Living in Madison, New Jersey

Just outside of the bustling vibe of New York City, Madison in New Jersey is a beautiful and charming small-town with a welcoming community. From theaters and museums to international restaurants and a thriving music scene, downtown Madison has all the entertainment that you need close by to enjoy life at Drew University.

A peaceful vibe and picturesque campus, you will feel inspired to study in this environment. Do you feel like expanding your travels? New York City is a train ride away, offering all the opportunities and entertainment that come with being in a thriving city. For more exciting tips about living in Madison, visit our City Guide.

Safety and serenity with big city access

In Madison, nothing says unique more than Bottle Hill Day. A Drew student yearly tradition, thousands flock to downtown Madison for rock climbing, a petting zoo, live music, a car show, delicious food, vendors, and a Family Fun Zone with inflatables.

A city to explore

Only a 10-minute walk from campus, Madison is a city that hosts some great attractions. Feel like taking a break from studying? Check out the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey or Mayo Performing Arts Center. Do you want to do some shopping? Take a trip to the Livingston Mall. Whatever your interests, Madison has something for everyone.

Nightlife in Madison

Do you enjoy a night out? Madison has a number of hotspots. From bars and clubs to pool halls and live music lounges, Madison has a variety of venues that will keep you entertained. Some favorites include Shanghai Jazz Restaurant & Bar and 54 Main Bar & Grille.

New York: a hub for sports entertainment

New York is home to many sporting events. A city full of major league games, there is a variety that you can choose from. Whether you prefer hockey, golf, running or sailing, you can catch a game in the city. Want to experience something unique to New York? Visit the Yankee stadium for a baseball game, catch a football game with the Giants in the fall, or watch runners bid for the best time during The NYC Marathon in the winter.

A full range of restaurants

Many Madison restaurants are very affordable. However, if you are looking for a more upscale experience you can find plenty of options in the city. New York City offers more dining options than you could ever need. The New York City Department of Health reports there are nearly 20,000 restaurants within the five boroughs of New York City. There's always a new restaurant to try!

Shopping in Madison

Madison is home to numerous boutique shops and clothing outlet malls. Whether you are looking to find great bargains or more high-end fashion deals, there is a place for you. Some popular destinations are the Madison Avenue shops, the Mall at Short Hills or Golden Shopping Mall, all within close driving distance.

Festivals and events

In Madison there is always an event or festival to enjoy, including:

  • New Jersey Winter Wine Festival – allowing you to explore the local wineries.
  • Parsippany - Troy Hills' Fall Festival – an annual event full of entertainment and attractions.
  • Union County Music Fest – showing you the best of national and local musicians.

How much do things cost?

Here's a quick breakdown of how much you should plan to pay for certain items in Madison:

  • Restaurant and take-out meals: $10-$25.
  • Cup of coffee: $2-$4.
  • Cell phone plan: $60-$100 per month. A deposit may be required: $50-$300.
  • One-way bus ticket from Madison to New York City: $9.35
  • One-way train fare from Madison to New York City: $11.75

Don't forget to tip! To reward good customer service, Americans tip between 15-20% in addition to the total bill price. This is optional, but common for restaurant wait staff, taxi drivers, nail and hair salons, etc.

Explore in and around Madison

Are you curious to explore outside the city? Catch the 873 NJ Transit bus line route to visit neighboring towns. If you want to make a trip to New York City, get to New York’s Penn Station or Hoboken.

While in town, you can also ride the MAD (Madison Avenue Direct) Shuttle which stops at Drew University, Madison Avenue Shops, Fairleigh Dickinson University and College of St. Elizabeth.

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