Dining and Meal Plans


Sharing meals in the Residential College dining halls is an important part of the undergraduate experience at Princeton.


Residential College Dining Hall

You Have Options

As a first-year, you’ll eat most of your meals at your own Residential College or in one of the other residential dining halls.

Meal plans

Incoming students are given the Unlimited base plan.

The unlimited plan allows you unlimited access to the Residential College dining halls. 

For a detailed breakdown of your meal plan options please visit the Campus Dining Meal Plan page.

Your TigerCard

Your TigerCard is your meal card, and you’ll swipe it as you enter the dining halls. Your meal plan is encoded in your card, and each swipe of your card is counted toward your meal plan allowance.

Be sure to take a look at the Campus Dining website for details on meal plans and other campus eateries.

Retail & Kosher Dining

In addition to the Residential College dining halls, you can also get meals and snacks at several campus locations, including the Shultz Café, Chancellor Green Café, EQuad Café, and Genomics Café, for self-service meals; the Center for Jewish Life, for kosher dining; and the Frist Campus Center, for an eclectic mix of eateries in a food court setting.

You can check the hours, see menus, and get specific information for each on the Campus Dining website.

Late Meal

The University realizes that you may not always be able to eat during the regular dining hall hours, so you may use your meal plan to buy a late lunch, Monday through Friday, from 11am to 4pm, and a late dinner, Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM, at the Frist Campus Center Food Gallery. One meal swipe is allotted for a late meal purchase.


You can get a bag lunch, Lunch-to-Go, Monday through Friday from Residential College dining halls and some retail locations.

Meal Exchange Program

The Meal Exchange Program, administered by the Inter-Club Council and Campus Dining, lets you enjoy meals with friends at eating clubs without spending extra money.