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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

Princeton Eating Clubs agreed to a common set of health and safety principles in order to promote safe and welcoming environments for all members of the Princeton University community.

The Princeton Eating Clubs exist to provide a positive learning and social environment in which members interact in a mutually respectful atmosphere that is consistent with the values represented by Princeton University. The clubs enhance the academic and social experience of their members; encourage the free exchange of ideas among them; foster collegiality; and cultivate enduring commitments by each member to their club and to their fellow members. Members are expected to adhere to a Code of Conduct established by their club which requires they be respectful of the club, its property, its staff, its alumni members, its undergraduate members and the guests of any club member, and the University community in general. The following principles have been endorsed by the Graduate Boards and undergraduate officers of the clubs and inform the Codes of Conduct of each of the clubs:
Each club shall adopt and maintain a Code of Conduct that is based upon applicable provisions of the University’s most recent edition of Rights, Rules, Responsibilities” provided to it by the University and is consistent with any and all applicable New Jersey and Federal laws.
For the same health reasons that New Jersey State law bans indoor smoking in public places, each club shall be a smoke free environment and smoking is strictly prohibited in all clubhouses.
The introduction, possession, storing, or use on any club premises of firearms of any type, ammunition for any firearm, explosive or incendiary devices is inconsistent with the personal safety of club members and accordingly prohibited, as is the use on the premises of any other object as an offensive weapon in an attempt to cause injuries.
Sex and gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, (as defined under Princeton University’s Rights, Rules, Responsibilities) are prohibited on or about all club premises. Each club shall adopt and implement policies on responses to incidents of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct that include informing those individuals involved of their option to take advantage of SHARE services. All club members and employees are expected to ensure and make clear that no club will tolerate sexual misconduct of any kind. Members shall endeavor to ensure that the club maintains an atmosphere free of any pressures on other members, guests and employees relating to sexual misconduct.
Each club shall adopt and implement policies that conform to University policy and state, county and local laws and ordinances related to the consumption and possession of alcohol, and the possession, use, manufacture and sale or other distribution of controlled dangerous substances.
Persons under the age of 21 are not permitted to bring alcohol onto any club premises. Bottles, cups, mugs, flasks ect. from the outside are prohibited and will be turned away at the door of each club by security and/or club officers. Persons who show signs of obvious intoxication such as an inability to maintain balance, passing out or vomiting, or slurred speech will not be allowed to enter a clubhouse beyond its vestibule or to consume more alcohol on its premises. Those individuals who become obviously intoxicated while on club property will not be allowed to consume more alcohol. As indicated in Rights, Rules, Responsibilities,” club members need to call for help for a severely intoxicated person and will not be disciplined by the University for doing so; if contacted at 609-258-3333, Public Safety will assist in transporting the person to appropriate care. Failure to call for assistance is considered by the University an especially serious violation of its policy.
All club officers will attend a session on alcohol risk reduction given by University Health Services soon after they are elected. Club members are also encouraged to consult with Health Promotion and Prevention Services within UHS around alcohol-related policy and practices. In addition, club officers will attend the Risk Reduction and Management Seminar hosted annually by the Princeton Prospect Purchasing Group, LLC; and each club shall adopt, implement and communicate risk management policies to their entire memberships in regularly scheduled sessions.
Participation by club members in any form of hazing (as defined in Rights, Rules, Responsibilities” and by New Jersey law), and/or any initiation ritual that could be harmful, or result in injury to current prospective club members is prohibited, whether conducted on or off club premises. Initiation rituals that include the implicit or explicit requirement to ingest alcohol or any other substances are likewise prohibited.
clubs will strive to create a healthy, safe, and welcoming environment for those who do not drink alcohol. In order to do so, clubs will offer water and other non-alcoholic beverages when alcohol is being served. Club members are admonished against organizing activities that encourage excessive drinking, and/or which may create an environment in which non-drinkers may feel excluded and create an unsafe setting for those who are drinking.
Club members need to be vigilant in creating an environment that reduces the likelihood of injury such as slips and falls, through paying attention to the condition of floors, stairwells, railings, balconies, and other parts of the facilities.
Each club shall maintain adequate Commercial General Liability and other insurance through Princeton Prospect Purchasing Group LLC or other sources; and post and familiarize Club members with its facility’s fire evacuation plans.

Cannon Dial Elm Club
Cap and Gown Club
Cloister Inn
Colonial Club
The Ivy Club
Princeton Charter Club
Princeton Tower Club
Quadrangle Club
Terrace Club
Tiger Inn
University Cottage Club