Recovery Housing

Recovery Housing Services at Rutgers Newark

  1. Some of the unique benefits to Recovery Housing
  • Recovery Housing is located on campus in the graduate residence hall.
  • There are no signs, which protect student anonymity.
  • A 12-month housing option.
  • Easy access to University resources such as Rutgers Newark Counseling Center, which includes Psychology, Alcohol & Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services, medical services, on campus 12-Step meetings and recovery counseling.
  • There is a Recovery Counselor (RC) who advises students on academic and career support.
  • Organized activities such as attendance at sporting events and plays, hikes, bike trips, intramurals and other campus events. Many activities include participation from both the Rutgers Newark and New Brunswick recovery housing residents.
  1. A Step-by-step Guide for the Prospective Student
  • Contact ADAP Staff at Newark Counseling: 973-353-1236 or CAPS New Brunswick: 848-932-7884.
  • Interview with staff members regarding your desire and motivation to live in Recovery Housing (students should be sober at least three months).
  • ADAP staff then set up a tour of the Recovery Housing options and a meet-and-greet session with current residents.
  • After fulfilling all application requirements, students then may be offered an opportunity to participate in the program.
  • Before moving into housing each student must agree to maintain the Recovery House code of conduct.
  • Students are expected to have a sponsor and attend at least two 12-step meetings a week while they are living in Recovery Housing.
  1. Amenities at Rutgers Newark Recovery Housing
  • 2 recovery apartments located in graduate residence hall.
  • 8 available beds.
  • Private bedrooms.
  • Laundry facilities and kitchen.
  • Support from and access to ADAP staff.

Recovery Housing FAQ's

  1. What is Recovery Housing?

Recovery housing is a term that Rutgers uses to describe an on campus housing option that is available for students who are in recovery from alcohol and/or drug dependence.  Rutgers recovery housing promotes a healthy living environment and supportive services to help students maintain sobriety and have a meaningful, successful college experience.

  1. Is there a university meal plan associated with Recovery Housing?

Residents can choose to purchase the university meal plan and eat in facilities across the campus, including a dining hall just a quick walk from the apartment. Residents who prefer to cook their meals may do so in their apartment which has a full kitchen.

  1. Is Recovery Housing co-ed?

Yes; men and women can live in Recovery Housing (but may not share a bedroom). Circumstances can occur that may require an apartment to be a single-sex apartment.  Rutgers Newark reserves the right to make these changes as needed.

  1. How many students live in Recovery Housing?

There are two apartments currently available in the graduate residence hall (if the number of applicants increases there is the possibility of adding more apartments).  Each apartment has four private bedrooms, full kitchen, living room, dining room, and bathroom.  A computer lab and laundry facility is located in the residence hall. This is a growing community on the Rutgers Newark campus that includes not only recovery housing students but also commuter students and students living in other residence halls.  The ADAPS recovery counselors help organize regular outings and activities to promote a cohesive recovering community between the Rutgers campuses.

  1. Can a parent or university official require a student to live in Recovery Housing?

No. Students cannot be assigned or forced to live in Recovery Housing; applicants are selected, in part, upon their desire to live in a recovery-based living environment and their agreement to adhere to the Recovery Housing code of conduct. 

  1. Who can live in Recovery Housing?

The Recovery House is open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are in active recovery from alcohol and/or other drug dependence.  Generally students are 18 years or older.

  1. What kinds of drugs or substance misuse problems do residents struggle with in Recovery Housing?

Young adults are at risk for all kinds of substance misuse and dependence including alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, stimulants, inhalants, hallucinogens, and misuse of prescription medications.


For Additional Information:

2011 Recovery Graduation

NYT Article: A Bridge to Recovery on Campus

For more information or to set up an interview please call 973-353-1236 or email Barbaros Dinler.