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Explore Madison, New Jersey

Just outside the vibrant atmosphere of New York City, Madison in New Jersey is a charming small town with a welcoming community. From theaters and museums to international restaurants and a thriving music scene, downtown Madison offers all the entertainment you need.

With a peaceful vibe and a picturesque campus, Drew University provides an inspiring environment for your studies. If you're looking to expand your adventures, New York City is just a train ride away, providing countless opportunities and entertainment. Explore more living tips in our City Guide.

Small campus, big impact

Drew provides a small-town feel with a transformative academic experience that leaves a lasting impression. In Madison, you can experience living in a small-town environment in one of the top 15 safest college towns in the US according to SafeWise 2022, while being less than an hour away from fast-paced New York City.

Students benefit from the best of both worlds – a nurturing environment that fosters personal connections and a gateway to a global hub of innovation and culture.

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Students can commute from Madison to New York City in less than an hour by train and experience the many possibilities it has to offer, which include:

  • The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Times Square and Central Park

  • shopping on Fifth Avenue

  • attending a Broadway show

  • internships at high-profile companies

  • mentorship opportunities with leading global experts

New York is home to many exciting sporting events. Choose from a wide range of sporting events with numerous professional sports teams. Whether you're a fan of hockey, golf, running or sailing, you can catch a game in the city. Visit the Yankee Stadium for a baseball game, attend a football game with the Giants in the fall or watch runners compete in the NYC Marathon in the winter.

Madison and New York restaurants offer affordable and upscale experiences, providing various choices. With nearly 20,000 restaurants across its five boroughs, NYC is a culinary haven, ensuring there's always a new place to try.

Madison is home to many boutique shops and outlet malls. You can find a wide range of bargains and high-end fashion deals. Popular destinations that are conveniently located include:

  • Madison Avenue shops

  • The Mall at Short Hills

  • Golden Shopping Mall

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.

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: $3-$5.

  • Cell phone plan: $60-$100 per month. A deposit may be required: $50-$300.

  • One-way train fare from Madison to New York City: $12.25

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.

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