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.  


Your desktop computer is equipped with Microsoft Office, Firefox and Chrome web browsers, Adobe Acrobat 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 and setup a Duo enabled device at using the temporary password from Princeton OIT. Your username (Princeton netID) and temporary password are emailed to your permanent e-mail address on file during the summer prior to your start date, and an additional copy will be delivered to your campus mailbox. It is helpful to to set up email (and “Duo Authentication”) before your arrival in September to ensure your temporary password does not timeout. Please see Dawn, Regin, or Andrew for further 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 Perhac at 609-613-6566 or 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 for general troubleshooting tips.

Any hardware items purchased using Princeton funds (approved by Regin 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 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:

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