Fairleigh Dickinson does not own any off-campus housing, so for those who do not wish to live in the dorms, it is up to them to find their own housing. There are plenty of places to live close to school in Madison, but the prices are much higher than in the neighboring towns. Most students who choose to live off campus live roughly 15 minutes away in Morristown, which is much cheaper than Madison.
Due to the high cost of living on campus, many students find that off-campus housing is cheaper than the room and board charges at FDU; however, people who live in off-campus housing are then listed as "commuters," and as commuters they are typically not allowed to have meal plans on campus, making them look elsewhere for food. Commuter students are in charge of finding their own parking on campus, as the only lots for commuter students are by the academic buildings and not near any of the dorms.