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Known as “grad student heaven,” Schwab Residential Center is a short walk from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. First-year MBA, PhD, and Sloan students have priority for 200 apartments in this small three- and four-story complex. Additional spaces are reserved for other Stanford graduate students and participants in executive education programs.

Schwab provides each resident with a handsomely-furnished private living area and bath, plus a kitchen shared with one other student. Residents also share access to beautiful open courtyards, comfortable lounges, a computer cluster, exercise facility, and study rooms.

“Mind you, there was a certain bonding among [Stanford executive education] participants when they arrived at their dormitory and received desk fans to ward off the summer heat [and] directions to the appropriate rest room down the hall. Think boot camp.” - Stanford Business magazine, December 1997

Prior to the Schwab Residential Center opening in 1997, housing for students enrolled in Stanford's executive education program (established in 1952) was limited to summer housing in a vintage 1933 residence hall.

When executive education programs began booming in the early 1990s, Stanford seized the opportunity to build a center that would be part residence and part study areas for individuals and group work.

Named for lead donors Charles Schwab, MBA ‘61, and his wife, Helen, Schwab was designed by Ricardo Legorreta, a Mexican architect with an international reputation. “The genius of the building,” said then-president Gerhard Casper, “is that it has been designed to complement the campus and at the same time makes bold, original statements.”

Legorreta based his design on the traditional hacienda but with a belief that “People should sense spirituality, happiness, peace, love, mystery, optimism, surprise, and humor in their everyday use of a building.”

Steeped in Hispanic tradition, humor and drama, Schwab includes a courtyard planted with sandstone pillars from the University’s original quad; a square, pueblo-style window that frames an unexpected view of Hoover Tower; and a hallway whose barrel-vaulted ceiling is painted saffron yellow.

General Information

Residence Name Schwab Residential Center
Neighborhood Eastside Residences
Mailing Address 680 Serra Street, "Your Suite Number"
Stanford, CA 94305
Front Desk
Schwab Office
Housing Category Graduate
Residence Type Apartments
Custodial Service University managed
Dining Service Kitchens provided; optional Stanford Dining or student-managed plan

The Residences

Seating Area and Desk Kitchen
Bedroom Bathroom


Wheelchair accessible for living   Yes
Wheelchair accessible for visiting   Yes
Braille signage   Yes






Air conditioning

Extra-long oak full-size bed with below-bed storage

Private bath with shower

Two-burner stove

Wall-to-wall carpeting

Bedside lamp

Oak desk with
ergonomic chair

Self-cleaning oven

Window coverings

Oak Dresser

Rolling two-drawer
file cabinet


Telephone and
telephone line

Floor lamp

Desk lamp

Garbage disposal

Cable TV capability

Oak-framed leather
reading chair

Built-in bookshelf

Kitchen table and two chairs

High-speed internet


TV shelf w/TV


Wireless internet


Waste basket and recycling bin


Note: Purchase bed linens for full extra-long beds (54″ x 80″). Two students share the kitchen. Students provide their own cookware, dishes, utensils, towels, and other kitchen items.

Sample Floor Plans

While Schwab suites accommodate two students, they provide a private entrance, living area, and bath for each student. The shared kitchen has locking doors for added privacy.

Top View

Common Areas

Lounges and Outdoor Areas


Lounges and outdoor areas are available for barbecues, club meetings, and activities ranging from occasional Friday afternoon events that may attract the entire GSB community to spontaneous pizza parties and impromptu discussions.



Drama and humor characterize Schwab courtyards in their play of light, shadow, texture, color, and water.

Exercise Room


The Knight Exercise Room is equipped with a variety of cardio equipment, free weights, TV, and a stereo system. Tennis courts are across the street, and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, containing a fully-equipped gym, is within a two-minute walk away.




Schwab residents have access to computers in each of the 34 study rooms in addition to five computers in the Center's computer room.


  • TV lounges

  • Meeting rooms and study spaces

  • Mail service

  • Business Center with copier and fax

  • Bike corrals

  • Coin-free, energy and water efficient washer/dryers

  • 24/7 Front Desk services

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