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Application Procedure

If you wish to apply for housing, you must complete and submit the online application by 11:59:59 p.m., April 15, to be guaranteed a place in housing.

You will need your Princeton University netID, which was mailed to you. Carefully read this site to learn about your housing options, and follow the online application instructions. You should also visit the Housing website for more detailed information about your housing options and terms and conditions of University housing. After submitting your online application, you will receive an automatic email verification confirming your application. It is important to note that all automatically generated housing correspondence, including your electronic contract, will be sent to your Princeton University email.

Late applications are accepted and assignments are made as available on a wait-list basis by the date of the receipt of your application, irrespective of the applicant's date of admission. Assignments are made from the wait list on a rolling basis as space becomes available. Placement on the wait list does not guarantee housing, and many offers for those on the wait list are made late in the summer or at the start of the fall term if space becomes available.

Documentation of the relationship of the spouse, domestic partner and/or dependents must be provided by April 15 to the Graduate Housing Department, 5 New South, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544. Supporting documents are subject to approval, and applications for family housing are not considered to be complete until supporting documents are approved. Applicants bear responsibility for presenting professionally translated versions of documents that are not in English. Acceptable documentation includes the following:

For a spouse:

  • a marriage certificate; or
  • a copy of the most recently filed federal income tax return (Form 1040) containing joint marital filing status information

For a domestic partner:


  • a copy of a deed, mortgage agreement or lease signed by both parties, or other proof of real property held in common (a contract for shared Princeton University housing is not acceptable for this purpose); or
  • proof that the parties are pension beneficiaries of one another or are primary beneficiaries of life insurance coverage of one another (other than coverage provided by Princeton University); or
  • a copy of a joint bank account statement or a voided check with both names

For a dependent child:

  • a copy of a birth certificate for the dependent child; or
  • a copy of the most recently filed federal income tax return (Form 1040) containing dependent status information

A child over the age of 23 (or 25 with college enrollment status) no longer qualifies as an applicant for family housing.

Students with other dependent circumstances should contact the Housing Department.

Special Needs Housing

If you have a disability or medical condition that might require a special housing assignment, the Housing Department, in consultation with the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School and University Health Services, will make the necessary housing assignment based on your need. To qualify for this special assignment process, you must submit your housing application and clearly state your need (along with proper medical documentation for medical or disability needs) by April 15. Applications received after April 15 will be placed on the wait list without a guarantee of housing. You should submit your medical documentation to the Housing Department by April 15. This can be done by fax (609-258-5898) or by regular mail (Graduate Housing Department, 5 New South, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544).

Assignment Procedures

Incoming students, though guaranteed housing if applications are received by April 15 and have accepted their admission offer by the deadline, are assigned after all current students. When possible, assignments are made in accordance with a student's request for a type of room and price range, but preferences cannot be guaranteed.

New students can expect to receive their contracts no later than July 21, except for those on the wait list. Students will receive their housing assignments and contracts by email to their Princeton email address. All students are strongly encouraged to check their Princeton email address frequently. Students will have seven days to accept their contract, after which the offer will be invalid.

A student who accepts a contract and then wishes to cancel it will have 10 business days to do so without penalty. After 10 business days, a $300 fee will be assessed and the student can be held responsible for the full contract value if the space cannot be reassigned to another eligible person from the wait list for housing.