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
With a meal plan, you are entitled to eat in any residential dining hall and at the Center for Jewish Life.
|Number of Meals||
|All Undergraduates||Unlimited Plan||No limit||Unlimited entry to any residential undergraduate dining halls or the graduate college dining hall, plus 10 additional guest meals per semester. Unlimited swipes per meal period. Available to all students. Required for first-year and sophomore students.|
|Juniors and Seniors||Block 235||235||235 meals per semester, entry to any residential undergraduate dining halls or the graduate college dining hall. 10 meals may be used for guests. One swipe per meal period.|
190 meals per semester, entry to any residential undergraduate dining halls or the graduate college dining hall. 10 meals may be used for guests. One swipe per meal period.
|Block 95||95||95 meals per semester, entry to any residential undergraduate dining halls or the graduate college dining hall. 10 meals may be used for guests. One swipe per meal period.|
|Shared Meal Plan||95||Th95 meals per semester, entry to any residential undergraduate dining halls or the graduate college dining hall. 10 meals may be used for guests. One swipe per meal period. Students must be a member of the eating club and live in a residential college building to qualify. Contact eating clubs for plan availability.|
|Unlimited||No limit||Unlimited entry to any residential undergraduate dining halls or the graduate college dining hall, plus 10 additional guest meals per semester. Unlimited swipes per meal period.|
|Grad Block 105||105||105 meals per semester, entry to any residential undergraduate dining halls or the graduate college dining hall. 10 meals may be used for guests. One swipe per meal period.|
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
First year and sophomore students choose a meal plan and electronically sign their dining contract in the summer prior to their arrival to Princeton. 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.
Mailboxes and Mail Service
Each undergraduate student is assigned a mailbox for their four years at Princeton. Use your Princeton NetID to look up your mailbox number. You may collect your mail by going to the Mail Service Window (formerly the Package Room, 118 Frist) and showing your University ID and signing for it. An email will be sent to you when you receive first class mail only. Mail Service Window Hours: 10 am - 6pm, Monday - Friday and 10 am - 1pm, Saturday
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
Check your email notifications to determine whether your package is in a locker, the tent location, or behind the counter at Frist. A. Locker: Go to the specified locker bank and use the app or self-service kiosk to open your locker. B. Counter or Tent Location: Proceed to the counter or tent for pick up. Tent location is only for UPS packages.
Parking on Campus
Transportation & Parking Services is your contact for parking permit registration, regulations, enforcement policies, fees, fines and appeals, and parking lot maps.
Because of limited parking, students are not permitted to have a vehicle on campus.
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 Breaks
Most students do not stay on campus during academic year breaks, but if you do, know that campus services are limited during the recess period.
Your Dorm Room
You may reside in your regularly assigned room during breaks.
Campus Dining provides a meal plan to students during breaks. The conditions of the plan, fees, and registration details are outlined on the Campus Dining website 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.