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Apply to be a Community Associate

Program Information:

Stanford University provides housing to over 75% of its 9000 graduate students in a variety of housing configurations; from studio apartments for singles to courtyard apartments for students with families. Community Associates (CAs) are Stanford’s graduate residence staff whose mission is to create communities that foster wellbeing and sustainable connections in graduate housing.

CAs are selected by the Graduate Life Office and report to the Dean within their assigned area:  Escondido Village (EV) Singles and Couples, EV Families, Kennedy Residences, Rains, Munger, Lyman, and new Escondido Village Graduate Residences.


  • You must already be a matriculated student.
  • You must be eligible to be paid for the full academic year (autumn-spring quarter). Admin Guide: Limits on Hours
  • You must be enrolled all three quarters of the academic year (fall – spring).
  • You cannot be away from campus more than 2 weeks total per quarter.
  • You must have housing priority years. For more information, go to Assignment Guarantee and Priorities.
  • You are required to live in the neighborhood you are assigned to.
  • You may not have been found responsible or have an open investigation for serious university and housing policy violations.
  • Co-terms are ineligible to apply.
  • Preference will be given to post-first year graduate students.


  • Stipend is $1100/quarter during the academic year and $900/summer.
  • Exemption from the housing lottery (you are required to live in your assigned area/neighborhood).
  • You may request to exempt one roommate, who must also have housing priority years.

Appointment Description:

CAs are expected to work both individually and as a team to be visible and approachable leaders in their communities, with responsibilities in the following three areas:

1. Being a helpful resource and of service to residents.

  • CAs are available and visible to residents and participate in the life and activities of the residence/neighborhood.
  • CAs listen attentively to student concerns and questions and are the first point of contact for residents’ problems, issues or conflicts. CAs provide first-line of support and problem-solving or conflict mediation before cases are referred to the Graduate Life Deans.
  • CAs work closely with Graduate Life Deans to reach out to, provide support to, or to check on the welfare of concerning residents in their neighborhood. CAs work closely with Graduate Life Deans and other University personnel (CAPS, police, etc.) to provide comprehensive response to resident or community crises or emergencies.
  • CAs treat conversations with students with respect and discretion, and bring questions or concerns to the Graduate Life Deans.
  • CAs are knowledgeable about, and refer students to University resources and departments, particularly the Graduate Life Office, Vaden/CAPS, etc., and serve as liaisons between these offices and their residents for information affecting student health and well-being.
  • CAs provide emergency response information, resources and leadership to residents.
  • CAs, working with GLO, Housing, and other partner offices, inform residents of relevant University policies and promote compliance.
  • CAs consult with and make referrals to GLO as appropriate and needed regarding resident issues.

2.   Connect with residents and build healthy community through information and programming.

  • CAs plan and provide local residential welcome and orientation programs to new  students. They also participate and assist in campus-wide orientation programs (NGSO). 
  • CAs initiate and maintain positive relationships with students living in their residence hall or neighborhood.
  • CAs participate and assist in the assessment of the needs and interests of students within their house, and to attend to the general well-being of residents.
  • CAs create, plan, and implement social events on and off-campus for their residents to promote socialization, relaxation, fun, and sense of community.
  • CAs work in collaboration with, or provide assistance and support to partner offices and organizations such as VPGE, R&DE, and the GSC to improve academic and life experiences of graduate students living on campus.
  • CAs use programming as a way to market themselves as a resource (this includes advertising, neighborhood emails and connecting with residents at events).

3.  Perform administrative responsibilities and tasks defined and assigned by GLO and CA area.

  • CAs attend and participate in all training programs and activities to become familiar with and informed of graduate student issues, resources, relevant policies, and basic student services skills.
  • CAs attend all required staff meetings with GLO staff and CA area.
  • CAs inform and work with Head CAs and GLO about any absences.
  • CAs complete all necessary paperwork and documentation as required and assigned by GLO and CA area such as event and expenses record-keeping. 

Join the Community Associates Team!

The Graduate Life Office invites you to apply to become a Community Associate for the academic year 2020-2021! If you would like to attend an Info Session, please go to our Events page to see when and where they are being held.

  • Applications for new Community Associates available  APPLY HERE

  • Reapplications for returning CAs will be available in January. See your dean for more information.

CA Housing Availability Chart: Don't know which CA area to apply to? Follow the flowchart to determine which type of housing is right for you. Please note that area availability is not guaranteed and subject to change.

Area Info Sessions

Attend info sessions in areas you are interested in applying to! Come learn about eligibility requirements and what it means to be a CA from current CAs. Visit our Events page for more details.

EV Families
Jan. 14 | 5pm at Bogota Room, GCC
Jan. 16 | 11am at Bogota Room, GCC

EV Graduate Residences (Opening Fall 2020)
Feb. 4 | 5:30-6:30pm at Kennedy Great Room

EV Singles/Couples
Jan. 14 | 7-8pm at Nairobi Room, GCC
Jan. 15 | 8-9pm at Kennedy Meeting Room
Jan. 16 | 7:30-8:30pm at Kennedy Meeting Room

Jan. 21 | 7pm at Kennedy Great Room

Jan. 23 | 7pm at Lyman Atrium

Jan. 22 | 7pm at Munger 4 Lobby

Jan. 14 | 7-8pm at Rains Buttery
Jan. 30 | 8-9pm at Rains Buttery