Princeton Campus Vehicle Registration and Parking

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Princeton Vehicle Registration

Faculty, staff and students who primarily work or study on the Princeton campus, as outlined below, and Westminster Conservatory families are issued hang tags at no cost upon registration of their vehicles with the Department of Public Safety.  All vehicles are required to be registered. 

  • Faculty and staff whose home department or office is located on the Princeton campus.
  • Eligible students (see bullet below) who reside on or whose academic program is based on the Princeton campus. 
  • Please note that freshmen living on campus are not permitted to have cars on campus with the exception of Sacred Music majors with off-campus church jobs.  Extenuating circumstances may be brought to the attention of the Associate Dean of Students or the Director of Public Safety.

Vehicle hang tags are issued in the Scheide Student Center during fall opening activities and at all other times at Public Safety located in the back of Bristol Chapel.  Public Safety is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be reached at (609) 896-5029. 

Complete a Vehicle Registration Form (PDF)

When registering your vehicle, please submit the completed form along with your Rider ID, driver’s license, and current insurance and registration cards.  

Please note the following:

  • Everyone is encouraged to familiarize themselves with Rider’s parking and traffic regulations. These regulations apply at all times to all members of the community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and guests. Operation of a motor vehicle on campus is a privilege which may be withdrawn by the University for failure to comply with these regulations.
  • Gated lots are accessed as designated via your Rider ID.
  • Hang tags hang from the rear view mirror while the vehicle is parked.  Each individual receives a single hang tag that can be transferred among their registered vehicles.  They may not be transferred or lent to another person.  As per New Jersey statute, hang tags must be removed from the mirror while driving.
  • Eligible students, all part-time faculty and staff, and Conservatory families are issued hang tags that require annual renewal at the start of the academic year.  Full-time faculty and staff, including priority adjunct faculty, are issued permanent tags.
  • Hang tags are recognized on the Lawrenceville campus for faculty, staff and students who work or study on both campuses.  Likewise, parking decals for those who work or study primarily on the Lawrenceville campus are recognized at Princeton.  There is no need for anyone to have both a hang tag and parking decal. 
    Temporary parking permits may be obtained from Public Safety for guests and when a hang tag is mistakenly left at home.  They are issued for single-use daily parking needs.
  • A lost or stolen hang tag or temporary parking permit must be reported to Public Safety.  It will be invalidated and a new one will be issued.  Vehicles displaying invalidated hang tags will be ticketed.
  • Any change in the license number of a registered vehicle during the academic year must be reported to Public Safety by the registrant.
  • Designated handicapped accessible spaces are interspersed throughout the parking lots.  The applicable license plate or hang tag issued by a state Department of Motor Vehicles is required for these spaces.  Faculty, staff or students with handicapped license plates or state-issued hang tags must also still register their vehicles with the Department of Public Safety.

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Please note that parking is prohibited in fire zones and on campus roadways except as otherwise designated.  The Department of Public Safety may limit or alter on-campus parking and traffic flow in the event of an incident, emergency or campus event.

Please also note that overnight parking (3 a.m. to 7 a.m.) is not allowed except for resident students in D lot and in C lot for faculty, staff and students with a special pass from Public Safety.

  • Faculty and staff 
    Parking is available in the gated C lot near Talbott Library and the Playhouse, A lot near Erdman Hall and B lot along Williamson Hall drive.  The gated C lot is accessed with your Rider ID.  Faculty and staff may also park in lots D and E as well as F lot after 1p.m. where necessary.  Please note that lots D and E are primarily for students and Conservatory families.  Conservatory faculty and staff, depending if they are full or part-time, have access to lots C, D and E as well as F lot after 1 p.m.
  • Non-freshman resident students
    Parking is available in D lot off Franklin Avenue and C lot from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.  Overnight parking is available in D lot for residents only.
  • Commuting students
    Parking is available in E lot near Talbott Library and Princeton Hall, D lot, and C lot from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.  Overnight parking (3 a.m. to 7 a.m.) is available in C lot with a special pass from Public Safety.  No other lots accommodate parking after 3 a.m. except for residents in D lot.
  • Commuting students taking ME 581 or ME 582
    Parking is available exclusively for these students in F lot (located between lots C and D along Talbott Library) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Resident students taking these courses park in D lot.  After 1 p.m., F lot becomes an open lot.
  • Conservatory students and families
    Parking is available in lots D and E. In addition, four (4) designated Conservatory pick-up and drop-off spaces are available near the Conservatory entrance.  Parking in these spots is limited to 15 minutes and does not require a hang tag.
  • Visitors
    Parking is available in marked spaces along Talbott Library and Seabrook Hall and along Williamson Hall Drive closest to the entrance of the building.