- Parking can be a real pain. Meters are around US$2 per hour, and if carrying that much change sounds unwieldy, buy an all-day parking permit ($12) from VIS
- The main booth for Stanford's Visitor Information Services; lobby, Memorial Auditorium; ;08:00-17:00 Mon-Fri, 09:00-17:00 Sat & Sun) is in the lobby of Memorial Auditorium
Lonely Planet review for Stanford University
Sprawled over 8200 leafy acres, Stanford University was established by Leland Stanford, one of the Central Pacific Railroad's 'Big Four' founders and a former governor of California. When the Stanfords' only child died of typhoid during a European tour in 1884, they decided to build a university in his memory. Stanford University opened in 1891, just two years before Leland Stanford's death, but the university grew to become a prestigious and wealthy institution.
The campus was built on the site of the Stanfords' horse-breeding farm, and as a result, Stanford is still known as 'The Farm.'