Seton Hall has been located in the South Orange area for well over 150 years. The neighborhood around the school tends to act as if the campus’ arrival just happened overnight, and that they have precedence over anything happening in the town or any policies the University looks to create. Even with their complaints, students will rarely see actual South Orange residents, as the town mainly consists of higher-scale workers in New York City, who rarely venture outside their homes into the local community.
South Orange is a very rich, suburban town that does not usually embrace the school or the students. Since local citizens tend to vote and frequent town meetings, their say is taken more seriously than the thousands of students. The town cracks down hard on parties, and much harder on parking. Most streets surrounding the campus now have a three-hour parking limit, which is not even enough time to take two courses back-to-back. Even so, the restrictions imposed by the town pale in comparison to the restrictions of the other neighboring town, Vailsburg. While South Orange consists of mansions and ornate lights lining the streets, Vailsburg has deteriorating homes and a drug problem. The driving directions that the school gives take a 15-minute detour around Vailsburg, and for good reason. However, if you decide to take the Garden State Parkway to South Orange Avenue, you’ll drive through Newark, shave 10 minutes off your travel time, and meet the other neighbors that the University doesn’t want you or your parents to see. In short, coming from South Orange you wonder why there are gates around the entire campus, coming from Vailsburg you wonder why they aren’t higher.