Day: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Location: Gates Building, Room No. 415, 353 Serra Mall, Stanford
Directions: Stanford is about 30 miles (~50 minutes) south of San Francisco and 20 miles (~35 minutes) north of San Jose, and is about the same driving distance from either airport. Here are some useful links:
Parking: Most parking lots have labeled slots (e.g., A, C), as well as a few public parking slots. Parking is regulated between the hours of 8am-4pm. Until 4pm, visitors may only park in the public parking slots. Beyond 4pm, you may park not only in the public parking slots for free, but also the labeled slots.
Parking costs $1.50 per hour until 4pm (each quarter gets you ten minutes). For all public parking slots, you can either use quarters, or a printed parking permit.
Assuming you don't have enough quarters, the best option is to buy a printed parking permit near Cantor Art Center (near Rodin Sculpture Garden) or in Parking Structure 1 (S-1 on some maps), then look for parking in one of the following lots (listed in the order of distance from Gates - close to far):
The Stanford Parking and Transportation Services webpage has detailed information on where you can park.
Stay: There are 4 hotels close to Stanford, and within walking distance from a shuttle to Stanford Campus. When making a reservation, be sure to mention that you're a visitor to Stanford to avail of any special rates. Also, once you check in, do find out how to get to Stanford campus (typically using the free Marguerite Shuttle service).
Your options are the following: