COVID-19 Information for Visitors
While Princeton remains operational during the COVID-19 outbreak, the University is following the guidance of health officials and Governor Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” order issued on March 21. For the latest information about visiting campus, please see the Coronavirus FAQs for Visitors page.
Planning Your Visit
- The town of Princeton offers numerous shops and restaurants.
- Art exhibitions and events abound.
- More than a dozen parks and historical sites are within walking distance including the Princeton Battlefield, the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath and the Charles H. Rogers Wildlife Refuge/Institute Woods.
- Urban explorers can reach Philadelphia and New York via a short train ride.
- On a warm day, an hour's drive east reaches the Jersey Shore.
Tours & Information Sessions
The Office of Admission holds general admission information sessions throughout the year. You may combine an information session with a student-led campus tour, which is run by the Orange Key Guide Service. The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers tours of the engineering quad during the academic year.
Our 23-stop, student-led virtual tour of the main campus is available in English, Korean, Mandarin and Spanish and includes 360-degree panorama photos and videos.
Princeton can also be toured from different perspectives via the GuidiGO mobile app:
Shuttles & Local Transit
TigerTransit's shuttle routes circulate through main campus and make connections to the Princeton train station, Forrestal campus, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and several local grocery stores. (On-demand service is available after hours.)
Local Bus Routes
Driving & Parking
Campus is located in Princeton, N.J., approximately one mile west of U.S. Route 1.
Visitor parking is available for free on weekdays in:
- Lot 21 (GPS: “Princeton University Lot 21” or lat./long. “40.345016,-74.645716”)
- Lot 23 (GPS: “Princeton University Lot 23” or lat./long. “40.340605,-74.656773”)
On weekends and evenings, visitors may park in most other lots and garages. View the campus map to find parking closest to the buildings you are visiting.
Metered parking is also available on streets around campus.
Beginning Friday, Dec. 20, the vehicle gates at the Nassau Street entrance to campus will remain closed 24 hours a day, and there will be no vehicle access to campus from Nassau Street. The gates will continue to open for vehicles leaving campus. All vehicles should enter campus on Elm Drive via Faculty Road, where the South Guard Booth will continue to be open and staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Air & Train Travel
A train known locally as "The Dinky" connects campus (Princeton Station at Alexander Street) to Princeton Junction.
Northbound NJ TRANSIT trains passing through Princeton Junction provide direct service to New York City and Newark Liberty International Airport. A southbound transfer to the SEPTA regional rail Trenton Line train at Trenton provides service to Philadelphia.
Amtrak trains connect Princeton Junction to Washington, D.C., Boston and the broader region.
Shuttles and trains from campus reach four international airports. Newark and Philadelphia are closest if you have the choice.
Numerous motels and other forms of lodging are available in the Princeton area. The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau offers an accommodations page on its website. Visitors to campus can take advantage of discounted rates through the University's Travel and Expense website. Look for the "Local Hotels" heading.
Accessible Buildings, Walkways and Parking Areas (.pdf)
If you plan to attend an event and have accessibility concerns, please contact the office you are visiting, Transportation and Parking Services or the Office of Disability Services.
Eruv Map (.pdf)
An eruv is a symbolic enclosure that allows observant Jews, mostly of the Orthodox community, to carry objects outdoors on the Sabbath.