Your dorm room or suite is home for the next year, and creating your own comfortable space will make everyday life in your Residential College more enjoyable.
Personalize Your Space
Your room is furnished with an extra-long twin bed, dresser, desk and chair, small bookcase, and waste and recycling cans. A closet or secured wardrobe is also provided for each person. You and your roommates may configure the furniture in your room any way you like, with the exception of the wardrobe which must remain in its original secured location. All of the furniture (including bunk bed ladders and rails) must remain in the room for the year, although the mattress may be removed and stored by Building Services, (609) 258-3490.
Feel free to bring furnishings and decorations to personalize your room, with the exception of candles and incense. Small lamps and battery-operated candles are good alternatives for atmosphere or mood lighting.
You may hang pictures and posters on your wall, but be sure to use poster mounts, not nails, pins and screws. If you would like to hang a heavy item on your wall, contact a Housing Inspector for advice. You may hang a bicycle in your room with hooks that can be installed by University carpenters.
Windows coverings and carpets
Your dorm room windows come with roller shades, and you may hang curtains. But since window sizes vary, we recommend purchasing them after you arrive on campus. Likewise, since room layouts are so different, carpets are best purchased after your arrival. Room dimension and window sizes cannot be provided ahead of time.
Many rooms have white message boards on the wall beside the room doors, but if yours does not, you may install your own.
Princeton Student Agencies and the U-Store
Princeton Student Agencies (PSA) is a valuable resource for your dorm room needs, offering lamps, carpeting, bookcases, lofts, entertainment equipment, and micro-fridges to buy or rent. The Princeton University Store (U-Store) also sells room accessories which can be ordered online in advance.
If you don’t find what you need on campus, the Princeton Shopping Center in town, Target and Wal-Mart nearby on Route 1, and IKEA in Elizabeth, NJ are great for dorm room furnishings.
Bunking Your Bed
If you want to bunk your beds and don’t have the necessary ladder, rail, and set of bunking pegs, you can request them from the Facilities Service Center by calling 609-258-8000 during regular business hours (M-F, 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM).
If you unbunk your beds, the unused ladder, rail, and set of bunking pegs must remain in the room for the year.
Store Your Belongings
Over the summer, you can store your belongings through the Princeton Student Agencies Moving and Storage Agency for a fee. The agency will move your items from your room, place them in storage, and deliver them to you again in the fall.