Life at Hopkins

Hopkins Marine Station is the ideal place to learn about biology and the ocean. Whether you are considering a career in marine biology, are looking for intriguing courses related to your major, or are just interested in the life of the sea, we have what you want—breathtaking ocean views, hiking, biking, kayaking and diving. Plus, we offer Victorian style housing that’s just a 10-minute walk or 2-minute bike from your classes at the Marine Station.

From Farm to Ocean

We know it’s hard to leave main campus, but you’ll be amazed how liberating it is to step outside the Stanford bubble for a quarter or more. While it’s easy to return to campus for special events and previous obligations (just 90 miles away), many students choose to remain in Pacific Grove to take advantage of the region’s natural playground. You’ll be surprised by how many of your friends will want to come down for a weekend visit.

Ready to Dive In?

If you want to learn how to dive,  you can get your open-water certification through one of several local dive shops while at Hopkins. For students that already have their certification, our dive safety officer offers a one-week course to certify you as a scientific diver.  That course is offered over Spring break, and again right after the end of Spring quarter. 

Questions? Meet the HMS Ambassadors

Erika is surfer from Southern California with an interest in sustainability. She is currently a senior at Stanford working towards a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a career in renewable energy. In the Spring of 2022, she participated in Stanford@SEA and a subsequent summer internship at Hopkins Marine Station under Professor Barbara Block, analyzing white shark biologging data. She loved her time at sea and at Hopkins. She had a ton of fun while fostering her interests in working towards a career in sustainability. Please reach out to her with any questions about the SEA program or what it’s like to spend a summer interning in Monterey: ehunting [at]

Liliah is a junior at Stanford studying marine biology, and is originally from Westport, CT. She developed her love for the ocean early on through scuba diving, surfing, and being out on the water. At Stanford, she’s cemented her interest in marine science and conservation through classes in marine biology, wonderful research opportunities and interactions with Stanford Hopkins faculty, and study abroad experiences with Stanford@SEA and BOSP Australia. She is particularly interested in marine physiology and ecology, and hopes to conduct research that directly influences conservation policy throughout her career. Please reach out with any questions about SEA or her experiences at Hopkins:  lilahm [at]

Explore Monterey Bay and Big Sur

Bring your bike, your surfboard, your sense of adventure. Monterey Bay and Big Sur are a tourist Mecca for good reason. Over 8 million people visit every year, taking in the sights and seaside, the aquarium and endless miles of hiking trails.

picture of the Belden housing complex

Undergraduate Housing

Students live in four fully remodeled Victorian-style residences in New Monterey, half a mile from the Marine Station. Restaurants and shops are just blocks away, including Cannery Row.

While you will have to give up your current housing on campus when you spend a quarter at Hopkins, students will go back into the housing draw for following quarter. 


  • Shared rooms and baths for each apartment
  • Each apartment includes its own fully equipped kitchen
  • Students are responsible for purchasing their own food for all meals
  • Rooms include bed, dresser and desk