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Can I stay on campus even if I’m not enrolled in classes?

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During the regular school year (Autumn through Spring), it is generally only possible to live on campus if you are an active student who is enrolled full-time.

*Note that due to COVID-19, housing eligibility rules for academic year 2020-21 are significantly different.  Please check the Re-Approaching Stanford site for the latest information.

What if I'm done with my graduation requirements? Can I still live on campus my senior spring?

There are two housing exceptions possible for graduating seniors:

1. Seniors who graduate early (have the degree conferred) can petition Housing for a Post-Graduation Quarter in Housing. Consult Housing with any questions about this.

2. Seniors who need to be on campus to finish theses or incompletes, but are done with all the new classes they need, can register as Permit to Attend for Services Only (PSO) and pay a reduced tuition in their very last quarter before conferring the degree. The Student Services Center handles this petition.

Neither of the two options above qualify a student for a visa or for financial aid, or for athletic eligibility, so be sure to discuss with your advisors whether this is the right step for you.

What about Summer?

It is usually possible to request (and pay for) campus housing during Summer quarter even if you are not enrolled in classes.  Consult the Summer Housing webpages from Student Housing for eligibility, timing, price, and so forth.

* Note that during Academic Year 2020-21, Summer housing is only available for students who are enrolled full-time, or on their Flex Term and doing an approved Experiential Learning opportunity (ELO).

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