Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about transportation and parking at Princeton? We’ve got answers. If you do not find the information you need on our website, please contact us at 609-258-3157 or email parking@princeton.edu.

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Parking

Parking space is very limited at Princeton University. To ensure there are enough parking spaces for commuting faculty, staff and students we require that all vehicles be registered display a valid permit.

If you are affiliated with the University, you should receive a parking permit from TPS which includes a specific lot assignment on campus. Click here for a detailed list of available lots, as well as information for overflow parking in the event your lot is full.

If you are visiting Princeton, please park in visitor Lot 23 on west campus or Lot 21 on east campus.

If you forget your hangtag, please visit our office on the A Floor of New South and we will provide you a hangtag for the day. We’ll print your lot assignment and hangtag information on a one-day hangtag replacement so that your vehicle is not cited.

You only need to display your hangtag while your vehicle is parked on campus. NJ traffic law does not specifically list parking hangtags as obstructions to normal view, however, to totally avoid any potential issues we encourage you to remove the hangtag while driving.

TPS has a system in place that allows the maximum number of staff and faculty to access the parking lots closest to their primary work facility. Unfortunately there are more staff and faculty requiring access to specific parts of campus than there are available spaces. During peak academic business hours—7am-5pm weekdays—parking outside of your assigned lot causes lots to overflow and can have a ripple effect that negatively impacts dozens of your colleagues’ commutes. After 5pm on weekdays and on weekends, you may park in any numbered, unrestricted lot and parking space on campus.

Unfortunately no. Industry experts have concluded that handwritten notes are not a fair or sustainable way to manage parking. If you would like to discuss the possibility of a special parking arrangement, call T&PS at 609-258-3157 or send email in advance to parking@princeton.edu.

Yes. If you have a temporary medical condition or mobility challenge, please present appropriate documentation to University Health Services (UHS). UHS will arrange temporary parking with TPS to accommodate your situation.

Individuals with permanent disabilities should register their state-issued HC ID card with TPS. HC parking spaces on campus are reserved for registered vehicles only. Vehicles must display a valid University parking permit along with an HC license plate or placard.

For visitors with HC placards or license plates, parking is available only in the designated spaces in Lot 23 on weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm. Frequent visitors should request a special permit from TPS.

During business hours, call Transportation & Parking Services at (609) 258-3157. After hours, weekends and University holidays, call Public Safety at (609) 258-1000.

TigerTransit

TigerTransit is free and open to the public, no ID or fare is required to ride. However, On-Demand service (10pm-3am) and the peak hour service from Princeton Junction are available only to Princeton staff and students and require a University ID for access.

Passengers should plan their trip by checking the published time table for their desired route. In addition to the timetable, you can use TigerTracker at your desktop or download the TransLoc app (Android & iOS) for your smartphone to see real-time bus locations and next time arrival estimates.

If the bus is sitting in place or you do not see a bus actively moving on the online tracker platform, please refer to the timetable for the next available bus at your stop. The stalled bus icon you see may represent a bus that has recently gone out of service, the driver may be taking a very brief restroom break, or there could be severe traffic. Any time a bus is planned to go out of service on a route, it is replaced immediately by a new bus whose GPS system may still be waking up.

Bikes
  1. Provides record of ownership and helps Public Safety reunite the owner and a lost or stolen bike.
     
  2. Free lock cutting service for registered bikes.
     
  3. Helps the University better manage the need for bike-related infrastructure on campus (i.e. bike racks, pathways, and signage).
     
  4. Indicates to TPS that your bike has not been abandoned during annual cleanup.

Yes. Since the owner has changed, we ask that you re-register the bike and use the existing decal number.

No. At the end of the academic year, students who are not residing on campus for the summer must remove their bikes from Princeton University bike racks; otherwise, your bike will be confiscated.

The Moving & Storage Agency provides bike pick-up and storage for a fee of $50, with optional $5 insurance. For more information, please visit the Student Agencies page. In addition, please click here for local off-campus storage options.

Each year, well over 100 bicycles are removed from campus because they have been abandoned and have slowly deteriorated in the elements. Abandoned bicycles are not only unsightly on Princeton’s campus, they also take up valuable bike parking spaces that active cyclists require.

As a service to university community members who have registered their bicycles, TPS or Facilities staff will cut your lock for free. Proof of ownership is required prior to lock removal. Please complete the bike lock removal form and make sure your bike is registered with the University.

Please note: Bike locks are available for purchase for $30 at the Transportation and Parking office.