Getting Started

Princeton University ID

Your PUID gives you access to many important University facilities and services, such as the libraries, gym, computer center, and various cafeterias on campus.

To get your PUID, you need to go to the ID office (Tiger Card Office) located on the A Floor of the New South Building. The Tiger Card office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Note: Any changes in your name, home address or social security number must be reported to the ID office. If you lose your card, there is a replacement fee of $15.00.

Parking Permit

You can apply for an official parking permit by appearing in person at the Parking Office on the A level of the New South Building during their business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. A free parking permit will be issued to you on the spot, but you must bring either your letter of appointment or your PUID. You will be assigned to a specific parking lot and provided with maps. If you have special parking needs, the parking staff will do their best to accommodate you.  

Computing

Your desktop computer is equipped with Microsoft Office, Safari or Internet Explorer web browser, Adobe Professional and Endnote. The University offers numerous computing resources via its campus network, such as access to library catalogs, Lexis-Nexis, J-STOR, and the internet.

In order to sign into your account for the first time, you'll need to create a password at www.princeton.edu/psynch using the temporary password found in the envelope from Princeton OIT. This should have been emailed to you during the summer, and an additional copy should be in your campus mailbox.  Please see Sue, Kim, Maureen, Femke or Andrew for assistance when you first come to campus.

For further help setting up your email, connecting your own laptop to the network and general troubleshooting, or to ask for additional software to be installed, please contact Andrew at 609-613-6566 or aperhac@princeton.edu to setup an appointment. You may also call the Office of Information Technology (OIT) help desk at 609-258-HELP at any time or visit www.princeton.edu/kb for general troubleshooting tips.

Note: Software for home computers may not be purchased with research account funds. The University owns rights to most but not all software.

Also, any hardware items purchased using Princeton funds (approved by Maureen prior to purchase) reverts back to Princeton ownership at the end of your visit.

Please talk to Andrew Perhac about specific needs.

Telephones and Voicemail

Princeton University has adopted the Microsoft Unified Messaging (UM) service. It brings together your voice mail, e-mail, and calendaring functions, and makes messages and appointments from these services accessible from both your phone and e-mail inbox. With the text-to-speech capabilities, you will be able to listen to and reply to e-mail messages and calendar appointments by phone. Voice recognition features will allow you to speak commands that manage your messages. You also will be able to play voice mail messages and preview text versions of these messages from your e-mail inbox. Additional UM features will allow you to set your own call answering rules to direct your calls according to caller or time, set multiple greetings, and more. If you have questions or need help with UM, send e-mail to UMVmail@princeton.edu, or call Telephone Support at 8-HELP, Option 4.