Apartment Information

The Lawrence Apartments consist of a 12 floor high-rise building that has 1-bedroom apartments (Building #1, completely renovated in 2005), six 2-floor buildings that have 2-bedroom apartments (Buildings #2-7, built in the 1970’s), and seven new buildings that have studios, one-, and two-bedroom apartments (Buildings #8-14, built in 2002). Buildings 1, 10, 11, and 12 have elevators, the others do not. All rooms in Lawrence 2-6 are pet friendly (large animals such as dogs and cats allowed). For all other units in Lawrence, only pets that can be humanely restricted to cages, bowls, or aquariums are permitted (no cats or dogs). All buildings are smoke-free.

These apartments are owned and maintained by Princeton University and house Princeton graduate students and their families. Floor plans and many useful forms (Intent to Vacate, Apartment Extension Request, etc) can be found on the Graduate Housing website.

Social activities at Lawrence are organized by the Lawrence Committee. These include barbecues, wine and cheese events, and outdoor activities. For more information or to become involved with the committee, attend a meeting or email them.

The Lawrence Apartment Emergency Action Plan, including phone numbers and email address of safety officials, can be found here.


The WiFi infrastructure has been updated in spring of 2012 in order to accommodate the increasing number of wifi devices that students have. If you are having issues with poor Internet, contact OIT by emailing helpdesk@princeton.edu or by calling 258-HELP.

As a reminder, the new wifi infrastructure set up works best when there are no other devices interfering. No personal routers are allowed in Lawrence Apartments.

Apartment Complex Features

Barbecue Grills: Several picnic groves with barbecue grills and benches are located on the grounds—behind building 10, behind building 14, and behind the bike shelter in the old Lawrence complex. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and residents are responsible for providing their own charcoal and grilling supplies. Some residents in buildings 2-7 have their own grills, which they store in the grilling area behind each building. Gas grills may not be used within 10 feet of the buildings.

computer_room.jpgComputer Clusters: Ordinarily, there would be two computer clusters in Lawrence, one in building 14 and another in building 1. Due to the pandemic, it the computers have been removed from these rooms. However, it is still possible to print in in the clusters. To access the printers you can use open the doors using your apartment building key or by punching in a code. If you would like the code, please ask a neighbor or the Lawrence Committee for the code.   Eating and drinking are not allowed in the computer cluster. You can learn more about how to use the printers here.

Community Garden: A garden is available to residents of the apartment complex. See the Garden page for more information.

Laundry Facilities: There are three laundry rooms—one in the ground floor of building 1, one in the first floor of building 10, and one in the first floor of building 14—featuring coin-operated high-efficiency (HE) washing machines and dryers. Prices are $0.50 per wash, $0.25 for each 15 minutes of drying. There currently are no change machines; you can get rolls of quarters at the counter of your bank. If you discover a broken laundry machine, place an orange out-of-order sign on it, then file a maintenance request describing the problem to ensure that it is fixed promptly.

playground.jpgPlayground and Recreation Areas: A playground area is available near the garden. A second, fenced playground for younger children is located behind building 12. These playgrounds are shared with Karin Court, the housing complex located behind the old Lawrence buildings. (Karin Court is not affiliated with the University.) The university does not supervise the playgrounds. Please note that dogs are not permitted in playgrounds.

Common rooms: Buildings 1 and 14 have community rooms that feature televisions with DVD players. The building 14 community room also has basic cable service and a collection of toys for children of all ages. Please do not leave personal property in these rooms as they will be removed. These rooms may be reserved for events by contacting the GC office coordinator,  Lynne McClister (lmcclist@princeton.edu).

Storage: Residents of building 1 have storage bins on the ground floor. Residents of buildings 2-7 have a storage area in the basement of building 2. One-bedroom apartments in buildings 8-14 have an associated storage area in building 12. The University does not assume responsibility for any items stored in these locations. Depending on your policy, renter’s insurance might cover items in the storage areas.Storage areas are checked and emptied when the apartment is vacated. Residents are charged for the labor to remove and discard any/all items left behind.

Important storage restrictions: Storage areas are checked and emptied when the apartment is vacated. Residents are charged for the labor to remove and discard any/all items left behind. Items may not be stored in the hallways, lobbies, walkways, or the grounds of the buildings.

Carts: There are shopping carts that can be used by residents to move groceries and other heavy loads. They are located on the ground floor of Building 1 and the other dumpster sheds. When you are done using a cart, please return it to the designated place noted on the cart’s sign. Do not leave the cart in your apartment, in the hallway outside of your apartment, or behind your building!

Recycling and Composting

For information on recycling other materials, consult the Office of Sustainability website.

Recycling: There are single-stream recycling dumpsters located in the dumpster sheds. What should be recycled in the recycling dumpsters:

  • Most kinds of paper may be recycled as long as it is not contaminated with food and is not coated with plastic or wax. (For example, pizza boxes, paper towels, and juice boxes are not recyclable, but regular paper, cardboard, newspaper, and phone books are.)
  • Glass bottles and jars may be recycled. Glass does not need to be sorted by color. Other forms of glass (e.g., broken mirrors) are not recyclable.
  • Metal cans and tins, including aerosol cans such as whipped cream cans, may be recycled. Aluminum foil may not be recycled.
  • Plastic bottles and jars numbered #1 through #7 may be recycled. Other forms of plastic, including deli containers, fruit containers, yogurt cups, and plastic utensils may not be recycled.
  • All containers should be rinsed before being put in the recycling bins.

Some of the mailbox areas also have paper recycling bins for unwanted mail. There are recycling buckets for household batteries located in the laundry rooms.

Composting: Residential composting will soon be available beginning on October 1, 2019. These composting buckets will be located in the dumpster sheds. These recycling buckets only accept food waste (no napkins or compostable bags). There is also a composting bin in the Lawrence Garden that is available for use by members of the garden.

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