Sharing meals in the Residential College dining halls is an important part of the undergraduate experience at Princeton.
You Have Options
As a freshman, you’ll eat most of your meals at your own Residential College or in one of the other residential dining halls.
You can choose from three meal plan options—an unlimited plan, or one of two block plans, which are flexible meal plans. If you plan to eat less than three meals a day on a regular basis, a block plan is a good choice.
The unlimited plan allows you unlimited access to the Residential College dining halls. Block 235 allows 235 meal swipes per semester, or approximately 15 meals per week, and Block 190 allows 190 meal swipes per semester, or approximately 13 meals per week. All three plans allow ten guest meals each semester.
Your TigerCard is your meal ticket
Your TigerCard is your meal card, and you’ll swipe it as you enter the dining halls. Your meal plan is encoded in your card, and each swipe of your card is counted toward your meal plan allowance.
Be sure to take a look at the Campus Dining website for details on meal plans and other campus eateries.
Cafés, Kosher Dining and a Food Court
In addition to the Residential College dining halls, you can also get meals and snacks at several campus locations, including the Woodrow Wilson Café, Chancellor Green Café, EQuad Café, and Genomics Café, for self-service meals; the Center for Jewish Life, for kosher dining; and the Frist Campus Center, for an eclectic mix of eateries in a food court setting.
You can check the hours, see menus, and get specific information for each on the Campus Dining website.
After Your Dining Hall Closes
The University realizes that you may not always be able to eat during the regular dining hall hours, so you may use your meal plan to buy a late lunch, Monday through Friday, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM, and a late dinner, Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM, at the Frist Campus Center Food Gallery. One meal swipe is allotted for a late meal purchase.
You can get a bag lunch, Lunch-to-Go, Monday through Friday from Residential College dining halls and some retail locations.
Meal Exchange Program
The Meal Exchange Program, administered by the Inter-Club Council and Dining Services, lets you enjoy meals with friends at eating clubs without spending extra money.