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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

A club that is “wildly enthusiastic on weekends and rarely tweedy,” Cannon Dial Elm Club dons the names of four eating clubs: Cannon Club, Dial Lodge,  Elm Club, and DEC. Reopened in 2011 and tracing its roots back to 1896, the club has quickly cemented itself on the Street once more. The club is selective, hosting a round of bicker every spring to fill its sophomore class. Current members call the Cannon clubhouse on 21 Prospect Avenue their home, which is guarded by the Revolutionary War period cannon stationed in the front yard.

The renovated clubhouse combines the grandeur of the century-old building with the amenities of modern technology. Visit the billiards room after lunch and you’ll find a classic wood-paneled lounge filled with music from a member’s iPhone. The club lays claim to one of the finest living rooms on Prospect – a two-story chamber dominated by a beautiful medieval fireplace. Club members take advantage of the clubhouse, with members regularly lounging, horsing around and studying in all of 21 Prospect’s rooms.

Known for the innovative work of Club Manager and Executive Chef Bill Conrad, the club boasts the most talked about menu on the Street. Instead of the classic buffet line, the club’s dining room accommodates the unique orders of each of the club’s members. Choosing from a variety of options, members can add, subtract, mix-and-match and specialize their meal to their liking with the online ordering system.

When you walk around campus or visit the University it is easy to pick out a Cannon member; they excel and lead on the field, perform on the stage and are active in the community. The members carry the history and traditions of all four clubs with them, from the Green T’s of Cannon to the original Moosehead of Dial and the member pictures of Elm that cover our walls.

More About Cannon Dial Elm

Built in 1915, the Cannon clubhouse has three stories plus the largest basement on Prospect Avenue. Club officers occupy ten rooms on the third floor of the building constructed from local stone. Walking down from the officer quarters, you will find the second floor dedicated to academic pursuits, with the exception being the 30-person theater room that is filled during the Super Bowl and March Madness. Members eat their three meals a day in the dining room on the ground floor. Also occupying the first floor are the Crane Common Room, the billiards room, the music room and the card room. Spanning three separate taprooms, the Club basement is notable for the Green Bar, the Derby Bar and the Red Bar. The club’s most unique feature, the mounted cannon, lords over Prospect in stoic fashion.
Community Service
Guided by a passionate membership and the leadership of the Club’s Community Service Chair, Cannon Dial Elm members have worked with Project Downtown to provide food and supplies to New Jersey’s homeless. Furthermore, the PACE Center for Civic Values awarded Cannon with the ICCF Fundraising Award in recognition of the eating club that raised the most money for the Interclub Community Fundraiser. Funds from the ICCF were donated to Hurricane Sandy relief as well as a deworming health initiative in Africa.
Through the efforts of Club Manager and Executive Chef Bill Conrad, Cannon Dial Elm Club members are offered healthy, diverse and allergy-sensitive meals. Bill has pioneered a computerized system of ordering that allows club members to specialize their meal exactly to their preferences. Aided by his friendly and helpful staff, Bill created a unique menu that has become a well-known feature of Cannon Dial Elm Club.

Joining the Club

Information regarding Spring Bicker 2022 will be made available following the University’s decision to allow in-person vs. virtual bicker. More information on generic bicker timelines and procedures can be found here:

If you would like to officially register for bicker, go here.

Please email our Bicker Chair, Ellie Mitchell, at if you would like more information or have any questions or concerns.

About Cannon Dial Elm Club

21 Prospect Avenue


Grad Board Chair: Chuck Freyer
Club Manager: Bill Conrad


Undergraduate Officers

Club President: Josh Coan
Vice President: Kate Monihan

Total club members:


Club Dues

Juniors/Seniors: $9900

Sophomore (spring) dues: $750
Sophomore Dues: $750. Meals Include: 2 lunches or dinners/week + Saturday dinner. Full social benefits.

Meals & Menu

Breakfast (7:30 – 9:30)
Lunch (11:45 – 1:30)
Dinner (6:00 – 8:00)

Brunch (10:00 – 1:15)
Dinner (6:00 – 8:00)

View a sample menu

Community Service, Sustainability & Improvements

View our latest report to the Princeton Prospect Foundation