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Make your transition to Princeton easy with this move in guide.

Your Princeton University housing contract will include the actual street address of your rental unit so that you may locate it online prior to arrival. Additionally, the Princeton University website has a section titled "Getting to Campus" to assist with your arrival no matter what means of transportation you use.

"Getting to Campus"

Princeton University Interactive Map

  • Electronically accept your rental contract online at Princeton One Stop Housing (POSH).
  • Submit your security deposit with a completed W-8 (documentation required with W-8) or W-9.
  • Obtain appropriate personal property insurance.
  • Submit the lead acknowledgement form.
  • Read the New Jersey "Truth in Renting" publication.
  • Establish utility billing in your name where necessary.
  • Obtain a parking permit if you have a vehicle.
  • Contact your child's school district.
  • Make key pickup arrangements with the Faculty & Staff Housing and Real Estate Services Office at least a week in advance of your arrival.
  • Make arrangements to pay your rent.

Read the sections that follow for more information on each item in the to-do list. 

If you still have questions, contact the Faculty & Staff Housing Office at (609) 258-3460, Opt. 4 or at fshsg@princeton.edu.

Princeton One Stop Housing (POSH)

A security deposit equal to one month's rent is due prior to your occupancy and may be paid by check, money order, electronic transfer or cash. Credit cards are not accepted, and keys cannot be provided until your deposit is paid.

Check or money order
Check or money order should be made payable to the Trustees of Princeton University and should include your rental unit address in the memo line of your check or money order so that your security deposit account is properly credited.  The security deposit should be mailed to:

Princeton University
Housing and Real Estate Services
Faculty & Staff Housing Office
5 New South
Princeton, NJ 08544

Electronic transfer or cash
Contact the Faculty & Staff Housing Office at fshsg@princeton.edu for details on how to make an electronic transfer or pay by cash.

To make sure your key is ready when you get to campus, contact the Faculty & Staff Housing Office at (609) 258-3460, Opt. 4, or at fshsg@princeton.edu at least a week in advance of your arrival.

Keep in mind that you cannot pick up your key until you have electronically accepted your contract and paid your security deposit. You will not be able to move into your residence prior to your contract start date

Your security deposit will be deposited in an interest bearing account. Federal regulations governing such accounts require that you submit to the University a Form W-9 (U.S. residents and non-residents with a social security number) or a Form W-8 (non-residents of the U.S without a social security number). Visitors utilizing the W-8 form must provide a copy of your passport and visa, and a completed Visit Reason Form when submitting the W-8 form.

Print and complete the appropriate form. Instructions for completion are included on the form. Original signatures are needed on the forms.

If you pay your security deposit by check, money order or electronic transfer:

  • Print the appropriate form(s).
  • Follow the instructions on the form as you complete it.
  • Mail your completed form(s) to the address below. Include a copy of your visa and passport and Visit Reason Form with Form W-8.
  • Attach your check or money order to the form, if applicable.

Princeton University
Housing and Real Estate Services
Faculty & Staff Office
5 New South
Princeton, NJ 08544

If you pay your security deposit by cash:
Bring your completed Form W-8 and Visit Reason form, or Form W-9 and copies of your visa and passport (if applicable) to check-in.

Form W-8 (PDF)
Form W-9 (PDF)
Visit Reason Form for W-8 (PDF)

Personal property protection
All University lease and contract holders are required to carry personal property protection (renter’s) insurance while living in University rental apartments and houses. The minimum acceptable level of coverage is $4000.

Personal liability coverage
If you have a pet, you must also carry personal liability coverage. The minimum acceptable level of coverage is $100,000. You may keep pets only after registering them with Housing and Real Estate Services at Princeton One Stop Housing (POSH).

Princeton One Stop Housing (POSH)

Insurance carriers
The University does not require the contract holder to buy coverage from any specific vendor.

Proof of coverage
Proof of all required insurance coverage must be provided to Housing and Real Estate Services prior to the contracted move in date and upon contract renewal or upon request.

Housing and Real Estate Services will accept a copy of your insurance policy or a copy of your payment invoice as proof. Because this is a contractual requirement, failure to provide proof of insurance will be considered a violation of the terms and conditions of occupancy.

 

The University is required by federal law to provide you, the contract holder, with the results of lead paint tests obtained for selected University apartments. Please read the lead disclosure statement at the link below. Print and complete the acknowledgement form and return it to the Housing and Real Estate Services office at check in. You may also want to read the U.S. Environmental Agency publication "Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home."

Disclosure of Information of Lead-Based Paint And/Or Lead Based Paint Hazards (PDF)

Lead Acknowledgement Form (PDF)

"Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home"

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has produced a reference guide for the Truth-in-Renting Act, passed in 1976. It will help you understand your rights as a renter, and the responsibilities and rights of landlords. Take a few minutes to become familiar with it.

"Truth in Renting" Publication (PDF)

Before you arrive in Princeton, contact local utility companies to set up accounts in your name. Review the "Utilities" section under "Resident Services" for more information.

Resident Services > Utilities

Parking permit
As a resident in University rental housing, you are required to obtain a parking permit from Transportation & Parking Services if you plan to bring a vehicle to campus. Transportation & Parking Services is your contact for parking permit registration, regulations, enforcement policies, and fees, fines and appeals, and parking lot maps.

Visitor parking
To avoid ticketing and towing, make arrangements with Transportation & Parking Services for visitors to park on campus ahead of their arrival.

Transportation & Parking Services

The Princeton Regional School District serves the area in which you will reside. Contact them directly if you plan to register your children in the district.

Princeton Regional Schools
25 Valley Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Princeton Regional School District

During business hours
You can pick up from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM at the Faculty & Staff Housing Office on the fifth floor of New South. Keys will not be provided prior to your occupancy date or if you did not electronically sign your contract or pay your security deposit.

After hours
You may make alternate arrangements to pick up your key if you are unable to arrive during regular business hours. Before you arrive be sure to:

  • Contact the Faculty & Staff Housing Office with your arrival plans at (609) 258-3460, Opt. 4, or at fshsg@princeton.edu.
  • Electronically accept your contract.
  • Pay your security deposit.

University employees
Your rent will be automatically deducted from your paycheck by the Office of Finance & Treasury. For administrative and faculty employees the deduction is made at the end of the month. For bi-weekly employees the deduction is made mid-month and at the end of of the month.

Non-salaried visitors
Your rent is billed by the Office of Finance & Treasury and can be paid by check, money order, cash or online. Credit cards are not accepted.

Check or money order - payable to Trustees of Princeton University
Include your rental unit address in the memo line of your check or money order so that your rental account is properly credited and mail to:

Rents Office
701 Carnegie Center, Suite 161
Princeton, NJ 08540

Cash
Make your payment in person, Monday through Friday, 8:45 AM to 5:00 PM at:

The Cashier's Office
Office of Finance & Treasury
New South, seventh floor

Online
Refer to your rental bill for instructions on making an online payment from your checking account.

Electronic transfer
Contact the Faculty & Staff Housing Office at (609) 258-3460, Opt. 4, or at fshsg@princeton.edu for details on making an electronic transfer.