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The eating clubs offer juniors and seniors the opportunity to become a part of a close-knit community. They reinforce existing friendships while also introducing you to a wonderful, new, and diverse group of Princetonians. The clubs offer a home on campus where students can come together to enjoy a great meal, take a breath to relax, and develop life-long

Hannah Paynter ’19, President of the Interclub Council, President of Cloister Inn

You join the club because your friends are there, but then by the time you graduate you’ve also made dozens of new great friends for the rest of your life.

Liam Morton '02, Cap and Gown Club

Each of Princeton’s clubs is different and through the years has achieved a distinct personality and set of traditions. This is as it should be, for it will be a sorry day for the world if ever such distinctions and peculiarities, and the especial loyalties they invoke, are lost.

Struthers Burt, Class of 1904

By joining an eating club, I’ve gained a sense of home and community that keeps me grounded on campus. I’m incredibly grateful for the life-long friendships I’ve developed and the many opportunities it has given me to grow my community and enrich my Princeton experience.

Rachel Macaulay ’19, President of Tower Club

Eating clubs serve as the perfect bridge between your underclassman and upperclassman years. They reinforce the strong friendships you've established and encourage new relationships with a diverse new group of people. By spending time talking, eating, studying, and socializing, we find that we are surrounded by some of the most brilliant yet modest and talented yet compassionate people, all from incredibly diverse backgrounds with a wide range of different life experiences and stories to share.

Katrina Maxcy '14, Former President of Colonial Club

The eating clubs are so much more than where 70 percent of Princeton juniors and seniors take their meals. They are where students are studying, collaborating on assignments, and encouraging each other as they write the last page of that junior paper or senior thesis. They are where students are coming together at tables to discuss an interesting news story, a great movie someone has seen recently, a campus issue, or any of a cornucopia of possible topics. They are where students are socializing and celebrating the end of a stressful day or a stressful week at high-quality social events. They are where students are engaging in meaningful service to the community outside of the Orange Bubble. The eating clubs are unique to Princeton, and they exemplify what is unique about Princeton — a sense of always being able to come home, whether you're just joining as a sophomore or are coming for your 50th Reunion.

Jean-Carlos Arenas '16, Former President of the Interclub Council, Former President of Charter Club

Eating clubs are places in which to find a home on campus. More than just a building to socialize in, they exist to create that feeling of family and acceptance – somewhere where you’re free to just be yourself, and relax into a community that accepts and loves you for you. Being in an eating club allows you to meet so many great people that otherwise you might never have met – people from backgrounds and cultures that differ greatly from your own, but who will nonetheless become some of your closest friends on campus. Being a part of one of these groups enables you to have a community that will always be yours, and that you will continue to be a part of long after you graduate. I find that in my own experience, I am constantly and unerringly amazed by the people I have met through my club, and by the sheer kindness with which everyone treats one another. I wouldn’t trade my eating club experience for anything in the world.

Conor O’Brien ’19, President of Charter Club

Princeton Eating Club facilities happily reopened their doors for members and alums after a one-year in-person hiatus due to the pandemic.  The chart below shows the fees and policies that were established for the clubs for the 2019-2020 academic year, with updated information for spring 2021 and the 2021-2022 academic year as club information is provided.  It is recommended that you check with the club officers during the club admissions process to get the most up-to-date information.

ClubJuniors/Seniors Payment PoliciesFinancial Assistance
Cannon$9,700Members may pay for the full year or by semester; installment plans can be arranged by special request. A discount is offered for early, in- full payment and to RCA members.Cannon is seeking members who will advance its goals of diversity, inclusiveness and a lifelong commitment to and engagement with the club, regardless of a student's financial circumstances. Accordingly, a member who experiences a shortfall in their ability to meet their financial obligation to the club may be able to receive financial aid through the Higgins Scholarship Fund. Assistance is not guaranteed, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis through a discreet, formal application process.
Cap and Gown$9,625$200 damage deposit; Payment options include full payment, 2 payments, 4 payments, or monthly. RCA discount. Cap provides a grant for all students on financial aid that covers the difference between the University board fee and the club membership fee. It guarantees that no member on full financial aid pays any out-of-pocket costs for club membership.
Charter$9,500The Club offers one, two or six payment plans. There is an RCA discount.Charter accepts applications for financial assistance and awards grants on a case-by-case basis.
Cloister$9,750Payment options include full year, semester, and monthly. RCA discount available.Cloister offers financial assistance via an application process on a case-by-case basis; please contact for more information.
Colonial$8,982Members have the option of a one, two or six payment plan. There is an early pay discount and RCA reduced meal plans are available.Colonial Club offers an application-based financial aid program for those who need assistance. We offer a generous package and everyone who has requested aid has received it. Colonial Club wants to be sure that everyone who wants to be part of our community is not hindered due to financial constraints.
Cottage$9750Members have the option to pay in a one-payment plan, two-payment plan, or four-payment plan for full, reduced, and RCA meal plans.Cottage has a "Glinka Scholarship Fund" which is available to an undergraduate member who is on a level of financial aid from Princeton University of between 30-100% and who has a convincing argument that he or she cannot afford the cost differential of UCC charges not covered by PU Financial Aid.
Spring 2021 sophomore initiation fee of $500
Members can pay in full or in installments per request. There is a discount for early payment. The spring 2021 sophomore initiation fee can be paid in two installments (due March 15 and June 1).Every Ivy member who is on financial aid is eligible for a grant from the Ivy 1879 Foundation that will exceed the difference between Ivy's fees ($10,450) and the University's board budget for upperclassmen who receive aid ($9,250).
Quad$9060 (for students on full aid) - $9360 (for students on no aid)Members can pay in full, by semester, or monthly. There are no additional social, house, alcohol, or other fees (other than installment credit card fees for those paying monthly).If you are on full financial aid there is a discounted rate of $9,060. Scholarships are available for sophomores and upperclassmen with demonstrated need.
Terrace$9,300 for 2021 - 2022Terrace is flexible with payments including paying in full, by semester, monthly or special arrangement. A robust financial aid plan is available for students with different levels of aid, as well as RCA discounts.If you are on financial aid, your current University support will cover most if not all of the costs of Terrace Club. Terrace has guaranteed discounts for most who receive financial aid from the University. Also, we offer additional discretionary grants for members on a case by case basis. Finance issues will not prevent a student from joining Terrace. Contact an officer or staff member for a discreet discussion of how Terrace can be affordable for you.
Tiger Inn$9,100Pay in full or in 2 installments. RCAs $7,175.Tiger Inn offers financial aid to upper-class students in need of assistance and is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Tower$10,017RCAs 2019-2020: $7,447; payment options include full payment or payment in 2 installments; discounts for early payment.Financial assistance for upperclassmen will be considered on a case-by-case basis.