Move In

Move In is an exciting time at Princeton University. Be sure to take a look at these suggestions for planning your move to campus.

For early arrivals, please click here.

When to Arrive

All Class of 2022 students should plan to arrive to campus on Saturday, September 1st between 8 am - 1 pm. Students will have to sign-up for a check-in time between 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM through your matriculation form . 

Where to Go

Check-in for the Class of 2022 is at the Lewis Center for the Arts Forum on Alexander Road. If you arrive by car, enter campus via Faculty Road and follow it to the roundabout. Turn on to Elm Drive, where University staff will direct you to parking lots.

What You Will Receive

At the Lewis Center for the Arts, you will receive your TigerCard University ID, an information packet, a move-in map and a parking hang-tag, which allows you to drive up campus and park near your Residential College for one hour.

From the Lewis Center for the Arts, follow your move-in map and campus signs to find your Residential College. Staff will be available to assist you.

At Your Residential College

Use your move-in map to find your dormitory; to locate your room take a look at the floor plans for your Residential College. Volunteers will greet you outside your dormitory.

Floor Plans for Your Residential College

Where to Park after Unloading

After unloading at your Residential College, staff will direct you to Lot 20, where there is unlimited parking. TigerTransit buses run continually from Lot 20 and will shuttle you to the rest of campus and the main street of Princeton, Nassau Street.

If you drive into Princeton, you’ll find a parking garage on Spring Street, parking lots at Tulane Street and Park Place, and limited on-street parking. But consider walking. It’s just a short, 10-minute stroll through campus to the shops and restaurants in downtown Princeton.

Parking in Downtown Princeton

When to Arrive

Students are permitted to arrive beginning on Saturday, September 8th.

Early Arrival Check In

Only students who meet a set of specific criteria and receive permission will be allowed to check in early. If you return to campus prior to the approved early arrival date, you should make arrangements to stay off campus at your own expense.

For the full schedule of pre-semester hours of operation for Campus Dining retail covering the move-in period click here. For more information on Campus Dining from September 2–3 click here. For information on Campus Dining during Orientation, September 8–12, click here.

Frist Campus Center

The Food Gallery at Frist will be open throughout each move-in day. The C-Store is located at the Frist Campus Center and is a great place to stop between classes or late at night for a quick snack. 

Food Gallery at Frist


Campus Cafés

There are six campus cafés located in academic buildings throughout campus. Hours of operations and locations are posted on the Campus Cafés website.

Campus Cafés


Princeton Mobile gives access to University resources for members of the Princeton campus community and the world. Princeton Mobile is available as a web app on any browser and as a native app for iOS and Android. The dining option helps you choose where and what you’d like to eat. Look up both residential and retail dining locations and check open hours, menus, and nutrition information.

Princeton Mobile App

Read "Incoming Freshmen"

On the "Incoming Freshmen" section of this website, you'll find lots more information to help you settle into your new life at Princeton University. It describes a typical dorm room and how you may personalize it, and recommends what to bring from home and what to leave behind.

All of your tech questions are answered, and there's everything you need to know about mail and how to best navigate the campus and the town of Princeton. Be sure to give it a thorough read.

Incoming Freshmen