The University provides a wide range of services to make your room in the Graduate College or annexes comfortable and enjoyable. Take a few minutes to become familiar with them.
Old Graduate College
Common Room and Reading Room
The Common Room is situated between Proctor Hall and the Porter's Lodge and is furnished with seating for both formal and informal gatherings. It also has a fireplace that can be lit.
The Reading Room, a smaller area off the Common Room, has reading material available to everyone living at the Graduate College and annexes.
The Coffee House is ideal for informal gatherings and sipping your favorite hot beverage. It's located between the 11th and 12th entries of the Old Graduate College (OGC).
Game Room and Vending Café
Located between the D-Bar and the projector room, this room contains a pool table and ping pong table, vending machines, a sink and a microwave.
A weight room in room B7b of the Old Graduate College has a full set of free weights, dumbbells and bar weights. An exercise room in B10d has a stair machine, rowing machine and exercise bike.
This room has a large projector screen TV with deluxe cable package, VCR, DVD player and surround sound. To report problems with the equipment, email the Graduate College House Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The D-Bar in the basement of the OGC is a private club managed by the Graduate College House Committee. Refer to the D-Bar website for more information.
The Office of Information Technology maintains public access computers in several clusters in the OGC. Computer Cluster locations, hours of operation and accessibility requirements are available on the OIT Website.
New Graduate College
Common Room and Book Exchange
A smaller less formal gathering space than the OGC Common Room, this room has comfortable seating and a book exchange.
This space has a TV, DVD and VCR player and is near the New Graduate College Common Room.
The Music Room contains a piano, music stands, and chairs and is located across from the TV Room. You will need a key from the Porter’s Lodge to open the room.
The Porter's Lodge at the Old Graduate College serves as an information center and a focal point for activities and is the source for equipment, reading material, and DVDs to borrow. The Graduate College mail room is also located in the Porter's Lodge.
The Graduate College office coordinator manages the Porter's Lodge during the week, and in the evenings and on the weekends students staff it. Hours may vary and are normally posted in advance. See the Porter's Lodge website for more information.
Princeton University’s Card Access System combines the finest mechanical and electronic technology with a sophisticated computerized database to automatically lock your building. The system is activated with your TigerCard (also referred to as a proximity or prox card). Mounted on the wall near each exterior door is a card reader. When you bring your prox card within four inches of the reader, a green light appears, indicating the door is unlocked. You then have 15 seconds to open the door before it automatically relocks. When the door closes, the lock engages and remains secure until reactivated.
You should not prop the doors open. If the door is propped open or does not close and lock within 25 seconds, an alarm will sound until the door is properly closed.
Lost, stolen, or malfunctioning prox cards should be reported to the Department of Public Safety at (609) 258-1000, so they can be flagged or invalidated. Replacement cards can be obtained from the TigerCard Office on the A level of New South.
Found cards should be turned into the Department of Public Safety so they can be checked by the communications officer and the owner notified.
All dormitory and annex doors have keyless locks requiring students to use their prox card and a PIN to gain access to their room. To access your room, hold your prox card within one inch of the numeric keypad on your door. When the light flashes from green to red, enter the four-digit PIN assigned to you. This PIN will be yours for as long as you live in University dormitory housing. If you forget your PIN, go to Princeton One Stop Housing (POSH) to obtain it.
Further information about keyless locks including how-to videos can be found here.
If you are locked out of your dormitory, room, or annex you may borrow a loaner card for one hour to gain re-entry. You are required to sign out the loaner card with the understanding that misuse of the loaner card is treated as a “Rights, Rules, Responsibilities” violation similar to misuse of the University TigerCard.
If you are unable to come to the Graduate Student Housing Office, you have may contact Public Safety at (609) 258-1000 to request re-entry. You will be asked to specify the circumstances preventing you from obtaining a loaner card from Graduate Student Housing Office.
There is no charge for the first three times a loaner card is issued, if the card is returned within 24 hours to one of the drop-off locations listed below. If the loaner card is not returned within 24 hours, a $75 non-returned card fee applies.
After three loaner cards are issued, a $30 fee applies for each card issued thereafter. There is also a $30 service fee when Public Safety is dispatched to assist with re-entry. A grace period without fees or tabulations is in place from August 15 to September 30 each year and during all scheduled fire drills.
To replace a lost TigerCard, see the TigerCard website for more information. The replacement fee is $15.
Loaner pickup locations
- Monday-Friday, Regular Business Hours - Graduate Student Housing Office, fifth floor, New South
- After business hours and weekends - Public Safety, 200 Elm Drive. Critical campus situations may delay your request for a loaner card
Loaner card drop-off locations
- Graduate Student Housing Office (fifth floor, New South)
- TigerCard Office (A floor, New South)
- Frist Campus Center Welcome Desk (100 level)
- Department of Public Safety (200 Elm Drive)
Kitchens are available in the Graduate College and annexes if you want to prepare your own food. Each kitchen is equipped with a stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave and toaster, but you should bring your own pots, pans, dishes and utensils, which you may store in cabinets provided.
- Old Graduate College - basement, 4th and 9th entries
- New Graduate College - Common Room
- Annexes - varies by building
Maintenance and inspections
Each student is expected to wash utensils and clean up spills as he or she uses the kitchen. Building Services staff takes care of general cleaning.
To report a problem with a University-supplied kitchen appliance or unsanitary conditions, contact the Facilities Customer Service Center at (609) 258-8000 or compete a service request at their website.
Kitchens are inspected several times during the academic year by housing inspectors and may be closed if unsanitary or unsafe conditions are found.
Each laundry room in the Old Graduate College, the New Graduate College and the annexes is coin-operated and includes ironing boards, irons and laundry baskets. The Porter's Lodge will gladly make change for you.
Laundry room locations
- Old Graduate College - basement, 15th entry
- New Graduate College - basement, 34th entry
- Annexes - basements of 11 Dickinson Street and 35 University Place
Annex residents who do not live in either of these buildings, may pick up a laundry room key at the Graduate Student Housing Office on the fifth floor of New South.
Laundry room equipment problems or repair
- Graduate College: email the House Committee at email@example.com.
- Annexes: contact the Facilities Customer Service Center at (609) 258-8000 or submit an online service request at their website.
Princeton Student Agencies Laundry Agency
The Princeton Student Agencies Laundry Agency will pick up your laundry each week, take it to a professional laundry service, and deliver it within three days to your room washed, dried, and folded or placed on hangers. Contact the Princeton Student Agencies Laundry Agency for pricing and pickup and delivery schedules.
Old and New Graduate College
Limited storage is available to residents of the Old and New Graduate Colleges in the basement of the Old Graduate College. To access the storage you should contact Building Services, (609) 258-3490. During the summer, storage is available for students who are assigned to housing at the Old Graduate College or New Graduate College the following year.
There is limited basement storage in each annex. The 11, 16 & 24 Dickinson Street and 45 University Place annexes have room for storage. Residents of the 15 Dickinson Street annex can store items in any of the Dickinson Street storage rooms. Residents of the 35 University Place and 31 Edwards Street annexes can store items at 45 University Place. In order to gain access to these storage areas contact Building Services, (609) 258-3490.
Access to storage at the Graduate College and the annexes is available upon request Monday through Friday, from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Short-term Storage Prior to Check-in
The Princeton Student Agencies Moving and Storage Agency offers short-term storage prior to your check-in date at the University. You will find drop off dates and locations, ordering deadlines, regulations, and pricing on the Princeton Student Agencies Moving and Storage Agency website.
Storage pickup locations for international students and volunteers
Storage for international students and ISAP volunteers arriving early on campus for international pre-orientation is provided by Building Services, (609) 258-3490. There is a two-box limit and the storage is located in the Fisher Hall basement.
The Princeton Student Agencies Moving and Storage Agency will store your belongings during the summer. The agency will move your items from your room, store them, and deliver them to your room in the fall. Contact the Moving and Storage Agency for pricing and pickup/delivery schedules.
Building Services cleans all public spaces in dormitories and annexes. This includes hallways, common rooms, common bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Cleaning your room and private bathroom is your responsibility.
Building Services provides housekeeping in public areas Monday through Friday, from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, but if you have a question or problem, contact them at (609) 258-3490.
Facilities Customer Service Center
The Facilities Customer Service Center is available to help you with maintenance and repairs in your dormitory or annex room. Contact them with questions or to report a problem.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Phone: (609) 258-8000 (After hours, leave a message for the following day.)
You can also submit a service request at the Facilities Customer Service Center website.
Building Services provides cleaning and other services for your dormitory or annex. Call Building Services at (609) 258-3490 or the Facilities Customer Service Center at (609) 258-8000 if you have a question or problem with the following:
- Bicycle hooks and storage
- Housekeeping in public areas (Service is provided 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday)
- Laundry room cleaning/maintenance
- Light bulbs
- Mattress storage
Emergency Requests after Hours and on Weekends
For emergency requests after regular University business hours, such as a power outage, a flood or a potentially dangerous situation, please contact the Department of Public Safety at (609) 258-1000. Email should not be used for emergency requests.
The University provides a trash can for your room. When it is full, place it in the hallway outside your room. Bring your trash can back into your room when it has been emptied.
Recycling is mandatory at Princeton, and it’s a high priority. Please follow these guidelines:
Place all mixed paper and cardboard in the blue containers labeled "Recycled Paper Only." When the receptacle is full, place it in the area prescribed by your dorm or annex (trash chute, trash collection area, or hallway outside your room). Please bring the receptacle back into your room after it has been emptied.
Glass, metal, and plastic containers
Place all glass bottles, cans, and plastic containers in the recycling barrels provided.
Place all rechargeable batteries in the bins provided. Batteries that must be recycled include nickel ni-cad nickel, lithium, lithium-ion, metal hydride, silver oxide and mercuric oxide. Alkaline batteries are no longer recycled.
Recycling initiatives at Princeton
For more on recycling initiatives at Princeton University, take a look at the Waste Reduction and Recycling Information posted on the website for the Office of Sustainability.
Get connected to the online community at Princeton. See the students section of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) website.
TigerTV Cable Service
TigerTV provides limited basic cable channels in your dorm or annex room at no charge. For HDTV and additional programming, subscribe and upgrade your cable service. See TigerTV on the OIT website for details.
Phone Service and Voice Mail
To set up phone service and voice mail in your dorm or annex room, see Student Telephone Services on the OIT website.