Typical housing prices in the Princeton area are higher than in many parts of the country and start at $900/month for a studio and $1500/month for a one-bedroom apartment. Cheaper apartments with accessible public transportation may be found outside Princeton in neighboring Plainsboro, Princeton Junction, and parts of Lawrenceville and Kingston. Please note that under NJ law, tenants signing a lease are liable for the entire lease period, and should compare prices carefully before signing an agreement. The university also offers Faculty & Staff Housing, for which postdocs may apply as well. Off campus housing information can be obtained through the University Off Campus Housing website, or through TigerTrade.
Carpooling & Car sharing
Princeton has partnered with Zimride by Enterprise to help faculty/staff find and share rides with one another and grow the current Princeton Carpool and Vanpool programs.
Be aware that signing up for car sharing programs might take a few weeks, especially for international postdocs…
Postdoctoral scholars coming to Princeton from abroad have several resources available to ease the transition. Visa support is available through the Davis International Center. The staff at Davis can help answer questions regarding visas and transitioning to life in Princeton. Davis also hosts Cheers Around the World, an opportunity to mix and mingle with international scholars.
The McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning
The McGraw Center surveys research on human learning to promote best practices in the classroom, and provides pedagogical training to postdoctoral scholars both informally and as part of a Teaching Transcript Program certification.
- Workshops on Teaching Technique Throughout the Semester
- Teaching Transcript Program
- Feedback on Teaching Philosophy & Course Syllabus documents
- Technical Help with Video and Digital Files
Princeton Career Services
Princeton Career Services provide programming mainly for graduate students but sometimes open their events for postdocs as well. Programming is listed on their website, and in particular includes two annual events of interest: the academic job market overview (August) and talking about teaching (December). Additionally, Career Services recommends we tap the alumni networks of our undergraduate and graduate institutions. Finally, in addition to your field-dependent (academic and private-sector) research listings, consider tapping the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, HigherEdJobs and Academic 360 job boards for more teaching-oriented academic posts (for which this handbook comes highly recommended).
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
The Princeton Writing Program
The Princeton Writing Program provides resources to help students and postdocs write more effectively. PWP offers workshops on Writing in Science and Engineering, as well as fellowships for postdocs to teach writing seminars for graduate students. - Sign up for 80-min Individual Conferences to Discuss Any Writing Projects You Would Like - Workshops on Career Development
- Feedback on CVs, Cover Letter, Teaching Statement, Research Statement, you name it!
- Gradspeak and/or Speaking Skills for Staff Members
- Have Someone to Listen to You as You Practice Your Talks and Give You Feedback
Postdocs may audit courses as staff, registering on the first day of availability for $125 (this fee may sometimes be waived). Interested parties should contact the Office of Community and Regional Affairs.
Can be found here and also using the PIVOT database (you will need your netID to log in to PIVOT). Ask your department administrator or the deparmental grants office what signatures you’ll need before submitting. You may need to visit the Office of Reserach and Project Administration (ORPA) in advance of your application deadline.
Tigers with Cubs of Princeton University
A group of Princeton University graduate students and postdocs with or expecting children. To join visit the website or email “email@example.com” with your name.
Prison Teaching Initiative
- Volunteer Teaching Experience in NJ State Prison