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Contact & Location

Center for African Studies, 100 Encina Commons, Stanford University

Welcome to the Center for African Studies at Stanford University.

Email and Phone

Phone: (650) 497-7688

Mailing Address

Attn: Center for African Studies
417 Galvez Mall
216 Encina Hall West
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6045

Office Location

Center for African Studies
615 Crothers Way
127 Encina Commons
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

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Directions and Parking

Our office is located on the first floor of Encina Commons in the entrance facing Hoover Tower. We encourage you to download and print both the Parking and Circulation Map and the Visitor Map and bring them with you.

Public Transport

  1. Take CalTrain to the Downtown Palo Alto station or Buses to the Palo Alto Transit Center (adjacent to the train station)
  2. Catch the free Marguerite Shuttle Line Y from the station
  3. Get off at the stop at the intersection of Galvez and Serra Streets

Driving Directions

From 101:

  1. Take the Embarcadero Road exit
  2. Head east on Embarcadero St. toward the Stanford campus
  3. After crossing El Camino Real, Embarcadero Street changes names to Galvez Street
  4. Continue east on Galvez Street until you reach Serra Street
  5. Turn left on Serra Street to find parking

From 280:

  1. Take the Sandhill Road exit, head west toward campus
  2. Turn right on Stock Farm Road, then left on Campus Drive West. Follow Campus Drive to Galvez Street
  3. Take a right on Galvez Street until you reach Serra Street
  4. Turn left on Serra Street to find parking


Parking is free on campus after 4:00 pm on weekdays and is free all day on weekends. Before 4:00 pm, limited meter parking is available in front of Encina Hall as well as on Galvez Street, Serra Street, and Memorial Way (between Alumni Center  and the SIEPR Building on Galvez Street). For more information, please consult Parking and Transportation

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