CS Resources

The Gates Building

The CS Department is located in the Gates Computer Science Building on Jane Stanford Way near the Campus Drive West intersection. The building address is 353 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305. Note on mail: Incoming students should have mail and packages sent to their residence address until they are assigned to a Gates office. We do not have the capacity to hold mail without a specific Gates room designation.

Computers & Email

I. Computers

For all CS students, the department provides a Linux server called Xenon for general use, including email and web browsing, but not for class work. For more information, see: http://cs.stanford.edu/csdcf/policies/xenon-student-account-policies.

Students involved with a given research project (including most Ph.D. and some Masters students) generally move most of their activities onto machines owned by their research group. Every Ph.D. student can pretty much expect to have a research-group workstation on his or her desk at least by the second year. 

II. Stanford and CS User IDs and E-mail

Your University username is known as your SUNet ID, and you use it to login to various Stanford web pages such as stanfordyou.stanford.edu and axess.stanford.edu. Your Stanford email address will be in the format of sss@stanford.edu where sss is your SUNet ID. That address will be valid as long as you are a Stanford student.

As a CS student, you get a CS ID and an email address in the form of ccc@cs.stanford.edu where ccc is your CS ID. New students, please go online at https://cs.stanford.edu/webdb/csid/ on or after September 15th to request a CS ID. We generally recommend that you choose a CS ID that is the same as your SUNet ID. If you graduate from the CS department, current policy allows you to keep your CS email address permanently.

Your CS email MUST be forwarded to the computer where you read your email, e.g., sss@stanford.edu or ccc@xenon.stanford.edu or ggg@gmail.com. Do NOT leave your CS email forwarding address blank or set it to ccc@cs.stanford.edu; if you do, your CS email will bounce. You can update your CS email forwarding and other personal information (password, phone numbers, addresses, web page, etc.) in the CS database at http://cs.stanford.edu/pedit.