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House Description

576 Alvarado Row, Stanford, CA 94305
The Row
Housing Theme Type: 
Theme Name: 
Independent Living (The Row): 

Photograph of staff during campus opening in JPG format.

On the corner of Campus Drive and Alvarado Row sits a white house called 576 Alvarado. This student-driven and student-managed home is represented by a community that is beautiful, resilient and weird. The soul of 576 Alvarado has morphed and changed over the years—each generation finds new resonance with old traditions and willful minds thrive among a deep culture of solidarity. We "bring us with us." Fluctuating from complete autonomy to complete togetherness, this community carries forth a unique and awesome experience that encourages residents to personally grow in directions they might not have predicted.

Being a home that was independent for over 100 years, residents have been challenged to take charge and care for their living space with creativity, fervor and love. Residents here participate in a weekly cook or clean shift and chore, as well as a more intensive Work Week or Weekend at the beginning of each quarter. Many residents see the work as an embodiment of their love and commitment to the house, and list these work week/ends as one of their favorite experiences in the house—a time when love is expressed through work, cultivating community. Every corner of the house is special, bearing the alterations made by past residents. Students at 576 Alvarado learn how to cook an elaborate meal, deep clean every space in the house, and use building and gardening tools, among countless other lessons. Nowhere else on campus can you develop such important life skills with the support of a community that soon feels like family.

The kitchen is the heart of our home, and we take pride in cooking up delicious meals that accommodate all diets. Stop by for a meal and ask us about our house. You might not be able to get us to stop talking.



Housing Agreement Addendum for Students Drawing into the 576 Alvarado Row Co-Op

I understand that the Theta Chi Fraternity, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Stanford University and others alleging, among other claims, federal trademark infringement relating to use of “Theta Chi” and “Chi Theta Chi” in connection with the co-op at 576 Alvarado Row.  I understand the Theta Chi Fraternity is claiming there is personal liability  for referring to the house and/or property by its former names.  The fraternity has specifically stated that it considers the following references to be in violation of their trademark:

  • “Theta Chi”
  •  “Chi Theta Chi”
  • “XΘX“
  • “XOX”
  • “ex-Theta Chi”
  • “formerly known as [any of the above terms]”

In order to preserve the culture of this co-op that has existed for more than 25 years, to avoid further harm to this community and the expense of litigation, we ask students to refrain from using the above terms to describe the property as a current location on campus.

Community Information

Residence Type: 

Exterior photograph of 576 Alvarado in JPG format.

What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?

576 Alvarado has its roots in self-sufficiency. Our do-it-yourself ethos stands for student agency and skill building. Since its foundation in 1893, this abode has served as a bastion of student-autonomy, both functionally and spiritually. We are an open, loving community, and we keep it weird. 

What qualities make a successful 576 staff team member?

Given the added workload associated with the house experience, our managers are requisite to shoulder general house functioning, serving as leaders and providing support in residents’ undertakings. Managers lead by example, teaching new residents everything from day-to-day house maintenance skills (e.g. how to mow the lawn or caulk a shower) to the importance of taking on a DIY project (e.g. encouraging them to paint a mural). This is no small task, and requires a great deal of time spent with small numbers of residents at a time to be effective. Successful managers readily inculcate new residents into our house culture of responsibility and cooperation. 

What’s your favorite event or tradition in your house?

Work week, ‘cause like blood, sweat, and tears. 

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

How Rooms Are Assigned

No special preference is given to pre-assigned residents in terms of room assignment. All incoming residents will participate in the in-house draw.

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

Tier Requirement

Pre-assignment to 576 Alvarado REQUIRES the use of a TIER TWO housing choice.

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

  1. Every pre-assignment applicant must attend the five-hour work day (date TBA) or make other arrangements with house managers.
  2. Complete a house tour of 576 Alvarado with a current 576 Alvarado manager (usually accomplished during the pre-assignment work day).
  3. Attend a dinner at 576 Alvarado. (Not required, but strongly recommended)
Requirements for Residents of 576 Alvarado

576 Alvarado is a co-op, a wonderful place. We run the house: cooking, cleaning, general housekeeping, event organization. We have a jobs system in place to organize and divide the work. House chores make for a great community-building experience. It requires that students do their part and take responsibility for the house as a whole. 

House Staff

Community Resident Assistant (RA)
: 3
Row Kitchen Resident Assistant (RA)
: 3
Row Financial Resident Assistant (RA)
: 1
Operations Resident Assistant (RA)
: 3