Non-Matriculated Student Eligibility

While Stanford Student Housing is primarily intended for the use of Stanford students who are enrolled in a degree program (matriculated students) and is often in very high demand, we are able to accommodate some graduate students who are enrolled at Stanford but not pursuing degrees (non-matriculated students) on campus once we meet demand from matriculated students.  Through our Community Housing program, we can also provide resources to help you find off-campus housing opportunities.

Post-doctoral fellows, visiting scholars, and other students who are enrolled at Stanford, but who are not pursuing degrees, are eligible for housing after all matriculated students have been accommodated, but we are usually not able to assign non-matriculated students during Autumn or Winter Quarters. We are usually able to consider non-matriculated students on the first day of the Continuous Assignments round for Spring or Summer Quarters. Non-matriculated students may apply in the first round of the summer assignments.

Non-matriculated students are not eligible to renew their contracts, as Student Housing currently is unable to meet the initial demand from matriculated students for Autumn Quarter. Because non-matriculated students can only obtain on-campus student housing once demand from matriculated Stanford students has been met, most non-matriculated students find housing through other means.

Stanford provides three different types of graduate housing. Select the links below to view eligibility requirements for each type.

Enrollment Requirements

You must be enrolled during each quarter you live on campus. You do not need to be enrolled in courses when you check in, but you must be eligible to enroll and must not have any enrollment or housing holds. International students with an administrative hold from the Bechtel International Center will be permitted to check in.

In situations where both spouses/partners are Stanford students, only one student must be enrolled to maintain eligibility for housing. However, in two-bedroom and one bedroom plus den apartments, both students must be enrolled for the contract period or approved to be in housing while on leave (students can gain approval by using Axess and filing a petition with Housing Assignments).

Non-matriculated On-campus Application Process

To apply, please file a housing application for either Single Graduate Housing, Couples without Children, or Students with Children Housing using the Housing and Dining link in the Academic External Links section at the bottom of the page on Axess.

Due to the demand from matriculated students, non-matriculated students cannot apply for the Autumn or the Winter Quarters.  However, after the Winter Quarter has begun you should check with Housing Assignments to whether or not eligibility will be expanded to include non-matriculated students.

To apply for Spring Quarter submit an application during the continuous assignments process between March 1 and May 2, 2014. Assignments are made on a rolling basis as we have new cancellations. See Continuous Assignments.

To apply for Summer Quarter submit an application between April 9 and May 8 to be considered for the first round of summer assignments, May 9 to 26 to be considered for the second round or from May 27 to July 18 to be considered for the continuous assignments round. See Summer Housing.

Stanford graduate students can sublicense their apartments for one quarter per year if they will be away.  Non-matriculated students with SUNet IDs can view available spaces on the sublicense webpage.  

During Autumn and Winter Quarters, non-matriculated students can only sublicense an on-campus student housing space once demand has been met from matriculated students.

During the summer period (June 21 to August 17, 2014) housing is available on campus in student housing, but at higher non-student prices.  Information and an application are available on the Stanford Conferences website.  

Off-campus Housing Options

  • The Community Housing office accepts rental listings from people in the community.  See the web site for information on how to view the rental listings.

  • SU Post is a website (not run by Stanford University) which contains housing listings.

  • Craig’s List is a popular website which has many rental listings.


Last modified Tue, 11 Feb, 2014 at 10:13