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New student housing opening in Camden and Piscataway redefines dorm rooms.

Dormitories have come a long way from the days of barracks-style austerity. On the New Brunswick and Camden campuses, new housing facilities that opened with the fall semester invite comparisons to luxury living. In Camden, the ongoing demand for a Rutgers education necessitated the construction of a state-of-the-art 12-story facility that is home to 350 graduate students living in apartments that have all the modern appointments. Located on Cooper Street, the dorm has other tenants, too: 7-Eleven, Subway, and Three Chiles Grill, adding to the renaissance taking place on Camden’s main boulevard.

On the Livingston Campus, which is undergoing an ambitious facelift in order to serve, in part, as a center for business and professional development, the Livingston Apartments are the talk of the town. The three buildings, each with its own fitness center and laundry room and expansive lobby, feature well-appointed apartments, with an individual bedroom for every student, each with its own bathroom, not to mention all manner of high-tech conveniences. Now, that is student aid.