Life @ Graduate Student Lounge

The Graduate Student Lounge is part of the College Avenue Student Center at 126 College Avenue. It is home to two offices: the Office of Graduate Student Life and the Graduate Student Association.  We invite you to visit and hang out to relax and study.  There is a microwave and refrigerator for your use. 

Office of Disability Services Drop-Ins Every Wednesday 2-4 pm with Nychey Michel

Location: Graduate Student Lounge, 126 College Ave (Behind Panera Bread), College Ave Campus and ZOOM

These drop-in sessions are part of the Graduate Student Lounge Event Series and will be offered every Wednesday. 

Every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m at the Graduate Student Lounge (126 College Avenue), and on Zoom, Coordinator Nychey Michel from the Office of Disabilities Services (ODS) will offer drop-in hours just for graduate students.  Come stop by and meet Nychey to discuss accommodations for: hearing, vision, and mobility conditions, learning disabilities, psychological diagnoses (such as anxiety or depression), chronic illnesses, traumatic brain injuries, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and More. She can be reached at (848)-202-3111 or

Graduate Student Yoga Every Wednesday ~ Yoga Meditation, and Making Connections

Location: Graduate Student Lounge, 126 College Ave (Behind Panera Bread), College Ave Campus

Every Wednesday in the spring semester until April 24th 5:00 - 6:00 pm 

Join us on Wednesdays to take a pause from your busy week by practicing Yoga and relax your mind and body with your fellow graduate students. No Registration Needed. Yoga mats and blocks are provided, and all skill levels are welcome!  Email with any questions. Graduate Student Yoga is hosted by Rutgers Recreation and Office of Graduate Student Life.  

Graduate Student Wellness Workshops Spring 2024

Shan Reeves and Dana Simons, our community-based counselors for graduate students in Rutgers Student Health, provide a diverse array of monthly wellness workshops. Check out the full list of workshops HERE.

Tame the Brain Graduate Student Wellness Workshops by Shan Reeves @ the Graduate Student Lounge

Held every Thursday 11am - 12pm at the Graduate Student Lounge, 126 College Avenue. 

You don't need to register; please stop by. Make sure to download the full list of programs and put them on your calendar. These one-hour workshops are designed and led by Shan Reeves, a Community-Based Counselor for graduate students. Hosted by Rutgers Student Health. For more information, contact

Workshops include: 

  • Sense of Self Workshop: January 25th
  • Too Stressed to Test: Managing Anxiety: February 15th 
  • Who Am I? Knowing Why You Belong: March 14th (during spring break)
  • Don't Tip the Scale: Work-Life Balance April 11th

Dana Simons, a community-based counselor, located on the Busch Campus, offers workshop for graduate students via Zoom. Check out her list of offerings for spring 2024 HERE.

Let's Talk Counseling Conversations – Free Private and Confidential Drop-In Conversations

Held with CAPS counselors who understand what graduate students are struggling with and can help you deal with stress. Download ALL DROP-IN SESSIONS

Thursdays 10 am – 12 pm with Dana Simons, Busch Campus or ZOOM
Location: In-person in CABM Room 240 at 679 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway, OR via Zoom at this LINK. No appointment is needed. If you want to talk to Dana Simons at any other time, call 848-932-7884 and press #2 to leave a message with your name, RUID, and phone number and she will call you back.

Mondays 2 pm – 4 pm and Fridays 10 am – 12 with Shan Reeves, in person on College Avenue OR ZOOM
You can see Shan on Mondays 2 PM - 4 PM at 5 Seminary Pl (Honors College), Room E125, and Fridays 10 AM - 12 PM at 15 Seminary Pl (Academic Building) West Building, Room 5050.  First-come, first-serve basis. Walk-ins are welcomed, but appointments can be made. If you want to schedule an appointment for Let's Talk, call 848-932-7884, option 2.

If these days, times, or formats do not meet your needs, we encourage you to identify other counselors across all five campuses with varying day/time options. Our counselors are diverse in social, racial, ethnic, gender, age, and sexual identities to meet the diverse needs of our graduate population.  Visit other Let's Talk OPTIONS.

GSA Coffee and Breakfast Mixer - February 7th

Location: Graduate Student Lounge, 9:00 am - 11:00 am 

Join us for a delightful morning of warmth, conversation, and scrumptious delights at our Coffee and Breakfast event at the Graduate Student Lounge. Whether you're here to kickstart your day or savor a leisurely morning, GSA would be delighted to host you! Register HERE

GSA Game Nights - February 15th 

Location: Graduate Student Lounge, 126 College Avenue. Game nights will be held once a month. The first game night will be 2/15 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  Register HERE.

Join us for a night of laughter, strategy, and camaraderie at our Board Games Night!
Whether you're a seasoned board game enthusiast or a curious beginner, this is your chance to relax, unwind, and have fun. Grab your friends, bring your competitive spirit, and be prepared for an unforgettable evening of games, snacks, and good times. Don't miss out on the chance to make memories and forge new friendships over classic and modern board games! Questions? Email Shawn, the GSA Business Manager, at