Bloomfield College Housing and Nearby Apartments


Even though there are only about 2,100 undergraduate students at Bloomfield each year, only about quarter of that number choose to live in Bloomfield on-campus housing. That's not to say that Bloomfield College doesn't have several attractive on-campus housing options. Incoming Bloomfield freshman as well as transfer students live in either Clee or Schweitzer Hall, a pair of multi-story, traditional-style dorms with double and triple rooms and many of the amenities that have become increasingly ubiquitous on college campuses these days, including High Optic Cable Television. On-campus housing for upper-class students is also available, in one of the school's non-traditional Residential Houses, which can accommodate from five to seventeen students, and are limited to those with excellent academic standing as well as a "history of good citizenship". Bloomfield also offers two additional on-campus housing options to upper-class students: the recently renovated 225 Liberty dorm, with its apartment-style suites, complete with kitchenettes; and the brand-new Franklin Hall, which college officials call a "state of the art" facility with a full kitchen, living room, and flat-screen high-definition flat screen TV in each two- or four-person apartment. Franklin Hall also features a computer lab, a game room, an exclusive roof-top patio and its own gym. But what about the 1,500 or so Bloomfield College students needing off-campus each year? The search for student and Bloomfield faculty off-campus housing usually begins in the township itself. And while there are rental apartments available here, the housing stock in Bloomfield, as in most suburban communities, is pretty much dominated by single-family houses, so you may have to look further afield. Any number of nearby suburban neighborhoods are worth investigating--Montclaire, Belleville, Nutley, Kearny, to name a few--especially if you have a car. The city of Newark, which is also within Essex County, is a popular choice for Bloomfield students and faculty, both because of the easy commute to school via public transportation or car, and because there are simply a lot more apartments available. For those seeking a more urban environment--energy, culture, food, nightlife--Newark makes for a solid (and much less expensive) alternative to Manhattan. Jersey City is a little farther, but has great neighborhoods with lots of first-rate restaurants, lively bars, and interesting cultural options.

About Bloomfield College

What Bloomfield College might lack in size it makes up for in history and tradition. Founded in 1868 by the Presbyterian Church and moved shortly thereafter to its present home in Bloomfield township, Essex County, New Jersey, Bloomfield College is a four-year college serving mostly undergraduates--programs and majors include various disciplines within the liberal arts, as well as nursing, mathematics, e-commerce, education, and network engineering--with a scattering of Masters of Science degree candidates studying accounting. The Bloomfield College campus is spread out over 11 acres in the suburban community of the same name. Because of its location just 15 miles from Manhattan, the township has long been appealing for commuters to both New York City and Newark, and so Bloomfield College students also enjoy ready access to public transportation into both cities, via New Jersey Transit buses, commuter trains, and light rail. Scroll down for a list of apartments near Bloomfield College.