Meadows Apartments

Meadows Apartments–Quad. Conceptual design rendering. Mithun.

Meadows Apartments–Quad. Conceptual design rendering. Mithun.

Overview

Meadows Graduate Housing Complex-Master Plan. Mithun.
Meadows Apartments–Master Plan. Mithun.

Meadows Apartments, a new housing complex for graduate students, will be located within the 85-acre Meadows Neighborhood, the initial phase of the Lake Campus Development. This new campus is a vibrant mixed-use community that will enhance opportunities for living, scholarship, and collaboration. 

Meadows Apartments will include three residential apartment buildings consisting of 604 beds in 379 housing units. The buildings will primarily be three stories tall, with one story space dedicated to a community center and café. 

This new housing complex will provide attractive housing that meets the needs of graduate students while also bringing a diverse population of students together in an authentic and contemporary community. 

Building Features and Spaces

The buildings feature a series of pedestrian portals that will connect landscaped courtyards and outdoor amenities at the ground level, including a community garden, a play space, a volleyball court, and barbeque areas. There is a centralized community center with a mix of amenities and three distributed study rooms with retail space to accommodate a café to serve residents. 

Meadows Graduate Housing Complex - Community Center. Conceptual design rendering. Mithun.
Meadows Apartments–Community Center. Conceptual design rendering. Mithun.

The project design has been carefully integrated into the existing Meadows Neighborhood context, with circulation, landscape, and infrastructure meant to create a distinctive sense of place and enhance the arrival experience coming from the Washington Road bridge.  

The project has been designed to adhere to sustainable principles and to minimize the impact on adjacent woodlands and the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park.  

The buildings will tap into the central Meadows geo-exchange system for heating and cooling and stormwater will be managed through green infrastructure. The café and community center will both have green roofs and each of the buildings have been outfitted for future roof mounted photovoltaic arrays.   

The complex is being built to Passive House standards, with the goal of achieving ideal energy efficiency levels through an airtight building envelope and improved ventilation systems to increase comfort, air quality and balance heat and moisture management.

Unit Types

Apartments will feature a mix of studios, singles, doubles, triples, and quads, and offer private bedrooms in units larger than the studios. Each of the units include bathrooms within the apartment and a variety of layouts such as 2-bed 1-bath, 2-bed 2-bath, 3-bed 3-bath up to 4-bed-4 bath. Additionally, a portion of each type will be furnished and pet-friendly. 

Each apartment offers a full kitchen with energy efficient electric appliances including stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Additionally, each unit will include a washer and dryer for convenience. Indoor comfort is provided by individual fan coils units for heating and cooling that are integrated with the Meadows Neighborhood central geo-exchange system. Operable windows are provided in each unit for access to direct fresh air. 

In furnished apartments, specific items vary by unit type. Not every unit can fit every combination of furniture. The common areas of furnished units, however, include some combination of the following items:

  • Chaise lounge sectional couch;
  • loveseat;
  • side chair;
  • entertainment center;
  • coffee table;
  • end table;
  • dining table and chairs;
  • and counter stools for units with islands.

Within each bed space, the following furniture is included:

  • full bed frame;
  • full XL mattress;
  • two-drawer chest;
  • nightstand;
  • desk;
  • and desk chair.

We do not have the capacity to move or store furniture out of the furnished units at Meadows Apartments. Provided furniture cannot be removed from the units, with the exception of mattresses.

Typical and Specialty Unit Types. Mithun.

Typical and Specialty Unit Types. Mithun.

Dining Options

Meadows Graduate Housing Complex - Retail Portal. Conceptual design rendering. Mithun.
Meadows Apartments–Retail Portal. Conceptual design rendering. Mithun.

Meadows Apartments was planned to support independent living by providing kitchens in each unit while being an integrated part of the neighborhood. In support of encouraging community and social interaction, a small café is planned to offer grab and go food and beverage selections. The café offers indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor seating area opens to the central plaza across from a community center, allowing opportunities for interaction and encouraging residents to utilize both areas jointly for gatherings and events. The community center offers outdoor grill stations as well as an indoor kitchenette for hosting meals and catering events.  

Parking & Transportation

Parking

Meadows Apartments residents will have access to convenient residential parking on the upper levels of the nearby Meadows Garage, which includes electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

Residents of Meadows may park one vehicle per contract holder for free with an active permit. (As an example, four students sharing a four-bedroom apartment would be permitted one car each.) Students may register a second vehicle for their contract for a $350 annual fee. Limited visitor parking will also be available at Meadows Garage.

The Meadows garage uses license plate recognition or your TigerCard to grant access to the garage gate. You must have an active residential parking permit to enter the garage. If you already have a vehicle registered on campus, you do not need to do anything. If not, you will need to activate a permit for your vehicle.

Graduate students may not park in most other campus lots and garages between the weekday hours of 7am to 4pm. More information about parking on campus is available on the Transportation and Parking Services (TPS) website.

Other Transportation Options

In accordance with the University's widespread support for alternative transportation options, Meadows residents will have several available modes to move around and about campus. 

TigerTransit

Meadows will be serviced by TigerTransit, the University’s free shuttle system. A detailed map of Meadows routes can be found here. TigerTransit will provide connections to campus between 7am and 12 AM weekdays, and between 9 AM and 12 AM on weekends. After 12 AM, on-demand shuttle ride rides can be requested back to Meadows until 3 AM; residents will also have access to a limited number of Lyft rides for late-night rides home after 3 AM. On weekends, TigerTransit will operate a shopper route serving Meadows with stops at popular nearby shopping areas, including Target, Wegmans, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's. Further details on the Meadows TigerTransit service will be made available on the TPS website in advance of the opening of the Meadows Apartments.

Enterprise CarShare

Hourly car rentals with Enterprise CarShare will also be available to residents with vehicles parked at the Meadows Garage.

Biking and Walking

At this time, pedestrian and bicycle access to Meadows is PERMITTED. Please use the dedicated sidewalks and bike lanes, and avoid walking or biking in the road.

For cyclists, Meadows includes plentiful bike parking, including covered bike parking throughout the Meadows Neighborhood. The University is continuing to engage with partners in the town of Princeton, Mercer County, and New Jersey DOT to upgrade the Washington Road corridor to provide better pedestrian and bicycle connectivity between the Meadows Neighborhood and other areas of the Princeton campus and the town of Princeton.

Frequently Asked Questions

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