) 848-7684

World of amazing naan. Definitely give this place a try on your next trip to Berkeley.


Zachary’s Chicago Pizza $

1853 Solano Ave., Berkeley (510) 525-5950

5801 College Ave., Oakland (510) 655-6385

This could possibly be the world’s best pizza. Stuffed crust pizza smothered in divine tomato sauce. Try the spinach mushroom pizza. Some may like the thin crust also. When you go, buy two or three pizzas and freeze the leftovers. Huge crowd with no reservations, be prepred to wait. Cash only.


San Francisco


Eric’s $$

1500 Church St., San Francisco (415) 282-0919

Hip and young. Twists on Chinese classics. Surprisingly delicious. In Noe Valley.

House of Nanking $$

919 Kearny St., San Francisco (415) 421-1429

A hole in the wall North Beach restaurant that serves great food if you can handle the lines & rushed and rude service. A good idea: take-out food and have a picnic at the Marina Park near Fort Mason.


Asqew Grill $

1607 Haight St, San Francisco, (415) 701-9301

Great place for vegetarians and meat eaters. All food is served on skewers. Check out the tofu skewer and the ahi tuna skewer. Very affordable.


Basta Pasta

1268 Grant Ave., San Francisco (415) 434-2248 Located conveniently near the Velvet Lough and Broadway Studios. Recently remodeled with great service and very modern atmosphere. Try the gnocchi.

Fior D’italia $$$$

2237 Mason St., San Francisco (415) 986-1886

Great Italian food and great location. Check out the lasagna.

Steps of Rome $-$$

348 Columbus Ave., San Francisco (415) 397-0435

Go there late at night for a white chocolate gelato. On Columbus in Lil’ Italy. Lively atmosphere with loud Italian pop music. Definitely a fun place to go in Little Italy.


Brothers $$

4128 Geary Blvd., San Francisco (415) 387-7991

Very, very good Korean food. Has Korean BBQ grill at the table. In the Richmond district.


Cha Cha Cha $$

1801 Haight St., San Francisco (415) 386-7670

Fun, hip place to go for tapas after a long day of shopping in the Haight. Sangria and calamari are standouts.


Millennium $$$$

580 Geary St, San Francisco (415) 345-3900

Not too expensive with a very ritzy atmosphere. Interesting blend of flavors using meat substitutes like tempeh. An experience.

San Jose


Sushi Masa $$-$$$

5363 Camden Ave., San Jose (408) 265-3232

Really tasty. Stick to the appetizers (chicken karagi, soft shell crab, and agadashi tofu) and the desserts (cold green tea ice cream inside yummy light yellow cake).

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Getting Around

Around Campus



The Marguerite is Stanford’s free shuttle that travels around campus to the Palo Alto Caltrain station as well as major shopping centers. During the academic year it runs weekdays from 6:00 am to 8:30pm.

The main shuttle lines traverse the campus Monday through Friday all year except University holidays. All of the shuttle lines are wheelchair-accessible. The Marguerite also operates evening and weekend service from September through June as well as the Midnight Express operating from 8:30pm to 2:10am daily and linking the campus with the Palo Alto Caltrain Station. Marguerite is free and open to the public - no ID required. See the website to track the shuttles in real time…never miss the bus again!

Marguerite Goes To

SURE Escort Service

(650) 725-SURE

7 days a week | Dusk until 2 am while classes are in session | Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters only | On-call

Your personal escort after dark, free radio-dispatched SURE Escort Service golf carts can take you safely wherever you need to go on campus. SURE (Stanford United for Rape Elimination) is open to any member of the University community who feels unsafe or uncomfortable traveling solo around campus at night. Whether you need a lift to your car or simply don't feel comfortable walking alone to the library, call (650) 725-SURE and an escort will usually arrive within 10-20 minutes - expect a longer wait on weekends.

Biking at Stanford

(650) 725-BIKE (2453)

Have Bike, Can Travel around Stanford!

Bicycling is ideally suited to Stanford’s mild climate, flat terrain, and gentle, rolling hills. It’s a quiet, affordable, and healthy way to get around. It’s also an antidote to the South Bay’s growing traffic congestion, noise and air pollution.

Bikes aren’t just for fun anymore—a growing number of people are choosing to commute on non-motorized wheels. No more playing “musical chairs” in the parking lots. There is plenty of free bicycle parking on campus—an estimated 12,000 bike racks.

Whether biking recreationally or commuting to work or class, the Parking & Transportation Services (http://transportation.stanford.edu/), can help you with:

Full-time Campus Bicycle Coordinator!

Stanford is one of the three campuses in the US that has a full-time Bicycle Program Coordinator on staff. Call 725-BIKE (2453) if you have specific questions on bicycling on campus or stop by the Parking & Transportation Services office or e-mail: bike-information@stanford.edu

Bicycle-Friendly Transit

All the public transportation options in the Bay Area are bike friendly too. Caltrain, VTA buses, VTA Light Rail, BART and even the Stanford Marguerite shuttle accommodate bicycles with bike racks to mount bikes or with on board capacity. Refer to specific sites for rules and regulations, as there are restrictions on some modes of travel. For more information, see below.

Caltrain, 800-660-4287, www.caltrain.com

VTA, 408-321-2300, www.vta.org

BART, www.bart.gov

Bicycling Publications and Services

The Stanford Safety & Security Almanac is a must-have, comprehensive guide for surviving at Stanford safely. Produced by the Stanford Department of Public Safety, it includes a comprehensive section on bicycling on campus and instructions and tips on bicycle safety, registration, reporting/recovering lost, stolen or abandoned bikes. Available at student registration or the Department of Public Safety.

Department of Public Safety also offers a FREE Better Bicycling at Stanford Card that entitles bicyclists to discounts on safety accessories at participating bicycle retailers. Available at the Parking & Transportation Office.

The Stanford Area Bicycle Trip Guidebook by Peter Stonestrom is a handy, compact guide to bike routes in the Stanford area. The paperback book is available at the Stanford Bookstore.

Bicycling Safety Tips:

While riding your bicycle, obey all traffic laws and buy and wear a bicycle helmet! Helmets can greatly reduce the risk of head injuries and death. Don’t "hit the road" without one! However, even the best helmet has limitations. Defensive cycling is the key to bicycle safety. According the California Vehicle Code, every person riding a bicycle upon a street or highway has all the rights and responsibilities of the driver of a motor vehicle. You may be cited for running stop signs, riding at an unsafe speed for conditions, riding on the wrong side of the road or upon sidewalks, wearing headphones or talking on your cell phone while riding, not having legal brakes, etc. Cyclists are required by state law to use front white lights, rear red reflectors, pedal and side reflectors at night. Additional lights—especially rear red flashers, reflectors, and light colored clothing are a good idea.

Bicycle Protection: Lock it! Register it!

Although Stanford’s campus is a safe environment, bike theft and theft of bike parts are not uncommon. There are simple steps you can take to help prevent this from happening:

5 Reasons Why You Should License Your Bike:


If your bike is STOLEN, please follow these instructions:

1) Report a stolen bike to Stanford Police Department immediately, 723-9633 or call the local police department within the community where the bike was stolen. To report a theft or other crime in progress call 9-911 on campus phones, 911 from other phones.


Bike Stores

There are over 15 bicycle shops in the area of campus, even a shop right on campus for your convenience. Listed below are a few that offer full-service bicycle sales, repairs and more within a 2-mile radius.

(Hint: Look in the back of your Stanford telephone book for bike shop coupons.) Listed below are a few that offer full-service bicycle sales, repairs and more within a 2 mile radius.

The Campus Bike Shop

In Tresidder

(650) 723-9300

Cardinal Bicycle Shop

1955 El Camino Real

Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 328-8900

Menlo Velo Bicycles

433 El Camino in Menlo Park. 650-327-5137

Mike's Bikes

2180 El Camino in Menlo Park 650-493-8776

Palo Alto Bicycles:

171 University Ave., 328-7411

The Bike Connection:


2011 El Camino, near the intersection of El Camino and Stanford Ave. 650-853-3000. Another location at 622 Santa Cruz Ave in Menlo Park. (650) 327-3318

Car Repair

In general, the farther south you go on El Camino, the cheaper the shops get! It all depends on how far you are willing (and able) to drive your broken-down vehicle. Be careful of scams, and if you're not fluent in cars and car lingo, go with a friend who is.

Discount Auto Repair & Detail

2655 Middlefield Dr., Redwood City, (650) 367-6890. This shop has knowledgeable mechanics tailoring to a student's budget. They have done an outstanding job in the past. Their prices will beat just about anyone in the Bay Area and if you tell them that you come from Stanford, they will try to lower the price of the job even more.

Jiffy Lube

4195 El Camino, Palo Alto, (650) 949-0239, (650) 494-0239.

Kevin's Auto Repair

1968 Leghorn St., Mountain View, (650) 965-7112. Near Costco. Superb craftsmen, highly ethical, costs are appropriate and work is always guaranteed.

Precision Tune Auto Care

El Camino and Arastradero, (650) 856-0333. Most students get coupons in the mail which make it even cheaper.

Wheel Works

555 Showers Dr., Mountain View, (650) 961-2800. A good place for tires. Up-front and honest; they also offer a good warranty.

Bay Area Public Transit

Line U Stanford Express


This is a weekday express shuttle bus service between the East Bay and the Stanford campus. This service is FREE for Stanford faculty, staff, students, and hospital employees who have a valid university ID or hospital employee ID. The new luxury highway coaches are equipped with high back seats, individual reading lights and a tray table for your laptop or paperwork. In the East Bay, it stops at the Fremont BART, Fremont ACE/AMTRAK station (Centerville) connecting with the ACE Train and at the Ardenwood Park and Ride lot in Newark

Sam Trans


Sam Trans serves San Mateo County residents and offers hundreds of daily trips between Palo Alto and downtown San Francisco. SamTrans also runs buses to most points north of Stanford, including East Palo Alto.

Dumbarton Express


The Dumbarton Express runs weekdays from the Union City BART station across the Dumbarton bridge to the Palo Alto Caltrain station. It is probably the most convenient way of getting from Stanford to the southern part of the East Bay.



The Bay Area Rapid Transit system is an efficient way to get from San Francisco to the East Bay, which includes the cities of Oakland, Richmond and Fremont. This is definitely the best option if you don’t own a car. You can take the Caltrain to Millbrae or the city and then take the BART into the East Bay. BART also goes to San Francisco Airport (SFO) from Millbrae and San Francisco.



The San Francisco Municipal railway is the seventh largest public transit system in the United States. MUNI’s system consists mostly of electric buses and is one of the most geographically comprehensive transit systems in the country. It travels all over the city but also has a few stops in Daly City and Bayshore. For more information visit their website.



The Caltrain is a comfortable double-decker train that runs all day up and down the peninsula from San Francisco to Gilroy on the weekdays. It is an inexpensive way to get between Stanford and the San Francisco and the San Jose airports. There are two train stations near campus, one at the end of California Ave. and one at University Ave. and Alma St. The Marguerite shuttle bus will take you to the Palo Alto station from campus. It's fun and you can take your bike on board with you. This makes traveling and sightseeing in the city convenient and accessible. A major drawback to using this service is that the last train leaves San Francisco at midnight, which is not conducive for clubbing activities.heck their web site for the current train schedule.


Bay Area Airports

There are 3 international airports in the Bay Area, San Francisco International (SFO), San Jose International (SJC) and Oakland International (OAK). SFO and SJC are each a 25-minute drive from Palo Alto while OAK takes 45 minutes without traffic. You can quickly get to SFO by public transportation by taking Caltrain North to the Millbrae Caltrain/BART Station. Then, take BART to the airport or you can take the SamTrans KX bus from the Palo Alto Caltrain station straight to SFO. BART will also take you to OAK by way of San Francisco. You can also get to SJC by taking Caltrain to the Santa Clara stop and transferring to the shuttle that will take you to e airport.


Finding Cheap Flights

For many of us, most of our friends and families reside on the other side of the country, hence we are forced to become proficient in the art of searching for very cheap flights. Here are a few sites that may be beneficial to you in procuring inexpensive tickets.


This consolidator frequently sells tickets cheaper than anything you’d find through the airlines. It doesn’t have the least expensive tickets ever, but it is generally reasonable and good for those times that you have only a week or so to make reservations. The drawbacks: you must register with the site, which includes giving them your credit card info. They do not take Discover card. Tickets must be purchased at least five business days before date of travel. They do not issue e-tickets, and someone must be present to sign for the tickets upon delivery, unless you leave a signed note for the Fed-Ex person.


This consolidator accepts bids for tickets. Priceline will email you back in an hour to let you know whether or not you will collect. You can use Priceline to purchase round-trip airline tickets and can save up to 40% over the lowest published fare for the dates and cities of your choice. In return, the exact airline and flight times are not disclosed to you until after your tickets are purchased. Rest assured that you will always fly on a major full-service US or international flight or its affiliate. To increase your chances of getting tickets at a lower bid, you have to be willing to fly at off-peak hours (i.e., before 6 a.m. or after 10 p.m.) and to make layovers. The drawback: if an airline accepts your bid, it is non-refundable.


Discounted tickets for registered students. You need to register with the site to verify your enrollment at an educational institution. May not always have fares available for your travel plans, but definitely worth checking. They also periodically e-mail you with deals flying out of your home airport.

Sidestep.com / Kayak.com

These meta travel search engines search all the major airlines in addition to the “deal” travel sites described next. They are very useful if you don’t have much time to make reservations.


With this service there is no bidding and you get to choose the exact travel dates and the maximum connections as well as the arrival and departure airport. In return a price is quoted, once you agree to purchase the ticket then the flight information, including the airline and arrival and departure times. Hotwire guarantees that all flights are with big name airlines. As with Priceline these tickets are non-refundable.


After registering with this site, you will receive an email each week outlining the lowest upcoming fares for the destinations you cite. They seem particularly good at informing you early of discounted fares for holiday weekends. Beware: changing tickets booked through Expedia can be a headache.


This consolidator was designed with the traveler in mind and gives access to a wide selection of low fare and rates on airline tickets. The customer relationship does not end with the purchase button. By signing up for Traveler Alerts, Orbitz stays in touch throughout the process– with alerts when weather or gates change, with local destination information 48 hours and 3 hours before departure– and much more not offered by other online travel agencies. This is my favorite website, with convenient grids to allow you to shop for flights departing up to 3 days before or after your target dates.

Some General Tips for Finding Cheap Tickets and Shopping Online

Be flexible. This generally means being willing to take the red eye flights. Look around at least a week ahead of time, especially when using consolidators. Shop online — avoid spending hours on hold with ticket agents. The only drawback to this is that you may have to disclose your credit card number online. Some sites permit you to reserve tickets and then call with your number, but most sites also claim to be secure. Register for “e-savers” with those airlines that serve your home airport, especially if your airport is their hub. Always keep your eyes out for promising web sites; even searching in the Stanford directory can be fruitful.

Also, I often double check prices found on sites like Orbitz with the actual airline. With the increasing popularity of these airline clearing houses, airlines are trying to keep prices low to compete. Often you can get additional flyer miles for booking through the airline’s website.

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