CAMDEN — Located on Cooper Street on the Rutgers–Camden campus,
where it towers above the River LINE tracks and sits a stone’s throw from the
Unites States courthouse, 330 Cooper is at the hub of activity in Camden’s University District.
The brand new apartment-style residential hall for Rutgers–Camden
graduate students opened its doors in September2012 and residents are already
carving out their own comfortable living community during its first year of existence.
“It’s a beautiful place to live,” says Nicole Ojo-Ohikuare, a
second-year student at the Rutgers School of Law–Camden. “It’s well decorated,
quiet, and conveniently located. I think it’s the quintessential graduate dorm.
It exudes a real feeling of scholarship and there are so many efforts made to
create community through study rooms on various floors and the various
activities on the weekends.”
Ojo-Ohikuare, who is from
West Orange in Essex County, is one of 350 Rutgers–Camden graduate students
living at 330 Cooper. The 12-story residence hall — now the tallest building on
campus — predominantly features three- or four-bedroom apartments.
The suites include bathrooms, kitchens, and living
areas, offering Rutgers–Camden students an ideal place to live and study while helping to
grow Camden’s University District and attract talented students to southern New
“What I love best is that there is ample living space a
space,” says Neeta Goel, a doctoral student in Rutgers–Camden’s childhood
Goel, who is from Delhi, India, moved to the United States in 2011
to pursue her Ph.D. She says 330 Cooper offers a perfect environment for
“I can study without disturbances in the second floor lounge, even
though it’s an open space,” Goel says.
The new residence hall represents the first new student housing
for Rutgers–Camden since 1989, when the Rutgers–Camden Tower opened to welcome
residential undergraduate students.
In addition to the apartment, the building features all the
amenities graduate students who decide to live on campus have come to expect.
It includes student gathering spaces, a mail room, a business
center with study space, and a roof deck that is accessible from the
On the exterior, a scarlet “spirit R” emblazoned on the upper
level gives notice to the Delaware Valley that Rutgers–Camden is on the rise.
In addition to a unique on-campus living experience, many
Rutgers–Camden graduate students say time management is one of the best perks
of calling Camden home.
“Compared to what I would have had if I was living off campus,
living on campus means I can have longer study hours and better access to the
facilities, my professors, and even my fellow classmates,” says Andre Araujo, a
second-year law student from Union County now living at 330 Cooper. “My access
to the campus isn’t limited by public transportation timetables, rush hour
traffic, or anything else.”
Rutgers–Camden’s newest residence hall is also serving
the City of Camden as well as the campus community. In the fall, 7-Eleven
opened in the retail space on the street level of 330 Cooper and soon, Subway
and Three Chiles Grill will serve members of both the Rutgers and Camden
“Rutgers–Camden is a small, but warm community,” says
Jun Dai, a graduate student from China pursuing his master’s degree in
chemistry. “The people here are like family.”
Rutgers–Camden continues to grow, with approximately 1,250
students living on or near campus, and 330 Cooper is a vital part of the growth
and reinvigoration in the city.
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Media Contact: Ed Moorhouse