Living at Princeton
Princeton students have a wide range of cultural, educational, athletic, and social activities available to them. Engaging in campus life is a way to feel like part of the University community and to create your Princeton experience. There are many opportunities to complement the work that you are doing in the classroom. The FAQs below should provide you with many of the questions and answers you may currently have about being part of the Princeton community. If you still can’t find the answer you are looking for, click the Ask a Dean button in the top right-hand navigation.
Frequently Asked Questions
As you may imagine, there are some questions that arise anew with each entering class. We’ve taken the opportunity of answering some of the more common questions on this page. We will add to the FAQ list over the summer as new issues of common concern come up in the Ask a Dean correspondence. If you want more information about any of these topics, use the Ask a Dean link on the upper right-hand side of this page.
One of Princeton’s most distinctive characteristics is its close-knit residential community. On-campus housing is guaranteed for undergraduates for all four years. The University’s six residential colleges are the center of residential life and offer an array of academic and social programs that enhance the undergraduate experience. There are a number of staff and peer support resources set-up in the colleges, including the residential college office, your RCA (residential college adviser), and the RGS (resident graduate students). More information about Residential Colleges, along with links to each college’s website, can be found under Campus Life on the main University website.
See these blogs for more information -
- Princeton Real Estate - Descriptions of Each Residential College
- The Residential Colleges and you
- RCA: Really Caring Adviser
- Your Friendly Neighborhood RGSs
- Getting advice when you need it
- Where can I eat on campus?
There is really something for everybody at Princeton. Whether you are looking for civic service opportunities, clubs and organizations, or athletic opportunities, Princeton has it or it can be created by you. We encourage students to complement their intellectual pursuits with self-directed programs that provide a bridge between their academic and extracurricular experiences (ODUS website). There are over 250 student organizations, approximately 84 civic engagement opportunities, and 37 varsity sports. In addition, there are other ways to get involved on campus as you move through your four years here.
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We recognize Princeton students come to campus with an array of identities and diverse experiences. Whether you are looking for ongoing support or want to explore different opportunities, we want to make sure you know what is available for you. Princeton strives to be an inclusive place for all members of its community. In addition to the resources identified in the residential colleges, Princeton has a number of offices and organizations designed to help you find your path at Princeton and support you along the way. We have three centers specifically focused on diversity and inclusion, the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, the LGBT Center, and the Women*s Center. The Office of Religious Life houses 10 chaplaincies and groups which attend to the spiritual needs of students, staff, faculty, families, alumni, and friends through many opportunities for ritual observance, spiritual counseling, and engaging programming (ORL website). If you identify as a first generation, low income (FLI) student, we have a student-run organization, the Princeton Hidden Minority Council, which works to reduce stigma associated with these identities and SIFP (Scholars Institute Fellows Program) offers academic opportunities, mentorship, and a community of students with backgrounds historically underrepresented at Princeton
For more information, see the following blogs about identity support resources on campus.
- Get to Know the Carl A. Fields Center
- LGBTQIA Life at Princeton
- Welcome from the Women*s Center
- International Students - Tips for Adjusting
- Home, Sweet Home (Office of Religious Life)
- Not the only one (Princeton Hidden Minority Council)
- SIFP (Scholars Institute Fellows Program)
Princeton provides students with an array of medical services on campus through McCosh Health Services. McCosh Health Services is a fully accredited health care facility with an infirmary available 24/7 for students to utilize during the academic year. McCosh houses University Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE), and Health Promotion and Prevention Services. There are also peer advisers for the SHARE and Health Promotion and Prevention Services offices. More information about these resources can be found in the blog “Learning with health in mind”.
The Eating Clubs are part of a tradition that dates back more than 100 years. In the early years, the University did not provide students with dining facilities, so the students created their own clubs to provide comfortable “houses” for dining and social life.There are currently 11 eating clubs, 10 are located on Prospect Ave and Terrace Club is on Washington Road. All of the clubs are co-educational and reflect the diversity of the Princeton student body. The clubs provide spaces for dining, studying, socializing and hanging out. The eating clubs are unique to Princeton and a popular dining and social option for students in their junior and senior years.
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All members of our community follow the policies as stated in Rights, Rules, Responsbilities. You will receive a hard copy of this manual this summer, and it can be referenced online. In addition to those guidelines, when you arrive on campus you will meet with your RCA (residential college adviser) who will discuss the responsibilities that each person has as a member of the residential community, and PAA (peer academic adviser), who will facilitate a conversation around Academic Integrity. Our Department of Public Safety (DPS or PSafe) is open 24/7, 365 days a year and is committed to a comprehensive and integrated safety and security program in collaboration with the Princeton community.
For more information:
- Public Safety - Get to know your community caretakers
- How to stay out of trouble: Academic Integrity
- Welcome to college, freedom and responsibility go hand in hand
If you have questions about jobs on campus or during the summer, we have many ways to approach the job search. If you are looking for an on campus job, then you will want to check out “Student Employment at Princeton“ . If you are wondering about your resume, summer internships or how your major intersects with your career interests, then it is never too early or too late to look at “Finding Your Path with Career Services”.
Orientation for the Class of 2021 will take place from Saturday, September 2nd - Tuesday, September 12th. During Orientation you will get to know your residential college, have a small-group experience, have experiences specific to the class of 2021, learn Princeton traditions, and most importantly have fun! Check out “Orientation: Welcome!” for more information.
The Office of Information Technology has a page dedicated to Student resources, which includes a Getting Started Guide.