Our top priority is the safety of our students. Due to COVID-19, most student service offices will provide virtual resources. Please check with individual department websites for more information and status updates.
Success is often connected to physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. We have medical and counseling services at Rutgers, and incorporating principles of wellness into your daily life can support you in college as well as lead to a lifetime of positive outcomes. In college, sleep, eating and social patterns along with academic and work demands may differ from high school. All of these combined, if not well-balanced, can lead to stress.
You may hear the phrase “food is medicine” and it’s true. Whether you live on campus or commute, there are meal plan options. If access to food is limited, we have a Student Food Pantry. Make sure your diet is balanced and nutritious; meet with a nutritionist if you need guidance, and be sure to incorporate exercise into your routine.
Recreational services at Rutgers are vast. Check out a free class, sport club or intramural team and discover which of our hundreds of offerings are right for you--maybe yoga, Frisbee, belly dancing, soccer, quidditch, spin, basketball, or weightlifting.
Ready to get started? Look through the resources listed, or use the search bar to type in what you need. Still need help?
- To schedule an appointment, call 848-932-7884, and leave a voicemail with your full name, phone number, and RU ID.
- Please speak slowly and clearly into the phone. Your message will be returned within 1 hour during regular business hours.
- Please note: CAPS will return your call from a blocked number, so please set your phone to allow blocked numbers and set up your voicemail to allow for messages.
The Cultural Centers at Rutgers facilitate a sense of belonging and support the health and well-being of community members by offering safe, inclusive, and supportive environments for all to explore identities through the lens of cultural, social, and educational programs. There are also CAPS counselors that work with each center to provide mental health services. The cultural centers, known as the Cultural Collaborative, include: the Asian American Cultural Center, Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Center for Social Justice and LGBTQ Communities, and Paul Robeson Cultural Center.
- Access* to 4 full-service facilities and one stand-alone fitness center
- Over 100 cutting-edge classes per week that are free for students
- Exercise Is Medicine On-Campus Coaching
- Affordable personal training and small group training classes
- Opportunities to become a certified instructor or trainer
- Special programs, fitness challenges and events
- Massage Therapy and Wellness Services
Need Help? - Crisis Intervention and Advocacy
Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA)
Our MissionTo enhance the mind, body, and spirit of students and other eligible individuals by providing programs, services, and facilities to meet the physical, social, recreational, and educational needs of the campus community.
Rutgers Recreation Offers*
- 4 large recreation centers (one on each campus), one free standing fitness center and 20 acres of outdoor space, an Olympic size pool with a diving tower, an 80 foot climbing wall, a ropes challenge course, a large picnic pavilion and a roller hockey rink.
- Virtual and in-person fitness classes each week, personal & small group training and massage therapy.
- Outdoor Trips, swimming and SCUBA lessons, and certification opportunities.
- 57 club sports and a top 50 intramural program
- Exciting yearly events including the Big Chill, the largest 5k run/walk in New Jersey.