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 minutes away from the State Theater, Crossroads Theatre, and the George Street Playhouse. Students can walk to the train station in minutes, and can be in New York City, Trenton, or Philadelphia in no time.
As students, the location of the Bloustein School gives us unique opportunities to travel to, work in, and learn from some of the biggest and most thrilling cities in the country. New York City, Hoboken, Newark, Trenton, and Philadelphia are all short train rides away, and many of our students choose to live in and/or work in these cities while attending the Bloustein School. New Brunswick is the Middlesex County seat. Because of this position, every day we are provided with real life, immediate and pressing planning and policy issues and have access to excellent resources just across the street from our classrooms.
New Brunswick is also home to the American Planning Association’s New Jersey Chapter, which 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 our close proximity to these 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 ride up to Newark to go on historic walking tours of the Downtown. In the warm months we head over to the Jersey Shore for the 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. Our Park(ing) spot is located behind the Bloustein School on Bayard St. and is always a fun day for everyone who participates.
Don’t forget, we have fantastic nature all around us! The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park offers trails that our students absolutely take advantage of. Each year, Walk Bloustein Bike Bloustein hosts a 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