Self-operated houses, or self-ops, are undergraduate houses in which student residents (and non-resident eating associates), manage the operation of the house's meal service and hire a house cook. The members jointly establish a board plan and coordinate house jobs and the budgeting of finances. Like co-ops, self-ops offer residents the opportunity to develop skills in management and self-sufficiency. Unlike co-ops, where students cook for themselves and clean the house, house cooks prepare all required meals in self-ops and University custodial service is provided. The kitchen is generally open to students outside mealtimes and students may be required to hash.

Self-ops establish a kitchen schedule which requires that each resident volunteer for a daily, weekly, or quarterly shift. In some houses, the residents choose to use house funds to pay residents for house jobs. Each student contributes toward the order of the house, whether he pays a fellow resident for the work or does the work himself. The structure of the self-op also forces residents to interact more frequently and cooperatively with one another; jobs are rarely done individually.

Each self-op is unique, and the level and variety of social and educational activities varies according to student preference.

For staffing levels in Row houses review the Residential Education web pages.

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General Information

Residence Name Self-ops – Small Group Houses
Neighborhood Central
Navigation Address Various - see House Facts tab
Mailing Address

Students living in Row Houses (Upper Row, Lower Row, Clusters 1, 2, or 3/Cowell) are strongly encouraged to follow the directions for the mail and package process provided on the Mail Delivery and Shipping page, as the PO Box address is each student’s official Stanford address and should be maintained during their entire undergraduate career.  However, Row residents are also able to have mail packages delivered directly to their Row house by addressing mail and packages to the house's street address.  Please be reminded that Student Housing/the University accepts no responsibility for packages sent to/delivered at individual residences.

Housing Front Desk The Row
Front Desk
680 Lomita, 717 Dolores, BOB, Durand, Grove, Haus Mitteleuropa, Jerry, La Casa Italiana,
La Maison Française, Mars,
Muwekma-Tah-Ruk, Narnia,
Phi Sig, Roth, Slavianskii Dom,
Storey, and Xanadu
Front Desk
Dining Service

Student residents and non-resident eating associates, manage the operation of the house's meal service and hire a house cook. For students interested in becoming eating associates, please see the house kitchen manager.

Class Configuration Upperclass
Co-ed Type Co-ed on each floor. Roth, all-female
Custodial Service University managed


Each house is unique, but general furnishings in a typical student room include a bed, desk, chair, dresser or drawers, bookcase or bookshelves, closet or wardrobe, wastebasket and recycle bin. Bathrooms are communal; single-gender or co-ed.

Common Areas

Each house has a kitchen, dining room, lounge, computer cluster, and study area.


House Facts


Co-ed type:

Resident Staff:

Upperclass house
Co-ed on each floor.
Exception: Roth House is all-female. BOB, Narnia currently have gender-neutral housing assignments available in two-room doubles.

Student staff for Non-Theme Houses; Resident Fellows/Faculty Affiliates for Theme Houses.
Muwekma-Tah-Ruk:  To Be Determined

Addresses and Year built/renovated (Non-theme houses)

House Address Year Built Year Renovated
680 Lomita 680 Lomita 1963 2003
717 Dolores 717 Dolores 1915 2005
(Robert Moore South)
566 Mayfield Ave 1976 -
Durand 634 Mayfield Ave


Grove 584 Mayfield Ave 1907 1994
Jerry 658 Lomita Ct 1965 1999
Mars 553 Mayfield Ave 1896 1994
Narnia 1135 Campus Dr 1963 1999
Phi Sig 1018 Campus Dr 1896 1994
Roth 713 Santa Ynez 1909 2007
Xanadu 558 Mayfield Ave 1976 2008
ZAP 710 Bowdoin St 1967 1998

Addresses and Year built/renovated (Theme houses)
House Address Year Built Year Renovated
Haus Mitteleuropa 620 Mayfield Ave 1910 1995
La Casa Italiana
(Robert Moore North)
562 Mayfield Ave 1976 2010
La Maison Française 610 Mayfield Ave 1909 1996
Muwekma-Tah-Ruk 543 Lasuen Mall


Slavianskii Dom 650 Mayfield Ave 1900 1995
Storey House 544 Lasuen Mall 1900 -

Note: There are also self-ops within the Greek residences at Stanford. See the Residential Education’s Self-Operated Housing page for more information.

Images of Self-ops

Self-operated Non-theme Houses

680 Lomita Dr. 717 Dolores St.
Durand Grove
Jerry Mars
Narnia Phi Sig
Roth (all female) Xanadu

Self-operated Theme Houses

Haus Mitteleuropa La Casa Italiana
La Maison Française Muwekma-Tah-Ruk
Slavianskii Dom Storey

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