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Rutgers

Basics:
Rutgers is an old and distinguished institute of higher learning. It is the 8th oldest university on the US and is the largest in New Jersey. The school nickname is "Old Queens"
There are 3 campus locations:

Rutgers–New Brunswick
-Rutgers–New Brunswick is the largest of Rutgers' three campuses, with nearly 40,000 students, offering everything from open greens and hiking trails to a downtown with boutiques, cafés, theaters, and restaurants. The Rutgers–New Brunswick community consists of five smaller campuses, including the College Avenue Campus—the historical center of the university, which was founded as Queen's College in 1766.

Rutgers–Newark
-Rutgers–Newark is a cosmopolitan campus in a city with a burgeoning arts and entertainment scene. With 11,800 students, the campus is located in Newark's bustling University Heights district—a vibrant cultural hub in a city that's undergoing a much-heralded renaissance. New York City is just a short train ride away.

Rutgers–Camden
-With 6,400 students, Rutgers–Camden is situated on a smallish 40-acre campus, this offers students a friendly, close-knit environment for everything from grabbing a sandwich at the café to getting together for study groups. The campus is directly across the Delaware River from historic Philadelphia in the heart of a major metropolitan area.-Rutgers Campus Life

More than 58,000 students from all 50 states and more than 125 countries
43,380 undergraduates and 14,800 graduate students
87% of all students are New Jersey residents and 13% are from out of state
Full-time students: 50% men and 50% women

-(student opinion)Variety in Interests
Since Rutgers is a very large university, there are opportunities to meet all sorts of people. I do not like grouping people into cliques, rather that each person has multiple interests. There are always some sort of activity going on in campus', therefore there are so many opportunities to meet someone else with similar or differing interests from yourself.College Prowler

According to students some of the best and worst things about Rutgers College Prowler

Best:
-Diversity
-Getting the small school feel, because of the different campuses, even though you are at a large university
-Division I sports
-Being so close to Manhattan and Philly

Worst:
-The RU Screw - bureaucratic red tape that gets in the way of anything you want to do
-Parking
-Not knowing what classes to take on your APA Day
-The Rutgers buses in the snow or rain

Rutgers New Brunswick, being the largest campus, is the campus that most students will attend:

New Brunswick info:
-Total undergraduates: 31,268
-First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 6,075
-Degree-seeking undergrads: 30,926
-Full-time graduate enrollment: 5,173
bigfuture/collegeboard

Student comments about food:
--Food Is Alright
Many of the off campus dining options deliver right to your dorm and they're pretty cheap. Many of these places have a special menu catered to college students and there's so many different things to eat. You can have pizza, fat sandwiches, fried chicken, and even chinese food delivered right to your dorm. It tastes pretty good and it's really hard to get tired of it.
--Repetitive but Good Quality
Rutgers dining halls may all vary in the various sorts of food that they have. For example, Busch campus has a larger dining hall, therefore there are more choices of food. Recently Livingston campus opened a new dining hall and its sevices are good. Overall the quality of food is gradually improving. The quality of the other dining halls are good, just that it may get repetitive.

Student comments about housing:
--It Depends
As a Freshman, you really don't have a choice, but you are guaranteed housing. Some of the dorms are really nice and others need some work. After your freshman year, it's all up to the housing lottery. It's a pain to wait for you number and find a place where you want to live, with who you want to live with and get accepted.
--Luck of the Draw
I would have easily given Rutgers an A considering all the re-structurization and effort they've put into housing, with beautiful options like BEST Hall and Livingston Apartments cropping up every year. However, getting the opportunity to live in places like this is all contingent upon the lottery system, which is entirely random. If you're lucky though, prepare yourself for one of the best dorm experiences NJ has to offer.College Prowler

Basic dining info: food
Housing info:
-See location: Rutgers Map

Rutgers—New Brunswick has four campus communities:

-Livingston Campus has the largest percentage of first-year students. It is a lively and busy suburban campus that has two popular coffeehouses that with entertainment and a nice place to hang. Students also love to get together on the walkway and fountain area during those days when weather permits. The setup of the residence halls, classrooms, and other buildings around this picturesque outdoor area  make it feel cozy and give it a sweet small town air.
-On-campus housing is available in a wide variety of settings and room arrangements, from traditional style halls and large residences to suites and apartments.

-Cook and Douglass are basically one  campus
In addition to some co-ed housing options, Douglass Campus is home to the Douglass Residential College (DRC) where women live in single-gender halls.  Cook/Douglass has Lippincott or New Gibbons available for first year halls.

-Busch Campus is where to go to see a football game at the Rutgers stadium. It is also home to the ever busy student center and the rec center.

-College Avenue Campus is known as the historic center of the campus, and is actually in the center of the four campuses. It is the place to go if you want to visit theatres and restaurants in downtown New Brunswick.  The NJ transit train station as well as a bunch of shops and café's that cater to students is in the Eastern Avenue commercial district.  It has three first-year traditional halls, Frelinghuysen, Mettler, and Tinsley

Freshmen Housing And Dining options: Rutgers

-Livingston Campus Food Info:
Livingston Dining Commons
The Livingston Student center has the following food choices: Dunkin Donuts, Sbarro's , and The Rock Cafe

-Livingston Campus Freshman housing:

Lynton Towers, North, Lynton Towers, South
The Lynton Towers (North and South) are traditional residence halls built in 1972.
-See location for both towers map
-Close to: Next to Livingston Campus Student Center, Livingston Bookstore, Near Tillet Dining Hall, Kilmer Area Library, Livingston Theatre, Livingston Recreation Center, Intramural fields, Walking distance to Louis Brown Athletic Center

-North Amenities and info:
Type: Traditional Residence Hall 
Number of Students: 350
Number of Floors: 7
Availability: Special Interest Section: Honors Program, First-year students
Contract Type: Undergraduate Academic Year (Two Semesters)
Virtual Tour
Cable TV and Ethernet
Coffee House in building
Community Kitchen
Each room has an extra long dorm room bedding, dresser, desk and chair.
Each room has two closets
Elevator
Foozball
Large Screen TVs in Lounge
Laundry room in building
Lounge on every floor
Main lounge
Microwave/refrigerator unit in each room
Pool Table
Two bathrooms per floor
Wireless networking in lounge

-South Amenities and info:
Type: Traditional Residence Hall
Number of Students: 365
Number of Floors: 7
Availability: First-year students
Contract Type: Undergraduate Academic Year (Two Semesters)
Virtual Tour
Home to the Livingston Housing Office.
Bathroom and shower facilities available on each floor
Cable TV and Ethernet
Coffee House in building
Community Kitchen
Each room has an extra long college bedding, dresser, desk and chair.
Each room has two closets
Elevator
Foozball
Large Screen TVs in Lounge
Laundry room in building
Lounge on every floor
Main lounge
Pool Table
There are two bathrooms per floor
Wireless networking in lounge

 

Quad I  and  Quad II
-See location for Quad I map
- See location for Quad II map

Quad I, and II are traditional residence halls built in 1968. Each Quad has ten houses with a courtyard in the center. They are specifically for freshmen. Quad III is similar in all aspects except that it offers housing for continuing students, as opposed to freshmen.
-Close to plenty of green space, next to Livingston Recreation Center and Tillet Dining Hall. The Livingston Student Center, Livingston Arts Center, Theatre, and Livingston Bookstore are nearby. It's and easy walk to Louis Brown Athletic Center.

-Amenities and info for both Quad I and II:
Type: Traditional Residence Hall
Number of Students: 500 (each)
Number of Floors: 5 (each)
Average Room Size: 14 X 15
Availability: First-year students
Contract Type: Undergraduate Academic Year (Two Semesters)
Virtual Tour
Numerous study and activity rooms with center court yards. The quads are connected by a lower level tunnel.
Bathroom and shower facilities available on each floor
Cable TV and Ethernet
Coffee House in building
Community Kitchen
Each room has n extra long bed, dresser, desk and chair.
Each room has two closets
Foozball
Large Screen TVs in Lounge
Laundry room in building
Main lounge
Microwave/refrigerator unit in each room
Ping Pong Table
Pool Table
Wireless networking in lounge

-Cook and Douglass Campus food:
Neilson Dining Hall location
Cook Cafe & Market at the Cook Campus Center
Several eateries are in the Douglas Campus Center such as : Ancho Grill, Douglass Café, Pizzeria Uno, Dunkin Donuts

-Cook and Douglass Campus freshmen housing:

Lippincott Hall
Lippincott is a traditional residence hall built in 1962.
-see location on map
-What's Close by: Super close: Neilson Dining Hall, Cook Campus Student Center, Cook/Douglass Recreation Center, Intramural fields.  Quick walk to: Douglass College Center, Arts Complex.

-Amenities and info:
Type: Traditional Residence Hall
Number of Students: 245
Number of Floors: 4
Average Room Size: 11 X 14
Availability: First-year students
Contract Type: Undergraduate Academic Year (Two Semesters)
Community kitchen including microwave, social areas, TV, and study areas.
Bathroom and shower facilities available on each floor
Cable TV and Ethernet
Community Kitchen
Each room has an extra long bed, dresser, desk and chair.
Each room has two closets
Elevator
Microwave/refrigerator unit in each room
There are two bathrooms per floor
Wireless networking in lounge

New Gibbons Hall
New Gibbons is a traditional residence hall built in 1968. New Gibbons consists of small houses centered around a courtyard.
-See location on  map
-What's close:  Mason Gross School of the Arts, Neilson Dining Hall.

 -Amenities and info:
Type: Traditional Residence Hall
Number of Students: 485
Number of Floors: 3
Average Room Size: 13 X 16
Availability: First-year students, Continuing students
Contract Type: Undergraduate Academic Year - 9 Month Contracts (Two Semesters)
Virtual Tour
Carpeted Rooms, Center hall surrounds the shared bathroom.
Bathroom and shower facilities available on each floor
Cable TV and Ethernet
Community Kitchen
Each room has an extra long bed, dresser, desk and chair.
Each room has two closets
Large Screen TVs in Lounge
Main lounge
Microwave/refrigerator unit in each room
Wireless networking in lounge

-College Avenue Campus Food:
Check out Brower Commons, a student eatery . menu can change daily
The Rutgers Student Center is a busy spot with a large food court. Sample from some new delights or stick with the old favorites with these choices as: Wendy's,  Gerlanda's (pizza,   wraps, specialty coffees, teas etc.), Au Bon Pain , Subway, King Pita Palace (Middle Eastern), Currito's

-College Avenue Campus Housing:

Frelinghuysen Hall
Frelinghuysen is a traditional residence hall built in 1956. Located on the College Avenue Campus and is one of the "River Halls" that overlook the Raritan River.
-See location on map
-what is close by:  Just next to Student Activities Center and convenience store. Very near the following: Alexander Library, Brower Commons Dining Hall, Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue Gym, Health Services, various academic buildings. A few blocks away you will find downtown New Brunswick with all the Easton Avenue shops and restaurants.

-Amenities and info:
Type: Traditional Residence Hall
Number of Students: 330
Number of Floors: 6
Average Room Size: 19 X 12
Availability: Continuing students
Contract Type: Undergraduate Academic Year (Two Semesters)
Room floors are tiled; the windows have drapes.
Basketball Courts
Cable TV and Ethernet
Community Kitchen
Each room has a extra long bed, dresser, desk and chair.
Each room has two closets
Elevator
Large Screen TVs in Lounge
Laundry room in building
Lounge on every floor
Microwave/refrigerator unit in each room
There are two bathrooms per floor
Wireless networking in lounge

Mettler Hall
Mettler is a traditional residence hall built in 1964 at the heart of College Avenue Campus.
-See location on map
-what is close by: Centrally located on College Avenue Campus, next to University services including College Avenue Gym, Library, Brower Commons Dining Hall, Student Center, Health Services, as well as various academic buildings. Walk a few blocks and you are in downtown New Brunswick and on Easton Avenue.

-Amenities and info:
Type: Traditional Residence Hall
Number of Students: 330
Number of Floors: 4
Average Room Size: 16 X 12
Availability: Special Interest Section: Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community, First-year students, continuing students
Contract Type: Undergraduate Academic Year (Two Semesters)
Room floors are tiled; the windows have drapes.
Bathroom and shower facilities available on each floor
Cable TV and Ethernet
Community Kitchen
Each room has an extra long bed, dresser, desk and chair.
Each room has two closets
Elevator
Large Screen TVs in Lounge
Laundry room in building
Main lounge
There are two bathrooms per floor
Wireless networking in lounge

Tinsley Hall
Tinsley is a traditional residence hall erected in 1962.
-See location on map
-what is close by:  Right next to Brower Commons Dining Hall, Health Services, and Rutgers Student Center.  The College Avenue Gym and Alexander Library are both super close.  Not far from  College Avenue academic buildings.  Within a bit of a walking distance to downtown New Brunswick and Easton Avenue shops and eateries.

-Amenities and info:
Type: Traditional Residence Hall
Number of Students: 200
Number of Floors: 4
Average Room Size: 16 X 12
Availability: First-year students
Contract Type: Undergraduate Academic Year (Two Semesters)
Tile floors and blinds, Located directly on College Avenue.
Bathroom and shower facilities available on each floor
Cable TV and Ethernet
Community Kitchen
Each room has an extra long bed, dresser, desk and chair.
Each room has two closets
Elevator
Main lounge
There are two bathrooms per floor
Wireless networking in lounge