Filming, Photography, and Videography Guidelines for Outside Vendors

With its accessible and architecturally diverse campuses in New Jersey and its proximity to media-rich New York and Philadelphia, Rutgers is a sought-after choice for external media and production companies siting locations for film, video, and photography projects.

Getting Started: Process Overview

Outside production companies, photographers, filmmakers, and others who want to photograph or film on Rutgers’ property should contact the appropriate university location coordinating office to start the process of filming on location at Rutgers:


  • motion pictures
  • television shows
  • commercials
  • videos for electronic or digital media
  • still photography for advertising/commercial user

Procedures: Filming, Photography, and Videography at Rutgers


Contact the following to file a location request at least 30 days prior to the filming date:

New Brunswick/
Piscataway and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (New Brunswick and Newark) Initial Request

Kat Nathan
Office of Community Affairs
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
96 Davidson Road, Room 120

Piscataway, NJ 08854-8062

Phone: 848-445-1952

Fax: 732-445-5925

Newark Initial Request

Kimberlee Williams
Office of Communications
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
249 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102-1896
Phone: 973-353-5262
Fax: 973-353-1050

Camden Initial Request

Michael Sepanic
Communications Office
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
303 Cooper Street, Third Floor
Camden, NJ 08102-1406
Phone: 856-225-6026
Fax: 856-225-6213

Submit the following to the appropriate location coordinator:

  • Video/Film: Final script detailing the project’s subject and how the Rutgers locations will be treated
  • Still Photography: Storyboards or mockups

Scripts/storyboards/mockups and projects must be approved by the university before a location agreement is signed.

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All requests will be reviewed in order to prevent the disruption of university operations and to ensure compatibility with Rutgers' mission.

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, may not be identified without expressed written permission.

Identification is constituted by:

  • the inclusion of exterior shots of buildings and statues on the Old Queens Campus, such as the Old Queens Building, Winants Hall, Kirkpatrick Chapel, and Willie the Silent;
  • any shot showing the Rutgers name, logo, or identifiable symbols associated with the university, such as the Scarlet Knight, Scarlet Raider, or Scarlet Raptor;
  • any building or campus identification graphics, including signs or maps.

News-based photography and recordings are handled by the Department of University Communications and Marketing, Office of University News and Media Relations for universitywide topics; the Rutgers–New Brunswick Office of Public and Media Relations for New Brunswick; the Rutgers–Newark Office of Communications for Newark; and the Rutgers–Camden Communications Office for Camden.

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Scouting and Choosing a Site

Scouting visits must be arranged by a Rutgers location coordinator who will recommend and secure access to facilities, estimate the amount of time needed to view the locations, and accompany location scouts while they are on campus. 

Permission to Use Academic and Athletic Venues

Access to and use of academic and/or athletic venues will be coordinated by the Rutgers location coordinator listed above.

General Restrictions

Production is not permitted near or in:

  • buildings on the historic Old Queens Campus in New Brunswick;
  • inside university libraries during midterm and final exams;
  • inside student residence and dining halls;
  • inside university health care facilities.

Property Owned by University-Affiliates

Agreements to record or film on property owned by university-affiliated groups, including most fraternities and sororities, must be negotiated directly with the property owners and in conjunction with Rutgers Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. In these instances, the Rutgers name may not be used without expressed written consent.

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Each proposed project is subject to safety reviews by Rutgers Environmental Health and Safety and the Rutgers Department of Emergency Services, a Division of Public Safety. Violation of safety standards set by those offices may result in immediate withdrawal of permission to shoot on university grounds. In certain circumstances, the presence of a university fire inspector may be required during production. Fees for these services are charged to the production company.

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The production company will procure and maintain, during the term of the location agreement, comprehensive general liability insurance with a combined single limit of at least $2 million for personal injury or property damage, naming Rutgers as an additional insured, and will provide Rutgers with a certificate of said insurance.

The university retains the right to require additional insurance based on the production size and level.

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Checks or money orders must be made payable to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Location Fees

Location fees are based on a half-day/full-day rate system. Half-day rates are based on a 1- to 5-hour time period; full-day rates are based on a 5- to 10-hour time period between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.  Additional facility rental fees may apply.

Full-day productions that overrun their contracted time will be charged an additional $400/hr. Half-day productions that overrun their contracted time or occur outside of the designated hours will be charged at the full-day rate.

Type of Production Full-day location fee/per day/per site (5–10 hours) Half-day location fee/per day/per site (1–5 hours)
Major motion pictures $6,000 $3,000
Motion pictures, television shows or commercials, videos or any filming for electronic media $3,500 $1,750
Dress/strike set (additional days) $2,500 $1,250
Still photography $2,000 $1,000
Documentaries (including faculty interviews and visuals of research facilities) Fee will be dependent on scope of project and evaluated on a case-by-case basis  
  • Time covered by the agreement begins when the first production staff person arrives on campus on the day(s) of the shoot, until the last production staff person leaves.
  • Rates are determined by the nature and scope of each production (i.e., film, video, still photography). In addition to location fees, some facilities (i.e., stadium, recreation center, student center) require a facility rental fee.
  • Extensive revisions of Rutgers’ Location Agreement requiring support from legal counsel may be subject to additional fees.
  • Additional production costs including staffing and/or equipment rental will be paid by the production company. These potential fees include parking fees, security fees, custodial services, electricians, table and chair rental, etc. All fees must be paid a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

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A damage deposit equal to a minimum of one (1) day’s location fee must be presented in addition to the location fees payment. The deposit will be used to correct any damage to university facilities and/or to offset any additional location/staffing fees owed by the production company.

The deposit should be paid by separate check or money order and will be held until completion of filming. The check will be refunded in full after satisfactory inspection of the location(s) by the university. Facilities personnel are responsible for documenting and reporting all such hardships to the location coordinator within five (5) working days of the last day when production company representatives were at the facility.

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Cancellation Fee

A fee equal to one-third of the first day’s location fee will be charged if the cancellation occurs less than 48 hours before the production is scheduled to begin.

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Parking Fees

  • Parking charges are based on the size of vehicles brought onto campus.
    • Automobile-sized space: $10/day
    • Cargo vans, truck/trailer combinations, campers/mobile homes under 20 feet long: $25/day
    • Any vehicle over 20 feet long: $50/day
  • University parking regulations must be followed at all times. The production company must advise cast and crew of parking structure height limitations and location of designated spaces.
  • Under no circumstances will fire, safety zones/lanes, or handicapped parking spaces be compromised or will pedestrian walkways be used for vehicular traffic.
  • All parking lots must be returned to their original state at the completion of production.
  • University events will have preference in the case of potential scheduling conflicts.

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Security Fees

University police/security officers are required to be on site for all major commercial film and television productions, and/or during set preparation or removal. Security requirements for other types of productions are made on a case-by-case basis. The rate of pay varies and will be provided when staffing arrangements are made. University police officials determine staffing requirements.

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Staff Assistance (Location Coordinator) Fee

The fee for the location coordinator is included in the location fee. The location coordinator, or a designated representative, will assist production company personnel with scouting, secure permission from the various location officials to record at their sites, handle contract negotiations, and be accessible while the production team is on campus.

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Technical Assistance Fees

Electrical work and other technical services related to the university’s buildings and grounds and their systems, including custodial and telephone utility work, must be performed and supervised by the university’s Facilities Maintenance Services staff. Arrangements must be made in advance and will be charged to the production company.

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