Meet the Staff

Emily Green, Residence Life Coordinator

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Raquia Belle-Durant, 

Assistant Residence Life Coordinator


Natalia Munoz, Assistant Residence Life Coordinator

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Demarest Hall is a traditional residence hall built in 1950. Demarest hosts a number of special interest sections focused on subjects in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. These groups foster an engaged and diverse community as well as a noted pride for living in Demarest. The students of Demarest also host frequent events, including coffeehouses, art shows, drag shows, band nights, and more. There is a lot of variety in the dimensions and layout of rooms in Demarest, further contributing to its unique nature. Demarest Hall also offers inclusive housing options, allowing for co-roommate pairings, and providing gender-neutral bathrooms on the second floor. Learn more about the room selection process and special interest living for Demarest Hall.

PrintType: Traditional Residence Hall

JoinUSNumber of Students: 170

FloorsIcon2Number of Floors: 3

SizeIconAverage Room Size: Varies

AvailIconAvailability: Continuing students, First-year students

bag of chipsContract Type: Undergraduate Academic Year (Two Semesters)

Centrally located on College Avenue Campus, placing it adjacent to University services including: College Avenue Gym, Alexander Library, Brower Commons Dining Hall, Rutgers Student Center, Health Services, and academic buildings. A few shorts blocks to downtown New Brunswick and Easton Avenue.

  • Vending machines
  • Wifi throughout the building
  • Reading Room/Small Library (2nd floor)
  • Laundry facility
  • Free expression room
  • Building main lounge
  • Flat screen televisions (with cable)
  • Pool table, ping pong table
  • Communal kitchen (with stove top and oven) (one in the building)
  • Communal microwave, refrigerator, sink
  • Communal bathroom (separated by gender)
  • Communal bathroom (gender neutral) 2nd floor only
  • Wheelchair ramp at the back of the building for access to the basement lounge only
  • Piano and drum kit, open to public use

What’s included in my room?

  • Twin extra long bed and mattress
  • Beds have the ability to be lofted
  • Closet space
  • Dresser
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Microfridge
  • Blinds or curtains
  • Cable TV ready (in every room)
  • Wifi in bedrooms
  • Linoleum flooring
  • Room sizes may vary

Demarest Hall Thematic Community

Located on the College Avenue Campus, Demarest offers the largest number and most varied special interest sections. These sections, which were established in 1966, can change each year based on student interest and initiative. Demarest Hall hosts 170 undergraduate students ranging from first-year to senior. Demarest residents are able to participate in as many of the special interest sections as they would like, and often work together to run events that reflect the values of the community.

Important Information for living in Demarest Hall:

All Demarest residents are expected to contract into at least one of the ten special interest sections. Demarest’s special interest sections can vary depending on the interests of residents and are subject to change. Sections are open to the general public and casual attendees. Sections have recently included:

  • Anime Section: Dives into the world of Japanese Animation through discussions around popular and historic productions.
  • Cinema Studies: Views, discusses, and critiques films of all genres.
  • Creative Writing: Supports its members in the production of written work and exploring both theory and practice of writing styles.
  • Feminism: Join fellow students in conversations, dialogues, and discussion around advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of equality of sexes, gender, and expression.
  • History and Political Science: Discusses current and controversial issues with specific relevance to history and political science.
  • Improv: Activity-focused group that utilizes a variety of improvisational games to help participants become more comfortable on stage in a humorous and non-judgemental setting.
  • Music Appreciation: Explores all facets of music through exhibition and discussion.
  • Performing Arts: Introduction to and practice of different roles within the art forms of music, theater, dance etc.
  • Philosophy: Expresses and exchanges ideas of a philosophical nature and introduces free thinkers with no background in the discipline to philosophical argument.
  • Sex, Sexuality, and Gender: Explores theories and issues of sex and sexuality in the contexts of culture and society, and focuses on inclusivity. Is open to everyone regardless of sexual orientation, background, or personal beliefs.
  • Visual Arts: Committed to artistic freedom; Members explore various mediums and techniques for creating art as well as study, discuss, and critique historical and contemporary artistic trends.

Demarest members are expected to adhere to the following:

  • Be an active presence in the floor/hall community
  • Abide by all rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as outlined by the Department of Residence Life
  • Participate in the development and growth of special interest housing at Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Programs and Activities

  • Monthly Coffeehouses
  • Art Shows
  • Biannual Drag Show
  • Weekly Section Meetings & Activities
  • Demarest Semi-Formal
  • Band Nights
  • Demarest Reunion
  • And more!

Open to all class years and all majors.

If you have any questions regarding Demarest Hall, please contact the College Avenue Residence Life Office at (848) 932-7209.

For more general living-learning or thematic community information, please submit an interest form or call 848-932-4371 to speak with a staff member.