Getting Connected to Campus
Your netID is the key
With a personal identifier called a netID, you can log in to the Princeton domain and access Princeton resources like your Princeton Gmail, cluster computers, and student printing resources.
Princeton netIDs are emailed to undergraduate students beginning May 23, 2016.
See, "What is my netID?" for more information.
Your Princeton Google account: Email, Calendar, Drive and Sites
Along with your Princeton netID you will get a Princeton Google account, which provides you with Princeton Gmail, Calendar, Drive and Sites applications. (Your email account will be fully active within 24 hours of receiving your netID).
Your Princeton Gmail account helps you stay connected at Princeton. University offices will use this address when sending important University information. You can also use it to stay in touch with family and friends, or to reach out to fellow students on campus. It's connected to the online campus directory, which makes finding student email addresses, including yours, easy from Princeton Gmail.
Your Princeton Gmail address is your Princeton netID, plus @princeton.edu (email@example.com). Get to your Princeton Gmail here:
Your Princeton Gmail is just one of the apps available to you through Google Apps at Princeton. For information about Google Calendar, Drive, and Sites, see:
Register your devices with Dormnet for Internet and campus network access
When you get to campus, you will want to register your computer and devices to use the student network, Dormnet. This network provides high-speed Ethernet and wireless connections in all dorm rooms and in most graduate housing complexes. Once you’re on, access campus servers, printers, and Internet resources from your dorm room. You register your computer and devices online (from campus) at:
Computers purchased through the Princeton Student Computer Initiative (SCI) program are pre-configured for Dormnet.
Graduate students in non-Dormnet units need a commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP). Dormnet subscriptions allow network access while on campus regardless of residence.
Eduroam wireless service: on campus and when visiting other campuses
If you're looking for wireless service on campus, be sure to connect to 'eduroam.' Princeton University is a participant in this international federated network access service, which allows you to use the eduroam service here on campus, and at any other eduroam-enabled campuses.
To take advantage of the eduroam service, you will need to download the Configuration Assistant Tool (CAT) for Princeton. You can do so online at cat.eduroam.org. Once you download the tool, simply use your Princeton netID in the form of netID@princeton.edu to login.
When visiting other campuses
When you're out and about on another campus and need wireless service, check to see if they offer 'eduroam' wireless service. As a student at Princeton University, you can connect to 'eduroam' wireless services that are available at institutions across the nation and around the world for free using your Princeton credentials.
Note, before accessing eduroam on other campuses, you will need to have connected to eduroam at your home institution first.
If you have friends visiting from other institutions that offer eduroam, they can connect to Princeton's eduroam service using their institutions credentials.
Secure Remote Access: for secure access from off campus
Use Secure Remote Access (SRA) for secure access to Princeton networked resources (including library resources) from off campus. All you need is a browser and your Princeton netID and password.
File storage and backup: protect your papers and files!
While it’s convenient to save papers to your laptop, your files are safer if you also save them to your Google Drive account. Your Google Drive account provides unlimited personal file storage with your Princeton Gmail account that is accessible from anywhere. Your files are also backed up so you can restore them---a lifesaver when a file disappears before your paper is due!
Princeton Mobile website for the mobile 'U'
The Princeton Mobile website provides on-the-go access to Princeton news and events, an interactive campus map, course offerings, the library catalog, athletic schedules, and more. Access the site from any browser and be in the mobile know.
You can also get the Princeton Mobile app at the app store for your device. Search for Princeton Mobile. It's free.