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 can start moving in on September 1st 2016. This date should be reflected on your housing contract.

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 can move in three days prior to your program start date. You will receive additional information separately.


Check-in for Graduate College Dormitories and Annexes

Welcome to housing!  Move in for the graduate college and annexes starts on September 1st at 9:00 AM.  Please stop by the housing office on the 5th floor of New South to pick up your key packet.  If you did not submit a photo to Tiger Card, please stop by their office first. Tiger Card is located on the A level of New South.

Key pick-up is between 9:00AM and 4:00PM, Monday- Friday.  Additionally, our office will be opened on Saturday, September 3rd from 8:00AM to 2:00PM.  Please note that undergraduate freshman check-in occurs on September 3rd as well.  If you arrive on this day, you should expect heavy traffic, so we recommend arriving during regular business hours for key pick-up as indicated above if you can.  

Please have the following essentials ready for move in:

Photo ID – US Driver’s license, state ID, or passport. 

Tiger Card & Pin numberyou will need your Tiger Card and pin number to enter your room. This number can be found in POSH under “Graduate Student” > “Personal Information” > “Display Pin”

While preparing for move in, please plan to arrive during business hours.  If you cannot arrive during business hours, please respond to this email with the approximate time and date of your arrival and we will send your key packet to Public Safety at 200 Elm drive.


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)
NOTE:  The Housing Office is closed on Monday, September 5th in observance of the Labor Day holiday.


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

Welcome Back! Please update your card at a hotspot to gain access to your room.  If you are moving into an annex and require brass keys, we will have a key packet available for you at our office on the 5th floor of New South.  Please plan your move in for a time during our business hours as indicated above.  If you cannot arrive during business hours, please respond to this email with your arrival time and date and we will bring your key packet to Public Safety.


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 plan to 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)

NOTE:  The Housing Office is closed on Monday, September 5th in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

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 when applying for housing.  You are also required to provide this information when you move in by filling out the Resident Information Sheet.

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