Students at the Graduate College

Move in is an exciting time at Princeton University. Be sure to take a look at these suggestions for planning your move to campus.

Move In Date

As a new graduate student, you will move in three days prior to the start of orientation unless you have permission to arrive early.

Permission for early arrival is granted on a case-by-case basis as determined by your academic department and the Graduate School. If you are approved for early arrival, you will receive your information separately.


Check-in for Graduate College Dormitories and Annexes

Check-in for Graduate College dormitories and the annexes is at Proctor Hall in the Old Graduate College. If you cannot arrive during normal business hours, contact the Graduate Student Housing Office at gradhsg@princeton.edu, and inform the staff of your plans.


Check-in for Lawrence and Edwards Apartments and Lakeside Graduate Housing

Check-in for Lawrence and Edwards is at the Graduate Student Housing Office on the fifth floor of New South.  Check-in for Lakeside Graduate Housing is at the Lakeside complex.

If you cannot arrive during normal business hours, contact the Graduate Student Housing Office at gradhsg@princeton.edu, and inform the staff of your plans.

At check-in the University requires the following:

  • A check for your security deposit, equal to one month’s rent
  • Your completed renter’s insurance form
  • A completed W-9 tax form (U.S. students)
  • A completed W-8  tax form (international students) and a completed Visit Reason Form.
  • A copy of your passport photo and visa photo (international students)

Keys will not be provided prior to your occupancy date or if your security deposit is not paid.

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


Early Arrival

If you have permission to arrive early for a specific academic program, such as paid research with a professor or participation in an academic “camp,” the Graduate Student Housing Office will email you the details regarding your move in date.

The Graduate College

As a returning student, you do not have to check in with the Graduate Student Housing Office, but you will have to update your ID card at the Porter’s Lodge or any other "Hot Spot" on campus so it can unlock your room door. Scan your card over the hot spot outside the Porter’s Lodge until you see a green light. When completed, you can move into your room. Cards will not update prior to your approved move in date.


Graduate Apartments - Contract Renewals

If you renew your contract for your current apartment, you do not have to check in with the Graduate Student Housing Office. Contract renewals begin on July 1.


Graduate Apartments - New Assignments

If you are contracting for a new housing assignment, check in with the Graduate Student Housing Office on the fifth floor of New South when you arrive on campus. Plan to arrive on or around the first day of your contract start date. If you arrive later than a few days after the start of your contract, after normal business hours, or on a weekend, contact the Graduate Student Housing Office at gradhsg@princeton.edu to inform the staff of your plans.

At check-in the University requires you to bring the following:

  • A check for your security deposit, equal to one month’s rent
  • Your completed renter’s insurance form
  • A completed W-9 tax form (U.S. students)
  • A completed W-8  tax form (international students) and a completed Visit Reason Form.
  • A copy of your passport photo and visa photo (international students)

Keys will not be provided prior to your occupancy date or if your security deposit is not paid.

W-9 (PDF)
W-8 (PDF)
Visit Reason Form (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 provides information on insurance carriers, but does not require the contract holder to buy coverage from any specific vendor.


Proof of Coverage

All contract holders living in rental apartments must provide proof of personal property coverage upon request by the University. All residents with pets are required to provide Housing and Real Estate Services with proof of liability insurance before their contracted move in date.

Housing and Real Estate Services will accept either 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.

Procter Hall

Procter Hall, the Graduate College dining hall, will open for continental breakfast on the day meal plans begin. The Dining Services website has details about graduate student meal plans.

Dining Services - Graduate Student Meal Plans


Frist Campus Center Eateries

The eateries in the Frist Campus Center will be open on move in day with a special schedule posted in early September.

Frist Campus Eateries


Campus Cafés

There are several self-service cafés, located in academic buildings throughout campus and open Monday through Friday.

Campus Cafés