Photography on Campus

Princeton welcomes visitors to our beautiful central New Jersey campus. As a private higher-education institution, the University’s primary responsibility is to its research and teaching missions and its students. This is a residential campus, and we seek to protect the privacy of our students in their living environment.
In keeping with that approach:

  • Commercial photography or videography is not permitted on campus without permission. The University monitors use of its name and identity to protect its trademarks and reputation. To request permission for commercial photography or videography, email mediarelations@princeton.edu.
  • Journalists must secure credentials before doing filming or photography on campus. To arrange for credentials, email mediarelations@princeton.edu.
  • Portrait photography for the personal use of the subject is allowed without a permit or fee so long as all guidelines are followed.

Guidelines for portrait photography:

  • Portrait photography is prohibited in and around all residential colleges and other dormitories, including interior courtyards in residential colleges. Please see map below.
  • Portrait photography is not permitted in Prospect House Garden or the vicinity of the University Chapel while the facilities are hosting a wedding ceremony or reception. Please see map below.
  • University staff may make other areas off-limits to photography based on University needs.
  • Photo parties must remain outside and in publicly accessible areas at all times. Restrooms and other interior spaces must not be used for dressing or other photo preparations.
  • Photo parties may not block archways, paths, sidewalks, roads, stairs or doorways.
  • Photos must be for personal use only and may not be published for profit or used as marketing materials for photographers. Any use to promote a good or service is prohibited.
  • Princeton cannot arrange for parking or vehicle access to campus.

Parties that do not adhere to these guidelines may be asked to leave campus. Individuals are expected to comply with the requests and/or instructions of University police officers.

For more information, email mediarelations@princeton.edu.

Commercial photography is not permitted near dorms at any time. It is prohibited near Prospect House and Gardens or the University Chapel if an event is taking place.