New Freshmen - As an incoming member of the freshmen class, you will live in one of the six Residential Colleges during your freshmen year. Your class is separated into six residential college sections so that each section reflects the demographic profile of your incoming class as a whole. Each section is then randomly assigned to one of the six Residential Colleges. After your name is assigned to a Residential College, the Residential College staff as well as the Housing Department staff review the Residential College Interest/Activity Sheet you filled out online with your Housing and Dining form. While there is no guarantee that all of your preferences an be accommodated, every effort will be made during the process to make an assignment based on the content of the information you provided. Your roommate and Residential College assignment is contained in an e-mail sent to your Princeton e-mail address in the summer before your arrival at Princeton. For more information, contact the Undergraduate Housing Office Website.
The Princeton University Graduate Housing Office will send the contract for an apartment or a dormitory if you apply by the application deadline. Housing assignments are based on availability; your offer will be for a space within a dormitory, annex, or apartment. Specific instructions regarding arrival information will be provided to you from the Housing Office. Additional information can be found on the Graduate Housing Office website.
Apartment key pick up for new Graduate Students - If you arrive in Princeton during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:45am to 4:30pm, you may pick up your key at the Housing Office, located at 330 Alexander St. After business hours, keys can be picked up at Public Safety, located at 200 Elm Drive. Please note: If you have been assigned to Lakeside Apartments, you will pick-up your keys directly from the Lakeside Office located at 1 Lakeside Drive. If you plan to arrive after business hours or over the weekend at any location, you will need to notify the Graduate Housing Office or the Lakeside Apartments Office one week in advance to ensure your keys and welcome packet are available. For more information please visit the Graduate Student Housing website.
NEW SCHOLARS (PostDocs, Researchers, Faculty)
The cost of housing in the local area is varied depending on your lifestyle and proximity to campus. The Princeton University Housing and Real Estate Services offers limited housing services and resources in regard to University Rentals, Short-term Housing, and affordable Off-campus Housing.
On-Campus Housing Website: University Rentals and Short-term Housing Options
Off-campus Housing Website: Search for rental rooms, apartments, houses, and roommates
Tiger ReTail: Buy or sell new or used items for your housing.