The first game happens on a Friday night. Two contestants face each other down across the green felt. They are opposites in every way. One prefers his cue heavy, the other light. One is a prospective CS major, the other philosophy. They move deliberately, and a “clack-clack-clack” of fifteen ceramic spheres echoes across the room. Suddenly — a BANG! and the game is on.
You have some choices when it comes to where you want to live during your time at Stanford. The basic options are to live in the dorms, on the row, or in more apartment-style living spaces like Mirrielees or Oak Creek.
It’s the start of a new year here on the Farm, and that means new classes, new dorms, and a big switch from life at home during the summer with family to life on campus surrounded by amazing students and faculty.
When you arrive at Stanford, you learn all about how awesome dorm funds are, because they allow you to do really fun things with your dormmates throughout the year. Basically, dorm funds are money that you pay as part of your housing bill that the dorm government and RAs can use to put on events for the dorm. The three different dorms I’ve lived in while at Stanford have had some pretty great events and outings, and I want to share some of them with you!
Maybe you’re a student who just accepted your offer of admission (if so, then congratulations and I look forward to seeing you on campus next year!), or you’re a freshman who still isn’t quite sure who that guy on the second floor is who’s so good at physics. Either way, here is a short breakdown of some of the different staff positions in the freshman dorms at Stanford.
As a transfer student at Stanford University, my living situation varies slightly from the freshmen students. While freshmen are typically placed in an all-freshmen dorm for their first year, where I get to live depends primarily on my age: transfer students ages 24 and older are usually placed in graduate housing, while the rest of us are placed in Kimball Hall. Today, I would like to tell you a little bit more about this wonderful place called Kimball–a place I find synonymous with home.