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House Description

592 Alvarado Row, Stanford, CA 94305
The Row
The Row
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Independent Living (The Row): 

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Hammarskjöld is the international theme co-op. We take pride in cooking our own food and cleaning our house. Indeed, we believe that we are the cleanest and best fed of all the co-ops. Ask any of the current residents, our food rocks!

Our house is intimate and beautiful; we have only 33 residents, and you have the opportunity to get to know everyone very well. Alvarado Row is central to most places on campus. We have all the normal social events a row house would have (Special Dinner, room warming, ski trip, etc.), but each resident also gets to throw an international theme event. It can be anything from watching a Bollywood movie, throwing a Chinese New Year’s Party, to cooking a traditional Peruvian dinner.

Community Information

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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’s the coolest thing about your house and community?

The Hammarskjöld community puts a great emphasis on the cleanliness and coziness of the house, and like other co-ops, we embrace and actively welcome expression in a safe and open space. As the international-themed co-op, we take great pride in the variety of countries and cultures represented in our community. We encourage cooks to bring international themes into their dinners and consider our vast and eclectic collection of loose-leaf teas and spices the finest on campus.

What qualities make a successful Hamm staff team member?

A successful Hammarskjöld staff member is reliable, collective-minded, and dedicated to the house. They are responsible and approachable not only within the scope of their respective position, but also as a staff member in general and an active resident and contributor to the community. Most importantly, a successful Hamm staff member gets it: they see how the coziness of the house connects the vastness of international perspectives, balance the varied nuanced experiences with the collective functioning of a co-op, and welcome equally cooks conducted entirely in Spanish and food that they’ve never heard of before.

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

The Tie-Dye Co-Op Potluck is the event we are most known for, and it is a great opportunity for all co-ops to mingle and share experiences. However, the biggest tradition we have would probably be our weekly in-house Friday happy hours. They are essential to the bonding of the Hammarskjöld community, and we often use these times as an opportunity for residents to share a theme project (a requirement for all Hamm residents) on a country or culture they have either experienced or are interested in--these have included a wide variety of fun presentations such as capoeira lessons, a tangyuan-making workshop, a screening of La Grande Bellezza with cantucci, enjoying koldskål (a Danish buttermilk/vanilla/lemon treat) while talking about your favorite Danish things, and a Chinese New Year celebration.

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

Tier Requirement

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

Additional Requirements

Pre-assignment to Hammarskjöld will be considered for students who fulfill the following conditions:

  1. Every preassignment applicant must complete a house job (part of a Cook or a full Hash). This may be completed at another co-op, but you must contact Kyle Wang and Ela Hickey in order to let them know of this.
  2. Complete a house tour of Hammarskjöld.
  3. Attend a dinner at Hammarskjöld. (Not required, but strongly recommended)
Requirements for Residents of Hammarskjöld

If assigned to Hammarskjöld you must:

  1. Present one theme project to house residents.
  2. Do a biweekly clean.
  3. Do a house job once a week.
  4. Do an end-of-the-quarter clean.

House Staff

Community Resident Assistant (RA)
: 3
Row Kitchen Resident Assistant (RA)
: 2
Row Financial Resident Assistant (RA)
: 1
Operations Resident Assistant (RA)
: 1