Upperclass Dining Options & Clubs

Residential Colleges

Many students choose to draw into residential colleges as upperclassmen. All residential college members participate in University meal plans, which can range from full, 21-meal-per-week contracts to shared meal plans with eating club facilities. The Center for Jewish Life also offers kosher dining for upperclassmen.


Upperclass students who choose not to buy a meal contract at a University facility or an eating club are known informally as "independents." Special suites are reserved for groups of independent students who would like in-room kitchen facilities, or access to a nearby shared kitchen. The Independent Student Guide offers information for students who are interested in dining at local restaurants and cooking their own meals.

For students interested in sharing cooking duties with larger groups, student food cooperatives operate at Brown Hall, 2 Dickinson Street (vegetarian) and Laughlin Hall (International Food Co-op).

Though they do not have meal contracts, independent students can eat two free meals per week in the residential colleges.

Eating Clubs

Many juniors and seniors dine at one of the 11 historic eating clubs along Prospect Avenue. Operated by student officers under the auspices of independent alumni boards, the clubs offer social, educational, athletic and community service programs. Five of the clubs offer open membership; a student simply enters a lottery to join. Six of the clubs conduct a member selection process. The clubs sponsor educational and service initiatives through the Princeton Prospect Foundation.

Students living in four-year residential colleges can purchase a shared meal plan that allows them to eat meals in both their eating club and their college. All upperclass students receive two extra meals per week in the residential colleges.

Preparing sushi

One thing students from all dining options share is the Frist Campus Center, where salads, sushi and more are made fresh daily.