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Who manages Lakeside Graduate Apartments?

American Campus Communities (ACC) manages Lakeside Graduate Apartments for Princeton University. American Campus Communities is the nation’s largest developer, owner and manager of high-quality student housing communities. Management staff will be available on site at The Commons building Monday through Friday (8:45am – 5:00pm) to assist with any resident concerns and/or issues.

Which school will my elementary-aged child attend?

Princeton is served by the Princeton Regional School District which includes four elementary schools, a middle school and high school. For elementary schools, Lakeside is located in the Riverside Elementary School zone. Further information on the district’s schools and transportation can be found on the Princeton Regional School District website. The district school bus will use the Tiger Transit bus stop.

What unit types are offered at Lakeside?

We offer many different types of floor plans ranging from a 1 bedroom – 1 bathroom apartment to a 4 bedroom – 3 bathroom townhome. Please refer to the Lakeside Apartments website for additional information.

What are the rules and regulations for the Complex?

You are responsible for abiding by all policies outlined in your agreement with Princeton University Housing and Real Estate Services. In addition, a Lakeside Resident Handbook will be provided to each resident upon move-in. The handbook will include specific rules and regulations for Lakeside, emergency contact phone numbers, and tips to help ensure that you have the best possible experience while living at Lakeside.

Who handles the maintenance at Lakeside?

Maintenance at Lakeside is handled by ACC maintenance staff. Work orders can be submitted via phone, email, in person at the management office in The Commons, or online through your personal “Connect” account. Work orders are generally hadled within 48 hours, but 24 hour maintenance is available for emergencies.

If I have an issue outside of office hours or an emergency, who do I call?

Lakeside has two on-site managers and 24-hour emergency maintenance to assist residents’ with any after-hours emergencies. The contact information will be provided to residents upon move-in.

How do I apply to Lakeside?

For continuing students, Lakeside apartments are assigned via the University's Graduate Student Housing Room Draw process. Therefore, continuing students must apply for Room Draw through the Graduate Housing Office. Assignments are based on eligibility and indicated preferences are considered when available. Incoming students will be assigned to one of the University’s graduate student housing locations, which may include Lakeside, if they apply by the April 15th deadline. Location preference will be taken into consideration although actual placement is dependent upon unit availability.

What are the normal dates for University contracts?

The housing agreement is based on the University’s fiscal year, which starts on July 1 and ends on June 30th. Your contract starts on the date you move in during the fiscal year and ends on June 30th. You are permitted to move out prior to June 30th; however, you are required by the housing agreement to provide a 30-day notice of your intent to vacate.

If I need an extension on my contract, what do I do?

For students living at Butler and Stanworth in 2015, an extension of their housing contract will not be considered. In other housing properties, in some rare instances, extensions may be granted for academic reasons. Each spring students with this extenuating need may apply for an extension via the online application process located on the graduate housing website. The student will be notified via their Princeton email address of the status of their application. Only students with valid apartment agreements for the next academic year will be considered for an extension in their unit beyond June 30th. Summer housing may be an option at the Graduate College should an extension not be available. Please contact the Graduate Housing Office at either gradhsg@princeton.edu or 609-258-3460.

What is a security deposit? How much is it?

The security deposit is a sum of money held throughout the course of your housing agreement to ensure that the cost of any repairs in your unit beyond normal wear and tear is covered. At Lakeside, as in all Princeton University housing, the security deposit is the amount of your first rental installment and it is to be submitted to the Graduate Housing Office in accordance with the established University procedures.

How do I get my deposit back?

The amount that is refunded from your security deposit is based on the condition of your unit after move out and any outstanding balances on your Lakeside account. The cost for any repairs beyond normal wear and tear will be deducted from your security deposit. You can schedule a walk-through with the management staff prior to move out so that you get an idea of potential charges. Refunded security deposits will be returned by the University after the final inspection of your unit has been conducted by Lakeside management.

Who will provide Internet? How do I access University resources?

Wall to wall wireless connection to the Internet is provided in each apartment and townhouse by a third-party Internet service provider. Wired Ethernet ports are also available in the living room and bedroom(s) of your unit. Wi-Fi and wired Internet connections will also be provided in The Commons. Internet service is included in the unit rent. The speed for the wireless connection is 20Mbs/10Mbs. Accessing University online resources from Lakeside can be achieved as follows: 1) Connect to Princeton servers via Secure Remote Access (SRA) from anywhere with your laptop or computer; or 2) Work on a wired connection from the computer cluster at The Commons. The University OIT office will manage the computer cluster and equip the room with five iMacs and two printers with a print release station. Additional Ethernet ports will be available for laptop use. You will need to supply your own Ethernet cable. All cluster equipment and the additional Ethernet ports will be wired to the University network. The OIT Help Desk and the OIT office will be available to address Princeton networking issues and provide the support for the hardware and software in the cluster. OIT contact information will be posted in the computer cluster.For information on using SRA: kb.princeton.edu/6023For information on printing to OIT cluster printers on the Princeton network: kb.princeton.edu/8329

Is the Internet service at Lakeside comparable to the OIT service provided at other graduate housing complexes like Lawrence Apartments?

Yes. A 90-day review of the utilization of campus networking was evaluated by OIT to determine the comparability of the service at Lakeside to the University’s. Based on utilization rates, it was determined that if the usage at Lakeside is comparable to that at Lawrence Apartments, the proposed infrastructure for Lakeside will adequately serve the residents.

Which utilities do I pay for? What is the billing process?

Residents pay electric and cable bills. Internet is included in the unit rent. For electric, the Lakeside management staff will send each contract holder a bill each month for electric usage for the unit. The bill will be divided by the number of contract holders in the unit. Residents do not need to establish service with the utility company. For cable, residents will need to establish this service with Comcast and pay the bill directly to Comcast. Information on setting up your Comcast Service is provided in the Lakeside Resident Handbook.

Where can I park? How do I get a permit? How much does the permit cost?

All Lakeside residents will park in the parking garage located on the property in accordance with Princeton University permitting rules and regulations. You are required to register your car with the Transportation and Parking Services (TPS) which will issue the parking permit. Permits can be picked up from the TPS office located on the “A” floor of the New South Building. If you do not have a car, there will also be an Enterprise CarShare vehicle available in the Lakeside parking garage. Information on the CarShare program is located on TPS website. There are also designated 15 minute parking spaces throughout the property for unloading purposes.

Can I have guests? Where can my guests park?

You are allowed to have guests for short periods of time up to one week. Extended visits are prohibited. Your guests can park in the designated visitor parking spaces in the Lakeside garage. A visitor parking pass will need to be obtained from the University Transportation and Parking Services (TPS) office located on the “A” floor of the New South Building. Overnight passes may be obtained in advance at no charge.

If I do not have a car how can I get around?

Lakeside is located on the University's Tiger Transit route, which transports Lakeside residents to and from campus and town. Please click here for the Tiger Transit schedule. Additional transportation will be available in the Lakeside parking deck through the University's Enterprise CarShare program. Information on the CarShare program is located on Transportation and Parking Services website.

Are there pet-friendly apartments? If I have a pet, what do I do?

Pets are allowed in designated “pet-friendly” units on the property. All pets must be registered and all residents are required to abide by the policies and procedures outlined in the Pet Policy including insurance requirements. Please contact the Graduate Housing Office at either gradhsg@princeton.edu or 609-258-3460.

What is The Commons building?

The Commons building is located on the first floor at 200 Lakeside Road. This is where the Management Office is located and will be staffed Monday – Friday from 8:45am – 5:00. It is also where the Community Kitchen, Fitness Center, Children’s Play Room, Computer Cluster, Study Rooms, Community Library, and the outdoor BBQ deck are located.

What types of programming will be offered at The Commons? Is there space to hold events? Who do I contact?

The Commons will offer space for the graduate student community to hold intellectual, cultural and social programming. To reserve space within The Commons, graduate students can contact the Management Office located within The Commons building.

Will there be a community garden?

Yes. The community gardens are located on the Northeast side of the property, close to Lake Carnegie. Please refer to the Lakeside Site Map for the specific location. Spaces in the community garden are only available to Lakeside residents and there will be a community shed for storage. All requests for a space in the Lakeside Community garden should be submitted to the Lakeside management office.

What are the sustainability measures at Lakeside?

The Lakeside complex was designed with the following sustainability measures:1. LEED Silver Certification. All the units at Lakeside have the following:• Insulated exterior doors• Clothes dryer venting directly to exterior• Kitchen exhaust fan (150 CFM) vents directly to exterior• Bathroom exhaust fan (70 CFM) vents directly to exterior• GE Energy Star Appliances• High efficiency stacked or side by side Washer/Dryer• Low flow toilets• Above code insulation installed in walls• Smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in each unit2. Geothermal heating. Geothermal heating is a cost-effective, reliable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly heating provided to all units at Lakeside. It also means:• A thermostat for Heat/Cool is located on each floor of a townhome unit giving residents by floor complete control of their utility use.• Apartments which are all on one floor will have one thermostat for control of Heat/Cool. 3. A Bio swale. Bio swale is designed to remove silt, inorganic contaminants, organic chemicals, pathogens and pollution from surface runoff water. There are 2 Bio swales located at Lakeside.4. Rain Gardens. Lakeside has rain gardens on property. They are planted depressions that allow rainwater to runoff from areas like roofs, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas and allow it to be absorbed into the ground. By being absorbed into the ground instead of flowing into storm drains, it can help prevent erosion and flooding.

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