As you prepare for your journey to Princeton, you will probably think of a lot of questions related to moving-in. We have created a list of FAQs that will help you pack and plan for your arrival to campus. Project Welcome Mat was created as a comprehensive guide from A to Z about Princeton for first generation American and first generation college students. It is a great resource for anyone who may have questions about learning and living at Princeton.

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.

We’re excited for you to be here, also! You should plan to be on campus on Saturday, September 2nd between 8am-1pm. Students will need to sign-up for a 1-hour check-in slot during that time frame and go directly to Baker Rink on Elm Drive. If you are a fall season athlete, or a participant in International Orientation, Freshman Scholars Institute or ROTC, then you will receive separate instructions regarding move-in.

After you check-in at Baker Rink, you will head to your residential college to move-in where there will be students and staff ready to help you carry boxes and get you to your room! Additional move-in information can be found here.


We definitely take care of that. No matter which residential college you live in, each room comes with –

  • Single bed, which requires extra-long, twin-size sheets
  • Dresser
  • Desk and chair
  • Bookshelf
  • Closet space or wardrobe for each person
  • Waste and recycling cans
  • Shades or blinds
  • Message boards at the entrance to many rooms

You will receive your housing information, that is, your residential college and room assignment in July. In the meantime, you can look at the floor plans of all residential buildings here. You will need your NetID to login.


The following are suggestions of what may be helpful to have, but please do not feel restricted to this list.

  • Blanket or comforter
  • Pillow
  • Mattress cover
  • Laundry basket or bag and laundry detergent
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Power strip with built-in breaker
  • School supplies
  • Desk lamp (no halogen lamps)
  • Alarm clock
  • Bicycle
  • Backpack
  • Electric fan
  • Cleaning supplies (broom, dust pan, window cleaner, all-purpose cleaner)

We completely understand! We want to make sure you know which appliances are approved, whether you have plans to bring a tea kettle, coffee maker or even a milk frother! You can look for specific brands and approved models here - select Heat Producing Electric Appliances – Authorized list. We approve any model of iron, electric blanket, hair dryer/curlers, or clothes steamer.


You can, but we have certain restrictions on refrigerators and microwaves. Most importantly, you cannot bring a microwave; you can only rent microfridges through Princeton Student Agencies and only one of these may be in each room. More information about microfridges, refrigerators and freezers and other regulations can be found here.


Please leave the following at home – smoke machines, waterbeds, ceiling fans, air conditioners, hoverboards, all grills, weapons, toasters, toaster ovens, halogen lamps and space heaters, candles, incense and fireworks.


We’ve provided a summary of the most important information, but if you want to make sure you have access to everything you could learn check out this guide for incoming first year students.