Local Atmosphere

Madison, NJ
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Fairleigh Dickinson University
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: With the mall only 20min away and the train station next to the school you can go anywhere. Also NYC is just minutes away from the school.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The towns nearby have so many different activities available. The school is a private campus that is closed off but the environment is really nice. It's easy to know almost everyone and there are always people to go places with. There are plenty of places to eat, go bowling, see movies, go shopping, go to the bars, and more.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's incredibly expensive to do anything around here. The cafeteria is closed early on weekend so any type of food students want has to be payed for. Also the food in the cafeteria is awful and redundant. It's impossible to go there everyday to eat because students just get sick of eating there. Which causes them to go to town and eat good food, and as lovely as Madison is, the prices for food are outrageous. The town is small and pretty, very busy too. There is not much to do though besides eat.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Very beautiful town with plenty to do

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Things are in a little hippie area like 10 mins away otherwise there's nothing directly next to campus

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Matthew Belford
Monterey, Ca
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Fairleigh Dickinson’s Florham campus sits right in the town of Madison, along with two other colleges. With three colleges in close proximity, it is a shame that Madison does not cater to the college crowd whatsoever. If students wish to go out at night, then many of them go farther away from campus into Morristown, where there are a few local bars. Madison businesses use the colleges for revenue, but the town gives nothing back, except to the other residents of the town. Many students would rather spend time on campus than in the town—not because the campus offers many things to do, but because the town offers even less for college students.

Madison is a very safe town, and off-campus safety is never a concern. Drew University is roughly one and a half miles away, and the College of Saint Elizabeth, an all-female school, is less than a mile away; both schools are within walking distance to each other. The only attractions that are off campus are in the surrounding towns and include bowling, movie theaters, and other restaurants. Many students tend to leave campus on the weekends, leaving those without cars stuck on campus without much to do.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Madison, N.J., is known as "The Rose City."
  2. Episodes of HBO's "The Sopranos" were filmed in Madison.
Notable Natives
  • Andy Breckman - creator/producer of "Monk" television series
  • Janeane Garofalo - comedian, actress
  • William McGurn - former speechwriter for George W. Bush
  • Neil O'Donnell - NFL quarterback
  • JoJo Starbuck - Olympic figure skater
Points of Interest
  • Drew University
  • Florence and Robert Auck Arboretum
  • Madison Public Library
  • Morris Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Livingston Mall
  • The Mall at Short Hills
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews East Hanover 12
145 State Route 10
East Hanover
(973) 515-1160
Movie Theaters
Clearview Cinema 4
14 Lincoln Place
(973) 377-2388
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: : 40 minutes
  • Philadelphia: : 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 36 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 36 responses

  • 6% Painfully remote.
  • 14% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 53% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 28% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 56% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 44% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 35 responses

  • 23% No way.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 23% Totally.


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