Working at CITP


You may choose to apply for university housing through Princeton’s housing department. Note that you cannot formally apply for housing until you have received a Princeton ID and password. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) assigns the ID and password 90 days before the start date of your appointment.

  • Please note that Princeton University housing eligibility is not assigned on a first come/first serve basis. Click here for more information about the process and here for the eligibility ranking.
  • Princeton University maintains an off-campus database. This database is updated almost daily by area landlords. You can set search parameters, and it will also give you the landlord’s direct information. Please note that incoming affiliates who have yet to receive their netID may register just below the login fields.
  • It is common for Princeton faculty members to sublet their residences for the year when they go on sabbatical. These notices are usually sent to department managers in the spring. Please let Laura know what you are looking for in terms of housing if you would like any applicable sublet notices forwarded to you.
  • Further, sometimes there are sublets on a site called TigerTrade. TigerTrade is an online exchange where you can browse listings that include things like furniture, books, cars, cribs, bicycles, sporting goods, etc. A netID and password are required to post items you want to sell or rent.
  • The Princeton Theological Seminary has temporary inexpensive lodging at the Erdman Center.

Princeton University ID

Your PUID card gives you access to many University facilities and services, such as the libraries, gyms, computer centers, and various cafeterias on campus. You will also need your card to access Sherrerd Hall after hours and the CITP kitchen and mail room.

  • Sherrerd Hall doors are unlocked weekdays 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Your PUID card will give you door access to Sherrerd Hall on weekdays 8:30 p.m. until midnight.
  • On weekends Sherrerd Hall doors are locked, but your PUID card will give you door access from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • If you need to get in the building after midnight weekdays or 8:30 p.m. on weekends, you will need to call Public Safety to let you in (609-258-1000).
  • Also, please note if you ever forget your key and no one is around to unlock your office, you can call Public Safety and they will let you in, as long as you provide your ID.

To get your PUID, you need to go to the TigerCard Office (TigerCard a/k/a  PUID) located on the A Floor of the New South Building.

  • The TigerCard office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Once you receive your card, Jean will give you Salto access, which will unlock the CITP kitchen and mailroom doors.
  • You will need to update your card at a hotspot. The closest hotspot is located in the lobby of the Computer Science building by the stairs (the red brick building across Shapiro Walk from CITP on Olden Street). Please make sure you hold your card up to the hotspot until the red light turns green. If it does not work the first time, please try it again.
  • If you have any problems with your building or room door access, please see Jean.

Two additional TigerCard services to highlight: 1) the TigerCard office provides passport photos for $5, and 2) you can put money (Paw Points) on your card to swipe for payment at on-campus eateries, the U-Store and the Labyrinth Book Store.

Please note: Any changes in your name, home address or social security number must be reported to the TigerCard office. If you lose your card, there is a replacement fee of $15.00.

Princeton University netID

Your netID is what is assigned to you by the Office of Information Technology (OIT). Your netID is what is used for your email and other University programs where you need to login. You cannot pick your netID, but if you would like to change your email name, you can do so by creating an alias. Please be aware that any Princeton University program you access that requires your netID login will be the original netID and not the alias.


CITP generally does not offer computers or laptops to its yearly visitors, but does have some access to used equipment, including desktops, monitors, keyboards, etc. that you may use for the year. Please contact Laura if you are in need of computing equipment or accessories.

The University offers numerous computing resources via its campus network, such as access to library catalogs, Lexis-Nexis, and J-STOR. Wireless Internet at Princeton University is accessed through eduroam.

In order to sign into your account for the first time, you’ll need to create a password and setup a Duo enabled device using the temporary password that will be emailed to you during the summer. It can also be found in the envelope that will be sent to you from Princeton OIT, which unfortunately will probably come to our offices, not your home address. If you can, please set up your email before you arrive (and “Duo Authentication”) to ensure your temporary password does not timeout.

Please see Laura if you have any access problems or need additional information to set up your email, connect your laptop to the network or printer, or general troubleshooting. You can also contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) or call the help desk at 609-258-HELP (4357).

If you ever have a question about the legitimacy of an email, do not click on any links in the email. Please go to The Phish Bowl to see the latest phishing attempts.

Parking Permit

You can apply for a parking permit at the same time you get your PUID. The Parking Office and TigerCard office are both on the A level of the New South Building and open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. A free parking permit for a specific lot will be issued to you on the spot.