Student Life at Bloustein
Bloustein students visit the High Line, New York City
Why New Brunswick?
The Bloustein School is located in downtown New Brunswick, just steps away from the center of cultural development and economic growth of arts and entertainment in New Brunswick. Livingston Avenue is home to the State Theater and the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), a 450,000-square-foot project on the site of the former Crossroads Theatre and George Street Playhouse slated for completion in July 2019. This landmark initiative will shape the future of arts and culture in New Brunswick. And whether you’re a student, a townie, a Rutgers fan, or just passing through nearly 50 restaurants and eating establishments compete for your dining experience in the 15-block downtown area.
New Brunswick isn’t a typical city; it’s a city that just keeps getting better. Thanks to the vision of planners, public institutions and private entities, New Brunswick is embracing change and undergoing an urban renaissance that will serve as a model for other cities. This vision imbues New Brunswick with an energy and vibrancy not found in a typical city. Because of its position as the county government seat, students are provided with real life, immediate and pressing planning, policy, and health care issues every and have access to excellent resources just across the street from our classrooms.
As students, the location of the Bloustein School gives unique opportunities to travel to, work in, and learn from some of the biggest and most thrilling cities in the country. From the Civic Square Building, students can walk to the train station in minutes, and New York City, Hoboken, Newark, Trenton, and Philadelphia are all within an hour away. Many of our students choose to live in and/or work in these cities while attending the Bloustein School.
The Bloustein School also serves as the home base for the American Planning Association’s New Jersey Chapter. APA-NJ brings in hundreds of professional planners every year for the annual New Jersey Planning Conference, which takes place just a short walk away at the Hyatt Hotel. Each year Bloustein students volunteer at the conference and can take advantage of great workshops and discussions as well as make valuable connections with professionals.
“I chose Bloustein because of its proximity to so many regional centers. New York is to the North and Philly to the South. This proximity provides a lot of opportunity for networking and jobs.” – Kelsey Bridges MCRP
Student Life Outside the Classroom
Outside the classroom, the Bloustein student community takes advantage of close proximity to large metropolitan areas. We take trips to New York City to visit the Tenement Museum, walk the High Line, and eat amazing dim sum. We hop on the train to Newark for walking tours of this historic city–run by a Bloustein alum! In warmer months we head “down the shore” like true Jerseyans for a day to enjoy the sunshine and some relaxation.
Located in the heart of downtown New Brunswick, Bloustein is in walking distance of numerous bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues. We make sure to take advantage of those with our weekly socials, which encourage students to take a break from their studies and enjoy some off time with their colleagues and friends.
We participate in local events such as Park(ing) Day, a day when groups transform metered parking spots into small public parks to encourage community discussions about urban public space.
And even though we are in the city, we have fantastic nature all around us! The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park offers trails that our students absolutely take advantage of. Many of our students participate in an annual bike ride from the New Brunswick entrance on the canal down to Princeton, New Jersey, about a 20-mile ride.
Our students also participate in the Rutgers Big Chill 5k Run/Walk. Each year Bloustein supports this charitable event with a large team of participants, who are brave enough to face the freezing December day. Afterwards, the team and it’s supporters celebrate with a large meal at one of the many local diners.
Our student community here at the Bloustein School is very close. We are not only classmates and colleagues but are also friends and many times roommates. Many Bloustein students choose to live close by in New Brunswick or across the river in Highland Park. The close location of the majority of our student population strengthens the student community and adds to the incredible experience you will have during your time here at Bloustein. It’s a welcoming environment that provides you with more than a learning experience.
“I looked at several schools but ultimately chose Bloustein in part because of how welcoming the students were and how close they all were to each other. It was clear to me I would really be able to thrive here.” – Liz Sewell MCRP