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Living in Princeton

The Hun School is the only boarding school right in the town of Princeton, putting Hun students an easy one-mile commute from Princeton University and the town center.
Plus, Wallethub named Princeton the Best Small City in America in 2017. That news came as no suprise to our students, who routinely make their way to the town center for snacks, activities, or a new place to study.

In fact, boarding students at Hun, who hail from a range of rural towns and bustling cities all around the world, explore and embrace the larger community of Princeton as an extension of their Hun School experience. Just as quickly as they dive into the school's on-campus community and take advantage of the opportunities and programs that are designed to stimulate their minds and bodies, they take time to delve into all that the town has to offer, from world-class restaurants to sports camps and games to American history.
The boarding experience wouldn’t be complete if students weren’t able to explore. Going out to become familiar with Princeton helps students create bonds that make this town feel like their home, but more than that, it allows them to pursue their own interests and to make self-discoveries that will serve them throughout their life.

Riley '16 - Eagle, Colorado

Riley is from Eagle, Colorado and quickly learned that a short bike ride or leisurely walk puts him in the center of a centuries-old university town. Nassau Street and Palmer Square’s intersect at the gates of Princeton University, offering retail shops, restaurants, and cultural opportunities that cater to the tastes of the young.
“I love being able to go to games at Princeton University. As a lacrosse player, I also like being able to visit the varsity practices to see what collegiate athletes are doing to prepare for top-level matches.”

Riley rides his bike into town regularly. Not only does he visit various sporting competitions, he also takes advantage of the burgeoning food scene in Princeton. “There’s great food everywhere. During the fall, I went to town every weekend to visit the farmer’s market. The apples, cider, and donuts from Terhune Farms are not to be missed,” he explained.

Avery '16 - Dulles, Virginia

Avery ’16 from Dulles, Virginia noted, “There are a lot of opportunities in Princeton to explore.  It’s so convenient to go into town. Having the University – and all that it offers – available to us is a real benefit."
Twice a week, Avery goes to Jadwyn Gymnasium at Princeton University for private fencing lessons. She has been taking these lessons in addition to her work as a member of the varsity fencing team at The Hun School.

Hun School students, like Avery, use the public library both for research and a change of scenery on the weekends when studying. They visit the farmers’ market, order pizza from Conte’s, debate which of the three ice cream parlors has the best scoop, and debate even more fervently about which hoagie is best at Hoagie Haven.

Marisol ’17 - Chicago, Illinois

Marisol ’17 enjoys visiting Princeton on the weekends as a retreat. She said, “After a long week, I like to go to Panera and Starbucks with my friends. That’s where we go to relax and decompress. The town is easy to get to and it’s safe and welcoming. My parents even say that they are more comfortable with me going to school here than they would be if I were with them in Chicago.”
Princeton’s seasonal events are also a big hit. CommUniversity is an annual festival of arts, produced by the Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton University, and volunteers. Each spring, the event attracts artists, performers, chefs, art-lovers, music-lovers, and gourmands to the free festival. There is annual tree lighting in Palmer Square to mark the beginning of the holiday season. And, Princeton University draws crowds throughout the year to its public lectures, theatres, museums, and various sporting events. 

Savoy ’16 - Bronx, New York

Savoy '16 is inspired by Princeton’s architecture. As a sophomore, Savoy’s favorite class was CAD Architecture. He said, “It was great to visit Princeton Public Library for our CAD class. We were learning about the design of that building, and having it right in our backyard was so much better than studying a picture in a book.”
In 1926, Hun School Founder John Gale Hun wrote, “…no matter where a boy intends to do his undergraduate work, he cannot help being the better for having spent some time in the atmosphere of the town, which is an important center not merely of education, but of creative achievement in the arts and sciences. Such an atmosphere will help him to make the difficult transition between the limited life of a schoolboy and the broader, more independent life of an undergraduate. Moreover, he will be molded, consciously and unconsciously, by the worth and dignity of Princeton’s past, and by all the loveliness of its shady streets and the architectural perfection of its arches, spires, and peaceful quadrangles.”
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school.  Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.

176 Edgerstoune Road, Princeton, NJ 08540  |  Phone: (609) 921-7600 | Email: admiss@hunschool.org