We understand that it can be difficult for new students and parents to quickly find information and resources when getting started at Stanford. It can also be challenging to stay “in the know” as your student returns each academic year.
Parents frequently ask questions about the "Care-Abouts" listed on this page, from non-tuition related charges that appear on the University bill, (i.e., health insurance and housing fees) to how best to make cash available to students, and more.
To protect our students, Stanford requires that all students have health insurance. As a precautionary measure, all registered students are automatically enrolled in Cardinal Care insurance at the beginning of each quarter. If you are providing health insurance for your student, or if your student is covered through other means, they must take action to waive Cardinal Care insurance to avoid unnecessary charges.
For more detailed information, visit the following web pages provided by Stanford's Vaden Health Center:
Approximately 95 percent of undergraduate students and 60 percent of graduate students live on campus. Because the University considers the residential component of students' education so important, freshmen and new transfer students are required to live in a University dormitory during their first year at Stanford. Students must apply for housing by the published deadlines and must be willing to live anywhere on campus.
For additional information, visit Student Housing , a division of Stanford University Residential & Dining Enterprises .
All freshmen living in University-managed housing are required to purchase a meal plan. Students are billed for their meal plans quarterly. In addition to the residential dining halls, Stanford Dining operates eight cafes, restaurants and late-night operations across campus.
For meal plan options, student dining halls, restaurants, cafes, and frequently asked questions; visit Stanford Dining , a division of Stanford University Residential & Dining Enterprises .
Charges for room rent and Stanford Dining meal plans are included on the student's University Bill  prepared by Student Financial Services. Housing charges may include early arrival fees, repair fees and termination of occupancy fees.
Through the Stanford University Network (SUNet), Stanford provides one of the most extensive University computing environments anywhere. Services include e-mail, individual web pages, a distributed file system, off-campus access to the Internet, a widespread wireless network and a variety of computer servers.
Students access resources on SUNet using their Stanford University ID information. Students can connect their personal computers to SUNet throughout the residences and adjacent common areas via high-speed Ethernet ports or wireless networking (which is available in all residences with new students). One or more resident computer consultants (RCCs) live in each dorm as part of the residence staff to provide technical support and to help familiarize students with Stanford’s computing environment.
Students who live in on-campus housing (except Residential Computing  in order to gain full access to the Stanford University Network and the Internet.) must register their computers with
Stanford operates its own telephone system. Local calling with call waiting and a pre-installed phone are standard in all residences and are included in the telecommunications fee included on the University Bill. Optional services are available, including voice mail and caller ID. For more information, visit the Telephone Services for Students  page on Information Technology Services  web site.
Most students incur incidental expenses, in addition to the fees associated with their education. To facilitate having "cash on hand" for these incidentals, Stanford offers the StanfordCardPlan . Using the StanfordCardPlan, students may make purchases (up to $1,000 per quarter) using their Stanford ID card at the Stanford Bookstore and other on-campus locations, and the charges are added to their University bill.
See Overview: StanfordCardPlan  for program details.
There are a number of local, regional, and national banks located in the city of Palo Alto and the surrounding areas.
The banks listed below have either a branch or ATMs located on the Stanford Campus.
There is an ATM located on the second floor of Tresidder Student Union. The local Palo Alto branch is located at 395 Quarry Road.
There are 15 ATMs located on or around campus and branches located at:
A bank and ATMs  are located on the second floor of Tresidder Student Union.