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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It seems very expensive but it's actually less than living in a dorm. They're nice to be out of housing, convenient, and are fun.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus can get expensive, especially some of the new apartment buildings, but there's plenty to choose from that's affordable. There are more options for parking, but that can be pricey.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing really depends on the neighborhood. Madison has either really nice, expensive housing or low-quality, cheap housing. There isn't much of a middle-ground.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I personally found an apartment for next semester with which I am very happy. In the searching process, I saw quite a few very run-down and poor locations. However, pretty much anything is better than the rates for dorms.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The closer you get to State Street, the more expensive. It is outrageous compared to other universities, but it is possible to find fair priced places in the location you are looking.


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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 184 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 180 responses

  • 31% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 64% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 4% 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 185 responses

  • 16% Extremely helpful.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 31% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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