The city of Newark basically consists of one street aptly named Main Street. This street is full of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and stores. Over the years, Main Street has become more commercial with the appearance of a Starbucks and numerous tanning salons. While many people complain that this hurts local businesses, other students appreciate the availability of these familiar shops. Most students find plenty of stores to satisfy their appetites and shopping addictions (no tax—yipee!) but not much actual entertainment. The art and music scenes are in the first stages of development, which makes Newark somewhat lacking in that respect.
Newark itself only provides entertainment through its extensive bar community, but it is within driving distance of many major cities. Philadelphia is the closest one and offers night clubs of all sorts, local bands, theater, and museums. In addition, the drive to New York or Washington, D.C., is manageable for day or overnight trips. Some students appreciate this small-town feel and enjoy the scenic campus while others will drive to Philly every weekend. Most students will spend some time exploring the surrounding cities by the time they graduate. It's all a matter of preference, really—what's yours?