The Undergraduate Housing Office is located at 5 New South Building. The following areas are generally supervised by the Housing Department with assistance from other Facilities Services departments.
Keys and Locks
It is expected that students keep their doors locked at all times. Students should not use devices to prop the doors or attempt to hide the key in or around the room entrance.
When students are locked out of their room re-entry is provided. Certain fees apply.
The fee schedule for lockouts within the keyless lock system is as follows*:
Loaner Cards issued at Housing and Real Estate Services or Public Safety
$0 if returned within 24 hours
Non-returned loaner cards or cards returned after 24 hours
$75 per incident
Public Safety dispatched to assist in gaining re-entry
$30 per incident
Replacement of a lost TigerCard
$15 per incident
*A grace period without fees or tabulations will be in place from August 15 to September 30 each year and during all scheduled fire drills.
At the discretion of Housing & Real Estate Services, any student who is repeatedly locked out of his or her room will be recommended to the dean for further action. Also, any student who is found misappropriating use of the loaner card will be referred to the dean for further action.
All charges are channeled through the Office of the Treasurer (loans and receivables) and charged to the student's account. Cash is not accepted in the department of Housing and Real Estate Services.
- Upperclass Kitchens
- Limited Access Kitchens
- Inspections and Cleanliness
- Residential College Kitchens
Students should note that cooking is prohibited in dormitory rooms. Unattended cooking is also prohibited. This includes the microwaving of popcorn which has been a frequent cause of nuisance alarms (See Fire Safety Policy).
There are kitchens in the upperclass areas that are supervised by the Housing Department and that are available for general student use. These kitchens are in the following locations:
|1901/Laughlin||Basement||Co-op members only*|
|1903||Basement. 1st entry||Cabinet|
|Brown||2nd floor Co-op||Co-op members only*|
|Little||Basement 1st entry||Cabinet|
|Lockhart||3rd entry, 1st floor||Limited Access*|
|Patton||Basement-full and 3rd floor-snack kitchen||Cabinet|
|Pyne||6th entry, 1st floor||Limited Access*|
|Scully||1st floor – full||Cabinet|
|Scully||1st, 2nd, 3rd floor - snack kitchens||None|
|Wilf||2nd, 3rd, 4th floor||None|
Each kitchen has a University-supplied range and refrigerator. The kitchens are maintained by Building Services. If an oven, toaster, microwave, range, or refrigerator that has been provided by the University is not functioning correctly, students should contact the Facilities Service Center. Students may use small heat-producing electrical appliances in open kitchens, provided they are stored only in locked kitchen cabinets whenever they are not in actual use. The number of locked cabinets is limited, and keys are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Students should remember that all heat-producing electrical appliances are strictly prohibited in student rooms and may not be kept anywhere in dormitories except in locked kitchen cabinets. It is the responsibility of each individual who uses these facilities to clean up the area and wash the used utensils, cookware, and dishes
Any kitchen found in unsanitary condition may be closed for the duration of the year.
Limited-access kitchens, located in the Lockhart and the Pyne basements, and are locked and are accessible to a limited number of students who sign up. Note: Only Brown Co-op members may sign out a Brown second floor key.
Independent students who wish to participate may indicate at the time of draw, and their kitchen keys will be made available at check-in. Pyne kitchen is limited to 25 members. Spaces remaining open in the kitchens after room draw are available to any student on a first-come, first-served basis at the beginning of fall semester classes.
The following items are available in each limited-access facility: tables and chairs, a full-size refrigerator, a stove, a toaster, and a microwave. Students may store and use kitchen appliances brought from home, provided they are kept clean and in good working condition. Students should be cautioned that all heat-producing appliances are strictly prohibited in students’ rooms. Limited-access kitchens are randomly inspected to ensure the maintenance of fire safety codes (see Fire Safety for further guidelines).
Key holders are cooperatively responsible for cleaning their respective kitchens. Kitchen members should therefore be prepared to take part in a weekly cleaning schedule in addition to routine cleanup after individual use of the kitchen area and utensils. A cleaning schedule is posted in each kitchen. Building Services provides brooms, mops, garbage bags, and some cleaning fluids, but does not assist in the actual upkeep of limited-access kitchens.
Open kitchens include a sink, a stove, a refrigerator, and, in some cases, a toaster and an insta-hot water dispenser. It is the responsibility of each individual who uses these facilities to clean the area and wash the utensils used. The kitchens are maintained by Building Services; any problems should be reported by contacting the Facilities Service Center. Any kitchen found in an unsanitary condition may be closed for the duration of the year.
Inspections and Cleanliness
A primary sanitation concern exists in the kitchen areas of dormitories and the co-ops. Thus, kitchen inspections are held several times during the academic year.
The inspectors may require that a kitchen be closed based on poor sanitation. To keep the kitchens open, these steps must be followed:
- The snack kitchens available in some dormitories were not designed for the preparation of full meals. These kitchens are strictly designed for snack preparation.
- Students are responsible for cleaning any area and utensils they use.
- Student-owned refrigerators may not be kept in lounges or kitchens.
- The outside, top, and gaskets of refrigerators should be wiped off frequently. The inside should be cleaned biweekly, and any spills should be cleaned immediately. Students should not wait for someone else to clean up a spill.
- All refrigerators should have thermometers, and the temperature should be maintained at 45 degrees F or below, with the freezer regulated at -10 to 0°
- Freezers should be defrosted when frost buildup grows to 1⁄4 inch thick.
- Any food to be stored should be kept off the floor, in sealed and marked containers. Students should not store cleaning compounds or other toxic materials with or on shelves above food.
- Utensils that are worn, chipped, pitted, or corroded should not be used. Utensils should be washed thoroughly after each use, drained dry, and stored to protect them from contamination.
- Refuse should be placed in the appropriate containers. Containers must be covered and lined with plastic bags, which are available from janitors. Containers must be kept clean inside and out.
- Food should be thawed either in the refrigerator, by keeping it in a plastic bag and running cool water over it, or by cooking. Food should never be left out in warm air to thaw since bacteria thrive in this environment.
- Personal hygiene is most important when preparing food for others. Students are reminded to always wash their hands and tie their hair back before preparing any food. Anyone with a communicable sore, boil, or skin condition should not prepare food.
- The co-op must be kept in sanitary condition. Members must set up a schedule of duties to keep the kitchen area sanitary in order to safeguard the health of all members of the co-op.
Residential College Kitchens
Residential college kitchens are listed below:
- 1967 Hall 1st, 2nd and 3rd Floors
- Bloomberg Hall 1st Floor
- Yoseloff Hall 1st and 2nd Floors
- Bogle Hall 1st, 2nd and 3rd Floors
- 238 and 239
- Blair Hall, 9th entry Basement
- Edwards Basement
- Joline, 3rd entry Basement
- Witherspoon hall, basement
- Fisher Hall, 2nd Floor
- Wendell Hall, 4th Floor
- Hargadon Hall, 4th Floor
- Baker Hall, 1st Floor
- Dodge Osborn Hall, 1st entry under arch
All students will be assigned a mailbox in Frist Campus Center. Mail should be addressed using the following format:
# Frist Campus Center
Princeton, NJ 08544 + 4 digits
The unit number represents the box number assigned to students in Frist Campus Center. The street address and zip + 4 will be determined by the unit number. For example, a student who is assigned the unit number 200 would have the following address:
2 Frist Campus Center
Princeton, NJ 08544 -1102
It is extremely important that mail be addressed correctly. The U.S. Postal Service is increasingly relying on automated sorting and this structure has been developed to take advantage of their strategy. Mail that is not sorted by machine will be moved into a manual process, which will likely result in a slower delivery to Princeton. The street address and nine digit zip codes based on the unit number are as shown on the following page.
A Web page has been designed for students assigned a box in the Frist Campus Center. The Web page may be accessed at www.princeton.edu/sites/ap/webstuff. It will reflect both the individual box number and the combination of the lock for the box. One student will be assigned to each mailbox. The combinations are secured and a student will only be able to access the combination for his or her box
Parcel post packages for all students may be picked up at the Frist Campus Center Mail Services room (room 107) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. When packages arrive, students will be notified via e-mail to pick up the package. All UPS package service and overnight carriers are responsible for direct delivery to student rooms.
Students who receive late assignments and students who change rooms should notify the Mail Services Department immediately, 8-3444.
Several agencies provide housing-related services. In the fall, carpeting, furniture, futons, water coolers, lamps, laundry service, lofts, refrigerator, and TV/DVD player rentals are all useful products to consider. Year-round, computer accessories, shipping and packing services, the Facebook, and newspaper delivery are additional products. In the spring, in order to facilitate students’ moves, summer storage and moving agencies are ready to serve students.
These student-operated business enterprises provide useful goods and services to the campus community and are a source of on-campus student employment. Student agencies are part of the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students. Each agency has an undergraduate student manager and as many student workers as are needed by the agency. Information on each agency, its manager’s name, and its phone number are listed in the Student Agency Directory and in the Campus Directory. For further information, students should contact the agency manager listed or the Student Agency Office.
Telephones and Voicemail
The University’s main number is 609-258-3000. All student phone numbers begin with the 986 exchange.
Princeton University maintains the telephone service (dial tone) and voice mail in all students’ rooms. Telephone numbers are permanently assigned to the rooms and cannot be changed or transferred. Students are responsible for providing their own touch-tone sets. Touch-tone sets with caller-ID capabilities are preferred.
The number of lines in student rooms is based on the following formula:
|1–4 students||1 line|
|5–8 students||2 lines|
|9+ students||3 lines|
Where possible, telephone lines are placed in common areas of the room/suite.
Upon arrival on campus in the fall, every student’s dorm room is supplied with a telephone jack marked “A,” which will receive incoming calls and will permit campus and local outgoing calls. To make long-distance calls, students must apply for a personal authorization code (PAC) online at http://www.princeton.edu/~telecom/.
Charges for long-distance calls are billed directly to the student’s PAC number and the bill is mailed to his or her campus address (or alternate if requested) by the Telecommunications Services Office on a monthly basis. Domestic long-distance calls currently are billed at seven cents per minute. International rates are posted at www.princeton.edu/telecom. Call details and monthly billing statements are provided online at www.princeton.edu/datamall. Access to the datamall is via a student’s NetID, and the password is the seven-digit PAC. As indicated in the stipulations listed in the Student Service Agreement form, monthly balances 45 days past due and more than $10 will be subject to PAC disconnection and a $25 reactivation fee. Once a PAC number is assigned, it remains the same for the length of time a student resides in campus housing and will not change unless the PAC is lost or stolen. It is highly recommended that all incoming undergraduates residing on campus apply for a PAC. Ownership of an assigned PAC does not obligate the student to use the PAC for long-distance calls or incur any charges unless used.
Students may also access long-distance using a 1-800 carrier, such as CALLATT or COLLECT, or by using a prepaid calling card.
Repair or voice mail problems should be referred to the Telecommunications Trouble Desk at 8-1200.
Voice mailbox numbers are assigned to each student and are listed in the printed and online campus directories. The initial temporary password to access the mailbox is 1 + the student’s PAC number. Setup instructions are described in the printed campus directory and online at www.princeton.edu/telecom.
Additional telephone lines may be installed if the student is willing to pay the additional monthly service and installation charges. Any questions concerning this policy or telephone service should be discussed with the Telecommunications Services Office by calling 8-2440.
Students who wish to have their telephone number withheld from the directory must notify the Office of the Registrar in writing prior to August 1 each year. Students must submit their off-campus address online prior to August 1 in order to be listed in the telephone directory.
Due to the University’s not-for-profit status and other federal regulations, students are not permitted to operate a business out of their dormitory room nor use their telephone for business endeavors.
The Telekey Function
Visitors without prox cards, such as pizza delivery, etc., can be admitted by using the TELEKEY function of the card access system. Visitors can call a resident from the nearest exterior dorm phone and the resident can remotely open their entryway door for 20 seconds by pressing #5 on their telephone. This remote opening will only work from the closest entryway phone to your room. #5 must be pressed while phone connection is active. This will disconnect the phone and unlock the entryway door. Users should hang up the phone and walk to entryway in order to gain ingress within the 20 seconds. The door will relock after usage.
Don’t prop entryway doors.
Don’t let unknown people in.
Remember to lock your room door when leaving.