Getting Started

Princeton University ID

Your official Princeton University ID, the TigerCard, gives you access to many important University facilities and services, such as the libraries, gym, and various cafeterias on campus. To get your TigerCard, you need to complete a TigerCard Request Form.

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.


Basic IT resources for faculty, staff and visitors can be found of the Office of Information Technology's "Get Started with IT" page. Andrew Perhac is available to provide support beyond the basic start up tasks.

Software Licenses and Conferencing

Zoom enterprise video conferencing with real-time messaging and content sharing is available for visitors. You can access your account by going to The "getting started with Zoom at Princeton" knowledge base article can be found here. UCHV has a Microsoft Teams account ( Sign in with Princeton email address and Princeton password for access.

Visitors have access to Adobe Acrobat Pro with a knowledge base article found here (Princeton log-in required). Visitors have access to Dropbox with a knowledge base article found here (Princeton log-in required).

Desktop Computing

Your desktop computer is equipped with Microsoft Office, Firefox and Chrome web browsers, and Adobe Acrobat Professional. 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 in to your Princeton account for the first time, you'll need to lookup your netid via our Online Directory.  Next, visit the password creation/reset tool.  Finally, you'll want to setup two-factor authentication by setting up a Duo enabled device.  For further information about your Princeton Account, please visit this knowledge base article. Dawn, Regin, or Andrew can provide further assistance when you first come to campus.

For further help setting up your email, connecting your own laptop to the wireless network 'eduroam' and general troubleshooting, or to ask for additional software to be installed, please contact Andrew Perhac at 609-613-6566 or [email protected] to set up an appointment. You may also call the Office of Information Technology (OIT) help desk at 609-258-HELP at any time or visit for general troubleshooting tips.

Any hardware items purchased using Princeton funds (approved by Regin and purchased by Andrew) reverts back to UCHV's ownership at the end of your visit.

Please talk to Andrew Perhac about specific needs.


Please visit Campus Dining's page to see the latest campus dining information.

  • The Atrium Cafe, located on level 100 of the Louis A. Simpson International Building, serves gourmet espresso and coffee drinks, as well as fresh pastries (Only PUIDs and credit cards are accepted). 
  • Prospect House offers staff dining facilities, with a restaurant (the Garden Room) on the main floor and a more casual cafeteria downstairs. (Only PUIDs and credit cards are accepted.)
  • The Frist Campus Center provides a wider range of cafeteria-style food than Prospect House. You may purchase breakfast here. (Cash, PUIDs, and credit cards are accepted.)

For campus cafe and restaurant options, visit Campus Dining's Where to Eat page.

International Visitors

We recommend that you review the Davis International Center’s “Guide to Living in Princeton” as it covers many topics relevant for international visitors. The Davis Center staff also offer an online orientation, events, and advice as needed.

Do plan to make an appointment to open a bank account, and you will need to apply for a social security number, a requirement for everyone living and working in the U.S.

Parking and Transportation

You can apply for an official, virtual parking permit here. The University has free shuttle buses that run daily every 5-15 minutes until midnight between University accommodations and campus. Please call Public Safety at 609-258-3135 or 609-258-5771 if you have queries about routes or schedules or check the Transportation & Parking Services website.

Princeton TigerSafe Application

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) recently launched TigerSafe in partnership with Public Safety. The free app includes emergency alerts, tools for staying safe on campus, emergency response guides, campus maps and a variety of health and wellness resources.

Telephones and Voicemail

OIT enabled Jabber service is available for all faculty and staff having operational University phone numbers. Please visit the Princeton Service Portal for instructions on how to install Jabber for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.

Princeton University has adopted the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Telephone Solution to manage your telephone and voicemail options.  With the text-to-speech capabilities, you will be able to play voice mail messages and preview text versions of these messages from your e-mail inbox. Additional 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.  For more information on our Cisco telephone system, please visit the Princeton Service Portal

If you have questions or need help with UM, send e-mail to [email protected], or call Telephone Support at 8-HELP, Option 4.

Wooten Hall Library

Take some time to browse the library on the first floor of Laura Wooten Hall, which offers a selection of books and journals in philosophy and political theory. Your suggestions on additions to the collection are welcome.

Princeton University Libraries

Your PUID is required for entrance to every library on campus, and it is useful to carry it at all times. To activate your PUID card so that the library may issue books to you, please take your new PUID to the main desk at Firestone Library, where a barcode will be activated on your card for this purpose.

The most comprehensive circulating library on campus is the Firestone Library. The Rare Books and Manuscripts Division is also in this building. There are various smaller library annexes on campus; however, not all of them are circulating. Copies of the Library Handbook are available at the information desk at Firestone Library for more detailed information.

There are a very limited number of lockers available in Firestone library and a small number of carrels (though priority is given to students). For information on lockers or the possibility of an assigned carrel, please contact the Access Office at [email protected] or (609) 258-5737.

A complete guide to library services can be found at

Campus Maps

Links to some helpful campus maps