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Directions to Stanford University

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Driving Directions

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.

NB: On the mornings of Splash, the main entrance to Stanford via Palm Drive typically experiences high volumes of traffic. Thus, we advise people try to arrive earlier and budget extra time to find parking spaces.

Parking and Drop-off Info (see map below)

For student drop-off only, please use the top of the Oval (Red Square D) or the parking lot at Museum Way, which is the second intersection after the traffic light on Palm Drive. Please drop off your students quickly to aid in the flow of traffic. We will have volunteers and public safety officials stationed there to help escort them to Splash.

You can park in any "A" "P" or "C" lot on campus, but we recommend all cars park in Parking Structure 1, as that is the closest to student check-in. Other good alternatives are listed below and on the map.

  1. Parking Structure 1 (Green Square P NW of the Oval on the map). At the stop sign after the traffic light, turn right off of Palm Drive onto Campus Drive East. Continue until you reach signs for Parking Structure 1 on the left.

  2. Galvez Field (Orange block NE of the Oval on the map). At the stop sign after the traffic light, turn left off of Palm Drive onto Campus Drive East, then take the first left.

  3. Memorial Way (Enter through Galvez Street, Green Square P on bottom right of the map). This requires you enter through campus Galvez Street and El Camino Real, or to use Campus Drive East. Keep going straight until you reach Memorial Way, and parking spaces will be on the right.

Click below for a larger map!
Splash campus map

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).

Last modified by andrewguo on Nov. 07, 2014 at 12:04 a.m.