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Directions to Stanford University

By Car

You can park in any "A" "P" or "C" lot on campus, but the closest parking spots are in the lots along Museum Way, which intersects Palm Drive just before the Oval. As these are the best spots, they tend to fill up fast! You can also park in Parking Structure 1 just off Campus Drive. See the map below for parking locations. + **

From Highway 101 North & South:** Take the Embarcadero Road exit west toward Stanford. At El Camino Real, Embarcadero turns into Galvez Street as it enters the university. Stay in the left lane and continue toward the center of campus. There is parking in a lot on the right side Galvez Street, just past Memorial Way. A few hundred feet beyond this lot, Galvez ends at Serra Street, where there is more parking. + **

From Highway 280 North & South:** Exit 280 at Sand Hill Road, heading east. Make a right turn on Santa Cruz Avenue, then a left turn onto Junipero Serra Boulevard. Turn left at the second stoplight, Campus Drive East. Continue around Campus Drive East and turn left when you reach Palm Drive. Follow Palm Drive towards the Oval. + **

From El Camino Real:** Exit El Camino Real at University Avenue. Turn toward the hills (away from the center of Palo Alto). As you enter Stanford, University Avenue becomes Palm Drive. Follow Palm Drive to the Oval.

By Caltrain

Caltrain is a commuter rail service that runs between Gilroy and San Francisco. There are two stops close to Stanford: one on California Avenue and another at the end of Palm Drive in downtown Palo Alto. More information is available at

We recommend getting off at the Palo Alto - University Avenue station. It's the one after Menlo Park (if you're coming from points north) or after California Avenue (if you're coming from points south).

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Last modified by hwatheod on Oct. 19, 2014 at 11:33 a.m.