Stanford’s current policy on visitors to campus: In response to COVID-19
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.
Department of Chemical Engineering
Shriram Center, Room 129
From Highway 101
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. Make a right onto Campus Drive. Follow the Campus Drive loop until you reach Panama Street. Make a left onto Panama and continue to the multilevel parking structure at the corner of Panama and Via Ortega, where you will find hourly pay parking.
From Highway 280
Exit Sand Hill Road east toward Stanford Continue east past the traffic light at Santa Cruz Ave and turn right at Stock Farm Road. Turn left at the second road, Campus Drive West. Make a right onto Panama Street and continue to the multi-level parking structure at the corner of Panama and Via Ortega, where you will find hourly pay parking.
Palo Alto Caltrain station: 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. By train, Palo Alto is roughly one hour south of San Francisco and 30 minutes north of San Jose.
Marguerite is free and open to the public – no ID required. The main shuttle lines traverse the campus Monday through Friday all year (except university holidays). --> Read more
Visitors may park by the hour or by the day and those payments have transitioned to a contactless process through the ParkMobile app. In the interest of safety, physical pay stations at visitor lots have been taken offline to avoid the touching of shared surfaces that cannot be adequately disinfected throughout the day.
 For visitor parking locations on the main campus and the corresponding ParkMobile zone numbers, visit this map.
The nearest parking garage is located at the corner of Via Ortega and Panama Street (Via Ortega Garage). Enter the parking structure via Panama Street. Visitor pay parking is available on the lower and first levels of the parking structure.
Find a meal
From premium coffees to grab-and-go sandwiches, there’s plenty to consume in the Engineering Quad. Restaurants are on the ground floors of Y2E2, Huang Center and the Packard Building.
Bay Area transportation
We are offering information to support the transportation and mobility needs of the Stanford community. We are continuing to provide commute assistance where we are able to do so. However, we recognize that commuting is a personal choice. Stanford commuters are encouraged to assess and select the option(s) that best meet their needs.