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.
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 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
- Desk and chair
- 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
- Mattress cover
- Laundry basket or bag and laundry detergent
- Shower caddy
- Shower shoes
- Towels and washcloths
- Power strip with built-in breaker
- School supplies
- Desk lamp (no halogen lamps)
- Alarm clock
- 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, freezers, and other regulations can be found here.
Please leave the following at home:
- Flammable fluids
- Air conditioners
- Ceiling fans
- Halogen lamps
- 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
Setting up your Princeton netID is a good start. Now you can set up your Princeton Gmail and Duo, an app that adds another layer of security. You can also set up your Princeton Google, Office 365, and Zoom accounts, which you will be using in the fall. See Information for first-year students for links to our how-to guides.
We have Quick Reference Cards for TigerHub and Tiger Family Hub with tips and how-tos for using each. If you still have questions, reach out to the OIT Support and Operations Center (SOC). You can write, call or chat with IT support staff for help.