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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 21, 2013.

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 ( 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.

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.

PUWireless and Eduroam: wireless service on campus and when visiting other campuses

When you’re out and about on campus with your laptop, wireless service across most of the campus provides access to the Princeton network. Be sure to connect to PUWireless.  PUVisitor is a service for visitors and provides only short-term connection.

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.  

If you have friends visiting from other institutions that offer eduroam, they can connect to Princeton's eduroam service using their institutions credentials. 

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 20GB of combined 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!

As a Princeton student, you are also eligible for a 25% discount on personal Crashplan computer backup services. Crashplan is a cloud-based solution that offers frequent backups and self-service restores anytime, anywhere, from any device.  See for details and to sign up.

Princeton Mobile website for the mobile 'U'

Princeton Mobile

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.

Computing Support

OIT Help Desk - 24/7

Phone: 258-4357 (8-HELP)

Student Technology Consultants

Computing support in your campus residence:

OIT Solutions Center

Walk-in computer help at the Frist Campus Center:

Computer repair services

Computer repair services:

OIT KnowledgeBase

Princeton-specific answers to technology questions: