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. 

The University continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. Should current plans require modification, we will provide updates to students and families. The latest University communication around COVID-19 is available on the University’s COVID-19 website and our Fall Term 2020 website.

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, too! Based on current health guidelines, move-in for first-years will be spread out over the course of 3 days: August 27-29.

More information about how move-in windows will be assigned will be posted on the Undergraduate Housing website as it becomes available.

Please note, each student will be allowed only one additional person to assist them as they move into their room on campus.


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 early July. Students are randomly assigned to one of the six residential colleges. In the meantime, you can look at the floor plans of all residential buildings here. You will need your NetID to log in, which you’ll receive in late May.


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

  • Blanket and/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 and/or HEPA Filter
  • Cleaning supplies (broom, dust pan, window cleaner, all-purpose cleaner)*

*The University cleans the public spaces in all dorms, including the hallways, common rooms, and common bathrooms, but you are responsible for cleaning your room and your private bathroom if you live in a suite.


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 check out all authorized and unauthorized appliances here. 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:

  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Flammable fluids
  • Fireworks
  • Weapons
  • Air conditioners
  • Ceiling fans
  • Waterbeds
  • Halogen lamps
  • Pets
  • Smoke machines
  • Heat-producing appliances (except those on authorized appliance list) including grill, hot pot, toaster, toaster oven, microwave oven, space heater, large refrigerator, non-breaker electrical adapters

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 page for incoming students.


You will pick up all of your mail and packages in the Frist Campus Center. Mail pickup takes place out of Room 106; The package office is located in Room 110. Please visit these websites for more detailed information: Packages and Mail Services and Package Lockers