Off-Campus Housing

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Between on and off campus housing, and whether you want to live in an apartment or house or dorm, you can pretty much find what you want, within a price range that you are looking for

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The housing selection is first come first serve. Smaller apartments usually go last.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments tend to be older and not kept up well by the landlords. They are all close to public transportation and often have street parking or else parking available to rent. The off campus neighborhoods are really safe and convenient.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I did not live in off campus housing and I do not plan to. What I've heard though is that you have to sign a lease in September(!!!) of the previous year in order to get any type of desirable housing - not okay.


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  • 67th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Marie Puissant
Green Bay, Wis.
Marketing and English
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While it is definitely beneficial to spend at least a year in the dorms, off-campus housing is highly recommended. Madison has a plethora of houses, apartment buildings, and co-ops for students to live in. The general rule is that the closer you are to campus, the more you're going to pay. These areas include Langdon Street, Gorham Street, Gilman Street, and University Avenue. For some, though, being two minutes from State Street and ten from the academic buildings is worth it. If you decide to be one of these people, you are looking to pay anywhere from $500-$1,000 per month. However, if you can handle taking the city bus, or even doubling that distance to campus, rent prices will drop dramatically. For those unable to pay the higher rates, try housing near Capital Square, notably Carroll Street and Main Street. Housing in these areas are comparable in size to the closer locales and won't charge astronomical amounts.

In general, students are big fans of off-campus housing. Not only do you finally have a place of your own, but you also don't have to travel far from campus. Namely, the areas surrounding State Street and Capital Square are filled with affordable and comfortable housing. Students do advise that you start looking early to secure just the right place.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Popular Areas
  • Gilman St.
  • Gorham St.
  • Henry St.
  • Langdon St.
  • Mifflin St.
  • University Ave.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $700
  • 4 BR: $1,600
  • Studio: $450
Did You Know?
UW just added the new Lucky Apartments in 2008 in the center of campus. Spacious apartments with furniture included, these apartments are a huge draw to students. However, be prepared to pay well above average for rent.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 107 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 108 responses

  • 18% Extremely helpful.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 108 responses

  • 32% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 62% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
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