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Neighborhood Concept

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How we got here. Explore the creation of the neighborhood concept, including core principles.  

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The Neighborhood Potential 

Stanford can do more to realize the full potential of the residential experience for our students, and we can be more deliberate in creating residential communities. This need led Provost Drell to empanel and commission the ResX Task Force in spring 2018 as part of the University’s Long-Range Planning process. The Provost charged the task force with developing an overarching vision and articulating a four-year arc for the undergraduate residential experience, including the ideals:

  • first-year housing configuration, 
  • neighborhood concept, 
  • staff structures, and 
  • housing assignment processes
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Residential Experience

Residential Education programs extend the classroom into the residences and complement the academic curriculum with activities and experiences essential to students' preparation for a life of leadership, intellectual engagement, citizenship and service. The residential experience provides new ways of learning and a space to call home where you may feel supported. On this website, you'll find more information about neighborhoods and what this means for students along with an FAQ.  

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Neighborhood Governance

Neighborhood community councils are governing boards of students, Resident Fellows and professional staff working together to make decisions for their local neighborhood. 

 Students living in Junipero House arrive at Frost Amphitheater for the 131st Opening Convocation Ceremony. Photo: Andrew Brodhead

Neighborhoods & UTH FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the neighborhood system and University Theme Houses (UTHs).

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Theme Housing

Find out more about the different types of theme housing available to students. 

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The committee submitted its final report in December 2018 and shared the report with the campus community in spring 2019. 

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