Stanford Neurosurgery Resident Life


Welcome to our neurosurgery resident page! We hope that both applicants and incoming residents will find this information helpful in understanding what life is like for neurosurgery residents at Stanford. We are a diverse group of residents from all walks of life that come together for the shared purpose of providing optimal patient care and neurosurgical training. As a neurosurgery resident at Stanford you are a part of a extremely close-knit family of residents and alumni who carry on the strong tradition of excellence that has embodied Stanford Neurosurgery since its inception. If you have any questions about Stanford neurosurgery, we welcome your emails to answer any questions about the residency program!


Stanford is located close to two main highways (280 and 101) which allows incoming residents to search for housing not only right around campus but also in the surrounding areas, offering a lot of flexibility with easy access to the hospital. It is recommended that junior residents live within 30 minutes of all the sites, including Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center. When looking for off campus housing, you can try expanding the search to include nearby cities such as Redwood City, Menlo Park, and Mountain View. These cities also have the benefit of being somewhat less expensive compared to Palo Alto.

For on campus housing, Stanford offers subsidized resident housing at Welch Road Apartments. This is across the street from the hospital and has 108 unites that range from studios to 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartments. These apartments are awarded using a lottery system. Applications should be included in registration packets or are available online; the lottery runs in early May of each year so be sure to submit the application early. For more information, contact the rental site manager at:

Resident Manager
1180 Welch Road, Apt. 816
Palo Alto, CA 94304
650-497-0101, Email:

For off-campus housing, apartment rentals are always available on craigslist as well as The latter website has links to rentals only available to Stanford students. You will need a university email to log in. The University Housing Office also keeps a list of rentals. They are open from 8am to noon and from 1pm to 5pm. You will need to bring your house staff contract with you and some form of university ID.

For short term housing while you look for a place, some of the motels in the area offer weekly rates. There is also a Residence Inn and Homestead Village in Mountain View that rent for short periods of time.


Stanford is located close to interstate 280 and not too far from 101 to the east. All Stanford residents who do not reside on campus are eligible for a free "Go Pass", which allows unlimited trips on Caltrain at no cost. Caltrain runs up from San Francisco and down to San Jose, allowing a quick and convenient way to get into the city or down to San Jose, including a short shuttle to San Jose Airport. We also receive bus passes as part of our benefits. There is also a free shuttle called the Marguerite that runs around the greater Stanford campus, providing access around the area as well as to/from the Caltrain stop.

This being said, all residents will need to have access to a car for transportation to/from work and in case they need to go into any of our hospital sites when on call. Parking at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center and the Palo Alto VA is complimentary. At Stanford, parking passes can be purchased through the transportation office. For those individuals who elect to bicycle or take public transportation, they are eligible to receive Clean Air Cash. More information on parking at Stanford can be found at


Surrounding Area

The School of Medicine is located on the main campus of Stanford University, one of the world's premier institutions of higher education. Students and residents have access to all of the remarkable intellectual, cultural, and recreational opportunities of Stanford. Resources include the graduate and undergraduate libraries, athletic facilities, Pac-10 sporting events, concerts, theater, and film series. About two-thirds of the 8180 acres of the campus are open space, and are popular among hikers and joggers. The region is a haven for outdoor activities. The Northern California coastline, coastal mountains, San Francisco, and San Jose are within an hour of driving. Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks, ski areas around Lake Tahoe, Carmel, Big Sur, Napa and Sonoma wine country, the Marin Headlands, Point Reyes, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, and many other attractions are within easy driving distance. It is no wonder that people come to visit Northern California from all over the world. To live here is a great privilege.