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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

Eating Clubs to close for the fall semester due to COVID-19

When Princeton resumes classes this fall, Prospect Street will be dark for the first time in more than a century. In an agreement reached today between the Graduate Interclub Council (GICC), the Undergraduate Interclub Council (ICC), and the University, all operations, dining, social activities and housing will be suspended until January 1st.

We do this with a heavy heart, but recognize that the health and safety of the community must come first. Toward that end, the University is very focused on ensuring compliance with their protocols and managing risk during the reopening process.  After much brainstorming and discussion between the Eating Clubs and the University, we came to the joint conclusion that closing the clubs was in everyone’s best interests. The University has graciously offered financial support to help the clubs weather this tough period and to help us prepare to open safely as soon as it’s deemed appropriate.  We are already discussing the spring semester, but there are too many rapidly shifting variables to make any projections at this time.

To our past, present and future student membership, we share your disappointment and are working now to provide social respite during this semester—even if it has to be virtual. We would appreciate your suggestions for communal activities and projects, from career mentorship and community service to cooking classes and online parties.

We are also keeping open to the University our offer of 250,000 square feet of well-ventilated space. If they require additional room for open-air classes, socially distant dining, or other purposes—we stand ready to assist. This isn’t our first global pandemic after all—we will get through this together.