TCNJ is located in Ewing, N.J., part of the greater Trenton area. It is surrounded by Trenton, Lawrenceville, Hamilton, Yardley (Pa.), and Morrisville (Pa.). Princeton and New Hope are a short drive away. Overall, Ewing maintains a quaint, suburban atmosphere. The areas nearest to the College are home to many of the school's fraternity and sorority houses (rented by fraternity/sorority members themselves). The Quaker Bridge Mall and nearby shopping centers are frequented by students. Nearby, the MarketFair mall and movie theater in Princeton also offer some places where students go for outings. Other bars such as the Firkin Tavern and Slocum's (which is also a bowling alley) are also frequented by students.
The town of Ewing is located between Philadelphia and New York City. Nearby rail stations in Trenton and Hamilton offer easy access to students who wish to go sightseeing in either of these cities. Furthermore, these train stations offer facilitated transport to students seeking to go home for holidays. A short drive across the Delaware River is New Hope, Pa., where students can visit a variety restaurants and oddball shops.