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Stanford’s Current Policy on Visitors to Campus

Please note the following regarding the status of visiting the physical Stanford campus: In response to COVID-19 and in accordance with guidelines from federal, state and county agencies, all of the Visitor Center’s on-campus (in-person) tours, information sessions and programs remain suspended for the foreseeable future until further notice; the Visitor Center and Office of Undergraduate Admission locations remain closed as well.

We invite you to take a 360 virtual tour of our campus and/or enjoy a few campus photo slideshows while you stay safe at home. 

Administrative Offices

The Materials Science and Engineering administrative offices are located in the Durand Building. However, since we are a working office with active faculty/labs, we are not open for drop-in visitors. Please understand that we can not stop our research activities for every inquiry we receive.

We encourage you to join an informational tour of Stanford via our Visitation Center. You may wish to join the specialized Engineering Quad tour.

Stanford University Materials Science and Engineering

Durand Building
496 Lomita Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-4034

Phone: (650) 723-2534
Fax: (650) 725-4034

Durand Building Overview

Visiting Stanford University

Nearby Airports:
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) ~30 minutes by car
San Jose International Airport (SJC) ~25 minutes by car
Oakland International Airport (OAK) ~45 minutes by car

Shared Shuttle:
The easiest and economical way to get to your hotel from the airport is via shared ride through a service such as SuperShuttle*.

*Receive $6 off each way on Shared Ride and $7 off each way on Exclusive Blue Van or ExecuCar service (coupon code T9X58). For shared ride services, each additional passenger pays only $10.

Rental Car:
Enterprise offers discounted rate for Stanford affiliates.

Public Transportation from SFO:
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) operates rapid rail service directly between SFO and northern San Mateo County. The SFO BART Station is on the Departure/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal (Boarding Area G side). BART is easily accessed from any terminal by riding SFO’s AirTrain to the Garage G/BART Station stop. Take the BART to Millbrae Station and transfer to Caltrain Commuter Rail southbound and get off at Palo Alto Station. Caltrain serves communities on the Peninsula and South Bay, with service between San Francisco and Gilroy. Weekday express trains operate between Millbrae and Palo Alto during commute hours. Depending on your hotel location, you may walk or take a free shuttle to your hotel from the Palo Alto Caltrain Station.

Public Transportation from SJC:
Take VTA Airport Flyer to Santa Clara Caltrain Station, board a northbound train, and get off at Palo Alto Station.

Searchable Campus Map

Campus Map


Parking is available across the street in the parking structure at Panama Street and Via Ortega. In addition, there are multiple parking ticket kiosks in the Tressider Union lot that take coins, paper money and credit cards.

Stanford parking lot

From Caltrain

From the station, follow Palm Drive into the center of campus, with downtown Palo Alto behind you. Alternatively, there is a free shuttle service (the Marguerite) from the Caltrain station to the center of campus (P - line). By train, Palo Alto is roughly one hour south of San Francisco, and 30 minutes north of San Jose.

Caltrain car

Marguerite Shuttle

In response to COVID-19, Stanford Transportation has taken a number of steps to protect the health and well-being of everyone on board Stanford’s free Marguerite shuttle. Read more



Bay Area Transportation

Transporation information