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Preparing to Go

1. Book your plane ticket

  • Consult the Stanford in Washington Handbook for your quarter’s start date. You must arrive on the appointed date, preferably between 9 AM and 6PM.
  • Determine which mode of transportation is right for you by visiting Getting Around for information on airports, trains, metro, etc…

2. Meet your fellow BSIW Program classmates and select a roommate

  • The quarter following your acceptance, you will be invited to attend an orientation gathering on campus. This is a great opportunity for you to meet your new classmates and learn a bit more about the program.
  • Prior to your arrival at SIW, you will receive an email requesting your most recent roommate preference. In order for you to be placed with your requested roommate, that individual must request you as well. You are not guaranteed to be placed with your requested roommate; however, we will do our best to accommodate as many preferences as possible.

3. Change your address on Axess

  • Be sure to change the address you have listed on Axess so that you receive important University mailings and sign up for direct deposit to receive any reimbursements and payments that you may receive while you’re in Washington. To do so:
    • Log in to Axess
    • Click on the “Student Center” tab
    • Under “Personal Information” click on “Mailing Address”
    • List SIW’s address

4. Decide on what you’ll need while in Washington

  • When determining what to bring to BSIW, please carefully consult What to Bring.

5. Plan to receive mail at SIW?

Your Name
Stanford in Washington
2661 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

  • Be sure to forward mail from your PO Box or mailing address on campus to SIW. Simply fill out a form at the Stanford post office in order to have your mail forwarded to the address below:
  • Other mail and packages may also be shipped to you at that address above
  • Feel free to ship anything to SIW 3 to 4 days prior to your arrival. If you need to ship items sooner, please contact the office at or (202) 803-8100.