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Students at UW-Madison waste no time at all when it comes to securing their next apartment or house for the following year. As we’re sure you know, houses typically get rented first, especially the duplexes around Madison near campus that groups of friends end up splitting. According to the search data, the majority of undergrads will begin to lock in their leases from late September to November, so before thoughts of finals and Christmas begin to creep into your mind, you should reserve some of that brain power for finding UW-Madison off-campus housing.
If you're looking for a UW-Madison apartment, you can either get a luxury apartment or a cheap apartment near UW-Madison during the second semester. But don't wait too long past February, because Madison students aren't known for being slackers.
We're not going to sugar coat it: rent for downtown UW-Madison off-campus housing can be pretty steep. Luxury UW apartment complexes geared towards students in the middle of campus are often incredibly convenient, but they are pricey. They’re worth it if you're willing to pay the extra dollar, but if you just can't justify it, there are a number of things you can do to decrease your monthly payments.
As a general rule of thumb, the more roommates you have, the less you'll have to dish out for your portion of the rent. In addition, avoiding the pricier apartments near UW and going for duplexes or houses a bit further from campus can be significantly cheaper if you don't mind the extra steps to class.
Here's a breakdown of the average rent prices of apartments & houses in Madison, WI:
Students often flock to State Street, a stretch of road in the downtown area that leads directly to the Capital, for the best eating and drinking near campus. Here you can find a variety of local restaurants, bars and shops that represent a variety of tastes and cultures. If you're hoping for a fancier night out, head over to the Capital Square for fine dining and a more professional crowd.
*Honorable mention: the food trucks at Library Mall
UW-Madison is a pretty active campus and provides its students with some great outdoor opportunities. Those looking to hone their skills and participate in outdoor adventures should consider joining the Wisconsin Hoofers. The organization provides equipment rentals, teaches classes on a variety of activities and plans outdoor excursions to popular locales.
In addition, students at Madison will often spend a day hiking or biking to picnic point, a scenic lakeshore trail that leads to a breathtaking view of Lake Mendota.
UW-Madison and its students have earned a pretty strong reputation for knowing how to have a good time. As a Big 10 school, Badger sports permeate many aspects of everyday life on the Madison campus, and tailgating and other pregame activities are a common occurrence. During the off-season, students enjoy spending time outdoors, attending campus-wide events, and visiting local attractions.
Above Photo Credit To Richard Hurd