Due to the fact that NJIT is located in an area of Newark with a high crime rate, students almost never leave campus. Students are told, before they even enroll at NJIT, that they should never go off campus alone or after dark. The local crime rate is high, and many fear of being robbed or having some other such fate befall them should they leave campus. Regardless of this fact, there is little to do in the area anyway. The Newark Museum is the only nearby form of entertainment outside of plays performed at NJIT or Rutgers. Due to the fact that Rutgers, Essex County College, and UMDMJ (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) are all pretty close to each other, it is easy to visit the other schools, and students are safe within the borders of these institutions, as well.
Students will, for the most part, choose to take a train into New York City in search of entertainment. Due to the cost of such a trip, most take the time to bring a group of friends along and plan out a detailed itinerary. This not only makes the trip more enjoyable, but also safer, since the students are grouped together. In other words, there is little to do near NJIT, and students do not feel the streets are safe enough to seek out attractions beyond the campus borders.