international students

International Student FAQs

When can I move in?

Please refer to your assignments email for specific move information for new students. Returning students generally may move in the Sunday prior to the first week of fall classes.

Are there any orientation sessions for international students?

Yes, Rutgers Global–International Student and Scholar Services organizes an orientation for all incoming international students. Please visit the office’s website for more information. New graduate students living on campus will also receive information about graduate orientation via email in late May/early June.

What is provided in my room?

Go to the move in website for what is in your room, what to bring, and what not to bring with you to Rutgers.

Will there be linen provided to me at my housing placement?

No, students are responsible for selecting and purchasing their own linens.

Can I send packages or things to my assignment before I arrive?

Please do not send anything that will arrive to campus before you do, as it will most likely be sent back or not delivered. Mail is not accepted at residence life buildings. Students receive mail via the main center on by campus. You must opt in to receive any packages at the mail centers. Visit the Rutgers Mail Services website find your mailing address, location of your mail center, and to opt in to receive packages.

Where do I receive my RUConnection Card (RUID)?

If you are living on Busch, Livingston, or Cook Douglass campuses, you will get your RUConnection card at the Residence Life Service Office on your campus. If you are living on College Avenue, you will go to Records Hall to receive your RUConnection Card.

Can I stay in my room during school breaks?

The following first year buildings are nine-month contracts, which mean that they will stay open during Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks. You do not need to move out or leave your housing during these breaks. However, dining halls will be closed or have limited hours during break periods.

College Avenue: Frelinghuysen, Honors College, Tinsley, Stonier (Open during Thanksgiving and Spring Break, but closed during Winter Break)

Livingston: Lynton Towers (North & South), Quad II House 26

Cook/Douglass: New Gibbons

All apartment style housing options are 9 month contracts unless listed as otherwise.

If you live in a building that closes during Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks, you may leave your belongings in your room, but you must exit the building before closing, and may not reenter before the building reopens at the end of break. This means that you will not be able to access your room when your building is closed, so please ensure you take all of your essentials (medication, important documents) with you. You do not need to turn in your room keys or check out for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks.

If you are not sure if your building is open or not, your can check here, or ask your Resident Assistant.

What should I do if I want to change my room/building/campus?

If you are wanted to change spaces due to a roommate concern or emergency issue, please contact your Resident Assistant, Hall Director, or Residence Life Coordinator for assistance.

If you want to change rooms to be closer to your classes, want to live in a different community or other convenience reason, you can submit a room change request by logging into your online housing application and your request will be fulfilled on a first come, first serve basis as spaces are available.

On campus housing at Rutgers is almost always filled to capacity every year, so room changes may be very difficult or not possible due to space availability depending on the time of year.