Could you explain what you mean by getting back from NYC at night is not fun?
Yes, what I mean about getting home at night is that it seems to take much longer than when you live in NYC. Not only does the PATH run less frequently, but it only runs on the west side of Manhattan up to 34th street. So... if you decide to party with friends in a different area, you have to a) either take the subway somewhere at night (which suck in NYC, since they run only every half an hour and generally are local at that so there are more stops!) or take a cab to a path station and go on to Jersey.
"Sort of off-topic, but I've seen a lot of Rutgers-N people looking at private renting, does the school not offer residences at all? Are they poor quality? Or is it generally just wanting to be in a better location?"Actually, when I visited, I met quite a few people who lived on campus or plan too. I didn't tour them but I heard that the new student housing is "shockingly nice." I just feel slightly older than the average student. I have my own apartment now, my own adult furniture, and just can't imagine going back to a suite with a kitchenette. It is more important for me to be close to the city than campus. It is definitley going to cost me to live in Hoboken or Jersey City but law school will be hard enough as is, I feel like I need some place nice to come home to. I might regret spending the money later on, not too much I hope.
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