You'll find these campus services helpful while living in graduate student housing.
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.
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.
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
Contact the 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
Contact the U.S. Postal Service.
The U.S. Postal Service delivers your mail directly to the mailbox in your building.
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.
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.
History and fun facts
You’ll learn about the facilities on campus, get a sense of the 250-plus years of history and traditions that only Princeton can claim, and hear some fun facts and anecdotes. The tours last about 45 minutes and describe the campus beyond the stimulating classes, renowned faculty, and world-class resources at Princeton.
Orange Key Tours are offered year-round, and you won’t need a reservation, unless you have a group of ten or more people. Tour and information session times are listed online along with suggested itineraries. A virtual tour is available as well.
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, the Facebook, 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.
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.
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.
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 Services 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 will 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 will 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.
Door King Entry System – Lawrence 2-7
Listing your Name and Number
Please submit a work request to the Customer Service Center at http://www.princeton.edu/facilities/info/services/center/ . Please include both your telephone number and area code. Your information will typically be placed into the Door King system within 72 hours.
Your telephone number has been programmed into the telephone entry system with a specific DIRECTORY CODE. The DIRECTORY CODE is not your telephone number, it’s used to keep your phone number private. When a guest comes to visit, they will look your name up in an ELECTRONIC DIRECTORY by using the “A” and “Z” buttons on the system face plate to locate your name. Your guest can press the “CALL” button to establish communication with your apartment.
Alternate Guest Communication Method
Once your guest has located your name, your DIRECTORY CODE will be displayed next to your name. Guests can enter this code on the system keypad to place a call to your apartment. If your guest already knows your DIRECTORY CODE, they can enter this number on the system keypad without looking up your name in the directory.
Once you have established communication and identified your guest, by answering your telephone, you have a choice to grant or deny the guest access. To grant access, press “9” on your telephone. The entry system will respond with a 10 second tone, confirming that the door has opened and will then disconnect itself. The door is programmed to open for 10 seconds then relock. Some newer telephones emit a very short duration tone when a number is pressed. If your telephone does this, you may have to press the number twice in rapid succession to open the door. To deny access: press “#”or hang up.
If you are on the telephone when a guest tries to contact you from the Door King Entry system, they will hear a busy signal. They will not be able to gain entry unless you have CALL WAITING. Please keep in mind that if your cell phone signal is weak and/or spotty, you might have difficulty activating the Door King system. There is nothing we can do to improve the ability of cell phone users to operate the Door King system. If your cell phone does not operate the entry system satisfactorily, you may need to use the system with a land line telephone.