We Stand For Housing Access and Affordability
Students have a right to affordable and accessible housing. With an increasing number of undergraduate students choosing to pursue a coterminal Master’s program, there’s a need for more coterm housing options on campus. There’s an overall lack of graduate housing available on-campus and affordable housing off-campus--which poses a problem for students on tight budgets. We will work with R&DE and VPGE to identify and develop long-term affordable options and transportation strategies for all students. If a student is fortunate enough to receive on-campus housing, accessibility and affordability remain important challenges to combat.
- Coterm Housing - We are particularly concerned about extra expenses for students interested in coterming, as they no longer receive priority for on-campus graduate housing--not only might a student need to take out a large student loan to complete their coterm, but the amount they have to borrow is even greater when they lose the chance for subsidized housing through Stanford. We worry that even with the completion of the new Escondido Village Graduate Residence project, priority may not be returned to coterms; we want to ensure that R&DE addresses those concerns.
- Expanding Transportation Options - International students often have limited access to cars and rely on companies like Uber and Lyft to help them get groceries. We will work with Parking and Transportation to identify better routes for the Marguerite and advocate for pilot programs, such as bus passes and a supermarket-express shuttle, that would improve the quality of life for students without cars and students living in apartments.
- Housing for Students with Disabilities - Students with specific needs, such as students with disabilities, also struggle to find affordable housing at Stanford that meets those needs. We will work with student organizations like Power2ACT to identify strategies and solutions that will improve accessibility for all residents and reduce interpersonal conflict arising from accommodations, and connect them with administration as part of our advocacy efforts.
- Increase Student Housing Subsidies - Currently, graduate students end up having to pay over 44 percent of the standard graduate student budget (pre-tax) on housing when in reality they should be paying 30 percent or less for truly affordable housing as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. We will further the efforts begun by graduate students in the Anthropology Department to advocate for truly affordable, subsidized housing on-campus.
- Ensure Ongoing Family Housing Affordability - Students with families are restricted to a smaller, more expensive subset of housing options on-campus. We will continue to advocate for better options for families and additional housing subsidies for single income student families.
- Support Affordable Housing for the Entire Stanford Community - Affordable housing that is close to or on-campus should be available for staff and faculty as well as for students. We will support ongoing efforts to increase housing availability for Stanford affiliates.