At NJIT, the only off-campus housing that can be considered safe is several miles away. This is because the area immediately surrounding NJIT is known for project housing and robberies; safer housing would be located far enough to avoid these areas. So if you decide to live off-campus in a secure area, there will be a slight commute to NJIT. If a student wishes to seek off-campus housing and doesn't want to live near a subway entrance, he or she is going to need a car.
Students sometimes do not even feel safe living in on-campus housing, so few dare to seek off-campus housing. However, if any off-campus housing is available, it is usually a short drive back to campus, so proximity is not a concern. It is also generally the same price as on-campus housing, depending on the housing unit.