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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: any housing near campus is very expensive. students are just stuck

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Those apartments were killers. It's a lot of money, I tell you.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a good variety of off-campus housing and they seem to have similar pricing as the university housing, but it all depends on where you want to be and what you want to pay for.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off-campus housing options in a variety of locations, at a wide range of prices, and have reasonable availability.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Very nice apartments with safety features. Housing in Madison is very expensive though.


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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 135 responses

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

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 131 responses

  • 31% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 63% 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.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 135 responses

  • 16% Extremely helpful.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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