Informal Recreation

Self-Organized Activities

Need a locker, basketball, swim goggles, or other equipment?  You can borrow them for free -- just stop by the front desk in the main lobby in Dillon Gym!  Available to Princeton University students; or else a Dillon Gym membership or Guest Pass is required.

Campus Recreation welcomes suggestions for additional informal recreation ideas for the Princeton University community.  Please email [email protected] with your ideas.

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The Princeton University Golf League is open to all faculty, staff, students and colleagues at Princeton University and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.  Blending friendly competition with the sheer simplicity of playing golf each week, the PUGL welcomes all skill levels.  Whether new to the sport or an aficionado, flights are established by ability, allowing all handicaps to flourish.  So come join the league, meet new people, improve your game or just take a few hours each week for a therapeutic round of golf.  Find out more at

Springdale Golf Club

Don't forget that employees have the opportunity to play Springdale Golf Course located on the Princeton University campus.  For more information call the Club at 609-924-3198.  (Fees apply.)


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"Noon-Hoops" is an informal pick-up basketball game held in Dillon Gym on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30am-1:30pm, based on court availability.  This is a free drop-in program at Dillon Gym throughout the year, however a Dillon Gym membership or Guest Pass is required for all non-students.





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Noontime Hockey

Players from around the University and general community meet at noon at Baker Rink for pickup, non-checking hockey.  Games usually take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from September through May, depending on facility scheduling.  Typically around 12 to 14 people attend each session.  All players must have basic skating abilities, must supply their own equipment, and must pay a $50 fee each semester in order to play.  The skill level of the players ranges from those who have only ever played intramural hockey to those who have played on college varsity teams.

If you are interested in joining the Noontime Hockey group, please contact Henry Umansky prior to attending any sessions.


Players from around the Princeton University campus, as well as general community members, are able to use the outdoor tennis courts located at the Lenz Tennis Center.  The courts are open and free, but their use is subject to availability and weather.  The lights are only used for varsity and special events, NOT public use.

The indoor tennis courts in Jadwin Gym are available to the Princeton University community.  Information about fees, reservations, etc. can be found on the tennis page.


The Princeton University campus provides an inviting and picturesque environment ideal for walking. Our pedestrian-friendly campus provides a wide array of pathways for both walking and biking. If you think you might be interested in leading a walking group please email us at [email protected].

Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. Walking is one of your body's most natural forms of exercise. It's safe, simple, doesn't require practice, and the health benefits are many. See Campus Walking Maps for more information.

Benefits of Walking (Source: Mayo Clinic)

Walking, like other exercise, can help you achieve a number of important health benefits. Walking can help you:

  • Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol)
  • Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol)
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes
  • Manage your weight
  • Improve your mood
  • Stay strong and fit