NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For the 3,000 or so Rutgers students who will be staying behind while the rest of their classmates leave in a university-mandated shutdown, there will be plenty of food options.

The university's Division of Student Affairs has sent a letter to students letting them that Busch and Brower Faculty and Staff Dining Rooms will be open for students with meal plans, meal tickets or paying with cash.

These will be the only two Dining Services operations open until April 3, which the point in which the university will revisit its plans to address the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

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On Tuesday, the state university announced it was canceling its classes on Thursday and Friday and moving all course instruction online when students return from spring break on March 23.

The 16,000 students living in residence halls in New Brunswick and Piscataway, as well as the students on the Newark and Camden campuses, have been instructed to leave as soon as possible and are encouraged to remain off campus until at least April 3.

Some 3,000 students, however, will be staying behind, according to an nj.com report. Some of them are foreign students who can’t return to home and some are graduate students working in labs on research projects.

For those staying, the school's Division of Student Affairs suggest they take advantage of campus and local food vendors, some of whom utilize delivery services such as Door Dash and Uber Eats to deliver food.

Also, the Rutgers Student Food Pantry on 39 Union St. will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.