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The Ultimate Hoboken Guide for New Stevens Students

by Katherine Chaves Diaz
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New environment, new friends, everything is just new. And as much as orientation was very helpful, we know being a new college student in Hoboken can be a bit overwhelming. No need to panic because we have built the perfect guide to being a new student. Keep reading to learn how to get through your first year.

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Filled with culture and diversity, Hoboken has been called ‘the best place to live for many reasons; its community is like no other, it is walkable and clean, the commute to the city is short, it has been home to the greats like Frank Sinatra, the food is amazing, the list just goes on and on. To get to know more about the city in which you will live for at least four years, the Hoboken Historical Museum offers walkable tours.


According to Stevens website, it is recommended that students commute to campus by foot, bike, public transit, or carpool. Student parking at Stevens is restricted to a select group of qualifying students. Commuter students who live outside of Hoboken are eligible to apply for semester parking permits.

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Public Transit

Steven’s being right in Hoboken has the luck to be close to public transportation; with the Hoboken Terminal not too far away, students can commute through there or take the bus which also stops not too far from the main campus. There is also an additional option of taking the ferry into the city if that is of interest.

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Steven’s Duckbills

DuckBills are a prepaid, dollar-for-dollar, balance account that is on the Stevens DuckCard that can be used to pay for purchases at participating on and off-campus merchants.

Duckbills can be used at the University Bookstore, Dining Services, Vending machines, the Student Recreation Center, Office of Student Accounts, University Health Center, and S.C. Williams Library copy machines, Circulation Desk, and more.

Zap Fitness

Off-campus shops that accept it include Grubhub, Dunkin Donuts, Johnny Rockets, Kings Grocery Store, 7 Eleven, and more.

Work Study

The moment you apply for FAFSA, you are automatically considered for a work-study award. Depending on your financial aid package, you might receive the Federal Work Study funding. At Stevens, on-campus work-study jobs are coordinated through the Student Employment Office and posted on the Stevens Human Resources website. There are a few off-campus work-study opportunities including local shops like Symposia Bookstore.

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Post Office

Student mailboxes are located in the Stevens Post Office on the main floor of the Wesley J. Howe Center. All mail should be addressed to:

Name, Mailbox #, Stevens Institute of Technology, One Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

Our Bucket Lists

See these Hoboken, Jersey City, and Hudson County bucket lists for a comprehensive guide on the must-try places and experiences in the area.

The ULTIMATE Jersey City Bucket List
The ULTIMATE Hoboken Bucket List
Your Ultimate Hudson County Bucket List

School Supplies

The solution to your book needs, Steven’s has an adoption and insight portal that is there as a source for your researching, adopting, and sharing insights about textbooks and course materials. They also have a bookstore where you can find all your school supplies if you don’t have them yet. Managed by Barnes & Noble, you can find them at the Howe Center Lobby.

Don’t Forget to Eat

If you choose to dine on-campus there are a variety of options to choose from like Grill Nation, Sono, Pierce Cafe, and more. But let’s take advantage of being in Hoboken, the place that has almost everything you need, and let’s not forget the mutz. With such a diverse dining scene, any craving can be satisfied at Hoboken, sorry home-cooking.

If you choose to cook, there are a variety of supermarkets like Shoprite, Trader Joe’s, Acme, BB Gourmet, Prime Grocery, etc.

Hoboken Guides

A Guide to Food Trucks in Hoboken + Jersey City
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The Best SPF Formula for your Skin + Where to Buy It in Hoboken
A Guide to Vintage + Thrift Stores in Hudson County
And more on TheHobokenGirl.com

Network, network, network

No matter your major, Stevens has an organization for your interests and you will have the opportunity to network through there. There is the Society of Women Engineers, Ethnic Student Council, Amnesty International, and more.

Hoboken’s Contact Info

City Hall: 201-420-2000
Health & Human Services: 201-420-2012
Police Department: 201-420-2100

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