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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
friendships.

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

What is a shared meal plan?

A shared meal plan enables upperclass students who reside in a four-year residential college to eat their meals in both their residential college and their eating club.

Rising juniors and rising seniors who belong to an eating club and who want to live in a four-year residential college have the opportunity to choose one of their club’s available shared meal plans for the following academic year during room draw each spring. Each club has established a maximum number of shared meal plans available for their junior and senior members. Club members are encouraged to ask their club leadership for specific information regarding shared meal plans at their club. A shared meal plan is the combination of a Block 95 plan (the minimum required University meal plan for juniors and seniors who choose to live in a four-year residential college), and an eating club membership.

How does a shared meal plan work?

Students who elect a shared meal plan pay an amount equal to the membership fee (not including the social fee) of their particular club. For this fee, students receive some of their meals at a residential college (95 meals – plus approximately 30 extra meals per semester for all upperclass students, for a total of approximately 125 meals per semester in any of the six residential colleges or the Center for Jewish Life) and the remainder of their meals at their eating club. All 125 University meals are eligible for late meals at the Frist Campus Center.

How do I select a shared meal plan?

During the residential college room draw, a club member who is interested in a shared meal plan will be able to select from the shared meal plans that are available at their particular club during their draw time. Using a computer lottery, the room draw process determines the order in which students can select available rooms, and thus available shared meal plans. For more information about this process please review the Room Draw Guide. All upperclass students interested in choosing a shared meal plan must submit an application for the residential college draw.

The room draw system will allow students the option to select a shared meal plan for their club so long as the maximum number of shared meal plans set by their club has not yet been reached. Once a particular club’s maximum is reached, the option to participate in a shared meal plan will no longer be available to any subsequent members of that club in the residential college room selection process. Upperclass students with questions about selecting a shared meal plan during their draw time are encouraged to contact Angie Hodgeman, Manager for Undergraduate Housing at hodgeman@princeton.edu or 8-3461.

When the maximum is reached, any remaining members of that club will no longer be able to select a room in a residential college room draw with a shared meal plan. A student could choose to live in the residential college and purchase at least the required 95 meal plan for their residential college in addition to their full club meal plan. In this case, the student would hold (and pay for) two separate meal plans, not a shared meal plan. In such a case, the University would bill the student for the University meal plan. If this is not a feasible option for the student, they should then use their regular upperclass room selection time to secure a room. Here they would have a full club meal plan. During the room draw process, students sign a binding dining contract when they select a room in a residential college, and for those selecting shared meal plans, they are contracting for the full cost of the shared meal plan at that time.