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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Sammy M
Nairobi, Kenya279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Great university tour. It was the start of spring, the cherry blossoms were flowering and they made a beautiful campus even more beautiful. It was worth the visit..
Written 30 March 2024
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Ellen
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Used Viatour 5Star Shameless Name Dropping Walking Tour of Princeton Campus and Einstien’s Neighborhood. Jacki was amazing. The tour was informative and very detailed. Would highly recommend.
Written 30 September 2023
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Bdett M
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Here from SC for a college tour after coming from Yale. Beautiful contained campus which we luved. Walkable, perfect size. Architecture is stunning. Feels very safe. Great downtown that was much larger then we expected with great shopping and dining. Luved that the stadium was open and as a student you could run the steps if you wanted. Lots of walking trails on outskirts. Cons: Gym was much smaller then expected. Lots of construction, poor signage, super small bookstore, limited college gear on campus and downtown unless we just didn’t find it.
Written 27 August 2023
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Brian T
London, UK6,782 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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Nghia71
Ottawa, Canada412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Wonderful architecture, imposing buildings, and very friendly environments. It’s worth to visit and spend a few hours wandering around and simply enjoy the scenic views.
Written 12 August 2022
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ernie21DEC2012
Ibiza, Spain144 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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A_Gunnarsson
Taby, Sweden195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Being one of the classic Ivy League universities, of course it is nothing else to expect than an old English Uni campus feeling. This was fulfilled. Beautiful just strolling around and absorbing the atmosphere, feeling the wings of history. Highly recommended, as is the town itself, clearly influenced by the international / European ancestry and academic population.
Written 11 July 2022
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LSUTraveller
Watson, LA1,878 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
A very scenic campus with traditional gothic architecture. It has the look and feel of an Ivy League school (and not all do). Very nice walking experience around campus.
Written 6 March 2022
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Princess
Washington DC, DC215 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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Kelly M
Lagos, Nigeria267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I love walking around the Princeton University campus. It's clean, filled with life, filled with history, and so peaceful! Thank you!
Written 19 July 2021
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