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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses are over crowded and run too infrequently during the day when classes get out or are about to start. The weekend buses are an absolute nightmare and take forever to get anywhere, it'll take you over an hour to get from Livingston to Cook/Douglass. There's a train station on college ave that can travel all the way to NYC or Philly; it's easy to get to by Rutgers bus. The Newark airport is only about 35 minutes away by train.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: I felt the bus system was very good. Although the system is going to have some bad days, on average the system worked fine.

1 College Freshman

Transportation: I am commuting from Union City NJ. I have tried to look for the best option to get to school but I found nothing except driving. In order to get to College Avenue Campus I would have to take at least 3 buses or 2 buses and 1 train. It is extremely expensive and I have no choice but using my car which also costs me 20 dollars back and forth each time I to go to school.

I would love to have a bus that I could board somewhere here in Union City and would drop me off in New Brunswick, but even from New York City there is no direct bus to New Brunswick! Public transportation is just terrible and expensive in the United States. People are forced to use cars.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The Rutgers bus transportation gets students places but sometimes it is unreliable and extremely packed by students at certain hours of the day. Also, the buses can get really hectic with students around certain time periods like 1am and forward. The bus system takes some getting used to but eventually students will learn the routes and which busses are better to take then others.

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2 College Senior

Transportation: The buses are always breaking down. or falling apart. or smell. and always filthy. they're sometimes late, sometimes really early, always packed at afternoon class break times so that you have to leave class ~5 minutes early to make a bus. it takes 20 minutes to get anywhere, and a lot of other students don't have any bus etiquette at all.


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Rutgers University is not a small university where you can roll out of bed and walk to class in pajamas. Typically, students have to take Rutgers’s long red bus to class. Sometimes, students try to schedule their classes on the campus where they live, while others are not as lucky. Rutgers’s buses are tracked on the Web site Students check to see where on campus their bus is, so they do not have to wait outside for it to come. Also, at the bus stop, there is an electronic board, which lets students know when each bus is coming. Buses run almost every seven minutes, and after 3 a.m., students can call the Knight Mover, known to students as the drunk bus, to pick them up and take them to a requested location. NJ Transit buses are also available in downtown New Brunswick. The New Brunswick bus station is across the street from the official Rutgers’ bookstore. Running on the North East Corridor Line, students can buy a round-trip ticket to New York City for $13. Many courses at Rutgers require students to attend art museums or plays in Manhattan.

The bus system at Rutgers is often tiring, but it is the only way that students can get to classes. Typically, the buses are safe. The buses are always crowded during student rush hour, which is typically around 2:30 p.m., a popular class time. During this time, students struggle to find seats on the bus, while others stand and hold onto the rails for dear life as the accordion bus swings the corners.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Become good friends with an upperclassman with a car.
  • Bike - The front of most Rutgers buses are equipped with bike racks, so students can ride their bikes on different campuses.
  • Catch the NJ Transit buses and trains or the Rutgers buses.
  • Go to the College Avenue Campus and walk into town.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $50.
  • Take a train that stops inside Newark Airport from the New Brunswick Train Station.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

The New BrunsQuick Shuttle

These two 16-passenger minibuses are available to Rutgers commuters living in New Brunswick. They provide transportation to the College Avenue campus for connection to the campus bus system from the New Brunswick Train Station, 5th and 6th Wards, and other locations.

Monday-Friday 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

On-campus buses

A- College Avenue to Busch via ARC Building B- Livingston to Busch C- Busch Commuter Shuttle EE- College Avenue to Cook/Douglass via Neilson Street F- College Avenue to Douglass via George Street H- College Avenue to Busch L- College Avenue to Livingston via Route 27 LX- College Avenue to Livingston via Route 18 REXL- Cook/Douglass to Livingston REXB- Cook/Douglass to Busch Route A Weekend- College Avenue to Busch to Livingston Route EE Weekend- College Avenue to Cook/Douglass Route L Weekend- College Avenue to Livingston to Busch

Knight Mover

The Knight Mover, commonly referred to as the "drunk bus," operates after the Rutgers Bus system stops running at 2 a.m. Students can call anytime after 2 a.m. for a free ride to their residence hall or off campus from wherever they are located-even if it's at a party on a Saturday night.

(732) 932-9230

Library Shuttle

A library shuttle goes around the Cook/Douglass campus providing transportation to and from the residence halls to the Mabel Smith Douglass Library.

Sunday-Thursday 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

New Jersey Transit buses

Popular mode of transportation for students looking to go to the Menlo Park Mall or Woodbridge Center, as well as different areas in New Jersey. The bus stop is located at the bottom of the New Brunswick Train Station at the corner of George and Somerset Streets.

New Brunswick Train Station

Located on the corner of George and Albany Streets. It goes directly into New York Penn Station via the Northeast Corridor Line.

(973) 762-5100

Menlo Park mall shuttle

Runs every Friday and Saturday. Students that ride the shuttle receive a discount coupon book for the mall.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Newark Liberty International Airport

The Newark Liberty International Airport s approximately 26 miles away, and 30 minutes from the College Avenue Campus.

(973) 961-6000

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Amtrak runs out of the New Brunswick Train Station, located on the corner of George and Albany Streets. Amtrak provides limited direct service to New Brunswick, however connections can easily be made via New Jersey Transit trains to principle Amtrak stations at MetroPark, New York, and Trenton.


Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 361 responses

  • 57% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 32% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 9% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 1% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 361 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 6% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 84% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 9% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 169 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 169 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 169 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 361 responses

  • 25% Very easy.
  • 67% Fairly easy.
  • 7% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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