Where can I eat on campus?

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One of the most amazing elements of community here at Princeton is the dining experience in the Residential College. Before you arrive on campus, each of you will sign-up for a meal plan. The number of meals you receive each week is dependent on the plan you purchased; over 90% of first-year students choose the unlimited plan. There are many locations on campus that will accept your meal plan, including the residential college dining halls, the Graduate College, the Center for Jewish Life, and at Frist Campus Center for late meal.

The residential dining halls are a great resource for students with all types of interests and dietary restrictions. If you have a food allergy, there are signs posted on all of the menu items indicating what the food may contain (gluten, nuts, etc.). The dining staffs are also extremely welcoming and truly care about all facets of the dining experience as it relates to students. Along with yummy food, the dining hall is also a great hub for connecting with fellow classmates and invited faculty and staff fellows over a dinner discussion or language table discussion.

Another common place to meet up with friends for lunch, dinner or a snack after the dining halls close is at Late Meal at the Frist Food Gallery. The Frist Food Gallery offers a variety of cuisines for students. In addition to using a meal plan, students can use Paw Points (money that is added to your TigerCard, University I.D.) to make purchases at the cafés across campus.

At the end of your sophomore year, the above options still apply but students can explore additional eating opportunities including the 4 Co-ops, the 11 Eating Clubs, or going Independent, a choice allowing students to prepare all of their meals in kitchens located either inside or near their residence hall room.

When you think of dining here at Princeton, think of flexibility and options!

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Mellisa Thompson
Director of Student Life, Forbes College

I am originally from Brooklyn, NY and attended college at Cornell University. After receiving my BA in Sociology, I went to Rutgers University- School of Education where I received my Masters of Education, with a focus in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education. I have worked in student support, admissions and residential life at a non-profit college access organization and I have worked in Residential & Student Life at MIT. Currently, I am the Director of Student Life at Forbes College.

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