Services on Campus
Dining on Campus
Princeton University is a residential campus, a tight-knit community where students live and dine together. Your choices for campus dining include the residential dining halls (with a meal plan, described in the next section) where meal sharing is an important part of the undergraduate experience.
Retail and kosher dining
You may also take a meal at cafe-style self service eateries throughout campus, the kosher dining hall at the Center for Jewish Life, or the eclectic mix of food stands at the Frist Campus Center Food Gallery.
No matter where you eat, the quality and variety of food at Princeton is outstanding. Access menus, hours of operation, and information specific to each venue on the Princeton Dining Services website.
Student Meal Plan Options
Freshmen and sophomores may choose from an unlimited meal plan and two block plans. Upperclass students may opt from an unlimited plan and four block plans.
With a meal plan, you are entitled to eat in any residential dining hall and at the Center for Jewish Life.
The unlimited plan allows you more than one entry to the residential dining halls during any meal period. It also gives you a single meal for each late meal period, Saturday breakfast at the Frist Campus Center Gallery and ten additional guest meals each semester.
Block 235 allows you 235 meals per semester, or approximately 15 meals per week, in any campus dining hall. Ten of the meals may be used for guests. Block 235 meals reset at the beginning of the semester, and there is no credit for unused meals.
Block 190 allows you 190 meal swipes per semester, or approximately 13 meals per week, in any campus dining hall. Ten of the meals may be used for guests. Block 190 meals reset at the beginning of the semester, and there is no credit for unused meals.
Block 95 (juniors and seniors only)
Block 95 allows you 95 meals per semester in any campus dining hall. Ten of the meals may be used for guests. Block 95 meals reset at the beginning of the semester, and there is no credit for unused meals.
Shared Block 95 (eating club members only)
If you chose a room in one of the four-year Residential Colleges and are a registered member of an eating club, Shared Block 95 could be for you. It allows for 95 meals per semester in a campus dining hall, ten of which may be used for guests. There is no credit for unused meals.
The annual cost is determined by each eating club and the number of participants is limited by the club. You should ask your club leadership for shared meal plan information.
If you want to select the Shared Block 95 plan, submit an application for the Butler, Whitman and/or Mathey College room draws at My Housing for Undergraduates. My Housing will allow you to select the shared meal plan for your club, unless the club’s maximum has been reached. At that point the shared plan will no longer be available and My Housing for Undergraduates will not display it.
Alternatively, you may live in a Residential College and purchase at least the Block 95 meal plan for your college in addition to your eating club’s meal plan. Or, you may choose a room in the regular Upperclass Room Draw and your club’s meal plan.
If you have questions about selecting a shared meal plan, contact Angie Hodgeman, Manager of Undergraduate Student Housing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Meal Plan Requirements and Contracts
All students living in a Residential College are required to purchase a meal plan. Upperclass students not living in a Residential College may also purchase a meal plan. With a meal plan you are entitled to eat in any Residential College dining hall and at the Center for Jewish Life.
Meal plan contracts
Freshmen choose a meal plan and electronically sign their dining contract in the summer prior to their arrival to Princeton. Sophomores, juniors and seniors who live in a Residential College choose and accept a meal plan contract for the following year during room draw. Juniors and seniors not living in a Residential College may select a meal plan at room draw or any time throughout the year at the Undergraduate Student Housing Office.
Each undergraduate student is assigned a mailbox for their four years at Princeton. Your mailbox is located on the 100 level of the Frist Campus Center and is secured by a combination lock. Use your Princeton NetID to access your mailbox number and lock combination online at Mailboxes at Frist.
Use the address format below to receive United States Postal Service first class mail, standard mail and packages and parcels.
[Mailbox number] Frist Center
Princeton, NJ 08544-XXXX
Each mailbox number at Frist is assigned a ZIP+4 Code.
Find answers to your questions about other mail services at Student Mail on the Print & Mail Services website.
Mailing packages for arrival prior to move in
Mail packages no sooner than one week prior to the start of classes; packages that arrive too early may be returned. Please do not ship items such as furniture until you have a chance to see your room.
Package pickup during move in
You will receive an e-mail letting you know when and where to pick up your package. You should provide your TigerCard at pickup.
Parking on Campus
Transportation & Parking Services is your contact for parking permit registration, regulations, enforcement policies, fees, fines and appeals, and parking lot maps.
Freshmen and sophomores
Because of limited parking, freshmen and sophomores are not permitted to have a vehicle on campus.
Juniors and senior vehicle registration
Juniors and seniors are permitted to have cars on campus but must register their vehicles to receive a parking permit and must follow the parking regulations specified by Transportation & Parking Services. Undergraduate students with University parking permits may park overnight in designated lots only.
To avoid towing, you should make arrangements with Transportation & Parking Services for visitors to park on campus ahead of their arrival.
Princeton Student Agencies
For more than 100 years, the Princeton Student Agencies have provided products and services to students, faculty and staff. Take a look at their offerings—you're sure to find something you need.
Dorm Furnishing Agency
- Sells extra-long linens and dorm room accessories.
- Rents refrigerators, micro-fridges and loft beds.
Water and Beverage Agency
- Sells water jugs, Keurig Coffee Makers and K Cups.
- Rents water coolers.
- Offers professional laundering and dry cleaning.
- Provides pickup and drop-off service.
Moving and Storage Agency
- Picks up and stores your belongings at the end of the academic year.
- Moves them back in the fall.
Computer accessories, shipping and packing services and newspaper delivery are also available from the Princeton Student Agencies. Contact the Princeton Student Agencies before you arrive on campus or after you have settled in. For information, visit the Princeton Student Agencies’ website.
Services During Fall Recess
Most students do not stay on campus during fall recess, but if you do, know that campus services are limited during the recess period.
You may reside in your regularly assigned room during fall recess.
Dining Services provides a meal plan to students during fall recess. The conditions of the plan, fees, and registration details are outlined on the Dining Services website in October and in an e-mail sent to all students.
Retail dining hours of operation are shortened during fall recess. See the Dining Services website for scheduled hours.
Department of Public Safety
You may contact the Department of Public Safety at any time during fall recess at (609) 258-1000.
These campus service departments follow an abbreviated schedule of operating hours during fall recess. Visit their websites for details.
Services During Winter Recess
Most students do not stay on campus during winter recess, but if you do, know that campus services are limited during the recess period.
You may reside in your regularly assigned room during winter recess.
Residential dining halls
Dining Services does not offer a special meal plan agreement for winter recess. Residential dining halls will close after dinner on the Friday before winter recess begins.
Retail dining hours of operation are shortened during winter recess. See the Dining Services website for scheduled hours.
Department of Public Safety
You may contact the Department of Public Safety at any time during winter recess at (609) 258-1000.
University Health Services
University Health Services student inpatient services are not provided during winter recess. Visit the University Health Services website for details about services during winter recess.
TigerTransit campus shuttle
The Transportation & Parking website provides campus shuttle service hours and routes during winter recess.
Facilities Customer Service Center
The Facilities Customer Service Center is available to answer your calls during regular business hours, but will be closed on several days during winter recess in accordance with the University academic holiday calendar.
Princeton University Library
Firestone Library and all Special Libraries follow an abbreviated schedule during winter recess. For details see the hours page of the Princeton University Library website.
Campus recreation facilities, including Dillon Gym, Dillon Pool, Jadwin Indoor Tennis, the Stevens Fitness Center, and Baker Rink follow an abbreviated schedule during winter recess. For details see the Dillon Gym Facilities Schedules page of the Campus Recreation website which is updated in December to include winter recess hours.