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Student Housing and Dining

A range of housing and dining options await you at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Your Home Away from Home

Rutgers University–New Brunswick provides students with a variety of housing options across its five campuses. Each offers a distinct living experience ranging from large, lively residence halls to smaller, more intimate houses. Whichever you choose, you’ll be a short walk or bus ride from all that Rutgers has to offer.

More Than A Room

A dormitory is so much more than a place to crash after a long day of studying. On-campus life opens a world of new experiences: bonding with your roommates, sharing a late-night bite, or hanging with your new friends down the hall.

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Choosing Your Dorm Impacts University Experience

Living-Learning Communities

Living-learning communities allow like-minded students to live in the same residence hall, building social and academic networks in and out of the classroom. These self-selected groups share similar interests and make meaningful connections with students and faculty for a more rewarding academic experience. The different offerings include:

  • Asian American Identities and Images
  • Business Discovery House
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • French Language and Culture
  • Health and Medicine International
  • Law and Political Science Discovery House
  • Latin Images
  • Leadership
  • Nourish (Wellness)
  • Paul Robeson (African Diaspora)
  • Psychology Discovery House
  • RU-tv Weather Watchers
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Magic Food Card

Here's a tasty fact: Rutgers Dining Services is the third-largest student dining operation in the country—responsible for feeding all five residential campuses at Rutgers–New Brunswick—and meal plans are an essential part of that. Every student with a meal plan receives a complimentary reusable bag and bottle as part of Dining Services' efforts to "feed people, not landfills."

Rutgers Meal Plans

Meal plans are “block plans,” meaning that you decide in advance the number of meals you think you’ll need for the semester. Plans are available for students living on or off-campus.

Meal Options By Campus

Whether you’re a first-year student new to meal plans or a grad student on the prowl for a late-night snack, Rutgers has you covered with a bounty of delicious choices when you’re looking for a meal or just a bite to satisfy the munchies on any campus.

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Busch Dining Options

Explore the cafés on campus, restaurants at the student center, and a full-service dining hall.

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College Avenue Dining Options

From cafés to buffets, College Avenue offers many choices including off-campus dining in downtown New Brunswick.

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Cook/Douglass Dining Options

Options here include HARVEST, the exciting new venue that embodies the mission of The New Jersey Institute of Food, Nutrition, and Health.

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Livingston Dining Options

Check out the several restaurants and cafés on campus.

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Tasty and Nutritious

Although Rutgers Dining Services prepares 35,000 meals daily (6.9M each year), you might be pleasantly surprised by the high quality of our menu options: Dishes are co-curated by the Culinary Institute of America with sustainability in mind.

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Dining Services Raises the Bar for Healthy Food on Campus