[Published Aug. 2016; updated Sept. 2016]

This article is no longer current. For the latest information, please refer to our "Transportation Updates for Escondido Village Residents" web page.


When construction of the new 2,400-bed Escondido Village (EV) graduate housing complex begins in mid- to late-October, parking options will be more restricted and less convenient for EV residents.

In anticipation of these changes, EV residents living in couples or family housing will have new limits on the number of parking permits they can purchase for the upcoming academic year. EV residents in single units will continue to be limited to one EV area permit.

Temporary ES Permit for Non-student Residents

As construction will not be starting until at least October, non-student residents in couples and family housing in Escondido Village will be allowed to buy up to two months of parking in the ES permit area through the end of October. When the EVGR construction start date is finalized, likely next month, further communication about limiting ES permits will be provided.  Non-student residents will need to park outside of the ES permit area at that time.  P&TS will gauge demand in parking areas near Escondido Village during the first weeks of the fall semester to evaluate which areas can be made available to non-student village residents needing a parking permit.

Parking Limits Once Construction Begins

Residents are strongly encouraged to learn about transportation alternatives and to consider not bringing a vehicle to campus.

  • Limit of one parking permit. EV residents living in couples or family housing will be limited to one EV area parking permit per registered student. Non-student residents in couples and family housing in Escondido Village will be allowed to buy up to two months of parking in the ES permit area through the end of October. Households needing more than one EV area permit will be allowed to buy permits for the west campus (WE) residential area, specifically for parking at Searsville Lot and Roble Field Garage. Residents are encouraged to bike or ride Stanford's Marguerite shuttle to these secondary locations. EV residents in single units will continue to be limited to one EV area parking permit per registered student.
  • Parking closures. Once the construction fence is installed and construction begins this fall, all existing parking for EV residents who live adjacent to the construction site will be removed, including parking next to Hoskins House, McFarland House, Blackwelder House, Quillen House, Studio 2, and Thoburn Court lowrise buildings 91-94. 
  • Loading zones created. There will be loading zones created to enable affected EV residents to drop off groceries or other items, then park their vehicle in their designated parking locations. EV residents may want to bike or ride Stanford’s Marguerite shuttle between residences and more distant parking garages or lots.

Alternatives to Having Your Own Car on Campus

Why pay hundreds of dollars a year on parking and pay even more to maintain and drive your own vehicle only occasionally?  You could save significantly by reserving a vehicle only when you actually need one. Stanford offers free and discounted resources to help you go car free:

  • Zipcar at Stanford. On-demand car sharing is conveniently located on campus and lets you reserve a car online or by phone 24/7. With over 60 Zipcars on campus, this is one of the most convenient alternatives to driving your own car, and you receive Stanford discounts. [Map of Zipcars near Escondido Village]
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car on campus. The Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch on the Stanford Campus is located at Stock Farm Garage. Stanford residents can register for $10 weeknight rentals.
  • Free Marguerite shuttle. Stanford's Marguerite shuttle is free and provides service around campus and to nearby shopping, dining, and entertainment. The service connects to the Palo Alto Caltrain station and the San Antonio Shopping Center.
  • Bay Area transit services. Find schedules, maps, and other information for Bay Area transit service, including Caltrain, VTA, BART, and more.
  • Thriving at Stanford [without a car] guide. Use this guide to find your way around the Bay Area, and you'll find you can thrive without a car.
  • Airport shuttle services. Private shuttles provide service between San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland airports and Stanford.
  • Bicycle program. With Stanford’s mild climate, flat terrain, and over 13,000 bike parking spaces on campus, biking is a great way to get around. Stanford’s award-winning bicycle program can help get you ready to ride.
  • Free trip planning services. Try our do-it-yourself commute plan/trip request, or ask us to create a custom transit and/or bike plan for you.

The introduction of new residential alternative transportation programs, including incentives, will coincide with the beginning of construction in the fall. Over the next two months, P&TS will announce details of the new alternative transportation incentives for EV residents who do not buy a parking permit.

Additional parking options or other transportation changes for EV residents will be communicated  if and when information becomes available.

If you have questions, contact Parking & Transportation Services: Parking questions:  transportation@stanford.edu | Alternative transportation options:  commuteclub@stanford.edu