Undergraduate Student Housing
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 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. Your roommate assignment is made based on the content of the information 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. Check the announcements section of your Welcome Class website for more information. You will need your NetID and password to access your e-mail account. If you have questions about your NetID and password, please email the Office of Information Technology (OIT).
New Freshman Check In/Room Key Pick Up
If you arrive in Princeton during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:45 am to 5:00 pm, keys can be picked at the Housing Office, located on the 5th floor of the New South Building. After hours, you can contact Public Safety, located at 200 Elm Drive. A Public Safety Officer will give you access to your dormitory room. On the following business day, you should visit the Housing Office to pick up your key and sign in. For additional information and assistance, please visit the Undergraduate Housing Office website.
Important: If you are participating in the International Undergraduate Student Orientation program, you will receive your room key during the on-site check-in for the Orientation program.
Graduate Student Housing
New Graduate Students
The Princeton University Housing and Real Estate Services Office will send the contract for an apartment or a dormitory with arrival instructions to all students who have made prior arrangements for on-campus housing. Please consult these instructions for specific arrival information. Further information can be found on the Graduate Housing Office website.
Apartment key pick up for Graduate Students
If you arrive in Princeton during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:45 am to 4:30 pm, you may pick up your key at the Housing Office, located on the 5th floor of New South Building. After business hours, keys can be picked up at Public Safety, located at 200 Elm Drive. You will need to pay a security deposit prior to key pick up. When you pay your security deposit, you must also submit either a completed W-8 Form (.pdf) (if you do NOT have a U.S. Social Security Number) or W-9 Form (.pdf) (if you DO have a U.S. Social Security Number).
For more information regarding your assigned apartment complex, please visit the Graduate Student Housing website.
Graduate College & Annex Key Pick Up
If you arrive in Princeton during business hours, 8:45 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, keys can be picked up at the Housing Office, located on the 5th floor of New South Building. After hours and after your move-in date, your keys can be picked up at the Porter’s Lodge located at the Graduate College. Hours of operation are posted on the Porter’s website. If you arrive at the Graduate College after business hours; you will need to call Public Safety (TEL: 609-258-1000) to get access to your room. Then you should visit the Porter’s Lodge the following morning and pick up your keys. For detailed information regarding policies and amenities in the Graduate College/Annexes, visit the Graduate College/Annex Residential Living Policies Guide.