East Brunswick, NJ

What We Love About East Brunswick

  • Great central NJ location for commuters to both NYC and Philadelphia
  • Excellent school system
  • Beautiful parks and recreational facilities, including Crystal Springs Water Park and lakes for fishing and boating
  • Plentiful shopping 
  • State-of-the-art office complexes and first-rate medical services
  • Community Arts Center featuring Playhouse 22
  • Rutgers University in neighboring New Brunswick

East Brunswick is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey.

East Brunswick is part of the Gateway region of NJ and is only a short car ride from New York City at just 55 minutes.

The Gateway Region is home to major stadiums for soccer, football and hockey. Some of the most expensive and luxurious real estate in New Jersey can be found here along the Hudson River having incredible views of New York City and the Statue of Liberty. The Gateway Region also houses major transportation routes via water, air, road and rail, as well as being home to several major industries that play a vital role in the state's economy. Transportation hubs include Port Newark–Elizabeth Marine Terminal, Newark International Airport, The New Jersey Turnpike, Route I-80 (which runs all the way to San Francisco) and also major local, regional and national freight and passenger train lines. Many jobs are available here in healthcare, hospitality, transportation, warehousing, government, finance, insurance, wholesale trade, retail, technology and science, petrochemical and other manufacturing. These and other industries keep the economy strong in The Gateway Region. Being the closest NJ region to New York City means The Gateway Region includes a lot of the more densely populated towns, such as Jersey City, Patterson, Hoboken and Newark and, of course, the shortest commute times.

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Quick Facts

East Brunswick Township is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey – Gateway Region

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Quick facts about East Brunswick:

COMMUTE TIME (Hour:Minutes) ⓘ

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Car ride to NYC.


Train service to NYC.


Bus service to NYC.


People per square mile gives you an idea of how much breathing room a town has. NYC has around 27,000 while a well equipped walkable town might have around 5,000. Smaller towns with more single family homes and large yards usually have under 1,000. Click on more info below to see where we get our data. 


Population estimate, July 1, 2019


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Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2014-2018


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High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018


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The Full Story of East Brunswick, NJ

What is it like living in East Brunswick, NJ?

East Brunswick is a medium-size, safe, diverse, progressive-minded suburban town composed of numerous distinct neighborhoods spread over 22.5 square miles. Because East Brunswick has no real downtown or central business district, the municipal center complex has become the de facto town center, with the public library, a gazebo and beautifully landscaped pond, as well as the East Brunswick Community gardens and the senior center, a major spot for community services and communal gathering. 

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Its strategic location in central New Jersey, as well as its excellent commuter bus services, make East Brunswick an attractive option for those who commute either to New York City or Philadelphia. Although it’s a car town, biking is encouraged along the bikeways placed throughout township streets and county roadways. Known for its excellent school system, the town attracts young families but also offers first-rate services and housing for seniors. Commercial activity is booming here: East Brunswick has numerous shopping malls and centers housing a wide variety of stores, restaurants, bars, and entertainment options, and it’s also a hub for the medical arts community, with premium office space for professional practices. East Brunswick is also home to a community arts center that presents theater productions throughout the year and hosts township-wide educational and cultural activities. The town offers a wide range of recreational facilities, parks, and conservation areas, including its star attraction, Crystal Springs Aquatic Facility


East Brunswick’s school district is the only one in New Jersey with eleven schools designated as Blue Ribbon (National Schools of Excellence) by the United States Department of Education. The high school has been named a Star School by the State of New Jersey, and it offers a broad range of electives and honors courses, as well as 23 AP courses and a dual enrollment program with Middlesex County College that gives students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit for approved courses. Elementary schools are Bowne Monroe (220 students, K-5), Irwin (473 students, K-5) Chittick (498 students, K-5), Memorial (568 students, K-5), Warnsdorfer (450 students, K-5), Lawrence Brook (454 students, K-5), Frost (472 students,  K-5), and Central (415 students, K-5). Hammarskjold Middle School serves the town’s 1,279 6th and 7th graders, Churchill Junior High School serves the 1,282 8th and 9th graders, and East Brunswick High School serves East Brunswick’s 2,095 10th-12th graders. 

Parks and Recreation

East Brunswick has nearly 1,000 acres of parks and public lands, including freshwater streams and lakes, woodlands, and beautiful farmland. Miles of bike paths are available for bikers, and opportunities abound for hikers of all skill levels. A broad range of fishfrom bass to catfishcan be found in East Brunswick lakes, where freshwater fishing and small boating are popular activities. The town has a large open dog park, a disc golf course, and numerous sports fields. The East Brunswick Department of Recreation offers a wide range of classes and programs for all ages, including people with disabilities. 

Crystal Springs Aquatic Facility has a lazy river, an olympic-size lap pool, several wading pools, and a water slide. In addition, the township has two private swim clubs, many tennis and basketball courts, and thirteen public parks. Tamarack Golf Club, managed by the Middlesex County Park System, has two 18-hole courses. Scenic Farrington Lake is a 290-acre freshwater reservoir where one can fish, canoe, and kayak. Bicentennial Park offers gorgeous views of, and access to, Farrington Lake, as well as trails for hiking, a playground, a basketball court, and tennis courts. Bicentennial Park is also home to the township’s Daisy Recreation Center, which offers programs and classes for the community. Two Middlesex County conservation areasIreland Brook and Jamesburg Park Conservation Areas—are great for hiking, photography, and nature study. The annual Middlesex County Fair is held at the East Brunswick fairgrounds every August. 

Rutgers University’s Cook Campus, just beyond East Brunswick’s northwestern border, provides an “agricultural campus” setting that includes the New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station and the Rutgers Gardens, a gorgeous 50-acre botanical garden.

Dining and Nightlife

East Brunswick has a wide variety of family-friendly restaurants and casual bars. There are chain restaurants, such as Carrabas and Bonefish Grill, and also family-owned restaurants including Bollywood Tadka for Indian, Rice Factory for Thai, Wasabi House for Japanese, as well as Chinese, Italian, Middle Eastern, and Mexican options. Blue Water Grille and Fresco Steak and Seafood Grill offer upscale dining. For more upscale dining, dancing, and first-rate musical and theatrical productions, many head to New Brunswick, just a short drive away. 

Arts and Culture

East Brunswick’s Community Arts Center serves as a hub for town-sponsored educational and cultural activities such as movie nights and musical performances. The arts center includes the Elliot Taubenslag Theater (home to the community theater group Playhouse 22), which presents a series of special events throughout the year, including major Broadway shows, live music concerts, children’s shows, theater festivals, and the widely acclaimed “Third Thursday Play Reading,” a series that allows local playwrights to present their works in front a live audience. In addition, Playhouse 22’s Summer Theater Experience is a unique opportunity for children to learn the world of theaterfrom acting, to dancing, to designing lights and set pieces. East Brunswick’s largest shopping mall, the Brunswick Square Mall, has an AMC Starplex movie theater in addition to the full range of retail shops typically found in major malls.

East Brunswick’s historic section, known today as the Old Bridge Historic District, is home to the East Brunswick Museum and roughly 80 homes that are listed on state and national historic registers. The museum documents the life and times of early European settlers who arrived in the area in the 1600s. Exhibitions display the social, cultural, industrial, political, and business history of the area, and programs include interpretive tours and visits with area historians and volunteers. The East Brunswick Historical Society also offers exhibitions and cultural programs dedicated to preserving and presenting the social, cultural, and political history of East Brunswick as well as highlighting state and national topics that have had an impact on the community.

A short drive takes you to New Brunswick, which has a thriving arts and culture scene, including the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, the State Theatre, first-rate jazz performances, Rutgers’ Zimmerli Art Museum, and Rutgers’ myriad lectures, concerts, films, and other cultural offerings.

Housing Stock 

East Brunswick has a multitude of housing choices on its eastern side, with single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums, and apartment complexes. On the western side is the sparsely developed 6.7-square-mile Rural Preservation Zone. Most homes in East Brunswick are single-family residences, and they range from 60-year-old Cape Cods and split-levels to multimillion-dollar new construction. There are several residential communities for those 55 and older, and numerous condominiums and townhouses for young buyers seeking starter homes and older people who want to stay in town. Rentals include single-family homes, condos, and complexes like Wyndmoor Apartments and Cranbury Crossing Apartments.

The Commute

East Brunswick offers strategic access both to New York City and Philadelphia, as well as to Jersey City and Newark. It is also just a short drive to New Brunswick, which is a huge area employer through Rutgers University and Johnson and Johnson. East Brunswick is known for excellent commuter bus service into New York City, with two township-owned bus terminals: Neilson Plaza and the Transportation and Commerce Center. Both offer regional commuter park-and-ride facilities and Suburban Coach USA bus service to New York City. The cost for a one-way ticket to Port Authority Bus Terminal is $12. The cost for a monthly commuter pass is $390. The quickest trip into NYC is 50 minutes. 

The nearest train station is in New Brunswick. (Depending on where one lives in East Brunswick, it can be an 8– to 17-minute drive to the New Brunswick NJ Transit station under optimal conditions.) New Brunswick is on the Northeast Corridor line with direct train service to New York Penn Station and Philadelphia via SEPTA. The quickest train will get you to NYC in 44 minutes. One-way tickets are $14; a monthly commuter pass is $393. Parking is available at parking garages in and around New Brunswick Station. 

It takes approximately 45–60 minutes to drive to Midtown Manhattan or Center City, Philadelphia, depending on traffic. The NJ Turnpike runs through East Brunswick.


East Brunswick is situated at Exit 9 off the New Jersey Turnpike. Route 18 runs through the eastern part of the township and serves as the town’s commercial corridor. Lawrence Brook, Farrington Lake, and Westons Mill Pond, tributaries of the Raritan River, run along the western border of the township. Farrington Lake and Westons Mill Pond are sections of the Lawrence Brook that have been created by man-made dams.

Neighborhoods on the north end of the townshipincluding Lawrence Brook and Pine Ridgeoffer easy access to the New Jersey Turnpike as well as to Neilson Plaza and the Transportation and Commerce Center. Scenic attractions of this area include Westons Mill Pond, which runs along the western border and is a favorite for kayaking and canoeing, and Rutgers University’s Cook Campus. The Dunhams Corner, Orchard Heights, and Colonial Oaks neighborhoods lie near the central municipal complex, Great Oak Park and its Butterfly Garden, and the Brunswick Square Mall and other great shopping outlets. If you’re looking for a more rural atmosphere, consider Farrington Lake Heights, Brookview, or Paulas Corners. 

Other East Brunswick neighborhoods include East Spotswood, Fairview Knolls, Gillilandtown, Halls Corner, Herberts, Herberts Corner, Herbertsville, Jamesburg Park, Newton Heights, Patricks Corner, Tanners Corner, Washington Heights, and Westons Mills.