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Family Weekend 2023 Registration is Open

Registration is now open for Family Weekend 2023. Family members of current undergraduates at the university are invited to register to attend Family Weekend in-person. Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, February 10, 2023.

Register to attend Family Weekend 2023 now!

Plan Your Visit

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Families gather in front of Arrillaga Alumni Center at Family Weekend 2021

Family Weekend Check-In and Information

Your first stop on campus should be the Family Weekend Check-In and Information Center, located at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center. This is where you will pick up your Family Weekend registration materials and enjoy complimentary continental breakfast to start your day.

Family Weekend Check-in and Information Center
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street (corner of Galvez Street and Campus Drive)
Complimentary parking for guests is in the Galvez Parking Lot

Hours
Friday, February 24 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Family Weekend helpline: 
(650) 736-9018

Need disability-related accommodations?
See the Disability Access & Accommodations page for more info.

Family members talking to Parents' Club volunteers at a table in front of the Alumni Center during Family Weekend.

Health and Safety

If you feel sick or test positive for COVID-19, DO NOT attend any in-person events on campus and stay home. 

All families must register for this event and be in compliance with the Stanford Visitor Policy. All visitors arriving from international destinations must adhere to current Stanford travel policies

Stanford strongly recommends masking indoors and in crowded outdoor settings regardless of vaccination status. Limited PPE will be available at the Family Weekend Information Center.

Current policies and protocols at Stanford related to the COVID-19 pandemic are available on Stanford University Health Alerts.

As with all policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, this guidance is subject to changing health conditions. Please visit this site regularly for updates.

Red banner reading Welcome to Stanford hangs between columns over Palm Drive.

Getting here

Airports

San Francisco International (SFO) is approximately 25 miles north and San Jose International (SJC) approximately 20 miles south of Stanford. Both airports offer public transport, shuttle, and hire car options that will get you here. Oakland International (OAK) is also an option but is further from campus and can be more difficult to travel to/from using public transport and shuttles. See info about airport shuttles.
 

Public transportation

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) provides limited transit service on the San Francisco Peninsula and throughout the East Bay. BART services do not extend past the Millbrae station. Stanford riders can connect to BART via Caltrain and bus connections at the following stations:

Millbrae – served by Caltrain
Fremont – served by the Line U East Bay Express
Union City – served by the Dumbarton Express

Caltrain connects San Francisco and San Jose (including both airports) with a stop in Palo Alto. Visitors using Caltrain should get off at the Palo Alto station and take the Marguerite shuttle to campus.

See the Stanford Transportation website for more information about getting to campus using public transit.

Directions
From Highway 101 North & South - Exit onto Embarcadero Road and travel west, following the signs directing you to Stanford University. About three miles after exiting the freeway, Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street as you cross El Camino Real. Stay in the left lane and continue past the stadium. Follow the Galvez Lot parking signs.

From Highway 280 North & South - Exit onto Sand Hill Road and follow the signs for Stanford University. Heading east, drive approximately three miles to the Stanford Shopping Center. Turn right onto Arboretum Road (Nordstrom is on your right). Stay on Arboretum until it ends, then turn right onto Galvez Street. Follow the Galvez Lot parking signs.

Marguerite shuttle bus driving on Palm Drive towards campus.

Getting around

General parking

Family Weekend complimentary parking is provided in the Galvez Parking Lot, located across Campus Drive from the Alumni Center. Additional overflow parking will be available in the Groves.

Please remember to lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables inside. Attendants will not be monitoring parking areas closely.
 

Marguerite Shuttle

Marguerite is Stanford's free shuttle service and is open to the public – no ID required. ​​​All buses are wheelchair-accessible and have bike racks. Information about special Family Weekend Marguerite service will be posted closer to the date. See the live shuttle map.
 

Bike rentals

Another favorite way of getting around campus is by bicycle. Bicycles are available for rent at the campus bike shop at Tresidder Union.
 

Golf cart shuttles

A limited golf cart service will also be available for Family Weekend guests with limited mobility. See more information on the Disability Access & Accommodations page. For safety reasons, personal golf carts are not allowed to be brought onto the campus during Family Weekend.
 

Navigating campus

Family Weekend 2023 interactive Google map (to be posted closer to the weekend)

Stanford campus searchable map

Parking and transportation map

Woman gets food at buffet in dining hall during Family Weekend.

Lodging and dining

The Stanford campus and surrounding areas offer a wide range of lodging and dining options. Stanford does not reserve hotel blocks for Family Weekend, however some operators may offer special rates. We recommend contacting the hotels directly to inquire about special rates as all pricing and reservations are handled separately through the hotels and not by the university.

Lodging

Lodging in Palo Alto

Lodging in Menlo Park

Lodging in the Silicon Valley area

Lodging in the Bay Area

Wheelchair accessible hotels
 

Dining

Campus eateries map

Cafe and retail food locations on campus

Dining options at the Stanford Shopping Center

Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce restaurants and cafes list

Palo Alto Online's Best of 2022 restaurants

Palo Alto Online's Best of 2022 food and drink

Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce restaurants lists

*Check with establishments to confirm operating status and hours.

Parents with their student walking by a sign for an exhibit on campus.

Visitor and area information

Helpful information for your visit including history, facts, news, and weather for Stanford and the surrounding areas.

Stanford information

Stanford visitor information

Stanford facts

Stanford history

About Stanford

Stanford weather

KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM

Stanford News

Stanford Daily

Stanford Magazine

Stanford Shopping Center
 

Bay Area information

Visit California: Spotlight on Silicon Valley

Palo Alto Online

San Francisco Chronicle

The Mercury News (Silicon Valley)

View of the Stanford Dish and surrounding foothills

Emergency info and lost and found

In the event of an emergency, call 911. 

Emergencies – call 9-1-1
9-9-1-1 from a main campus phone 

Non-emergency response - (650) 329-2413

Lost and found
Found items can be turned in at the Family Weekend information center inside the Frances C. Arriallaga Alumni Center. If you lost an item that was not turned in at the information center, please email: lostandfoundsu@stanford.edu

View of campus from the foothills west of campus with Hoover Tower in the distance and the bay beyond.

Stanford University's Land Acknowledgment Statement

Stanford sits on the ancestral land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. Consistent with our values of community and inclusion, we have a responsibility to acknowledge, honor, and make visible the University’s relationship to Native peoples.

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