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The Hun School of Princeton: Spaces to belong and be extraordinary

The best boarding schools do more than just keep children safe after classes. They support students and celebrate their differences in an all-encompassing cocoon of warmth, belonging and understanding. It’s a home away from home — with many special features that make the most of its facilities and proximity to school. Done right, it’s where children have all it takes to become empowered and independent adults.

That’s the case for 170 boarders at The Hun School of Princeton. Located 1.5 miles from downtown Princeton, New Jersey and Princeton University, the 45-acre campus is where students from 16 states and 27 countries come together as active, engaged members of a close-knit community. Life here is rooted in comfort, connection and familial values such as love and support. It’s like having a very large family who cares for you.

And they’ll soon have a new residence hall with bright and spacious dorm rooms, designed with features such as four-season climate control, a solar panel roof and rooftop garden, monitored energy use, and state-of-the-art air-handling.

What will present and feel like a small village will have several interconnected in-hall houses. Each will have its own community and aesthetic — all conceptualised to enable that special brand of Hun care.

The new residential project will be able to accommodate 114 students and 12 faculty families — the latter feature honours the round-the-clock care offered by our faculty. There are relaxation and meditation spaces in three of the new courtyards, granting students access to spaces that benefit their emotional well-being. Whether in 60 bright and spacious dorm rooms, with modern comforts and amenities, or in eight lounges and kitchenettes of varied design, there’ll always be a space to foster close faculty-student mentorship and cultivate imbricate circles of belonging.

It’s set to be a great addition to an already unrivalled boarding experience at The Hun School. Just ask South Korean Erika. Growing up, her family have been separated into three different countries with her mum working in Indonesia, her dad staying back in Korea while she and her sister attend school in the US. Though they’ve always made it work, Erika constantly craved the sense of togetherness of a family.

She found that at The Hun School. “The values that constitute a family, such as love, loyalty, and unwavering support and respect for one another, cannot be fully seen at first glimpse. These values reveal themselves to you slowly, through moments and lasting feelings of warmth,” she says.

Just like every other international student, Erika initially felt out of place coming to a new country with an unfamiliar culture and foreign faces. She would’ve never imagined finding her place here. Today, however, she proudly declares that she has found a second family at The Hun School. One of her most memorable experiences in boarding was in freshman year where she grieved the death of her dog back home.

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Both Erica Brown and Erica Dwyer enjoyed their time boarding at The Hun School. Source: The Hun School of Princeton

“When my dog in Korea died freshman year, I met girls from my dorm that I’d never spoken to before, because they came to my room and comforted me until I stopped crying. This is just one of many memories that would follow — some filled with sadness, some with joy, but all precious when looked back upon. Now, when I am back in Korea, I find myself missing Hun, just like I miss my home when I am here,” she shares.

“At Hun, you will not only find a sense of belonging, but feel what it is like to truly belong. Everyone who comes here eventually sees that there is a magic about this community that turns strangers into family.”

Hun graduates Erica Brown and Erica Dwyer both resonate with Erika’s boarding experience. They still look back at all the good times as boarders and are grateful for the lifelong friendships nurtured during their time there.

“Now that I’ve graduated college and entered the real world, my once high school members have turned into friends that I still turn to for advice on life or my career. The thing I miss the most about Hun boarding is spending countless hours with all my friends. Exploring Princeton on the weekends, activities with Res Life, and playing Manhunt on the ‘H’ until it’s time for late-night Hoagie Haven trips,” shares Brown.

Dwyer enjoyed getting to know the faculty and their families who lived in the dorms with her. “They not only guided me through my academic and athletic ventures, but they also played an integral role in my development as a young adult. The thing I miss the most about boarding was definitely living amongst my best friends. The connections I made through group study sessions in Russell Lounge, basketball during open gym, and excursions through Princeton will last a lifetime,” reminisces Dwyer.

Graduate Chris Sharp appreciates the diversity the most: “My favourite thing about boarding was living with people from all over the world. Learning about different cultures and customs for four years prepared me for a lifetime of networking and developing relationships.”

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