Campus Access

Overview

We welcome visitors to our beautiful central New Jersey campus. Princeton is a private institution, and many of our facilities are not generally open to the public.

Journalists

Journalists who want access to campus must contact the media relations team at mediarelations@princeton.edu or 609-258-5733 to secure credentials before coming to campus. The University’s Campus Access Authorization Form (.pdf) is required for all filming and photography by journalists.

Commercial photography or videography

Commercial photography or videography not hired by the University is not permitted on campus without permission. For more information, contact the Office of Conference and Event Services.

Wedding, engagement or portrait photography 

While Princeton is an open campus and welcomes visitors, the University’s primary responsibility is to its mission, its scholarly and intellectual life, and its students. This is a residential campus, and we seek to protect the privacy of our students in their living environment.

In keeping with that approach, the campus may be used for noncommercial event photography such as engagement, wedding or portrait shoots without a permit or fee, with the following limitations:

  • Event photography is prohibited in all residential college areas, including interior courtyards in residential colleges. Please see map below that identifies these areas.
  • Event photography is not permitted in Prospect House Garden or the vicinity of the University Chapel while the facilities are hosting a wedding ceremony or reception. Please see map below that identifies these areas.
  • University staff may make other areas off-limits to photography based on University needs.
  • Photo parties must remain outside and in publicly accessible areas at all times. Restrooms and other interior spaces must not be used for dressing or other photo preparations.
  • For everyone’s safety, photo parties may not block archways or doorways.
  • Photos must be for personal use only and may not be published for profit or used as marketing materials for photographers.
  • Princeton University cannot arrange for parking or vehicle access to campus.

Parties that do not adhere to these guidelines may be asked to leave campus.

For questions, contact Conference and Events Services.

Map shows areas restricted for event photography. Event photography is prohibited in all residential college areas, including interior courtyards in residential colleges. The residential colleges are Rockefeller, Mathey, Butler, Wilson, Forbes and Whitman