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4 College Junior

Local Area: Everything is available for us students. I feel that since Rutgers is such a huge university, there are many different activities for such a diverse crowd.

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3 College Senior

Local Area: It's pretty good and there's plenty to do on campus. We're located between Philly and New York, and there's a train station nearby, which is pretty good. There are parts around the campus that are average; sort of safe, but keep your eyes peeled.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: I prefer Piscataway to New Brunswick. Piscataway is more suburban, which I prefer to urban. In New Brunswick there are a lot of good places to eat, and many accept RU Express which is convenient.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Since Rutgers takes up so much space, there are events nearby going on if not part of the school

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3 College Junior

Local Area: They are many restaurants in the area, which is interesting and they small businesses around that are convenient. It's nothing special. There is nothing spectacular, the area has a little bit of everything. Since I commute I can only judge from what I've been told; the school town is not very safe.


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Rutgers is like its own self-sufficient world. It has five campuses, on-campus dining, various student organizations that provide entertainment-there's really never a reason to leave campus. However, when midterms and finals roll around, and students want to tear out their eyes, there are means of escaping from the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses into the "real world." The College Avenue campus is typically referred to as the city campus. You can walk downtown to a local Rite Aid to buy shampoo or candy. However, the other campuses do not have this luxury, since they are enclosed. Students on these campuses sometimes feel trapped, especially on the weekends when buses run less frequently. If a student wants a life outside Rutgers, they must take a bus over to College Avenue and start from there.

From College Avenue, you can go to the Stress Factory, Starbucks, dollar stores, and CH Martin discount store. There are also many four-star restaurants for students to stare at while eating items from the dollar menus. Many cute shops occupy downtown New Brunswick, as well as date spots such as Thomas Sweets and Sanctuary. One of the best and most unique aspects of Rutgers is how versatile the atmosphere is. Depending on the campus, you can have a country college experience, as well as a city one. You can take care of farm animals and dance at a club at night. A 10-minute bus ride can take you from cows to high-rise buildings, without ever leaving Rutgers University.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick. Rutgers won against Princeton in 1869.
  2. New Brunswick has the most four-star restaurants in the state of New Jersey.
  3. New Jersey's largest student-run philanthropy annually takes place in New Brunswick. In 2005, the Rutgers University Dance Marathon raised $191,172 for the Institute for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders.
  4. New Brunswick is referenced in the movie, "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension," directed by W. D. Richter.
  5. The house featured in the opening credits of the 1980s sitcom Charles in Charge, is located on the corner of George Street and Commercial Avenue.
Notable Natives
  • Michael Douglas - actor
  • Alfred Joyce Kilmer - poet
  • William Vanderbilt - financer
Local Slang
  • Cell it: Call my cell phone.
  • Mad: A lot of something
  • Tool: A person, typically male, who is not very fun to be around
  • What's good: Instead of saying "what's up," or "how are you?"
Points of Interest
  • Atlantic City
  • Continental Airlines Arena
  • George Street Playhouse
  • Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
  • Jersey Gardens
  • Jersey Shore
  • PNC Arts Center
  • The Rutgers Gardens
  • Six Flags Great Adventure
  • State Theater
  • The Stress Factory Comedy Club
Shopping Centers
  • Menlo Park Mall
  • Woodbridge Center
Movie Theaters
AMC New Brunswick
Route 1 South
New Brunswick
(732) 846-2275
Movie Theaters
Mega Movies at Brunswick Square
755 Route 18S
East Brunswick
(732) 651-MEGA
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Commerce Center 18
2399 Route 1 S.
North Brunswick
(732) 940-8361
Major Sports Teams
  • New Jersey Devils: hockey
  • New Jersey Nets: basketball
  • New York Mets: Baseball
  • New York Yankees: Baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: PA: 1 hour
  • Philadelphia: PA: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 272 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 274 responses

  • 31% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 49% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 19% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 274 responses

  • 31% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 33% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 36% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 272 responses

  • 12% Totally.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 32% No way.



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