The Graduate Student Government (GSG) and the graduate student body are disappointed that the Butler tract can no longer be sustained as graduate housing. We value it for many reasons, including its sense of community, inexpensive cost and proximity to campus, and the space and autonomy that living in Butler provides. However, all of the University officials we have met with agree that Butler is not sustainable due to extreme age, maintenance issues, and nonconformity with building and zoning codes. The construction of new housing at the same price point that is conforming to building codes is not currently financially feasible. With the opening of the new Lakeside Apartment complex in 2014, Princeton will continue to honor its commitment to house at least 70% of graduate students.
In our role as graduate student advocates, the GSG has extensively discussed increasing the available graduate housing through future construction and have stressed to administrators the importance of keeping on-campus housing prices in line with graduate student stipends. We have spent the past year meeting with University Services to improve on-campus housing and the resources available for students living off-campus. We have stressed student interest in increasing the available graduate housing through future construction in our conversations with administrators. Additionally, we have highlighted the importance of keeping on-campus housing prices in line with graduate student stipends, and are advocating for accommodations for graduate students families with limited incomes and graduate students who need pet-friendly housing. For those living off-campus, we are working on solutions to make commuting to campus with or without a car easier.