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Five campuses. More than 41,500 students. And 22 libraries, six student centers, and hundreds of student organizations. Yes, Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s got a lot to offer.

As a Rutgers student, you might be working on a research project on the George H. Cook Campus in the morning, grabbing lunch at an Ethiopian restaurant in downtown New Brunswick, and then heading over to the Busch Campus for a swim and a science class. The vibe is friendly, the options are vast, and when you’re new here, you can always use some tips for getting around campus, learning about housing options, finding academic support, and otherwise ensuring university life is everything you want it to be (and then some).

Wondering how to make the most of all the choices available at Rutgers? Don’t sweat it. We’re here to help you thrive.

Join the Fray

Want to get involved, but you’re not sure how? Student Life is here to help. The Student Life staff and website will connect you with everything from fun events to community service opportunities. Learn more.

An Indispensable Guide to Rutgers

The Scarlet Guide has detailed information for new Rutgers students. It’s an indispensable resource.

Answers from RU-info


Need help with bus routes? Want to find library hours? RU-info’s student staff members know Rutgers inside out, and they can answer your questions and direct you to resources for everything from course registration to student clubs. Call 732-445-INFO, ask a question via email, or engage in an instant-messaging chat.

More Info—Lots More!

Head over to the Information for Current Students page for links to even more helpful resources.

Staying Healthy

Not feeling so great? Wondering about a sports injury or a mental health concern?

Rutgers Health Services’ board-certified physicians, counseling services, health centers, and nurse advice line (available at 800-890-5882) are all about helping Rutgers students stay healthy. Learn more.

Where’s My Bus?

Get real-time campus bus arrival information, updated at regular intervals, with NextBus. Satellite technology and advanced computer modeling track individual vehicles on their routes. Learn more.

Navigating the Rutgers Experience

Getting Around Campus

Exploring Academics


  • New Brunswick Computing Services helps new students get acquainted with Rutgers’ computing resources.
  • Do you need computer help? The help desk at the Office of Information Technology is just a phone call away at 732-445-HELP (4357). You can also email
  • The NetID is an online identification used for campus services.
  • Do you have mail? Maybe. Check your email.
  • myRutgers is a web-based tool to connect you to Rutgers services and information. Students in RBHS schools can access their information at myportal.

Residence Life

  • HousingHousing and Residence Life is your source for the scoop on housing applications and options.
  • Move-in guides include key pickup instructions, directions, and lots more.
  • Learn about the role of the resident assistant (RA)—an upper-class student who is there to assist you with housing and campus life.
  • Locked out of your room? Need immediate assistance from an RA? Learn how to find the RA on duty.
  • Find out about the housing lottery process for your next year on campus.
  • The Off-Campus Housing Service will help you find housing, or a roommate, and sort through issues involved in renting, such as leases.
  • Have a problem in your residence hall or another university building? A list of building coordinators is a useful resource.
  • For repair service or technical questions about RU-tv, call 732-932-RUTV (7888).

Beyond the Classroom

Transit Options


  • The University College Community serves adults and nontraditional students.
  • Use campus maps to help find your way around Rutgers–New Brunswick.
  • Get a student parking permit.
  • Find out information about parking lots for commuters.
  • Learn about NJ Transit’s 25 percent discount for monthly bus and rail passes for full-time students.
  • The New Jersey Transit New Brunswick station is within walking distance of the College Avenue Campus.
  • You can check on highway construction updates from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
  • Check traffic cameras operating on highways around the state.
  • Before you head to Rutgers, think about checking the real-time traffic updates at 511NJ, a one-stop resource for commuters and motorists in the Garden State.
  • You can reach 511NJ on your phone. Just dial 511 for up-to-date information from New Jersey’s traffic information hotline.
  • Sign up for E-ZPass, an electronic toll collection system, to ease your commute.
  • Need a place to hang out between classes? The student centers on Rutgers–New Brunswick’s five campuses provide cafés and lounges.
  • Learn about special meal plans for commuters and other students living off campus.
  • Douglass Residential College, with its innovative and supportive programs for women at Rutgers, is open to commuting students.

Get the News

Don’t Forget to Eat

IDs and Cards

  • Get your student RUconnection ID.
  • The RU Express program lets you use your ID card as a debit card at on-campus and off-campus locations, including food courts, laundry facilities, and athletic venues.
  • Your RUID is a unique 9-digit number that Rutgers assigns to you as your identification number.
  • The NetID is an online identification used for campus services.

Five Tips for Taking Charge of the Rutgers Experience

At Rutgers, you want to seek out the opportunities available, and that means taking the initiative and learning how to navigate the wonderful world of university life.

Rutgers has it all, but you’ll need to decide what’s for you—and then go for it!

Here are five ways to help you jump-start your Rutgers experience:

  1. Meet with an adviser—a surefire way to get helpful, concrete guidance.
  2. Tap into the myRutgers portal to learn about university news, gain access to grades and schedules, check out menus at campus eateries, and more.
  3. Pick up a copy of the Daily Targum for Rutgers news.
  4. Get on a bus, and check out another of Rutgers–New Brunswick’s five campuses.
  5. Learn what’s happening, and do something fun!