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Princeton graduate student housing

Lakeside Apartments, a Princeton graduate housing community, gives you the place — and space — for the balanced lifestyle you're looking for. Modern, fully furnished apartments, an academically oriented environment, and a convenient location near campus.
Fit, healthy and happy.
  • Basketball court
  • Children's Playground
  • Community garden
  • Community kitchen
  • Professional BBQ grills
  • Sand volleyball court
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Walking paths with benches
The lifestyle you want.
  • Fully equipped kitchens with GE Energy Star appliances
  • G2B® - High speed internet up to 1Gbps included per bed
  • Hardwood-style flooring
  • Private bathrooms available
  • Private bedrooms
  • Unfurnished apartments available
  • Washer and dryer included
  • Water, sewer and trash included
  • 24-hour, on-call staff
  • Courtesy patrol officer
  • Covered and uncovered bicycle parking available
  • Garage parking available
  • Geothermal heating and cooling system
  • Individual liability leases
  • LEED® Gold Certified
  • Limited access community
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Professional, on-site management and maintenance
  • Recycling center
  • Roommate matching available
Prepare to succeed.
  • 24-hour Academic Success Center with iMacs and free printing
  • Private and group study lounges
  • Enhanced-privacy floor plans for study
Where you want to be.
  • On the Princeton University TigerTransit route
  • Walk to class at Princeton University
  • Steps from Lake Carnegie and the Dinky train station

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200 Lakeside Road
Princeton, NJ 8540

(609) 642-2861

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

*Please contact our office for holiday hours or early closure information.

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Are there pet-friendly apartments? If I have a pet, what do I do?
Pets are only allowed in the designed "pet-friendly" units within the community. If you have a pet, the Lakeside Pet Agreement must be completed and submitted for approval at lease 7 business days before moving into Lakeside. All pet requests are approved on an individual basis. Feel free to contact the Main Office to inquire about specific. 

Can I have guests? Where can my guests park?
You are allowed to have guests for short amounts of time; however extended visits are prohibited. The amount of time and frequency of your guests' visit is contingent upon the consent of your roommate(s). You are responsible for your guests and their behavior. Guests must obey all rules and regulations. Visitors can park in the Lakeside garage and must also be registered through the Service Point. 

How do I apply to Lakeside?
For continuing students, Lakeside apartments are assigned via the University's Graduate Student Housing Room Draw process. Therefore, students must apply for Room Draw through the Graduate Housing Office. Assignments are based on eligibility and indicated preferences are considered when available. Incoming students will be assigned to one of the University's graduate student housing locations. Location preference will be taken into consideration although actual placement is dependent upon unit availablity. 

How do I get my deposit back?

The amount that is refunded from your security deposit is based on the condition of your unit after move out and any outstanding balances on your Lakeside account. The cost for any repairs beyond normal wear and tear will be deducted from your security deposit. You can schedule a walk-through appointment at lease 72 hours in advance with the management staff for the day of your move out so that you will have an idea of potential charges. 

Refunded security deposits will be returned by the University after the final inspection of your unit has been conducted by Lakeside management. The security deposit will be refunded via direct deposit if you have it set up with the University, or a check will be mailed to you. Residents who are transferring within Lakeside and/or to Lawrence/Meadows will have their security deposits transferred. You will not need to submit another security deposit nor submit a difference in security deposit if there is a change in style or type. 

If I do not have a car how can I get around?
Lakeside is located on the University's Tiger Transit route, which transports Lakeside residents to and from campus and town. Please click here for the Tiger Transit schedule. Additional transportation will be available in the Lakeside parking deck through the University's Enterprise CarShare program. Information on the CarShare program is located on Transportation and Parking Services website.

If I have an issue outside of office hours or an emergency, who do I call?
You can call the Main Office at (609) 642-2861. Our after-hours answering service will. be able to assist you.

If I need an extension on my contract, what do I do?
Each spring students with this extenuating need may apply for an extension via the online application process located on the graduate housing website. The student will be notified via their Princeton email address of the status of their application. Please contact the Graduate Housing Office at 

Is the Internet service at Lakeside comparable to the OIT service provided at other graduate housing complexes like Lawrence Apartments?
Yes, since Lakeside uses the same university network, eduroam. It is available to all Princeton University students to gain secure access to Princeton University's wireless network. To access the Wi-Fi, please log onto the network is eduroam, you will login using your Princeton netID and password. 

What are the normal dates for University contracts?
The housing agreement is based on the University’s fiscal year, which starts on July 1 and ends on June 30th. Your contract starts on the date you move in, which may be assigned by Grad Housing, during the fiscal year and ends on June 30th. You are permitted to move out prior to June 30th; however, you are required by the housing agreement to provide a 30-day notice of your intent to vacate, which must be submitted through your "My Housing" portal. Please note that a termination fee may be charged by the university for any early move-outs. 

What are the rules and regulations for the Complex?
You are responsible for abiding by all policies outlined in your agreement with Princeton University Housing and Real Estate Services. In addition, a Lakeside Resident Handbook will be provided to each resident upon move-in via email. The handbook will include specific rules and regulations for Lakeside, emergency contact phone numbers, and tips to help ensure that you have the best possible experience while living at Lakeside.

What are the sustainability measures at Lakeside?
The Lakeside complex was designed with the following sustainability measures:1. LEED Silver Certification. All the units at Lakeside have the following:• Insulated exterior doors• Clothes dryer venting directly to exterior• Kitchen exhaust fan (150 CFM) vents directly to exterior• Bathroom exhaust fan (70 CFM) vents directly to exterior• GE Energy Star Appliances• High efficiency stacked or side by side Washer/Dryer• Low flow toilets• Above code insulation installed in walls• Smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in each unit2. Geothermal heating. Geothermal heating is a cost-effective, reliable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly heating provided to all units at Lakeside. It also means:• A thermostat for Heat/Cool is located on each floor of a townhome unit giving residents by floor complete control of their utility use.• Apartments which are all on one floor will have one thermostat for control of Heat/Cool. 3. A Bio swale. Bio swale is designed to remove silt, inorganic contaminants, organic chemicals, pathogens and pollution from surface runoff water. There are 2 Bio swales located at Lakeside.4. Rain Gardens. Lakeside has rain gardens on property. They are planted depressions that allow rainwater to runoff from areas like roofs, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas and allow it to be absorbed into the ground. By being absorbed into the ground instead of flowing into storm drains, it can help prevent erosion and flooding.

What is a security deposit? How much is it?
The security deposit is a sum of money held throughout the course of your housing agreement to ensure that the cost of any repairs in your unit beyond normal wear and tear is covered. At Lakeside, as in all Princeton University housing, the security deposit is equal to one payment amount of your monthly rental installment, which is listed on your housing contract. It is to be submitted via wire transfer to the university. Instructions will be sent via email with your move-in information. 

What is The Commons building?
The Commons building is located on the first floor at 200 Lakeside Road. This is where the Management Office is located and will be staffed Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. It is also where the Community Kitchen, Fitness Center, Children’s Play Room, Computer Cluster, Study Rooms, Community Library, and the outdoor BBQ deck are located.

What types of programming will be offered at The Commons? Is there space to hold events? Who do I contact?
The Commons will offer space for the graduate student community to hold intellectual, cultural and social programming. To reserve space within The Commons, graduate students can contact the Management Office located within The Commons building.

What unit types are offered at Lakeside?
We offer many different types of floor plans ranging from a 1 bedroom – 1 bathroom apartment to a 4 bedroom – 3 bathroom townhome. Please refer to the Lakeside Apartments website for additional information.

Where can I park? How do I get a permit? How much does the permit cost?
All vehicles must be registered through the Service Point and parked in the garage. Transportation and Parking Services handles all parking enforcement including ticketing in and around Lakeside including the garage. There are also designated 30-minute parking spaces throughout the property for loading and unloading. No overnight parking is permitted in these designated 30-minute spaces. 

Which school will my elementary-aged child attend?
Princeton is served by the Princeton Regional School District which includes four elementary schools, a middle school and high school. For elementary schools, Lakeside is located in the Riverside Elementary School zone. Further information on the district’s schools and transportation can be found on the Princeton Regional School District website. The district school bus will use the Tiger Transit bus stop.

Which utilities do I pay for? What is the billing process?
Residents pay electric and cable bills (if installed). Internet is included in the unit rent. For electric, the Lakeside management staff will send each contract holder a bill each month for electric usage for the unit. The bill will be divided by the number of contract holders in the unit. Residents do not need to establish service with the utility company. For cable, residents will need to establish this service with Comcast and pay the bill directly to Comcast. Information on setting up your Comcast Service is provided in the Lakeside Resident Handbook.

Who handles the maintenance at Lakeside?
Maintenance at Lakeside is handled by ACC maintenance staff. Work orders can be submitted via phone, email, in person at the management office in The Commons, or online through your personal “Connect” account. Work orders are generally hadled within 48 hours, but 24 hour maintenance is available for emergencies.

Who manages Lakeside Graduate Apartments?
American Campus Communities (ACC) manages Lakeside Graduate Apartments for Princeton University. American Campus Communities is the nation’s largest developer, owner and manager of high-quality student housing communities. Management staff will be available on site at The Commons building Monday through Friday (8:00am – 5:00pm) to assist with any resident concerns and/or issues.

Who will provide Internet? How do I access University resources?
Wi-Fi is available in your unit and in The Commons. Ethernet ports are also available in the living room and bedroom of our unit. Wall to wall wireless connection to the Internet is provided in each unit by the University's Office of Information and Technology (OIT). eduroam is an international network access service and is available to all Princeton University students to gain secure access to Princeton University's wireless network. To access the Wi-Fi, please log onto the network, eduroam. You will login using your Princeton netID and password. 

Any service interruption and/or issues can be addressed by calling the OIT Help Desk at (609) 258-4357 or via email at

Information regarding eduroam can also be found here.

Will there be a community garden?
Yes. The community gardens are located on the Northeast side of the property, close to Lake Carnegie. Please refer to the Lakeside Site Map for the specific location. Spaces in the community garden are only available to Lakeside residents and there will be a community shed for storage. All requests for a space in the Lakeside Community garden should be submitted to the Lakeside Committee's Garden Coordinator.

Are there insurance requirements for signing a lease at the community?
Yes. The university requires each resident to purchase renter's insurance to insure their property. You may purchase renter's insurance with any company such as Assurant, Geico, Progressive, etc. There is a minimum of $4,000 coverage for personal property required if you do not have a pet. If you have a pet, you must have coverage with a minimum of $100,000 personal liability coverage.