563 Salvatierra Walk, StanfordCareer Development Center
563 Salvatierra Walk
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305
  • The Line X Marguerite Bus stops nearby at Alvarado & Campus Drive East.

As Bay Area traffic can be very heavy, especially on highway 101, please allow yourself plenty of time to reach the Stanford campus. In light traffic you can expect travel time by car from either the San Francisco or San Jose airports to be approximately 40 minutes. More typically from the airports, you can expect the travel time to be approximately 60 minutes. In rainy weather, travel time can be 1.5 - 2 hours from San Francisco, Oakland, or Fremont.

Parking at Stanford is limited so please plan to arrive early to allow yourself plenty of time (estimate 30-45 minutes) to purchase a parking permit and find a parking space.

From Highway 101, both Northbound and Southbound
  • Exit Embarcadero Road West and travel about 2 miles.
  • At El Camino Real, Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez.
  • Continue on Galvez and be sure to stay in the left lane so that you aren't forced to make a right onto Arboretum Road.
  • When you come to the first stop sign, you should be at Campus Drive, make a left onto Campus Drive.
  • Then...
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The closest parking to the CDC is Lot 6. To park in the Lot 6 garage:

  • Follow Campus Drive and turn right onto Bowdoin.
  • Follow the road and turn left at the stop sign and then right to go into underground lot.
  • Visitor parking is only on the first level of the garage. As you enter the structure veer right and drive toward the back wall.
  • All visitor slots are identified with a P/Visitor sign and a slot number.
  • The payment machine is at the back wall, in front of the stairway/elevator exit.
  • After paying, exit using the doors near the payment machines (the opposite end of the garage from where you entered).
  • Coming out of the garage, turn left onto Arguello and turn right onto Campus Drive East. The Career Development Center is at 563 Salvatierra Walk, a two block walk from the garage.
  • Please see Parking Payment Options and a map of the walk from the parking structure to the Career Development Center.
  • Follow Campus Drive until you see Alvarado Row (the sixth stop sign).
  • Pass through the Alvarado Row stop sign, and before you reach the next stop sign at Mayfield Avenue, you will see our building on your right. It is a beige and olive 3 story building located at 563 Salvatierra Walk.

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From Highway 280, both Northbound and Southbound
  • Exit Alpine Road
  • Traveling from the north, turn left onto Alpine or if your are traveling from the south, turn right onto Alpine.
  • Turn right at the traffic light on Junipero Serra Boulevard.
  • Turn left at the second stop light, Campus Drive East.
  • Then...
To Continue to Parking and then Walk to the Career Development Center To Continue Directly to the Career Development Center

The closest parking to the CDC is Lot 6. To park in the Lot 6 garage:

  • Follow Campus Drive and turn left onto Bowdoin.
  • Follow the road and turn left at the stop sign and then right to go into underground lot.
  • Visitor parking is only on the first level of the garage. As you enter the structure veer right and drive toward the back wall.
  • All visitor slots are identified with a P/Visitor sign and a slot number.
  • The payment machine is at the back wall, in front of the stairway/elevator exit.
  • After paying, exit using the doors near the payment machines (the opposite end of the garage from which you entered).
  • Coming out of the garage, turn left onto Arguello and turn right onto Campus Drive East. The Career Development Center is one building over at 563 Salvatierra Walk, a two block walk from the garage. 
  • Please see Parking Payment Options and a map of the walk from the parking structure to the Career Development Center.
  • Follow Campus Drive East until you see Mayfield Ave.
  • Pass through the Mayfield Avenue stop sign, and before you reach the next stop sign at Alvarado Row, you will see our building on your left. It is a beige and olive 3 story building located at 563 Salvatierra Walk.

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From the East Bay via the Dumbarton Bridge (Highway 84)
  • Take the Dumbarton Bridge - 84 West - towards Palo Alto.
  • At the first light after the bridge, turn left onto University Ave/ CA 109 South.
  • Follow University Avenue all the way through downtown Palo Alto and to the main entrance of campus. University Ave. will become Palm Drive once you reach campus.
  • Turn left onto Campus Drive.
  • Then...
To Continue to Parking and then Walk to the Career Development Center To Continue Directly to the Career Development Center

The closest parking to the CDC is Lot 6. To park in the Lot 6 garage:

  • Follow Campus Drive and turn right onto Bowdoin.
  • Follow the road and turn left at the stop sign and then right to go into underground lot.
  • Visitor parking is only on the first level of the garage. As you enter the structure veer right and drive toward the back wall.
  • All visitor slots are identified with a P/Visitor sign and a slot number.
  • The payment machine is at the back wall, in front of the stairway/elevator exit.
  • After paying, exit using the doors near the payment machines (the opposite end of the garage from which you entered).
  • Coming out of the garage, turn left onto Arguello and turn right onto Campus Drive East. The Career Development Center is one building over at 563 Salvatierra Walk, a two block walk from the garage.
  • Please see Parking Payment Options and a map of the walk from the parking structure to the Career Development Center.
  • Follow Campus Drive until you see Alvarado Row (the seventh stop sign).
  • Pass through the Alvarado Row stop sign, and before you reach the next stop sign at Mayfield Avenue, you will see our building on your right. It is a beige and olive 3 story building located at 563 Salvatierra Walk.

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Parking Payment Options

Payment options available to you

  • We highly recommend you purchase a visitor parking scratcher permit in advance to save time and make it easier on the day of your visit. This can be done by sending or FAXing (650-724-8676) a letter to Parking and Transportation Services TWO WEEKS in advance. Include the number of visitor scratcher permits you need, a check or credit card number, your contact information (email, phone number), and your mailing address. You will be sent the appropriate number of scratcher permits. On the day of your arrival, simply scratch off the current month, day and year on the permit and hang it on your rear view mirror. You can park in any metered parking or visitor lot. (See Career Development Center/Parking Map below)
  • If you can't purchase a permit in advance, you can buy a visitor parking scratcher permit the day of your visit (7:30AM-5:30PM) at Parking and Transportation Services. They are located at 340 Bonair Siding (off Campus Drive, between Serra Street and Maples Pavillion, 650-723-9362). The Visitor Scratcher permit costs $12.00 and can be used in any metered parking space or visitor lot. (See Career Development Center/Parking Map below)
  • There are Pay and Display parking machines in certain lots which allow you to pay by cash or credit card. You may purchase up to 8 hours of parking. The machines accept credit cards, cash or coins.  Make sure to have the correct amount of money if you do not use your credit card, as these machines do not issue change. The receipt should be placed on the car dashboard with the expiration time and date facing up.

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Map of Parking Lot 6 and CDC Vicinity

Map of CDC Vicinity

  View a larger version of the Parking Lot 6 and CDC Vicinity Map (pdf) or the Stanford Campus Map

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