Off-Campus Housing

Madison, NJ
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Fairleigh Dickinson University
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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The area around FDU is super expensive, so it's hard to find affordable housing.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus, but I hear off campus it can be annoying especially with weather, neighbors not liking college students around, and distance.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The school is in an expensive area so housing is expensive, so everyone lives on campus

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Alot of students find it easier to live off campus and like it. The rent isnt to bad.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: My school is in a rich area. While some of the housing options may be more pricey, it is worth it because it is close enough to class as well as local towns and businesses. It is also extremely safe.


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  • 1275th
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Matthew Belford
Monterey, Ca
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early summer before school starts
Popular Areas
There are often apartments or houses available in Madison, or the more expensive Chatham, but for students looking to save some money while being farther away, Morristown is the best solution.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $800
  • 2 BR: $1,650

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 31 responses

  • 19% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 42% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 32% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 6% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 31 responses

  • 74% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 23% Somewhat helpful.
  • 3% Extremely helpful.
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