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House Description

730 Escondido Rd, Stanford, CA 94305
East Campus
Housing Theme Type: 
Pre-Assignment Programs
Theme Name: 
Substance Free

Mirrielees staff attend a ballet of Cinderella in San Francisco in JPG format.

Mirrielees is a great community for students ready to prepare for their life after college. This apartment style community comes equipped with full kitchens and bathrooms that the residents maintain and make their own.

The majority of the community has 2-person occupancy rooms with a handful of triples. There are 4 computer clusters and 3 spacious lounges which provide a great space for studying and the many events hosted by the student staff.

With a total of 300 residents, students have found great comfort in selecting into large draw groups where many of their colleagues and classmates live close by. Students hoping for a new environment a little away from the hustle and bustle of campus have also found Mirrielees a place to call home.

It is hoped that in the Mirrielees community residents do not only develop a sense of independence and self sufficiency, but key understanding of what it will take to ensure their overall success once done with college. The programmatic experience revolves around connecting residents with key resources they will need to assist in making sound decisions regarding their careers, finances, health and overall growth. Residents are asked to be active participants in their continued development in and out of the classroom, partnering with student staff to run programs meeting these needs throughout the year. 

All residents living in the Substance-Free area/spaces will be required to adhere to the Substance-Free Community Standards, outlined in the Pre-Assignment section of the Mirrielees House page (see below).

Resident Fellows

Resident Fellow Names: 
Lisa Hicks

Photograph of Mirrielees Resident Fellow, Lisa Hicks.

Lisa Hicks is originally from Winchester, Kentucky, and has also lived in Rhode Island, Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee. She is a Core Instructor for Stanford Online High School, which means that she teaches philosophy to 8th-graders and 12th-graders who are probably convinced that she lives in the internet. Lisa did her undergraduate work at Brown, where she double-concentrated in Philosophy and English, and her graduate work at the University of Chicago, where she wrote her dissertation on Friedrich Nietzsche’s view of the self.  (She insists that these were all reasonable things to do.) Lisa's previous roles at Stanford include teaching in SLE and serving as the Theme Manager in Ng House / Humanities House. She knits stuffed animals, bakes cupcakes using improbable ingredients, reads mystery novels and contemporary fiction, knows far too much Harry Potter trivia, and attends every play that she can fit into her schedule. Lisa would be happy for you to join her on her evening walk, and she will almost certainly make you a cup of tea if you ask nicely.

Community Information

Residence Type: 
Upper Class

Exterior photograph of Mirrielees House in JPG Format.

What is the coolest thing about your house and community?

Apartment style living offers residents a chance to experience independent living while still having the support of student staff and a vibrant community with fellow students. It allows for residents to have the peace of personal space within a casual, open, and diverse community. Mirrielees residents gain valuable life skills such as cooking, and navigating the unique challenges associated with independent living. Lastly, Mirrielees also offers halls for students who are intentional about living substance free living. 

Our house is meaningful to the Stanford community because…

We are diverse, we are curious, we explore, we are flexible and always trying new things. We believe in creating opportunities for meaningful connections, celebrating cultures, and encouraging self-care and mindfulness. We love learning about what inspires our residents. 


Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment



Acceptance into this housing option is contingent upon the completion of the pre-assignment application and the commitment on the part of applicants and their guests to agree to honor and adhere to the following Substance-Free Community Standards:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to live Substance-Free and actively promoting an environment based upon the respect and care for others who choose to live in this community.
  • Residents commit that they and their guests will not return to the community under the influence of, or having consumed or used alcohol, tobacco, or other illegal substances (including the misuse of legal substances or prescription drugs.)
  • Each resident will contribute to establishing and shaping community norms and standards with the involvement of staff and other residents.
  • If, at any time, a resident feels he/she is no longer able to commit to this agreement, measures will be taken to voluntarily reassign the student to another residence hall, if one is available. (No guarantee of like space).
  • If a resident fails to adhere to these standards they will be reassigned to another residence hall (no guarantee of like space) and/or be removed from housing.

The primary responsibility for maintaining the Substance-Free Community will rest with the residents. Residential Education staff will participate in the community and will assist in upholding these standards and in developing this community. As with other university policies, residents are responsible for their guest's actions. Students who choose substance-free housing are committed to that choice and see it as important to their success and that of their fellow residents.

Tier Requirement

Pre-assignment to the Substance-Free Community REQUIRES the use of a TIER TWO housing choice.

Additional Requirements

Pre-assignment to Substance-Free will be open to any student, regardless of major, sophomore through senior that demonstrates a strong commitment for living substance-free.

Requirements if Pre-Assigned

Pre-assigned students will be expected to complete the following as part of the Substance-Free Community Standards:

  1. Residents will not be in possession of, use, or be under the influence of, alcohol, tobacco, or other illegal substances while within the residence. Nor will they misuse legal substances or prescription drugs.
  2. Residents will ensure that all guests also adhere completely to these standards.
  3. Residents will actively participate in creating and sustaining a Substance-Free Community.
  4. Each resident will pitch, plan, produce, and execute an event for the Mirrielees community. The RFs and Student Staff will approve the event/activity and support the resident with resources, marketing and help to run the event. 


House Staff

Resident Assistants (RA)
: 7
Resident Computing Consultant (RCC)
: 3
Peer Health Educator (PHE)
: 1