Club Rules

  • Members shall comply with appropriate standards of behavior while in the clubhouse or on the Club’s grounds.  Members must respect the Club’s furnishings and facilities.  Members will dress appropriately while in the Club or on the premises.  Bare feet and bathing suits are not permitted in the servery or dining room at any time.
  • Members are responsible for any and all damages done by them or their guests.  Damages will be charged to the specific Members’ House Account or to the Social Fund for damage to the house by unknown persons.
  • Members violating the parking privilege will be towed without notice at the Members’ expense.
  • No private parties or meetings are to be held in common areas of the Club without the express permission of the Club Manager.
  • All Members agree to abide by the alcohol policy as set forth by the Club’s Board of Governors and State law.
  • Sexual harassment will not be tolerated under any circumstances.  There will be no forced drinking at any time.  The possession or use of unlawful drugs or weapons of any kind in the Club or on the premises is prohibited and is grounds for immediate expulsion of the Member.
  • Bedrooms are single occupancy only.  Violators will be brought before the Board of Governors.
  • When the University is not in session, use of the Club will be at the discretion of the Manager and, when necessary, with the concurrence of the Board of Governors.

General Exemptions

Any failure to provide meals or the use of the club facilities due to acts of nature, construction, strikes, or due to any causes beyond the control of the Club shall not constitute a breach of contract and the Club will not be liable to the Member.  Pro-rated refunds, reductions or alternate dining locations may be provided solely at the discretion of the Board of Governors.


Is Colonial connected to the University?
The eating clubs are independent and autonomous, but they enjoy a continuing relationship with the university. Most of the architecturally distinctive clubhouses on Prospect Avenue have been in use for a century, filling an important role in the "Princeton experience.”
We are unique. No other university has anything quite like it - privately owned and operated dining facilities, some with dormitory rooms, many hosting small classes, often furnished with study carrels and computers, all providing primary social activities for a majority of university students.

How does Colonial operate?
There are non-member office, kitchen, and housekeeping staff who all play a key roll in the smooth daily operation of the Club.
There are Undergraduate Officers and a Graduate Board of Governors who meet five times each academic year to discuss and decide upon all of the business pertaining to operation, maintenance and membership issues.

How does Colonial survive financially?
There is a yearly contract fee for undergraduate members.  Aside from contracts, there are two other ways to support the club: dues and donations.  Suggested annual dues are $5 for every year since graduation.  Donations from our generous membership are always appreciated.  Contract fees, dues payments, and donations are our only means of financial support.

What are membership privileges?
Each member is entitled to chose one of three meal plan options that best suits his or her schedule and financial situation. Members are able to eat all of their chosen meals at the club, as well as bring in a limited number of guests.  All Club social activities are available to each member, which consist of activities throughout the week as well as major events such as Winter Formals, Homecoming, Houseparties weekend, Reunions and Graduation. We also offer computer/printer access, seminar space, visiting professor or other guest meals, and spaces for relaxing with friends, pool playing and watching TV. Our Certified Executive Chef and his staff prepare three meals a day Monday through Friday with brunch and dinner being served on the weekend. All of our gala affairs are presided over by our Chef and are gourmet quality.

What is a sign-in club?
Colonial is considered a "sign-in club”, which means if you want to join Colonial, and there is space available, you may become a member simply by signing a contract and you are then required to pay your yearly contract fees.

What is Colonial's address?
40 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540.

While we are on "the Street," the actual address is Avenue.