Durand is a 35-person house on the Upper Row. Our rooms, mostly one room doubles except for staff singles and several cozy yet epic triples, are small, but the beautiful first floor provides ample space for socializing and studying. Our bright, sunny dining room and beautiful window seat alcove are ideal places for early morning paper writing or late night study breaks and low-key gatherings. The TV lounge boasts the most important Durand resident, our giant, custom-built, blue couch, endearingly known as "Couchie." This couch can comfortably fit 8 people, but has been known to sometimes seat all 35 residents at once. The brand new big screen television doesn't hurt, either. Our veteran chef, Gilly, is among the longest tenured chefs on the Row, and her quirky humor complements her tasty food (‘Burrito Night’ and her custom-made chocolate chip cookie bars and rice krispie treats are famous favorites).
Though not known for wild weekend parties, Durand has a small, intimate size that allows residents to get to know all of their neighbors and form a welcoming community. Durand's position on the Upper Row has led to strong connections with other houses, most notably Slav and Pluto. Throughout the year, the houses host shared social events, such as backyard barbecues and Friday afternoon volleyball, bringing residents from all three houses together.
Durand’s location, slightly removed from the main campus, creates a sense of ‘coming home’ from classes at the end of the day. Mayfield Playfield, a grassy field across the street from Durand, is a great place to play sports or work in the sun. The surrounding neighborhood of Upper Row faculty houses and Frenchman’s Park – a five-minute walk from Durand – allows for afternoon wandering or nighttime star-gazing to escape the bustle of the core Stanford campus, while surrounding Row houses still foster a sense of student community.
Information Regarding Mail and Package Delivery
Students living in Row Houses (Upper Row, Lower Row, Clusters 1, 2, or 3/Cowell) are strongly encouraged to follow the directions for the mail and package process provided on the Mail Delivery and Shipping page, as the PO Box address is each student’s official Stanford address and should be maintained during their entire undergraduate career. However, Row residents are also able to have mail packages delivered directly to their Row house by addressing mail and packages to the house's street address. Please be reminded that Student Housing/the University accepts no responsibility for packages sent to/delivered at individual residences.
Additional Community Information
What is the coolest thing about our house and community?
There is no one typical Durand resident. We have athletes, self-professed nerds, and exceptional artists, all brought together in a friendly upper row house with a beautiful rose-lined walkway. We have the best chef (Gilly) on the Row (she takes meal requests and makes homemade granola), an obscenely large, custom-made couch, foosball, a mural made of gummy bears, ping pong, a huge grassy field perfect for soccer/frisbee/etc. right across the street, and so much more. Anyone can be a part of our small, loving community - so what are you waiting for?? Come hang out with us sometime!
What makes a successful Durand staff member?
Durand staff members are diverse, quirky, fun-loving, good* at ping pong, and silly. They contribute to the community in a variety of ways, from being present at house events and making new friends in the community to taking care of responsibilities. They are excited about making new friends and trying new things!
*or willing to improve
Our house is meaningful to the Stanford community because...
We bring together a wide range of Stanford upperclassmen for food, friendship, and festivities so that they can have a chill place to go home to when they are stressed, a welcoming place to go to when they are looking for a supportive community, and a fun place to look forward to when they want to laugh and make lasting memories. We love it here and hope you will too!