Plan Your Visit
Family Weekend Check-In and Information
Your first stop on campus should be the Family Weekend Check-In and Information Center, located at the Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation, just across Galvez Street from the 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
Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation
341 Galvez St, Stanford, CA 94305
Complimentary parking for guests is in the Galvez Parking Lot and surrounding Groves parking lots, as well as the Varsity Lot
Friday, February 24 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Family Weekend helpline:
Need disability-related accommodations?
See the Disability Access & Accommodations page for more info.
Health and Safety
If you feel sick or test positive for COVID-19, DO NOT attend any in-person events or visit campus.
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. If you test positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of being on site, please complete the General COVID-19 Case Reporting Form.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 surrounding the Galvez lot, as well as the Varsity Lot.
Please remember to lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables inside. Attendants will not be monitoring parking areas closely.
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. A special Family Weekend Marguerite will be making a continuous loop of campus from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. with a break from noon to 1:00 p.m. See the Family Weekend brochure map or interactive Google map for shuttle stop locations. See the live shuttle map.
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.
Family Weekend 2023 interactive Google map
Stanford campus searchable map
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 in the Silicon Valley area
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.
Visitor and area information
Helpful information for your visit including history, facts, news, and weather for Stanford and the surrounding areas.
Bay Area information
Visit California: Spotlight on Silicon Valley
The Mercury News (Silicon Valley)
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 Arriallaga Center for Sports & Recreation. If you lost an item that was not turned in at the information center, please email: email@example.com
Other useful websites and resources
Download the Stanford Mobile app
How to connect to Stanford visitor Wi-Fi
Stanford Health Alerts for visitors
Stanford Health Alerts for travelers
Stanford Recreation and Wellness centers visitor info
Stanford Libraries visitor information
Stanford Post Office information
Please note that some of these websites are not maintained by Stanford University and may change without notice. The information on this page is provided for your convenience and does not constitute an endorsement.