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Madison, WI
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28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
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Average
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Off-Campus Housing: I couldn't be anywhere else. I live on State Street, all utilities paid, three blocks from the Union, across the street from Brats, down the street from Blockbuster, Mondays, and BW3's.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is worth it, and with the right number of roommates in the right location, it can be cheaper than dorms. There is plenty of non-university housing, and it is merely a matter of when one starts looking, whether or not roommates are planned out, and how much one is willing to pay. The privacy, independence, and increased square footage all play into the advantages of not living in the dorms.

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Off-Campus Housing: You almost have to live off campus after your freshman year. It is very convenient and readily available.

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Off-Campus Housing: If you're going to get an apartment, make sure you're doing it with a group of friends. Housing on campus is ridiculously expensive, and the more friends you have, the less your wallet cries. One bit of advice before moving in with people-make absolutely sure you know them. I've seen so many friendships shatter just because people moved in together.

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Parking: Don't bring a car. Everything is within walking distance. Once you have an apartment in your later years, you'll also have a parking spot, so it won't be a problem to bring a car if you want one.

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Parking: Parking is a nightmare. You can park if you have a permit while in the dorms, but they are expensive. If you choose to live off campus, I would bring a car. City permits are inexpensive, so parking on the streets isn't too bad. Most apartment complexes have underground parking or lots for a fee as well.

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Parking: Parking is horrible on campus! Do not bring your car, especially if you live in the dorms, because there is nowhere to park. When you are a freshman, it isn't necessary to bring your car.

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Parking: Parking is terrible on campus. Unless you have a spot, which can cost up to $100 a month, don't expect to find a place to park. You can't drive to class, either, and it's more fun to walk anyway.

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Parking: Parking is a little ridiculous, but people usually don't drive to class. You can get a spot somewhere, but they are expensive.

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Parking: This is the worst place to find a parking spot in the world. Parking is terrible. Everyone here has mopeds. I swear, this is the moped capital of the world.

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Parking: Parking is difficult as a freshman, and even for upperclassmen, but I think you will find that everything you need is within walking distance so there is no need for a car.

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Parking: Parking is minimal. I don't have a car so I don't really know first-hand. There is parking available, but you may have to pay a monthly fee. I would recommend not bringing one. If you live on campus or downtown you really don't need one. Bring a bike-Madison is super bike friendly, and it is the easiest way to get around. I walk and bike everywhere.

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Parking: Parking is terrible. You can't drive to classes because there is no parking. Many students have mopeds. Madison is a huge moped campus. I definitely want one, but it isn't necessary, because there is a free bus that takes you to buildings on campus.

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Parking: Parking is expensive, and if you get a residential parking pass, parking spaces are scarce and cars need to be moved every two or three days. In addition, when it snows, certain sides of the street are blocked. Either share parking spot costs with roommates, or be a bum and borrow cars.

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Parking: Parking in Madison is a nightmare. Unless you're renting a space, good luck finding one at night. And if you are renting one, you're paying anywhere from $60-$100 a month for it. For parking your car over night, I recommend the huge parking facilities set up all over the city. It can be expensive if you leave a car there for too long, but overall it's the easiest way to park.

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Athletics: There is a lot of school spirit. Lots of people go to the football, volleyball, basketball, and hockey games. I know a few people that joined intramural teams.

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Athletics: Sports are huge, especially hockey and football. Make sure you go to the games.

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Athletics: Football is the biggest sport at Wisconsin, and the games are really fun. Everyone tailgates before the game, and the students get really rowdy. The club sports (non-varsity) are good as well. I am a member of the club lacrosse team, and we travel to places like New Orleans, for a Mardi Gras tournament.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are great. I think Big Ten athletics by far offer the most for the sports fan as well as the competitor. I played intramural football, basketball, hockey, and softball. Pick-up games are abundant at the Natatorium, SERF (South East Recreational Facility), and the SHELL, where the athletes work out. Definitely get season tickets for football, basketball, and hockey.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are huge here. Football games are some of the best times you will have, and hockey and basketball also have large followings. Intramural sports are a ton of fun to get into, because there are a lot of great athletes who aren't playing varsity sports.

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Athletics: It's a Big Ten school, so we're very into our sports, especially football.

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Athletics: Varsity football is big, as you'd guess. Basketball is big. Hockey is big. Everything else is always available to go see the day of the event, and I don't think tickets are too bad; the cheapest way is to buy season tickets if you want to see all the games. I play intramural sports a lot. I played soccer for two years, as well as basketball and softball. It's around $10 to play a season, once you split the entry fee up with everyone else on your team.

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Athletics: Intramural sports are cool. I played floor hockey this year. They're easy to sign up for and lots of fun.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are huge. Football, basketball, and hockey are all big. The fans are so fun and the games are great. Even if you don't like the sport, it's fun to go to the games.

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Athletics: Varsity sports at Madison are insane. They might not be the best, but football dominates the fall. Basketball and hockey rule the winter and spring. If you can get tickets to the games, get them. It's so much fun and just amazing. You get up in the morning, get a little drunk, and then go to the games. Even if you don't drink, the games are still a lot of fun. The student section is crazy, and it's impossible to not have a good time. Intramurals are a lot of fun, too. There are so many different sports you can do. You will definitely be able to find the one you like.

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Marie Puissant
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Students put a lot of time and energy into their undergraduate education. Luckily for those at UW, many feel it has been a positive experience. The college atmosphere, expansive campus, and intense academics are only some of the reasons students enjoy UW so much. Students feel they are able to form relationships with other students, as well as their professors. Furthermore, UW leaves them prepared for their future.

An individual’s undergraduate experience is one of the most exciting times in their lives. It is often the first time they are away from parents and making serious decisions about their future. Therefore, it is essential to pick the best university to spend these busy years at. UW offers amazing academics, an inviting atmosphere, and energetic student body. Its location geographically makes it comfortable as well as gorgeous. The facilities are very accommodating, as is the transportation system. Though like any school, there are things that can be improved upon or changed. Parking remains a prevalent issue, for instance. Fortunately, though, issues such as diversity and improvements to the quality of the dorm food are being addressed. Students generally leave the school feeling satisfied and prepared for what’s to come. Wherever you decide to spend your undergraduate years, definitely consider the University of Wisconsin as a practical, exciting, and fulfilling option.

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