I worked in Newark for almost 5 years, knew lots of people who went to Rutgers and NJIT.Newark is great. People who are really afraid of Newark, I think have very little experience with urban areas and minorities.The OP mentioned that there are no restaurants nearby SH and didn't seem to mention what's near Rutgers.If you go to the opposite side of the train station from Seton Hall, you can (safely) find one of American's largest Portugese population and about 10 restaurants that are affordable and absolute amazing. I took my fiance there (the neighborhood is called the Ironbound) because she was afraid of Newark. She keeps mentioning how much she wants to go back there now. That is walking distance from Seton Hall. Newark also has a small subway, so from Penn Station there are plenty of other nice places to visit. To get to Rutgers, I would take the Newark Subway from Penn and then walk through the NJIT campus (it is a closed campus, for you safety nuts). Right next to the RU law school building is a bar called McGovern's which is well attended by Rutgers students and people who work in the area. They also have excellent hamburgers and other bar foods, and a very strong connection to the Irish community in Newark (which admittedly is not what it used to be, but you can say the same thing about Hell's Kitchen). Down the street from there, towards the Court House (oh yeah, did I mention there is a federal courthouse down the street) there is a place called the Side Bar where all of the lawyers go to eat between court appearances.Now, let's be honest here. Newark is not exactly the safest city in America, but just like in any city, your safety level is usually dependent on what kind of trouble you are getting yourself into. Don't blame me if you get shot trying to score some coke in the hood or if you get beat up when you walk straight through a housing project. But there are plenty of parts of the city, not just 500ft from Seton Hall that you can enjoy. There are also plenty of places in New York and Philly and DC and probably every other real city that is a bad idea to just wander through. My experience has been that if you don't bother anybody, nobody will bother you.Not to mention that the cost of housing is next to zero, yet, for $1.50 you can take the PATH to NYC, and it runs 24/7. Newark is undergoing a renaissance. I've been watching it happen and I think it is really great. I am also partially disgusted and partially amused by would-be cause-lawyers who want to "help poor people" but are afraid of actually encountering any.