International Student Move-In

New Undergraduate International Move In Day is Sunday, August 26th, starting at 8 a.m.

What if I am arriving to campus before August 26th, 2018?
Early check-in is not possible due to facilities work and preparation time between summer session and fall semester housing. Students arriving before move in day generally make temporary arrangements for themselves. The Hyatt and the Heldrich are two hotels that are located near New Brunswick train station.

International Student Orientation begins at 9 a.m. on Monday August 27th

Pre-Arrival Checklist

As you prepare for moving to your new home and starting your first semester at Rutgers, complete this checklist to make your transition a little easier!

1. Apply for Housing

You will need your NetID and password to begin the application.

  • Your NetID is composed of numbers and letters, such as “abc12”.
  • Your RUID is composed of 9 numbers, such as “123456789”.

Placement for first year students is by first come, first serve basis, so the earlier you complete you application, the more likely you will be placed on your choice of campus. Your “place in line” is determined by the date you submit your application.

First year students are able to list your preferred campus, however, you are not able to select to live in specific buildings.

Need to make changes?
You can edit your application as many times as you like until June 30th, 2017.

When will I know my assignment?
Assignment information for first year incoming students is sent via email in early August.

2. Contact Your Roommate(s)

You may list another incoming student on your housing application as a preferred roommate if you would like to live with them on campus.

Some tips for successful roommate preferences:

  1. Both of you must complete a housing application and list each other’s name and RUID number on your applications. If your applications are not mutual, you will not be placed together.
  2. Talk to your potential roommate about their campus preferences, and if they are applying to any special interest programs and housing.
    • For example, if you are an Honors College student, and your preferred roommates is not, your program may prevent you from being placed together.
    • If you are applying to the Global Roommate Program, the International Living Learning Community or other special interest housing option, your preferred roommate must also be applying to the same program in order to be placed together.

Don’t have a preferred roommate?
Our assignments office will use your application responses to pair you with another incoming Rutgers student.

3. What to Bring

For a general list of suggested items to bring, and what not to bring to campus, visit:

As an international student, you should also bring important documents such as:

4. Additional Information

Your room on campus will have most of the furniture you need, including a bed and desk. Our spaces do not come with bedding and linens.

Please note that twin extra long (XL) sheets are needed to fit most beds in the residence halls.

If you would like to order linens that will be ready for you when you arrive on campus, we offer two options:

You can request basic linens (meant to be temporary until you can purchase permanent bedding after your arrival on campus) via your housing applicationYou can also order a bedding set via the OCM website.

Notes on clothing
The temperature in New Brunswick, N.J. ranges from around five degrees Fahrenheit (-15 degrees Celsius) in the winter to over 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) in the summer months. Rain and snow are common in the fall and winter, and summers can be hot and humid from May through early September.

Buildings on Rutgers campus use a standard Type B outlet with grounded 3 pins and 15 A/100 – 127 V.

Internet Access
Nearly all residence halls and apartments are covered by Rutgers Wireless, which you can connect to by searching for “RUWireless” or “RUWireless_Secure” in available networks, or using a web browser to navigate to:

You will need your NETID and password to connect to wireless internet. Additionally, all residence hall rooms have an ethernet port that you can physically connect to the internet via a ethernet cable.


Getting to Campus

Rutgers New Brunswick has five distinct campuses. Busch and Livingston campuses are located in Piscataway Township, N.J. while College Avenue, Cook, and Douglass campuses are in New Brunswick, N.J.

When you receive your assignment email, take note of which campus your space is located and these three important addresses:

1. Physical building address is the location of your actual space on campus, such as “Lynton Towers North, Joyce Kilmer Ave, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854”. Click here to find your building.

2. Campus service office address is the main place you might go to check in, get your keys, and get your official Rutgers Student Identification Card (RUID card).

Busch Campus/Graduate & Family Housing
Phone: (848) 445-2561
55 Bevier Road (Buell Apartments)
Piscataway, NJ 08854

College Avenue Campus
Phone: (848) 932-7209
590 George Street (Clothier Hall)
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

*For CAC students only: RUID cards are printed at Records Hall (620 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1175

Cook/Douglass Campus
Phone: (848) 932-9363
45 Biel Road West (PAL Building)
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Livingston Campus
Phone: (848) 445-4086
70 Joyce Kilmer Avenue (Lynton South Tower)
Piscataway, NJ 08854

3. Your mailing address is not the same as your physical building address! Do not send mail/packages to your physical building as there are no mail services, and mail will not be delivered. Click here to find your mailing address.

1. Shuttle Service

If you are arriving to the following airports:

  • Newark Liberty International (EWR)
  • John F. Kennedy International (JFK)
  • Philadelphia International (PHL)

You can request a shuttle from your arrival airport to your Rutgers housing via the housing application. Estimated costs and time needed are also available via the housing application

2. Public Transportation

If your flight is scheduled to arrive into Newark Liberty International or JFK International Airport after 10 p.m. at night, we strongly encourage arranging an alternate plan of travel to Rutgers, such as a shuttle service, as time spent with baggage retrieval, customs, and unexpected delays may cause you to miss the last NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Train to New Brunswick. [From Penn Station (1:22am), from Newark Rail Link (1:45am)]

We do not recommend using a taxi directly from Newark or JFK, as the cost may exceed $100 or more.

From Newark Liberty (EWR): The closest airport to Rutgers New Brunswick is Newark Liberty International Airport. You can take the Airtrain to the NJ Transit Rail Link, and then take a Trenton bound Northeast Corridor NJ Transit train to New Brunswick train station.

From John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): You may take the Airtrain Red to Jamaica Station to connect to the Metro (MTA) and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) or Airtrain Green to Howard Beach station to transfer to the Metro (MTA), then transfer to:

From New Brunswick train station: You can either use a taxi or ride sharing option such as Uber or Lyft to get to your building.

On August 27th, 2018 between 10 a.m.-6 p.m., you may also use the Rutgers Bus system. There are two stops near New Brunswick train station, where busses will stop hourly.

NB Train Station (Corner of George St. & Somerset St.): 10:03, 11:03,12:03, 1:03, 2:03, 3:03, 4:03, 5:03, 6:03

Scott Hall (43 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901): 10:02, 11:02, 12:02, 1:02, 2:02, 3:02, 4:02, 5:02, 6:02

Click here for more information about Rutgers buses.

3. Driving to Campus

Located in central New Jersey at the heart of the bustling Eastern Seaboard, Rutgers University–New Brunswick is within easy reach of several major highways, including the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, Route 1, and Route 287.

Click here for detailed driving directions to campus.

Break Housing

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.

Traditional residence halls and suites not listed as nine-month contracts will close during Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring break periods, meaning all students must leave the building during periods when halls are closed. You may leave your belongings in your space, however, you will not have access to your room during break periods.

Click here for more information on rates, billing and contract lengthAll undergraduate students must move out in May at the end of the academic year.