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House Description

650 Mayfield Ave, Stanford, CA 94305
The Row
The Row
Housing Theme Type: 
Language and Culture
Theme Name: 
Slavic Studies
Independent Living (The Row): 

Photograph of the SlavDom community within the house in JPG format.

Slavianskii Dom (Slav) is a language and cultural theme house centering post-communist Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

We are affiliated with the Slavic Languages and Literatures Department.

Throughout the year, we host workshops, invite guest speakers, and plan cultural events in order to learn more about the region.

We also have a variety of other social events and quirky traditions.

The house contains 49 sophomores, juniors, seniors and co-terms, and is located at 650 Mayfield Avenue.

Community Information

Residence Type: 

Panoramic of Slav Dom in JPG format.

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?

Our residents love the house so much that they choose to live here year after year. While Slav is different every year, the close-knit community of returners ensures that the fun and funky vibe lives on. Plus, our theme programming keeps our community tight, as our residents come together to cook traditional foods from the region, hear guest speakers discuss a range of cultures and experiences, and go on cool excursions, like trips to a Georgian restaurant and a Russian Banya (sauna) in San Francisco.

What makes a successful Slav house member?

Slav welcomes residents with diverse personal, social, and academic backgrounds. While our residents have varied interests and hobbies, our community expects that everyone will be open to connecting with others in a meaningful way. Most residents come into Slav without any prior exposure to our theme, so a willingness to embrace new experiences is the only integral qualification for becoming a successful community member. The community works best when everyone is kind, genuine, and a little weird!

Our house is meaningful to the Stanford community because… 

Our residents are highly involved in both social and academic programming, and often take the initiative to host their own events or share their own backgrounds and experiences. We’re not just a theme house, we’re a family. We love the quirky character of our community and all of its traditions. Slav is also a great place for our residents to explore their interest in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, even if they have not gotten a chance to study the region’s languages, cultures, or histories. Residents are always invited to join the conversation, regardless of their prior experience with our theme. 

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

Students who fulfill at least one of the following conditions are eligible for pre-assignment to Slavianskii Dom:

  1. Spoken proficiency in a language from the region (post-communist Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union)
  2. Successful completion of 10 units of coursework in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures by the end of the current academic year
  3. Two quarters or more of residence in Slavianskii Dom with regular participation in the house’s theme programming

Students who do not meet any of these requirements but are interested in living in Slavianskii Dom will have an option to submit an essay discussing their interest in the house.

How Rooms Are Assigned

All pre-assigned residents will be submitted to the same In-House Draw process as other residents. They will not be prioritized in room selection based on pre-assignment status.

Tier Requirement

Pre-assignment to Slavianskii Dom will REQUIRE the use of a TIER TWO housing choice.

Requirements for Residents of Slavianskii Dom

I understand that, if assigned to Slavianskii Dom, I must complete all of the theme requirements or will risk loss of housing.

  1. For each quarter of residence in Slavianskii Dom, regardless of pre-assignment status, the resident must acquire 8 theme points. Points can be acquired by attending in-house lectures, workshops, and field trips, or by taking coursework related to the theme of the house and sharing this knowledge with the residents by giving a presentation.
  2. Each student must complete a theme project. The guidelines are as follows:
  • ​The project should have educational, theme-related content
  • The project should demonstrate serious effort (about 8 hours of work)
  • The project should be presented in a creative format, such as a poster or an interactive workshop. There will also be an oral presentation to the house. Residents are expected to attend each other's theme presentations.

The theme requirement for Slavianskii Dom is an integral part of the house's mission, and must be taken seriously. Should you choose not to complete the theme requirements, you will be asked to leave Slavianskii Dom and find alternative housing, or your account will be put on hold.

House Staff

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