Life in Madison


Searching for housing can be a stressful time. Fortunately, the UW Law School has a fairly complete, unofficial housing guide publicly available on the web. It is a great introduction to the apartment hunting process and the neighborhood vibes around Madison.  You can find all the information here at Housing provided by UW Law School  – An Introduction to the Madison neighborhoods with some idea of what your surrounding amenities and daily commute will be like, along with some monthly rent estimates. One popular area left out of the guide is the Hilldale Shopping Area apartments; it is a very lively part of town with a nearby mall, Target, Whole Foods, and a convenient 20-minute bus commute to the Medical Sciences Building. This area seems to be popular amongst international students.

Things to do in Madison

General Hotspots

  • State Street
  • Capitol/Downtown
  • Union Terrace
  • Williamson (Willy) Street
  • Dane County Farmer’s Market


  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens
  • UW Arboretum
  • Tenney Park
  • Henry Vilas Zoo
  • Pheasant Branch Conservancy
  • Picnic Point
  • Allen Centennial Garden
  • Lake Kegonsa State Park
  • Devil’s Lake State Park

Where to find more information


The changing seasons is one of the many beautiful experiences here in Madison, WI.

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