Princeton University
Princeton University
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The ivy league campus is ideal for a stroll, where some interesting buildings may be visited.
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ernie21DEC2012
Ibiza, Spain131 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
The cheeky parking warden Pamela Ramirez that waited by our car for exactly 2 minutes after the car parking ticket (which was earlier achieved with great hassle from a tedious online process) expired will be glad to know that this prospective parent will never return to this location.

Leaves a nasty taste when one experiences such an egregious act of unneeded authority during the official holiday time. If this is how they treat prospective parents on short visits, it’s hardly worth trying to understand how they will treat students.
Written 1 August 2022
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Princess
Washington DC, DC230 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
While the Princeton campus may be open, their free art museum is going through some construction right now. Bummer! Wish we could've seen it after such a long drive.

It is certainly classically beautiful here - the architecture is stunning. Tons of little shops around, featuring preppy sophisticated brands. A quiet, earnest vibe.
Written 26 August 2021
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carlotatrx
Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain445 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Business
This University is beautiful and it has a touch of Harry Potter in the colleges of Mathey and Rocky. Those get a lot of visitors which distract us (students) from doing work. Whitman was built from a large find in 2007 in an old style. Wilson needs improvement, visitors should also see this ruined part of campus.
Written 17 January 2020
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Hallie
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
The Princeton campus is just beautiful anytime but especially in the spring. Flowering trees and bedding flowers make for a truly remarkable visit to this history laden destination. The buildings are filled with voices from long ago.. just listen.
Written 21 March 2020
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Grumo
New York City, NY1 074 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We have been here a dozen times for visits and continue to love it. Stunning buildings. Lovely layout of landscape. We have been in the chapel and the library (when you could enter as a member of the public; believe that is no longer true). Combined with a visit to the town makes a lovely day trip (1 1/2 hour drive) from NYC.
Written 10 September 2020
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one on one
Toronto, Canada90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
A pleasure to visit in all seasons!
An open-gated campus on Nassau street.
Amongst quaint shops along with Starbucks and other restaurants next to campus.
Gorgeous architecture in lovingly manicured
gardens.
Mostly students and locals in the area with a homely vibe.
Written 7 January 2020
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Jerome M
Gary, IN1 626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
History all around you. Being on the campus for the first was amazing. Walking the grounds where numerous scholars have walked was great. The chapel was beautiful and very large. The chapel was a tour all in itself. There were guided tours and self-guided tours. If you have time take the guided tour. You will receive additional information. It's a big campus, so wear your walking shoes.
Written 28 May 2020
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Brian T
London, UK8 048 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Princeton University is a prestigious private Ivy League research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. It was founded in 1746 in Elizabeth as the College of New Jersey, and moved to its present site in Princeton in 1756. The campus dominates the town of Princeton, and is perhaps the main drawcard for visitors to the town. Just to have a wander through the campus was the sole reason for my visit to Princeton, and I’m pleased I made the journey from New York City.

The campus is quite big, but very easily walkable, though there are a few steps in various spots. Before my visit I’d earmarked a few of the historic and beautiful buildings I wanted to see - the likes of Nassau Hall, Chancellor Green, the Alexander Hall, the President’s House, East Pyne, The Firestone Library, the chapel, and the elegant arched castle-like structure that is the Buyers Hall at Mathey College - and a couple of sculptures, particularly the Henry Moore sculpture. The odd think I noticed about visiting the campus is that none of the buildings are signed, and there are no general signposts throughout the campus showing the direction to important buildings, or, for that matter any large campus maps. So download a campus map if you need help with finding things. Don’t bother to ask students. I visited in term-time and asked a few students for directions, and not one of them had a clue.

There’s some elegant buildings on the campus, in a variety of architectural styles. A lot of it seemed to be 'Old English'. I loved the Alexander Hall with its turrets, and the the sculptures and wording on its facade. It honours three generations of the Alexander family, who all served as University trustees. The hall was completed in 1894. I thought the ivy-covered Nassau Hall was also very picturesque. It’s the oldest building on the campus, being constructed in 1756. East Pyre with its central courtyard and castle-like appearance was built in the late 1800. Its brownstone exterior has many sculptural details. It adjoins Chancellor Green and was built at the same time. Chancellor Green’s beautiful octagonal rotunda with stained glass windows and a large dome is certainly wort checking out. The Firestone Library is a much later addition to the campus, being constructed in 1948. I didn’t find it particularly attractive. It’s across the courtyard from the campus chapel, a very pleasing and elegant structure indeed. I think the loveliest building on the campus is the President’s House. Also known as Maclean House, it was built to serve as the home of the President of the College of New Jersey, which later became Princeton University. It was completed in 1756, the same year as Nassau Hall. The soft yellow facade of the house is best viewed from Nassau Street. The nearby Henry House is very similar.

As you would expect there are lots of halls of residence around the campus. I found Buyers Hall, with its castle-like turrets and grand arch, particularly grand. I also found Lochard Hall visually pleasing.

The grounds are beautifully manicured, with expanses of lawn and trees. When I visited in spring there were many flowering trees and shrubs, and garden bits were filled with tulips and daffodils.

The campus is worth a visit, and it is free to do so. I arrived in Princeton Junction via train from New York, and took the ‘Dinky’ train into Princeton, a journey of about 10 minutes. The campus starts a short walk from the 'Dinky' station.
Written 7 September 2022
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sunjoe075
Princeton, NJ1 574 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
We started with the institute of international studies whereas many foreign dignatatries have made speeches here. In the summer time, the fountain is a cool place to cool off. The next stop is the cathedral with heavy wooden door, ancienty lighting fixture, stain glasses and organ music from the altar, you can feel the presence of god. Along the way, we passed department of Psycology where brook shield used to study here. Coming out of the cathedral, you’ll see firestone library with many floor underground. It is the location of several friction crime novels.
Next stop is the Prospect Garden and prospect caferteria over looking the garden.
Coming out of the garden, he head over to Princeton Art Museum. They often have special exhibits going on. The painting on the right, the Asian and Egyptian artifacts in the basement and modern arts in the back are very special.
Coming out of the museum we made a turn to the new museum designed by Frank Gerhry with the trademark wing design similar to his Guggenheim museum design in Spain. Along the way we saw fraternity houses and modern studen center.
Walking up Washington Avenue, we hit Nassau Street to view the entry way of the university and some of the interesting shops across the way.
We ended our walking tour with the special fruit blend-in ice cream on Nassau Street.
Written 27 August 2018
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kulik0_
Vladivostok, Russia1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
Me and my sister, went to Princeton sig program. They gave us a choice of subjects, we chose the ones we preferred, and the ones we thought will help with our profession. When we came to the camp, they gave us the complete opposite of the subjects we chose. But why would they give us a choice, if we don't get what we chose.We asked like 5 people to change them, because we didn't choose them. They say that they'll check, we came for the second time, they said it was too late. We asked nicely and politely to change, but they didn't do anything. We came to talk to the headmaster which gave us a choice to leave or to continue with the ones we have. We chose to talk to our mum, because we paid a lot of money, to come here. Now there advising us to waste our money, or to do something we didn't pay for or decide to do. Because of this situation, I advice you to carefully think before going, to the Sig summer program.
Written 27 July 2017
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