Most apartment hunting starts in January, peaks in the late summer, and dies off by September. However, compared to other cities (Ahhem, Madison) apartment hunting remains a viable option year-round. The moral: if you want to get the best of the best, start with the New Year. If you want to bargain shop, start searching right after summer.
Living in Milwaukee is very affordable, especially for a big city. In general, budget at least $500 for studios, $700 for 1 bedrooms, and $900 for 2 bedrooms. Of course, if you want to live in Trump Tower-esque housing, expect to pay a little more.
If you’re from anywhere else in Wisconsin, working with landlords will be a little different. There are many larger, professional landlords in the Milwaukee area, drawn there by a higher population density than the rest of the state can boast. Expect to contact professional, but friendly organizations when you shop around. Be sure to come polished and know your stuff. Because chances are, they do too.
Milwaukee’s diversity shines in their neighborhood communities. Driving a few blocks from west to east will reveal a not-so-subtle change of scenery. If variety is the spice of life, consider Milwaukee like a jalapeno popper that packs a punch. Here’s a rundown of some of the notable neighborhoods.
Currently ranked as the 15th most walkable city according to Walkscore.com, Milwaukee is great blend of accessible public transportation, with some downtown parking access. As a happy medium, transportation options will really depend on what you’re used to. If you’re used to driving, be prepared to search for a few minutes to find parking. On the other hand, if you’re used to the complexities of big city public transportation, prepare to get from A to B with a reliable, if slightly underwhelming, bus system.
If you like baseball, symphonies, and museums, the downtown area has you covered. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra draws in top musical talent, while the Milwaukee Art Museum brings in world class art.
However, if neighborhood haunts and festivals are more your thing, you can take your pick there too. Many of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods make living there feel like an exciting place to live. From indie bands and motorcycle tours, to the State Fair and Summer Fest, you will not be bored.