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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

The chart below shows the fees that were established for the clubs for the 2019-2020 academic year. Princeton University closed in March 2020 due to COVID-19, and the clubs provided rebates and/or credits for a portion of spring fees. The clubs have remained closed this fall, and no fees have been charged.  We are awaiting Princeton’s decision about the format for the spring semester.  Fees and policies will be updated when we know more.

ClubJuniors/Seniors Payment PoliciesFinancial AssistanceShared Meal PlansSophomore Spring Sophomore Benefits
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.10$950 including social fee2 lunches or dinners/week + Saturday dinner. Full social benefits.
Cap and Gown$9,470$200 damage deposit; Payment options include full payment, 2 payments, 4 payments, or monthly. RCA discount. Financial assistance for upperclassmen allocated based on an application process each semester.10$850Thursday night dinner + 1 other lunch/dinner per week, full social benefits
Charter$8,900The 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.30Dues vary depending on the amount of a student's financial aid as a percentage of their total student budget.
0-20% - $820
20-40% - $695
40-60% - $570
60-80% - $445
80-100% - $320
2 lunches/dinners per week, breakfasts Mon-Fri, full social benefits
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. 36$8002 meals a week, Breakfast Mon-Fri, full social benefits. Sophomores who sign in with a group may be eligible for special benefits. 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. 75$800 Financial Aid is available by application process.2 lunches/dinners per week + Friday dinner, breakfasts Mon-Fri, full social benefits
Cottage$8,900Members 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.6$800Wednesday night dinners + three other meals over the semester, full social benefits
Ivy$10,450Members can pay in full or in installments per request. There is a discount for early payment.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).4$1,4002 meals per week, full social membership benefits
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.40$300 (full aid) - $600 (no aid)2 lunches/dinners per week, breakfasts Mon-Fri, full social benefits
Terrace$9,300Terrace is flexible and affordable—with a full financial aid program, RCA discounts, and individual payment plans.If you are on financial aid, your current University support will cover most if not all of the costs of Terrace. We have guaranteed discounts for most who receive financial aid from the University and also a generous case-by-case program.40$900Sophomores can eat at Terrace every day: breakfast M-F plus lunch/dinner 2x/wk (or 4c!); full social membership.
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.7$9502 Meals/week, Full social Membership
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.10$9502 meals per week, chosen from every meal except breakfast, Thursday dinner, and Sunday dinner; full social benefits.