Fairleigh Dickinson University Housing and Nearby Apartments
With two separate campuses in New Jersey alone (there's another in Vancouver, Canada, and a fourth in Oxfordshire, England), offering some 100 different degrees to more than 12,000 students, Fairleigh Dickinson University currently holds the distinction of being the largest private institution of higher learning in the entire state. Even if you exclude the thousands of graduate students from the count, that still means that, every year, close to 8,500 Fairleigh Dickinson undergraduates converge upon the University's two campuses, one in suburban Madison, New Jersey (called the College at Florham), and the other in Teaneck, NJ, which is known as the Metropolitan Campus for its proximity to Manhattan.
There is Fairleigh Dickinson on-campus housing available for undergraduates at both New Jersey campuses. The College at Florham is the older of the two locations, the heart of which is the former Twombly-Vanderbilt estate, designed and landscaped by the legendary Frederick Law Olmstead (designer of New York City's Central Park and Prospect Park, among many other projects) and acquired by Fairleigh Dickinson in 1958. The Florham Campus offers student housing in four residence halls, with two set aside for incoming freshman (these are traditional-style dorms), and two for upper-class students, featuring suites and private bathrooms. Slightly more than 1,500 Fairleigh Dickson students move into housing at Florham every year, drawn by the classic collegiate environment of wide manicured lawns and stately brick-and-marble buildings.
The Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck also offers housing, in three separate residences, though two of these--Linden and University Court--are structured more like small-scale complexes, as opposed to the more "hotel-living" feel of Northpointe, with its 300 beds and only one kitchen area. Given its location in Teaneck--a quick trip by commuter bus or train to Manhattan--the Metropolitan Campus definitely has a more bustling, professional feel to it than Florham. But even when you combine the on-campus housing options at both campuses, there is still only enough rooms for just a shade over one-third of all undergraduates, and nothing available for graduate students. Which leaves thousands of students needing off-campus housing every year in and around both Teaneck and Madison. Off-campus housing for Fairleigh Dickinson faculty is also in demand, as the University doesn't offer any on-campus accommodations for its professors.
Given its suburban location, commuters to the Florham Campus almost always rely upon cars to get to school, so any of the towns in the surrounding area are fair game for students and faculty seeking off-campus housing, though Madison itself, with the additional presence of Drew University, has a certain college-town appeal.
Fairleigh Dickinson Metropolitan Campus students looking for off-campus housing tend to start their search in the Bergen County township of Teaneck itself, or across the river in Hackensack where, by the way, most of the University's athletic facilities are located. Teaneck also has a distinctly suburban character to it--there is almost no high-rise development anywhere, and most of the residences are single-family houses--and is home to nearly 25 different parks as well as a fair amount of historic mansions. That said, the presence of Fairleigh Dickinson as well as the cultural aura and energy of nearby Manhattan give the place a definite big-city panache.
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