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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

Community Service

LogoAll of the Princeton Eating Clubs engage in community service projects. Each club has one or more Community Service Chairs who are members of the Community Service Interclub Council (CSICC). The CSICC has a dinner meeting each month hosted at a difference club each month.

In 2014, the CSICC launched Princeton TruckFest, a spring event for the university and the town when Prospect Street is closed and lined with foodtrucks to support local service organizations. In 2014, TruckFest donated over $20,000 to the Mercer Street Friends “Send Hunger Packing” program; in 2015, TruckFest donated over $25,000 to “Send Hunger Packing” and to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Plans are in the works for TruckFest 2016 to be even bigger. For more more information on TruckFest, go to

In October 2015, the CSICC launched Trick-or-Feed, a charity event hosted as part of Princetoween that raised over $7,500 plus non-perishable donations for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

In addition to the interclub efforts, each club engages in other service projects throughout the year.

The clubs presented their annual reports to the Princeton Prospect Foundation in February 2018.  The reports detailed a wide variety of impressive new initiatives spearheaded by the clubs, read on to learn more about them below. Sustainability Sustainability and decreasing the environmental impact of the clubs is the central focus of many new initiatives of the University’s…

The sun was shining and warm weather greeted university students and local residents as they arrived at Princeton TruckFest 2017, which hosted 16 food trucks, a larger number than previous years, and earned a net profit of over $25,000. This year’s truck lineup included the Feed Truck, Fork in the Road, Kona Ice, Maddalena’s Cheesecake,…

Reflections on the work of the CSICC and the University Service and Civic Engagement Task Force Report by Jennifer Liu ‘16 My name is Jennifer Liu and I am a senior in the Woodrow Wilson School and a member of the Princeton Quadrangle Club. For the past two years, I have been a member of…

The Eating Clubs of Princeton hosted their third annual TruckFest food truck festival on Prospect Avenue on Saturday, April 16th.  The event was a huge success and donated $33,000 to Meals on Wheels of Mercer County and Send Hunger Packing Princeton. Trucks lined up along Prospect Avenue and live entertainment kept the 5,000 hungry students…

    Princeton TruckFest was the first joint fundraiser ever hosted by all eleven of Princeton’s Eating Clubs, and it raised over $20,000 for Send Hunger Packing, a collaboration between the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, which provides low-income schoolchildren with nutritious meal packs for the weekends. Prospect Avenue…

Community Service Chairs met this month at Cannon Club – thank you, Cannon!  One of the fun aspects of our monthly meetings is having the chance to sample the cuisine of each of the different clubs. Cannon has an amazing menu and you can order just like you’re at Wawa, from an incredible list of…