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.  Starting in September 2023, we will host weekly and monthly events this fall. 

Take a Coffee Break!

Stop by the Graduate Student Lounge to hang out, relax and study and complimentary coffee will be available and light snacks. Starting the second week of October

Office of Disability Services Drop-Ins 

Meet Nychey Michel, Office Disability Services Team Member dedicated to Graduate Students!

Come meet and connect with Nychey every Wednesday at the Graduate Student Lounge, 126 College Avenue from 2-4pm. No appointment necessary 

Contact information:
Office: (848)-202-3111

Every Now and Zen: Yoga, Meditation, and Making Connections

Every Thursday in the fall semester, starting Thursday, 9/21 until 11/16)  5:30 - 6:30 pm 

Join Rutgers Recreation to relax and unwind with fellow graduate students at the end of the day. Learn the practice of yoga and meditation.  All skill levels are welcome, and mats will be provided (guests are welcome too!). Hosted by Rutgers Recreation and Office of Graduate Student Life. Download FLYER

Fuel Up Fridays

Held the last Friday of every month in the Fall semester, starting 9/29. Stop by from 9am - 11 am

Join us for a light breakfast (bagels and coffee), connect with fellow grads, learn about grad student resources, and meet Rutgers staff. The first event on 9/29 will feature staff from GradFund. Assistant Dean and Director, Teresa M. Delcorso-Ellmann and GradFund Fellowship Advisors, Tyler Carson and Ariel Mond. Please RSVP HERE. Future event dates: 10/27 and 11/17 and 12/8.  Visit events page for future sessions. Contact for questions.

Throttle Down Thursday Well-being Workshops Fall 2023

Held every Thursday 11 am - 12 pm 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 on your calendar. These one-hour workshops are designed and led by Shan Reeves, Community-Based Counselor for graduate students. Hosted by Rutgers Student Health. For more information contact

Workshops include: 

Sense of Self Workshop 
Dates Offered: (September 21st, October 19th, November 16th, December 21st)

Too Stressed To Test: Managing Anxiety
Dates Offered: (September 28th , October 26th, November 30th)

Who am I? Knowing Why You Belong (Imposter Syndrome)
Dates Offered: (October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th)

Don’t Tip the Scale: Work-Life Balance
Dates Offered:  (October 12th, November 9th, December 14th)

For a complete list of all graduate student wellness workshops, including our Busch campus ones with counselor Dana Simons, download our flyer.

Let's Talk Counseling Conversations – Free Private and Confidential Drop-In Conversations (Held Weekly in other locations)

Held with CAPS counselors who understand what graduate students are struggling with and can help you deal with stress. Download FLYER.
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.
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 Game Nights

Wednesday, October 19th, 7PM-8:30 PM. Location: Graduate Student Lounge, 126 College Avenue. Game nights will be held once a month. 

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!   RSVP HERE. Questions? Email Shawn, the GSA Business Manager, at

Friendship Fridays: Coffee & Conversation

Friday, November 3, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Graduate Student Lounge, 126 College Avenue
Friendship Fridays are open to all domestic and international Rutgers students from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  Each week, there will be a different theme where attendees can enjoy games, activities, and conversation - all while making new friends from around the world.   This week, join us to meet other students, relax, and enjoy a cup of coffee and some snacks!  For more info, click HERE. Hosted by Rutgers Global