What is Surplus?

The Surplus program serves as an important function to help us conserve University resources, support sustainability efforts and safely dispose of electronics and other items. 

  • Check surplus first if you need office items for your department - at no cost to your department you can often find items such as: filing cabinets, chairs, desks and tables, computers and whiteboards.
  • Find a new home for the office items you can no longer use - contact surplus first, and review the university's surplus program policies for more details.
  • Properly dispose of broken, outdated and unusable items - we will determine the correct, and lawful way, to dispose of your items

Viewing & Submitting items online


Email surplus@princeton.edu or call (609) 258-2347 with any questions about the University Surplus Program. 

Subscribe to the Surplus Sales email to receive emails on special sales and what's happening at Surplus (please be sure to remove your default signature from the email).

Coming to the Warehouse

Please check the surplus website before you arrive, to verify the days we are open that month. Our warehouse is located at 755 Alexander Road, Door 4 (just south of route 1). If you are interested in items for personal use, you will need to bring a Mastercard or Visa credit card, we do not accept cash. And remember, the items are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

  • Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Open to Princeton University personnel
  • Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Open to the public

Surplus Program Policy: What to do With Unused University Property

  1. Items departments no longer use must be turned over to the surplus program so that University capital asset records can be updated and the item or items can be redistributed to other departments, sold, donated, or recycled.

  2. University property may not be removed from the campus for personal use, re-sale, or other unofficial use unless processed through the purchasing department. This includes discarded items, equipment or supplies in use by departments or by students, tenants, or visitors. Do not remove items from dumpsters, garbage cans, or any other disposal location for personal use or sale. This is against the University’s Facilities Policy.


Did you know?

  • Facilities Finance and Administrative Services provides Facilities operating departments with shared services, including: budget, finance, materials management, procurement and contract administration, and support for information technology hardware and enterprise systems.