If you must have a car on campus, be careful to park legally. All vehicles using campus parking facilities must be registered with the University Parking Department (Rutgers Public Safety Building , 55 Commercial Avenue in New Brunswick, corner of George Street); phone 732-932-7745; office hours in September may be extended: M-Th 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, F 8:00 - 4:00; for other times, see their web site http://parktran.rutgers.edu). Your car must display a valid registration decal and hang tag, properly displayed. This gives you a "hunting license" for designated lots, but not a guaranteed space! The annual fee is $288.90 (as of October 2010) for commuters and $139.10 for night commuters. You can apply by mail by calling the Parking Department and asking them to send you an application, or you may download the form from http://parktran.rutgers.edu. Send the completed application, the fee, and a photocopy of your car registration to the address above. In case you have to use another vehicle that is not registered, you can buy another sticker. Parking will check to make sure that you are a bona fide (enrolled and paid) student. If you want to go to the office in person, avoid the first week of classes. Please note that the fees may change for September.
Parking will give you a map showing which lots you may use and where they are located. Some metered parking is available on the streets and the lower level of the deck, but the meters run for two hours only. To use metered spaces in Rutgers lots/decks, you still have to have a permit. In no case should you park on streets designated for residential parking, unless you live there. If you do, you may need to get a New Brunswick parking permit (from New Brunswick Parking Authority, 110 Plaza, Ferren Mall); take proof of residency, such as a lease, and your vehicle registration.
Car pool information can be found on a bulletin board in the basement of the Student Center. Also, try the LISSA listserv as a way to organize rides. Or, RideShare is a carpool program open to all Rutgers Faculty and Staff on all campuses. RideShare is facilitated by University Human Resources to help you connect with others who share the same interest in conserving energy and saving on their commuting expenses.