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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I got really lucky with my housing this year. As a freshman I was placed randomly in a college resident. I got Whitman which is arguably the best residential college in several ways: it's the newest, many residents have singles and it it's in a nice location. I was lucky enough to have a single. That being said, I've been inside every residential college and all of them have their perks. I won't say that all of them great there are a few halls that leave much to be desired. A couple of the residential colleges, Rocky and Mathey, are pretty old and therefore don't have air conditioning. Compared to some of the dorms of other colleges I've seen, Princeton's are definitely above average.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are amazing and spacious. Although you don't spend a lot of time in them, there are other facilities within the building that make you want to spend your time there. There are so many social events and spaces within the dorm buildings to make that possible.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Princeton invests heavily in their housing. Laundry is free. Students are divided up into six residential colleges which greatly enhances the community feel.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I live in Forbes residential college and it is like a home away from school. The cost of dorms are going up year to year but it is still at an okay price. The housing process depends on draw-times which are randomly assigned and upper-class men get priority. If you get good draw time you get good rooms. The social atmosphere is amazing. There is always something to do on campus!

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Depends on where you live. There is really great housing, but also some locations are on the older side.

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Generally, students are pleased with their housing experience, but they realize that is more of a reflection on the experience rather than the accommodations. While the "upper-campus" residential colleges, Rocky and Mathey, are attractive on the outside, students in the "lower-campus" residential colleges, Butler, Wilson, and Forbes, complain about "waffle ceilings" and far walks. As far as upperclass housing, the quality of your dorm depends on your draw time and personal preference. Whereas one student may like the air-conditioning of Scully, others would complain about its lack of proximity to the rest of the upperclass dorms and live in a smaller, un-air-conditioned room in Brown, Dod, or Edwards.

Princeton's housing options could be better . . . a lot better. Students view campus housing as a bonding experience, and only 3 percent opt out of it. With few affordable options within walking distance to campus, the University has little incentive to improve the conditions in the dorms, as it knows the students have few other options. In a recent move to improve living conditions on campus, however, the University has started to renovate one large dorm or two small dorms a year. This is a long-awaited improvement, considering that many students in some of the older Gothic dorms still have to walk down four flights of stairs to use a washroom. Generally, the best place to live on campus is the one that was most recently renovated, regardless of the size of the rooms.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
6,892
Average Housing Costs
$7,220
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
98%
Number of Dormitories
41
Best Dorms
  • 1903 Hall
  • 1915 Hall
  • Blair Hall
  • Little Hall
  • Patton Hall
  • Witherspoon Hall
Worst Dorms
  • 1940 Hall
  • 1941 Hall
  • Brown Hall
  • Cuyler Hall
  • Forbes Annex
  • Wilcox Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Internet connection
  • Phone jack
Also Available
Substance-free areas, smoke-free areas, special needs housing, independent housing, married housing
Did You Know?
  • Housing runs the gamut at Princeton, and there is no general formula. Many of Princeton's dorms were built before modern amenities were standard in homes, so older buildings have been added to in order to accommodate changing times. The size of a Princeton room is not standard as well. Some buildings will include a range of rooms from singles to 11-person suites. (The Housing Department is also notorious for placing extra students in a room if there is a housing crunch, so, for instance, rooms that were once large singles are now tiny doubles.) The furniture in each of the dorms is as varied as the dorms themselves. The newer dorms all have new furniture that is pretty standard, and students are not permitted to remove it from their rooms. The older dorms have both twin and extra-long twin beds and a mish-mash of furniture. Some rooms do not have closets or any other form of pre-installed storage. Incoming freshmen should buy extra long sheets on the theory that they will get a long bed at least once at Princeton, and it is impossible to fit a regular twin fitted sheet on an extra-long bed.
  • The simplest way to approach housing at Princeton is by designation. Freshmen and sophomores are split into five residential colleges: Butler, Forbes, Mathey, Rockefeller (“Rocky”), and Wilson. Construction is underway for a sixth college, Whitman, but it will not be ready for several years. Each college has its own dining hall and residential and academic staffs. Generally, the residential staff who assigns rooms tries to keep residential college dorms balanced by gender and by class year. Each dorm section has a residential advisor (RA) and a minority affairs advisor (MAA) or, in Wilson College, a residential community advisor (RCA) and a residential community program advisor (RCPA). Juniors are seniors are spread across campus in the bevy of upperclass dorms, and there are no limits to the number of members of each gender and class who draw into specific rooms and dorms, which can create for crowded bathroom situations, as most upperclass bathrooms are shared by floor.
  • The dorm where John F. Kennedy lived before transferring to Harvard is no longer standing.
  • In the mid-twentieth century, Princeton students were responsible for bringing all of their own furniture.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise depicts, in part, residential life at Princeton at the start of the twentieth century.

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1901 Hall
Floors: 4
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad, suite
1903 Hall
Floors: 4 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry
1915 Hall
Floors: 2 + basement
Bathrooms: Basement
Coed: Yes
Residents: Butler College
Room Types: Triples (male), singles, and doubles (female)
Special Features: Laundry
1922 Hall
Floors: 2 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Butler College
Room Types: Single and double suites
Special Features: Music room
1927-Clapp Hall
Floors: 3 + basement
Bathrooms: In-room, shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Wilson College
Room Types: Double and quad suites
Special Features: Laundry, game room
1937 Hall
Floors: 3 + Ground floor
Bathrooms: Shared by floor, in-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Wilson College
Room Types: Single, double, suite
1938 Hall
Floors: 3 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor, in-suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Wilson College
Room Types: Single, double, suite
1939 Hall
Floors: 4 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor, in-suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Wilson College
Room Types: Single, double, suite
1940 Hall
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Butler College
Room Types: Single, double, suite
1941 Hall
Floors: 3 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Butler College
Room Types: Single, double, suite
1942 Hall
Floors: 3 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Butler College
Room Types: Single, double, suite
Special Features: Computer cluster
2 Dickinson Street
Floors: 3 + lower level
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: Vegetarian coop in the building, study area, laundry
99 Alexander Street
Floors: 2 + lower level
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Forbes College
Room Types: Single, double, triple
Special Features: "Pink House," (literally a pink house) owned by the University; features a living room, dining room, and two kitchens
Blair Hall
Floors: 4 + Basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Rocky College, Mathey College
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad
Special Features: Lounge, study rooms, Blair Arch, home of the famous Princeton a cappella arch singers
Bloomberg Hall
Floors: 4
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single suites
Special Features: Laundry
Brown Hall
Floors: 4 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad
Special Features: Kitchen
Campbell Hall
Floors: 3 + Basement
Bathrooms: Basement
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Mathey College
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad
Special Features: Fitness Room
Cuyler Hall
Floors: 3 + basement
Bathrooms: Basement
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad, suite
Special Features: Kitchen
Dod Hall
Floors: 5 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, triples
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, study rooms
Dodge-Osborn Hall
Floors: 3 + basement + ground floor
Bathrooms: Shared by floor, in-suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Wilson College
Room Types: Single, double, suite
Special Features: Kitchen
Edwards Hall
Floors: 5 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mathey College
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: Kitchen, computer cluster
Feinberg Hall
Floors: 4 + ground floor
Bathrooms: Shared by floor, in-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Wilson College
Room Types: Single, double, triple, suite
Special Features: Laundry
Forbes Addition (Annex)
Floors: 4 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Forbes College
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: Kitchen, lounge, music room, computer cluster, laundry, darkroom, theater, TV room, cafe
Forbes Main Inn
Floors: 4 + basement
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Forbes College
Room Types: Single, double, triple
Special Features: Kitchen, computer cluster, music room, laundry, theater, TV room, library
Foulke Hall
Floors: 4 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad
Gauss Hall
Floors: 2 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Wilson College
Room Types: Single, double, suite
Special Features: Computer cluster
Hamilton Hall
Floors: 2 + ground floor
Bathrooms: Basement
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mathey College
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad
Special Features: College offices, conference room
Henry Hall
Floors: 5 + ground floor
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad, suite
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry
Holder Hall
Floors: 3 + basement
Bathrooms: Basement, shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Rocky College
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad, suites
Special Features: Laundry, lounge, library
Joline Hall
Floors: 3 + basement
Bathrooms: Basement
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Mathey College
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad
Special Features: Laundry
Laughlin Hall
Floors: 3 + ground floor
Bathrooms: Shared by entryway
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad
Special Features: Kitchen
Little Hall
Floors: 4 + basement + ground floor
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Rocky
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad
Special Features: Lounge, laundry
Lockhart Hall
Floors: 4
Bathrooms: Shared suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad suites ( up to 8- person rooms)
Lourie-Love Hall
Floors: 4 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Butler College
Room Types: Single, double, suite
Special Features: Laundry
Patton-Wright Hall
Floors: 5 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad, suite
Special Features: Laundry
Pyne Hall
Floors: 4 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclass
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad
Special Features: Kitchen
Scully Hall
Floors: 4
Bathrooms: Shared by floor, in-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double, quad
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry rooms, air conditioning
Spelman Hall
Floors: 4 + basement
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites with ktchens, dining area, and bathroom
Special Features: Married housing, laundry, vending
Walker Hall
Floors: 3 + basement + ground floor
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen, Butler College, Wilson College
Room Types: Single, double, quad
Wilcox Hall
Floors: Third floor of main Wilson College building
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Wilson College
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: Dining hall
Witherspoon Hall
Floors: 5 + basement
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Rocky College
Room Types: Single, double, quad
Special Features: Laundry kitchen, study rooms, lounge

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