You'll find these campus services helpful while living in graduate student housing.
Dining on Campus
Princeton University is a residential campus, a tight-knit community where students live and dine together. If you choose a meal plan you may eat in Procter Hall at the Graduate College and in the dining halls at the Residential Colleges. In both places, meal sharing is an important part of the University experience. See the next section for a description of meal plans.
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
Graduate students living in the Old and New Graduate Colleges are required to purchase a meal plan and may choose from an unlimited plan and three block plans. Graduate students not living in the Graduate College may purchase a meal plan.
With a meal plan, you are entitled to eat in Procter Hall, any Residential College dining hall and at the Center for Jewish Life. Continental breakfast is served at the Graduate College daily and is included with all meal plans.
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 residential 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 meals per semester, or approximately 13 meals per week, in any residential 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 allows you 95 meals per semester in any residential 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.
The U.S. Postal Service delivers your mail directly to the Porter's Lodge at the Graduate College
Each resident is assigned a mailbox with a key at the Porter's Lodge, which you will sign for on arrival to the University. Mailboxes are located at the Porter's Lodge and are assigned for one year.
Your mailing address:
The Graduate College
88 College Road West
Princeton, NJ 08544-5000
There is a mail slot at the Porter's Lodge for stamped mail. You can buy both domestic and international stamps at the Porter's Lodge.
Parcel Post deliveries
When you receive a parcel delivery, the Porter's Lodge will place a notice in your mailbox, informing you of the delivery. Bring the notice and your Princeton ID to the Porter's Lodge during normal business hours to pick up your package.
Replacing a lost mailbox key
Report a lost key to the Porter's Lodge. A new key will be issued and you will be charged for a lock change.
Questions regarding mail delivery:
U.S. Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service delivers mail directly to your annex building, where it is placed in your locked mailbox which can be opened with your mailbox key.
Your mailing address (as also indicated on your housing contract):
Your house number and street
Your room number
Princeton, NJ 08544
Questions regarding mail delivery:
U.S. Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service delivers your mail directly to the mailbox in your building.
Parking on Campus
If you have a car on campus you must register it. Transportation & Parking Services is your contact for parking permit registration, regulations, enforcement policies, and fees, fines and appeals, and parking lot maps.
Parking lot assignment
Graduate 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.
Orange Key Tours
A long-standing tradition at Princeton, Orange Key Tours are led by student volunteers who enthusiastically share their love and knowledge of Princeton with prospective students and visitors. You may have taken a tour before arriving on campus, but if not, an Orange Key Tour is the best way to get a feel for the exciting community that will be your home.
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 Breaks
Most students do not stay on campus during breaks, but if you do, know that campus services are limited during the recess period.
You may reside in your regularly assigned room during breaks.
Dining Services provides a meal plan to students during breaks. 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 breaks. See the Dining Services website for scheduled hours.
Department of Public Safety
You may contact the Department of Public Safety at any time during breaks at (609) 258-1000.
These campus service departments follow an abbreviated schedule of operating hours during breaks. Visit their websites for details.