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Directions and Other Logistical Information

Princeton University is located in central New Jersey approximately 50 miles southwest of New York City and 45 miles northeast of Philadelphia in Princeton, New Jersey.
Wallace Hall is not located on a main street and is between Washington and Olden streets and Prospect and William streets. Wallace Hall is on Shapiro Walk between Corwin Hall and Sherrerd Hall. You can find our building with the campus map.

By car    |    By train*    |   By plane**
*A cab to campus from the Princeton Junction train station costs about $20-22.

**We do not recommend flying into JFK or LaGuardia airports in New York. It is expensive and time-consuming to travel through Manhattan to the train or bus station where transportation to Princeton is available.


Specific Logistical Information for CSSO Speakers:

If you haven’t provided your talk title and short bio, please send it to Laura Cummings-Abdo,, as soon as possible. We advertise our talks on our website and through email. Please write the bio in the third person.

Our lunch talks are held on Mondays from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm in 165 Wallace Hall. The room is equipped with a projector and screen for presentations. If you need any other type of equipment, please let Laura know.

Travel Arrangements

If CSSO will be arranging your travel, please provide the following information to at least 14 days in advance of your talk:

Full name, including middle initial
Citizenship, and country if not USA
Date of birth
Cell phone number
Departing airport, if arranging air travel
Aisle or window seat, if arranging air travel
Approximate dates/times of travel preferred
Do you need a hotel reservation made for you?

If travel arrangements were made for you, then you received an email confirmation from Carlson-Wagonlit travel. If you have any problems with your reservation, you may contact Carlson-Wagonlit (866-640-3294, PRESS 1 during regular business hours, and PRESS 5 any other time). They are available 24/7 to assist you.

Hotel – Nassau Inn

CSSO uses the Nassau Inn for overnight hotel stays. The Nassau Inn is within walking distance to campus, located at 10 Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ 08542, 609-921-7500. Princeton receives discount pricing at the Nassau Inn, so if we are paying for your hotel, we will need to make the reservation for you. Further, a photo ID is required at check-in.

Walking directions from the Nassau Inn Hotel to Wallace Hall

From the Nassau Inn hotel go up to Nassau Street and turn left. Walk down Nassau until you reach Washington and turn right onto Washington. As you walk up Washington you will see the Woodrow Wilson pond across the street on your left. Cross the street and walk alongside the pond, down the stairs, and Wallace Hall is the second brick building with double glass doors to your right. Enter the main doors of the building and walk down the hallway to the end of the building. 165 Wallace will be toward your left after the small reception area.

Driving Directions and Parking

Please see Princeton’s website for driving directions to Princeton. If you are using a GPS, put in 35 Olden Street, Princeton, NJ. This is the computer science building, which is to the right of Shapiro Walk. Wallace Hall is located to the left of Shapiro Walk, three buildings up from Olden Street. Wallace is the building to your left after you cross Charleton Street on Shapiro Walk. 

Parking on campus is limited, but visitors may park in Lot 21 or 23. Please see Princeton’s parking website for more information. There is also metered parking along the streets of William, Olden, Prospect, and Nassau. Many (but not all) of the meters on Nassau, Olden and Prospect only cost .40 cents per hour. William Street meters are more expensive.

Transportation to Princeton


If traveling by Amtrak, your destination stop should be the Trenton Transit Center or Princeton Junction.

From Trenton, take a NJ Transit train to Princeton Junction, and then you have two options. You can either take a cab to the hotel or Wallace Hall (approximate cost $22) or get on the “Dinky” train (approximate cost $5), which will then take you from Princeton Junction to Princeton’s train station. It is a three-quarter of a mile walk from the Princeton train station to the Nassau Inn.

At Princeton Junction you should be able to get a cab without calling one. If you need to call, here are a few cab companies:

Princeton Taxi – (609) 672-7072
Princeton Junction Taxicab – (609) 799-8633
A Princeton Taxi – (609) 924-7300

NJ transit trains:

If you are arriving/departing from the Newark Airport, you will need to take an AirTrain to the Newark Airport NJ Transit Train Station and buy a ticket to Princeton Junction. The cost is approximately $16.50. The cost of a cab to get to/from campus from Princeton Junction is about $22 (See above). NJ Transit trains run from approximately 4 am to 1 am.

Please make a note of your gate if you are travelling from Princeton Junction back to the Newark airport. You will need to get on the AirTrain from there, and it stops at all the gates.


The best major airport to fly into is Newark (EWR), as it is easy to get to campus. Philadelphia Airport is also fairly close, but it is more difficult and time-consuming to get to Princeton. From Philadelphia you will need to hire a car service, or take a train from Philadelphia to Trenton. Once in Trenton, follow the directions above to get from the Trenton Transit Center to Princeton Junction and then to the hotel.

Frontier Airlines offers direct flights to Trenton/Mercer Airport from Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and several other cities, and this is actually the closest airport to Princeton, as it is just a short cab ride to campus.

Car Service:

If a car services is needed and been approved in advance, it must be reserved through a representative at CSSO. Princeton receives discount pricing from certain vendors.

Travel Reimbursement Guidelines

If you will be making your own travel arrangements and would like to be reimbursed please contact Laura Cummings-Abdo,, so she can provide you with CSSO's travel reimbursement guidelines. 

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Laura Cummings-Abdo
Center Manager of CSSO