Newark golden skyline

Exploring Newark

New Jersey’s largest city has a rich history, vibrant present, and even brighter future. Newark has a thriving arts and food scene, friendly (and some alumni-owned!) local businesses, and headquarters for some of the nation's top companies: Audible and Prudential just to name a few. And it's all within walking distance of Rutgers University-Newark. 

Whether you're looking for a new lunch spot on Halsey Street, want to do a little shopping, or want to take in some art at the Newark Museum or one of the local galleries, there's something for everyone. And we're just a short light rail trip to the world-famous Ironbound section of Newark, filled with Portuguese and Brazilian cuisine and shops, and a PATH or NJ Transit ride away from New York City. 

We couldn't possibly fit everything this city has to offer on one page, so below is just a sampling of the things you can do steps from campus. 


Express Newark
Express Newark is home to the Newark Print Shop, Shine Portrait Studio, and the Paul Robeson Galleries

The Hahnes Building & Express Newark

The Hahnes Building is home to the RU-N Barnes & Noble bookstore, a Kite & Key tech store, Whole Foods, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant Marcus B&P, a City MD and even residential properties. On the 2nd floor of Hahnes lives Express Newark, a university-community collaboratory where students can take classes in 3D printing, photography, video production and graphic design. Express Newark is also home to our Institute of Jazz Studies public gallery and the Newark Print Shop.




Newark Museum exterior
Students attending any college or university in Newark (with valid ID) get free admission!


Newark Museum of Art

New Jersey's largest museum holds major collections of American art, decorative and contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world.






Branch Brook Park
Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park in New York City, visited Newark and recommended the site where Branch Brook Park now resides.


Branch Brook Park

The nation's first county park and home to the largest collection of cherry blossoms, Branch Brook Park is minutes away from campus, accessible via the Newark Light Rail, and the perfect place to take your next headshot.







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