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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

Since its founding in 1901, Charter has been a club full of tradition. Located at the end of the street at 79 Prospect, our current clubhouse was designed by Arthur I. Meigs, Charter section of 1903, and built in 1913. “The Indestructible,” as the club is commonly referred to, is today most known for its tight-knit community, elegant clubhouse, and fantastic food. Charter’s social calendar features many noteworthy events including monthly semi-formals, live bands, and weekly parties. Our food, including our twice-a-week pub nights, is consistently ranked some of the best on the street.

We greatly encourage any and all sophomores to come to our sophomore meals and recruitment events. Whether you’ve never set foot in the club before, you’ve only been here on Charter Friday and didn’t know the Great Room has furniture, or you’re here all the time with upperclassmen members, we’re sure you’ll enjoy getting to know our members and other prospective sophomores. Whether you come alone or with friends, you’ll always be welcome at Charter events.

Once you are a Charter member, you are a member forever. Every year we see flocks of alumni, clothed in Charter’s maroon and gold, return to the Indestructible to meet old friends, reminisce on their good times at Princeton, and enjoy themselves. The friendships in our club span many generations and last a lifetime.


Charter’s clubhouse is equipped with everything you will need if you want to study, play games, or just hang out. Our Great Room on the first floor is a popular place to relax between meals and classes, and features couches and chairs perfect for doing work in comfort — or sneaking a quick nap! Popular studying spots around the club include the Stewart room (a favorite place for interviews and meetings), the upstairs dining room (a great place to eat and do work), and our beautiful library (a perfect spot to grind for that problem set due tomorrow).

In terms of recreational spaces, the club has a TV room with stadium seating and a big screen TV with surround sound, plus a computer cluster with six desktop computer stations, each of which has tons of games already downloaded. Charter has a number of gaming consoles like a Nintendo Switch, an Xbox, and a Wii, and you can often find members devoting themselves to the church of Super Smash Bros in the TV room or playing PC games in the cluster.

One of the best-kept secrets about Charter is its expansive backyard, complete with sand volleyball and basketball court, and hammocks for lounging. During the fall and spring, the porch and balcony (connected to the library) are popular spots to get some work done, eat a meal, or just enjoy the nice weather.

Want to get work done late at night, or super early in the morning? Members also have access to the clubhouse 24/7.


Charter is a club known for its creative food options. Our kitchen is run by an executive culinary team with extensive fine dining experience and over 30 years of entrepreneurial achievements in the industry. A seasonal, local and sustainable focused menu is constantly intertwined in our daily selections. Our food services are presented in classic buffet as well as plated restaurant style service throughout the week.

A full breakfast is available each weekday morning, with brunch being served on Saturdays and Sundays.

Lunches offerings also include an open grill with daily specials. Each Friday is Crepe Day on the grill, a Charter exclusive.

Our mix of lunch and dinner options are always changing and boast high quality and variety. On Monday and Wednesday nights, the club touches on a variety of regional and international choices including 100% Organic experiences. There are two special Pub Nights each week, Tuesday and Thursday, which feature printed “restaurant style” innovative menus with a special focus on our vegan, vegetarian and pasture raised grass to grain center of the plate options. All dining services those evenings are provided by our undergraduate officer servers. Thursday Pub Nights also include a wide range of bottled special drinks.

Feel free to check out what we have on the daily here.

Financial Aid

Charter and Financial Aid:
Charter is committed to making sure that cost is not a barrier to an eating club experience. We understand that despite the university’s generous financial aid, there are often unexpected costs to joining an eating club. To that end, Charter is proud to have a Membership Assistance Fund, which offers financial aid on an application basis to junior and senior members of the club.

The Process:
Each summer, we invite all members to complete an application form for financial aid from Charter for the upcoming year. The questions are designed to help the graduate board get to know you and your needs better, and all applications are processed after the due date by the graduate board’s finance committee. Awards will depend on the size of the Membership Assistance Fund as well as the number of applicants, but in recent years the typical grant has been between $500 and $1,500.

Average grant (2019-20): $720
Percentage of applicants receiving grant (2019-20): 100%
Percentage of members receiving grant (2019-20): 34%

For more information or questions, contact Kateri Espinosa, the undergraduate treasurer, at

Notable Alumni

    • David Adler, 1904; Architect
    • Jose Ferrer, 1933; Actor and Film Director (best known for Cyrano de Bergerac)
    • Jimmy Stewart, 1932; Actor (best known for It’s a Wonderful Life)
    • Bowie Kuhn, 1948; MLB Commissioner
    • Charles Fried, 1956; Solicitor General
    • Joel Rosenman, 1963; Co-creator of the Woodstock Festival
    • Mitch Daniels, 1971; Governor of Indiana, President of Purdue University
    • F. Thomson Leighton, 1978; CEO of Akamai Technologies
    • David Duchovny, 1982; Actor (best known for The X-Files)
    • Mark Shapiro, 1989; MLB executive, CEO of Toronto Blue Jays

Judy Snyder
Ms. Snyder has worked at Charter for over a year. She brings a well versed business background to our Club.

Judy is in charge of all invoicing to the members, as well as paying all our vendors. She is always happy to discuss the fees charged by the Club with members and their parents.

She can also assist parents/guardians and our members in navigating the process with the university.

She can also help you set up membership payment plans.

About Charter Club

79 Prospect Avenue


Grad Board Chair: James White
Club Manager: Holly Trump
Head Chef: Executive Chef Robert Holloway
Sous Chef: Justin Gormley
Bookkeeper: Judy Snyder
Alumni & Fundraising: Michelle Meinhart
Craftsman & Maintenance : Dana Osterman


Undergraduate Officers

Club President: Mia Beams
Vice President: Alex Moosbrugger
Treasurer: Kateri Espinosa
Social Chair: Carrington Johnson
Social Chair: Isabel Richardson
House Manager: Kyle Asissi

Total club members:


Club Dues

Meals: $19
Juniors/Seniors: $9975

Sophomore (spring) dues: $850
2 meals/week, breakfast Mon-Fri, full social benefits

Sophomore dues vary depending on the amount of a student's financial aid as a percentage of their total student budget. For 0-20% - $820; 20-40% - $695; 40-60% - $570; 60-80% - $445; 80-100% - $320.

Meals & Menu

Breakfast (8:15am – 10:00am)
Lunch (11:30am – 1:30pm)
Dinner (5:30pm – 7:30pm)

Brunch (11:30am – 1:30pm)
Dinner (5:30pm – 7:00pm)

View a sample menu

Community Service, Sustainability & Improvements

View our latest report to the Princeton Prospect Foundation