Graduate students have a vast array of housing, recreational, and social options on and off campus.
Many Princeton University graduate students live on campus (see housing options and video tour). Whether students are living on or off campus, Princeton offers a robust community for graduate students, including intellectual, cultural, and social programming, as well as recreational outings. Many programs take place around campus housing communities. Grad students can choose from a wide variety of student groups and associations. The famous Debasement Bar is located in the Old Graduate College.
Historic downtown Princeton offers retail outlets and an abundance of restaurants, taverns, and coffee shops, as well as bookstores and the audiophile destination Princeton Record Exchange. There are museums and gardens, as well as the famous Princeton Garden Theater movie house. The McCarter Theater Center, located on campus, showcases top live acts.
Princeton offers many parks and hiking and bicycle trails, some set along scenic Lake Carnegie, well known as an idyllic place for rowing.
Princeton, with an on-campus train station, offers easy public transportation into Manhattan, with the ride taking a little more than an hour. Princeton is also located about an hour’s drive north of Philadelphia, and is a weekend jaunt to the Jersey Shore or Pennsylvania ski mountains, as well.