Guests & Visitors Parking

Visitors to Princeton have multiple parking options depending on the length and purpose of their visit.

Check out the options below to find the appropriate parking information for your trip.

Visitors driving to campus on weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm, including visitors to undergraduate and graduate admissions, may park in Lot 21 (near Jadwin Gym) or the visitor parking area in Lot 23 (near the West Garage). TigerTransit operates frequently from both locations during weekdays until early evening.

From 5 pm to 2 am on weekdays and from 6 am to 2 am on Saturdays and Sundays, visitors may park in most of the University's numbered parking lots, including the West garage and Lot 21. Lot 10, on William Street, is recommended for events starting after 5 pm at the University Chapel, Prospect House and Murray-Dodge Theatre. See the visitor parking map (PDF).

Visitor overnight parking in any lot is prohibited unless visitors have special permits issued by Transportation and Parking Services (TPS) during normal weekday business hours. Students are responsible for obtaining overnight parking permits for their visitors—please contact TPS to pick up an overnight permit before your visitor arrives to campus.

Contractors requiring on-site parking should first call their department sponsor for approval. Sponsors approve on-site parking and send an approval email to parking@princeton.edu during normal business hours prior to contractors obtaining a parking permit.

Affiliates, Auditors & Long-Term Visitors

Routine visitors to campus should contact the University department with which they are working or visiting to have the department request a permit from Transportation and Parking Services. Visitors and guests needing to park routinely on campus, including participants in the Community Auditing Program, should park in visitor Lots 20 and 21.

Parking in the commuter lot at Princeton Station on Alexander Street is open to the public and requires an annual permit or a daily permit by the multi-space metered parking system.

Annual Permits

  • Complete the online preliminary application to be added to the waitlist. As space becomes available, Transportation and Parking Services (TPS) will contact applicants in the order that applications were received with instructions to complete the application process, including payment of the $450 annual fee.
     
  • Permits are valid for a period of one year. Existing permit holders are guaranteed the option to renew during the annual renewal period in December.
     
  • The annual permit section of the parking lot is located on the east side of the lot closest to the train station and is marked, “Dinky Permit Parking only.” Annual permit parking is between the hours of 6 am and 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. After 5 pm and on Sundays, permit spaces are open for general use. Overnight parking is by permit only.
     
  • A permit for Princeton Station costs $450 per year. Payment may be made by check, Visa or MasterCard. Please note that all credit card payments must be made in person at Transportation and Parking Services office in New South Building during business hours. Refunds can be made on a monthly basis only after a permit is returned to TPS. The rate of refund is calculated beginning the first day of the month following the return of the permit, less a $20 administrative fee.

Metered Parking

  • Metered parking spaces are all numbered and located on the west side of the Princeton Station lot closest to Alexander Street. You can pay at any of the three multi-space pay stations with credit cards, a Smart Card, or with cash. To purchase a metered permit:
    • Park your vehicle.
    • Note the space number on the pavement.
    • Find a meter.
    • Press any key to start.
    • Make your language choice.
    • Enter your space number.
    • Choose your time option.
    • Insert payment.
    • Take and retain your receipt (which does NOT need to be displayed on your dashboard).
       
  • Parking meters are enforced Monday through Saturday 6 am to 8 pm. Overnight parking is allowed only by permit in metered spaces. Overnight parking in non-metered spaces is prohibited. 24, 48, and 72 hour permits may be purchased through the multi-space pay stations.
     
  • Questions and comments can be directed to the municipality’s Parking Operations staff at 609.497.7659 or through their online form.

Proceed to the access kiosk on Elm Drive for permission to drop off or pick up a passenger at locations on the main campus. On weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., parking for visitors with handicapped placards or license plates is available only in the designated spaces in Lot 16. Frequent visitors who use these spaces must obtain a permit from Transportation and Parking Services.

Three municipal parking garages that charge a fee are located on Chambers, Hulfish and Spring streets in downtown Princeton. More municipal parking details are available online.

Metered parking on Princeton streets is limited to one or two hours in most cases and operates from 8 am until 8 pm, Monday through Saturday. There are some streets with longer-term parking meters that are within easy walking distance from campus. Parking regulations are strictly enforced.