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Apply for Housing

As a new, current or returning student you are eligible to apply for housing if you are enrolled in the current or upcoming semester.


New Students

The application for new students opens on March 15 and closes on April 24. Housing offers for students who apply by the deadline are not based on a specific type, size or location preference. The ability to accommodate a request for a pet friendly unit is based on availability. We encourage students to put more than one preference as many times we are unable to accommodate your first choice. Studios and 1-bedroom apartments are in high demand. 

The Graduate Student Housing Office will attempt to provide you with accommodations that meet your needs, and you can expect to receive an offer for housing towards the end of May. You have seven days to accept a housing contract offer.  Offers not accepted within seven days will be canceled.  All offers are sent to your Princeton email address.


Current Students Applying for Housing for the Next Academic Year

At the start of the spring term, a calendar is posted with all of the pre-draw and Room Draw dates and deadlines.  Students wishing to add a spouse, domestic partner or children must include their name(s) on their housing application for Room Draw.

Room retention
First and second year graduate students are eligible to retain their apartments and townhouses through the contract renewal process, which typically takes place in February.  Contract renewals are made before the annual Room Draw process so we know what units can be used for Room Draw.  At the Graduate College and in the annexes, students apply through Room Draw for retention. If successful in the lottery, students may retain for at least one additional year.

Room Draw
All enrolled graduate students are eligible to apply through Room Draw in the spring for housing for the following academic year. Applicants are randomized within their class year and assigned a lottery number.

Those who apply to room draw and who are successful in the lottery for the Graduate College or the annexes, are assigned a specific time to go to Princeton One Stop Housing (POSH) select a room. Those who are successful in the lottery for an apartment will be assigned in order and should expect to receive an offer for housing in late April or early May.

Wait list
Students who have applied to Room Draw but are unsuccessful in the lottery, will be placed on the wait list. Current and incoming students who miss the deadline are eligible to apply to the wait list. The wait list application opens on April 24 and closes in late September. Contract offers are made on a rolling basis as vacancies allow.


Students Returning from Field Study or Leave of Absence

If you are returning from a field study or a leave of absence, you may apply for housing at any point in the year.  Contract offers are made on a rolling basis as vacancies allow.


Visiting Student Research Collaborators (VSRCs)

VSRCs may apply for housing at any time.  Assignments are made as vacancies allow.

Temporary Change in Resident Guidelines

Residents who plan to be absent from Princeton for a short period during their contract timeframe must adhere to the following guidelines if they wish to temporarily change the resident for their unit during their absence. Students may only use this option for one semester.

1. If an enrolled graduate students is going to be away from Princeton for a few months to do independent research or if they are to be gone during all or part of the summer (see number 3 below concerning summer periods), students may temporarily change the resident for their apartment. Graduate students who are taking a leave of absence from the University are not considered enrolled and are therefore not eligible for University housing during the period of their leave so they may not utilize this option.  Students in this situation must vacate their unit within 30 days of the termination of their enrollment but no later than June 30 for a summer vacate. They may reapply for University housing before their anticipated return to campus.
2. In rare occasions when it becomes necessary for the apartment contract holder to extend their temporary change in resident agreement, they must reapply to the Housing Department. The Housing Office will require confirmation from the student’s Academic Department, and re-evaluate the circumstances.
3. The University contract holder is responsible for making monthly payments. The University contract holder assumes responsibility for all damages beyond normal wear and tear that may be caused to the property during any period and will bear all costs of such repairs.
4. A temporary change in resident is not permitted beyond the contract period. Graduate students may not temporarily change the resident for their apartment beyond June 30 unless they have already obtained an apartment contract renewal for the following academic year.
5. Graduate students may temporarily change to individuals directly affiliated with Princeton University. The exception is undergraduate students. Under no circumstances, may an Undergraduate student temporarily reside in a graduate apartment under these guidelines.
6. The temporary change in resident amounts charged for the unit must not exceed the contract amount charged by the University for the unit. The University contract holder will remain liable for the total payment due during the term of the contract.
7. The University contract holder must complete a Temporary Change in Resident application available at the Housing and Real Estates office’s website, and prepare a written agreement for the temporary resident that clearly states the period of same, monthly payment expectations, and any other conditions deemed necessary. All parties involved must sign the agreement and submit a copy Housing and Real Estate
office at least 10 days before the temporary period.
8. The Parking Office will issue a temporary parking permit to temporary residents that have a copy of the approved Graduate Housing Permission form. The Housing and Real Estate office does not issue additional keys to temporary residents. The contract holder may request an extra key from their superintendent. The key must be signed for and the contract holder will be held responsible for any keys that are not returned to the University. A lock change will be performed if any key(s) are not accounted for.
9. The temporary resident is not allowed to make payments to the University on behalf of the contract holder. The contract holder is responsible to make payments directly to the University. Students that are still receiving a stipend may continue to have the monthly rate deducted.
10. It is important that any individual that has your permission to enter your apartment must be registered in writing with the Housing Department, ten days in advance. This includes but is not limited to: pet-sitters, and individuals that will water your plants. These individuals will not be granted access to your apartment if they are locked out.
11. It is important to file a temporary change request. Temporary residents, spouses, domestic partners and other dependents who are unofficial and are locked out will not be allowed access to the apartment. Temporary residents will not receive lock out services without their copy of the approved Temporary Change in Resident permission form. Temporary residents are not approved until the application is completed, and on record with the Housing and Real Estates Office and the student contract holder requesting the Temporary Change in Resident agreement has been emailed confirmation of approval. Students should apply to the Housing and Real Estate Office using the web application.

Please click HERE to apply