Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Two great campus locations, one outstanding experience!

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Youth Parties
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Looking for an attractive and affordable option near the New York Metropolitan Area?  Fairleigh Dickinson University is the perfect choice for your next meeting, conference, youth camp, competition, workshop, retreat, or special event.  Using the specific requirements for your event, we will host you on one of our two campus locations:

  • The Florham Campus in Madison, New Jersey is located on the 266-acre Vanderbilt estate. This residential campus is centrally located on several major highways including I-287 and I-78 and is adjacent to NJ Transit, which offers direct service to midtown Manhattan. The historic Hennessy Hall is the center of the beautiful, Olmstead-designed landscape. The elegant scenery will make your meetings, lectures, and corporate and private parties extra special.
  • The beautifully landscaped Metropolitan Campus is located in Teaneck, New Jersey, minutes from the George Washington Bridge. Just off of Rt. 4, the campus is surrounded by shopping and many unique restaurants. Running through the heart of the campus is the Hackensack River with a beautifully designed footbridge. The beautifully redesigned University Walk offers a picturesque spot for your outdoor, riverside events. From lectures in Wilson Auditorium to outdoor events on Commencement Green, the Metropolitan campus has something to offer every event.

Unique facilities are available for use on each campus: performance theaters or auditoriums with up to 400 seats; classrooms of every size, most with widescreen projection television; attractive lobbies, lounges, and living rooms with comfortable incidental seating for parties and conference breaks; meeting rooms that open directly onto three-season patios; paved walkways overlooking stunning fountains at the Florham campus and with scenic views of the Hackensack River at the Metropolitan Campus; and ample parking for all your guests.

Florham Campus Virtual Tour

Metropolitan Campus Virtual Tour


Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 1500 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 120
  • Largest Theatre Style: 335
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 420
  • Largest Arena Seating: 1500
  • Largest Seated Reception: 200
  • Largest Standing Reception: 300
  • Maximum Casual Dining Seating: 400
  • Academic Year Largest Group: no
  • Rooftop Capacity: 30
Florham Campus - Hennessy Hall
Hennessy Hall is the centerpiece of the campus. This 100-room, Georgian-style masterpiece was designed in the 1890s by Stanford White, and replicates a wing in Henry VIII’s Hampton Court. Most of its interior decorations (such as staircases and fireplaces) are in Italian marble, worked by Italian craftsmen. Hennessy Hall also holds the chestnut-panelled Hartman Lounge (the former billiard room) and Lenfell Hall, then a ballroom and drawing room, which is now used for meetings and special events. Today, Hennessy Hall contains classrooms, administrative offices, Snax Cafe, and the student mailroom. Visitors to campus also won’t want to miss the Italian and Clowney Gardens located along the sides and back of the mansion.
Florham Campus - Zen Building
The Stadler-Zenner-Hoffmann-La Roche Academic Building (commonly known as the “Zen Building”) features 20 state-of-the-art classrooms wired for computers and offering interactive television capabilities; a newly redesigned graphic design lab with Mac desktops; seminar and conference rooms; and “Leafs and Grains,” a lounge and snack bar.
Florham Campus - Dreyfuss Building
The Dreyfuss Building houses classrooms and computer facilities, as well as the Dreyfuss Theater, used for peforming arts programs and special lectures. Computer facilities in Dreyfuss include four general-purpose computer labs, as well as a visualization lab with state-of-the-art editing and imaging equipment, and a specialized lab for digital graphics.
Florham Campus - Monninger Center
The John and Joan Monninger Center for Learning and Research is situated as the center of academic life for the campus, between the residence halls and the academic resources of the Florham Campus. It is also just adjacent to the Student Center. The Monninger Center offers learning spaces that range from small group study rooms to a 100-seat auditorium. It also features a full library, complete with multiple computer labs. All of its spaces are equipped for wireless computing and for appropriate display technologies. The center makes extensive use of natural light, has high efficiency heating and air-conditioning units and uses recyclable materials wherever possible. It includes the sunny Orangerie, which originally provided the Florham estate with fresh citrus fruit through much of the year.
Florham Campus - Student Center
Expanded by nearly 14,000 square feet in 2003, the Florham Campus Student Center is the hub for campus life. It features a glass-enclosed coffeehouse, the Bottle Hill Pub, flexible, multi-purpose meeting spaces for a variety of meetings and events, and the bookstore on the first floor. The main campus dining hall and “The Grill,” another campus eatery, are located on the second floor.
Florham Campus - The Barn
The Barn houses the University’s Black Box theater, a unique setting for a small retreat or workshop, fine arts classes and camps, a small banquet or reception, or other intimate gathering.
Metro Campus - Dickinson Hall
Dickinson Hall features several classrooms and auditoriums available for use by conference groups for smaller keynotes, breakout spaces, and educational trainings and workshop. Wilson Auditorium, the largest auditorium, is locate in the southeast corner of the building, nearest the Rothman Center, and has its own entrance to the building.
Metro Campus - Bogota Savings Bank Center
With its distinctive tent-like roof and its riverside setting, the Bogota Savings Bank Center is perhaps FDU’s best-known building to the wider Bergen County community. The Bogota Savings Bank Center is on the Hackensack side of the campus, and is the primary athletic and recreational facility for the Metropolitan Campus. The building consists of three key areas of operation and function:

  • Four playing courts which can be configured for any combination of basketball, tennis or volleyball games. The two central courts are wood. The non-wood floor area of the main arena is surfaced with synthetic material which provides a quality playing surface for a variety of physical activity.
  • A six-lane, 200-meter track encircling the main arena playing courts and a long jump pit.
  • The Stratis Lounge overlooking the main arena from the mezzanine level, featuring a reception area and seating for up to 150.
Metro Campus - Student Union
The Student Union, recently renamed in honor of FDU alumnus Greg Olsen, features several flexible meeting spaces including the Multipurpose Room, the Rutherford Room, the Conference Room, the Kron Lounge, and the Metro Lounge, and is the primary Dining Hall for the Metropolitan Campus. Also found in the Student Union is the Knight Club, a recreational facility that houses board games, pool tables, a ping-pong table, seating areas and a large-screen projection DVD/VCR system with cable television. The club is a great location to host to a wide variety of programs including live music, interactive entertainment, films and movies, speakers and much more.
Metro Campus - Alumni Hall and Riverside Cafe
The Riverside Cafe in Alumni Hall offers guests a casual dining environment right on the banks of the Hackensack River and can be used for events outside of normal operating hours. The second floor of Alumni Hall features a wrap-around terrace with picturesque views and is perfect for receptions.
Metro Campus - Hackensack Footbridge
FDU is a builder of bridges in many ways, and when we say we’re connected, we really mean it. The Metropolitan Campus counts not only Teaneck but also Hackensack as its home, thanks to a footbridge that joins the two parts of campus across the scenic Hackensack River. (See an article about kayaking the Hackensack River.) Hackensack’s urban benefits and Teaneck’s small-town atmosphere offer visitors the best of both worlds.

Food & Beverage Options

Traditional Dining
Even the most finicky palate will find something delicious to eat at the New Jersey campuses of FDU. The main cafeteria at each campus features a variety of food-court-style selections on a rotating basis. In addition to daily hot entrees and global cuisines, guests can choose from a pasta bar, salad bar, and such traditional college favorites as chicken strips, burgers and fries. To top off a meal, you can create your own ice cream or frozen yogurt dessert. Vegetarian, low-fat, and other special diets can be maintained through the variety of selections offered.
  • Seating Capacity: 200-400
Rose and Swan Catering
When your event calls for more than what a traditional dining plan offer, Rose and Swan Catering has you covered! We offer three different options to event planners, based on your specific needs:

Premier Menu
When it's time to create a truly exceptional event, the Premier Menu is designed to inspire your imagination. These suggestions are designed to begin the conversation, and we look forward to further exploring your event design needs.

Everyday Menu
The Everyday Menu encompasses a full range of exceptional full-service options that emphasize variety, excellence and value. These selections guarantee a true "catered" experience where our staff actively ensures true service excellence.

Drop Off Menu
The Drop Off Menu provides a focused set of high-quality catering selections that are perfect for your more casual drop-off needs. Our Catering team delivers these items with the same dedicated service and culinary excellence you expect. Our drop-off items provide enhanced value, allowing you to enjoy your event and simply dispose of all products once your guests have finished - no clean up needed!

To review the offerings of each of these menus, go here:

Florham Campus
Metro Campus

  • Seating Capacity: Up to 400
Retail Dining
In addition to outstanding dining and catering options, both campuses at FDU offer retail dining outlets where guests can grab a quick bite to eat, a mid-program snack, a refreshing beverage or hand-crafted coffee, or a treat after a successful day. Outlets include:

Florham Campus
  • Florham Kitchen - late-night favorites including an expanded variety of convenience options
  • Daily Zen - healthy selections and comfort items guaranteed to hit the spot
  • Florham Perk - your favorite Starbucks drinks plus a wide variety of baked goods and grab-and-go options
Metro Campus
  • The Bridge Café - Established brands like Freshen's Food Studio and Upper Crust flatbread pizzas, along with sushi, grab and go, snacks, beverages, and the Ghost Kitchen, featuring entrees from local favorites
  • Dickinson Café - serving Starbucks beverages and a vibrant coffee shop menu
  • Seating Capacity: 50-200


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 400
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 400
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
Overnight Room Attributes
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Refrigerator
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi


Metro Campus - Northpointe
Northpointe, a traditional corridor-style residence hall compromised of four co-ed floors with two wings per floor, houses approximately 300 residents in same-gender double occupancy rooms. All bedrooms have a private bathroom. Residents share a common lounge space on each floor. A kitchenette (equipped with a microwave and refrigerator) is available on third floor. ADA compliant rooms are available. The Northpointe main entry door is staffed with a 24-hour Hall Security Assistant when guests are in residence.
  • 150 Rooms
  • 300 Beds
  • Guest Wifi: Free
This accommodation has A/C
Metro Campus - University Court
University Court is comprised of ten separate townhouse-style buildings. Each building contains two floors with one to three same-gender sections per building, and one to two bathrooms per floor. The sections are mostly comprised of double rooms with some single and triple occupancy rooms across the buildings. Each unit features a shared living room and full kitchenette. They are ideal for adult groups and those that are in residence for longer terms.
  • 60 Rooms
  • 120 Beds
  • Guest Wifi: Free
This accommodation has A/C
Metro Campus - Lindens
The Lindens are comprised of eight buildings with three co-ed floors of same-gender suites each consisting of three (3) double occupancy rooms around a shared common area and bathroom. Each building houses 58-64 total residents. There are two shared kitchens for community use in Linden Building 6. Building entry doors are staffed with a 24-hour Hall Security Assistant when guests are in residence. The Lindens are perfect for small groups that wish to be self-contained, youth camps and conferences, and religious groups of all types.
  • 250 Rooms
  • 500 Beds
  • Guest Wifi: Free
This accommodation has A/C
Florham Campus - Twombly Halls
“The Twomblys” are two adjoined traditional-style residence halls, coed by floor, with extra-spacious double rooms and common bathroom facilities. A large lounge located on the lower level connects Hamilton and Florence Twombly. Renovated in 2015, Twombly Lounge features comfortable seating and a large projector and screen as well as large tables and seating for collaborative study and individual study corrals.
  • 150 Rooms
  • 300 Beds
  • Guest Wifi: Free
This accommodation has A/C
Florham Campus - Rutherford Hall
Named after the University’s first campus, Rutherford Hall offers double rooms with private bathrooms, and independent climate-control for its guests. Each floor in Rutherford offers a common social space, study lounge and vending machines on each floor for late night snack attacks. Rutherford has five floors and features two elevators. Rutherford forms a quad with Florence and Hamilton Twombly Halls creating a large courtyard and lawn space, which becomes a social hub for groups that are interested in having a BBQ, playing a wiffle ball game, tanning, catching up on reading, or enjoying the patio swings.
  • 150 Rooms
  • 300 Beds
  • Guest Wifi: Free
This accommodation has A/C
Florham Campus - Park Avenue Apartments
Park Avenue offers apartment-style living. Each apartment has two double bedrooms, a living, room, and a kitchen area with a sink, apartment-size stove and refrigerator and independent climate-control. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Park Avenue is four floors and has two elevators. The recently renovated Game Room, located in the South Wing of Park Avenue on the first floor, includes a pool table, television, and lounge furniture for guests to enjoy. The apartments are a great choice for adult groups or those that are staying for a week or more.
  • 200 Rooms
  • 400 Beds
  • Guest Wifi: Free
This accommodation has A/C

Featured Amenities

  • A/V Equipment
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Chairs
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • Flexible Floor Plan
  • Game Room
  • Golf Course Golf
  • Hosted Bar
  • In-House Catering
  • Kitchen Access
  • Lactation Station
  • Laundry
  • Linens
  • Near Public Transit
  • Near Water
  • Open Bar
  • Outdoor Space
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Pool
  • Private Parking
  • Rooftop Space
  • Running Trails
  • Scenic Views
  • Sports Facilities
  • Stage
  • Tables
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • Train
  • Waterfront
  • WiFi
  • Meditation Yoga & Meditation

Venue Location + Transportation


285 Madison Avenue,
Madison, New Jersey 07940


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • TaxiTaxi
  • TrainTrain
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Morristown Airport - 5 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Newark Airport/ LaGuardia Airport - 25 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Car Charging Stations: No

Nearby Cities

Cities near Metro Campus: New York City,NY; Hackensack, NJ; Paramus, NJ.
Cities near Florham Campus: Newark, NJ; Morristown, NJ; Madison, NJ

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: No
  • Can Bring in Own Food: no
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes
  • Do you offer tables, chairs, and linens?: Yes


  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • LCD Projectors
    • Projector Screen
    • Microphones
    • Sound System

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: yes
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No


Film & Photo Opportunities
Between classrooms, offices, historic buildings, and our outdoor spaces, both campuses at FDU have many locations perfect for filming. There is architecture from the 1890s to the present day and appropriate backgrounds for athletic events, collegiate scenes from any era, and the look of any office interior, as well as breathtaking backdrops for wedding photos and other signature events.

Review the Florham and Metro virtual tours in the About Us section above to see if one of our settings is perfect for your commercial, photo shoot, or film, and take a look at past films that have used FDU locations for their shoot.
Free Parking
Ample parking is available at both the Florham Campus and the Metropolitan Campus, although guests may be required to walk 5-10 minutes from parking areas to residence hall accommodations or meeting spaces.

Groups that may want to rent full parking lots for vendor fairs, car shows, staging areas for charity walks/runs, or other needs can do so at affordable daily rates.
Free Campus Wi-Fi
Guests attending registered meetings and events at FDU can access the robust Wi-Fi network at each campus for the duration of their stay. Participants receive a specific username and password to use on their mobile devices, provided by the Conference and Event Office.


Educational Technology
As an institution of higher education, using technology to teach individuals, spark new ideas, create engagement, and make the world more accessible is simply a part of our fabric. This technology, which is often purpose-built into our meeting spaces and included in the rental rates, exists to support you in achieving your program's goals and objectives while leveraging some of the best technology tools and equipment available.