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Publication: Housing and the Cost of Living for Graduate Students 2007-08

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Terms of Occupancy

Dorms

All first-year dorm/annex contracts begin on September 6, 2007, and end on May 26, 2008. All students must successfully complete the housing draw or other announced renewal procedure each year if they wish to remain in housing for the following year. Rent payments begin on the first day of the housing contract for each student. If you have an academic change of status, you must notify the housing office and vacate your room within seven days of your termination date. Princeton University expects all residents to fulfill the terms of their housing contracts and holds them financially responsible, unless there is a change of status or an extenuating circumstance. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the housing office of a status change.

Apartments

All first-year apartment contracts begin September 6, 2007, and expire June 30, 2008. All students must successfully complete the housing draw or other announced renewal procedure each year if they wish to remain in housing for the following year.

Rent payments begin on the first day of the housing contract for each student. Roommates may have contracts that start on different dates. Given the University’s interest in maximizing access by enrolled students to all available housing spaces, several rights are reserved to respond to empty spaces within shared apartments. These include placing a new student in the opening space, relocating remaining students, and collecting the rent for the vacant space from the remaining occupants.

If enrolled graduate student status ceases, the contract may automatically be canceled and the resident must vacate within 30 days. Princeton University expects all residents to fulfill the terms of their housing contracts and holds them financially responsible, unless there is a change of status or an extenuating circumstance. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the housing office of a status change.

Early Arrival

Only students who have an academic requirement to arrive prior to September 6 are allowed early arrival. Please consult with your department prior to submitting the housing application to verify if you must arrive on campus during the summer. This date cannot be any earlier than July 1 and must be pre-approved by the Graduate School. If you are approved for a summer arrival, you will be contacted by the housing office prior to your arrival; walk-ins and students without academic verification will not be accommodated.

Subletting

Enrolled students who are away from the University for part of the year may sublet their apartment to other enrolled graduate students. All sublets must be approved by the housing office, which provides more detailed information. Only residents who have a contract for their apartment for the following year may sublet their unit for the summer. Residents who become ineligible during the year and who must vacate are not permitted to sublet their unit for the remainder of the leasing year. Graduate students who are taking a leave of absence from the University are not eligible to sublet their apartment because they are no longer enrolled graduate students.

Vacating

Students who wish to be released from their apartment contracts before June 30 are required to submit an “intent to vacate” form and return it to the housing office not less than 30 days prior to vacating. Unless renewed or approved for an extension, all apartment residents must vacate on June 30. No personal property may be left in the unit or on the premises after the contract end date.

Security Deposit

New students must submit a full security deposit equal to one month’s rent when they accept their apartment contract and before they move in.

Maintenance of Units

All units are cleaned before new residents move in, and residents are expected to leave their units in good repair. Immediately after a resident vacates a unit, it is inspected by the housing office superintendent. A charge for any abnormal wear and tear is assessed against the security deposit.