Livingston Campus (Rutgers University)

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This article is about one of the physical campuses of Rutgers University. For the academic college which existed from 1969-2007, see Livingston College.
Livingston Campus, Rutgers University
Established 1969 (Degree granting college); 2007 (residential campus)
Location Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
Affiliations Rutgers University
Website [1]

Livingston Campus, originally known as Kilmer Campus, is one of the five campuses that make up Rutgers University's New Brunswick/Piscataway area campus. The campus was originally built to house Livingston College. It is a large campus, although the majority of its land is the undeveloped Rutgers Ecological Preserve. Most of the campus is within the boundaries of Piscataway, but parts extend into Highland Park and Edison.

Campus History[edit]

University buildings were erected on the Kilmer Campus (later renamed Livingston Campus) in Piscataway, between Metlars and Cedar Lanes starting in 1969, with the creation of Livingston College. The land had formerly been part of the U.S. Army's Camp Kilmer, a staging area during World War II. The army reserve continued using a small part of the original army campus until 2009.

A large amount of parking was created on this campus, mainly because the Louis Brown Athletic Center served as the temporary home of the New Jersey Nets basketball team from 1977 to 1981.

Student center facilities were initially located in Tillett Hall. A Livingston Student Center opened in 1986.

In the Fall of 2007, Rutgers University consolidated the undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the New Brunswick-Piscataway area, including Livingston College, to a School of Arts and Sciences, but Livingston Campus continues to serve the Rutgers community. Currently, many first year students reside on Livingston Campus.

Campus revitalization[edit]

In 2009, Livingston Campus installed a large swath of solar panels on its campus (mostly over large, open-air parking lots), one of the largest such groupings of solar panels in New Jersey. [1]

In 2010, a revamped Livingston Student Center is completed. [1]

In 2011, the campus opened up new Livingston Dining Common to replace Tillett Dining Hall. In addition, in 2012, new additional resident halls opened up to accommodate more students on campus.[2][3]

In 2012, The Plaza at Livingston, which contains apartment residencies, a cinema, eateries, and stores, opened. [1]

In Fall 2013, the new Rutgers Business School building opened at 100 Rockefeller Road, Piscataway, New Jersey.[4] Also in 2013, Tillett Hall renovations finished. [1]


The campus has several generically named roads, such as "Road 1," "Road 2," and "Avenue E," which date back to the campus's military days. Efforts to rename the roads have failed to date.

Livingston Campus and adjacent Busch Campus received their own exits on Piscataway's Route 18 expressway, completed in 2005, expediting inter-campus bus travel to these and the College Avenue, Douglass, and Cook campuses across the Raritan River in New Brunswick.

Buildings on Livingston Campus[edit]

Tillet Hall once housed a dining hall on the Livingston campus.
Ernest A. Lynton Towers, named after the first Dean of Livingston College -- the tallest buildings on Livingston Campus.
  • The Plaza at Livingston- includes a movie theater (Rutgers Cinema), eateries and cafes (Henry's Diner, 16 Handles [frozen yogurt], Starbucks, Qdoba, Kilmer's Market, Hoja-Asian Fusion), a tech store (Kite+Key) and a nail salon (Etoile Nails).[5]
  • Tillett Hall[6] — Named after Paul Tillett, a political science professor, who played a major part in the planning of Livingston College. This building holds the post office, the learning center, the counseling center, the departments of Psychology (part) and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean studies, computer labs, and various classrooms. (Source: Catalogue of Building and Place Names at Rutgers)
  • Livingston Dining Commons — The dining hall on Livingston campus, completed in summer of 2011, replaced Tillett Dining Hall. It is adjacent to the Livingston Student Center.
  • Kilmer Area Library/Media Center[7] — This is one of the few remaining reminders of the original name of the campus.
  • Louis Brown Athletic Center
  • Lucy Stone Hall[8] — Named after Lucy Stone, the founder of the New Jersey Woman's Suffrage Association, this building holds many administrative offices, the departments of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Sociology, Geography, Criminal Justice, Center for African Studies, as well as many classrooms and a few lecture halls. (Source: Catalogue of Building and Place Names at Rutgers)
  • Livingston Student Center[9] — Home of student organizations such as 90.3 the Core RLC-WVPH and The Livingston Theatre Company. This building also has a convenience store and several retail food vendors.
  • Livingston Recreation Center[10] (renovated in the Winter of 2007), originally known as the Livingston Gym.
  • Ernest A. Lynton Towers (Residence Halls)[11]
  • Livingston Quads (Residence Halls) Each of the Quad Residence Halls (Quad 1, 2, and 3) consists of multiple buildings surrounding a central courtyard and connected by an underground tunnel.
  • Beck Hall[12] (classrooms, chemistry laboratories and lecture hall) — Named after Lewis Caleb Beck, Professor of Chemistry and Natural Philosophy, Rutgers College, 1830-53 (Catalogue of Building and Place Names at Rutgers).
  • Janice H. Levin Building[13] (includes the business school) — Named after a benefactor [14]
  • Livingston/Busch Health Center
  • Livingston Bookstore — Operated by Barnes & Noble
  • Livingston Day Care Center
  • Rutgers University Asian American Cultural Center
  • Livingston Classroom Building (modular building structure)
  • Neurotoxicology laboratories
  • Many maintenance and storage buildings are also located on Livingston Campus. Some of these are original facilities from Camp Kilmer.
  • The Livingston Arts Building (Mason Gross Sculpture Department)
  • Rutgers iTV Studio
  • Livingston Apartments[15]


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Coordinates: 40°31′19″N 74°26′10″W / 40.522°N 74.436°W / 40.522; -74.436 Each Livingston Quad has an underground tunnel system where you can get into each house without a swipe by traveling through door downstairs.