As the busy academic year rolls along, it always helps to pause, relax, and re-center oneself while enjoying Stanford’s scenic campus.

Earlier this year, Stanford Report published a list of 10 places on campus where community members can take a break. Readers then kindly provided their own recommendations, which we’ve compiled here.

So whether kicking back next to a sunken fountain, inside a blissfully quiet reading room, or atop the iconic Hoover Tower, there are a plethora of places to find peace on campus. Of note, some locations can only be accessed with a Stanford ID.

Also, if there is a place we’ve missed, please email your suggestion to Stanford Report writer Chelcey Adami at and maybe (probably) we’ll have a part three.