Assignment to Undergraduate ResidencesApproximately 95 percent of undergraduates live in University housing, not counting students studying abroad during the academic year. All freshmen and transfers are required to live in University residences for educational reasons and are automatically assigned housing following admission. Undergraduates are guaranteed four years of housing.
Residence assignments for continuing undergraduates are made on the basis of an annual lottery, called the Draw, and quarterly waiting lists. Undergraduates who enter Stanford as freshmen are guaranteed four years of University housing if they apply by the appropriate Draw deadlines and are willing to live anywhere on campus. Transfer students are guaranteed two or three years of housing, based on their entering class standing.
Undergraduate residences include traditional residence halls, language and culture residences, crosscultural theme houses, student-managed and cooperative houses, apartments, suites, fraternities, and sororities.