If you’re leaving the dorms — or your childhood bedroom — for the first time, you probably don’t have much in your budget to furnish an entire apartment on your own, or a car to drive to campus every day. Many property managers in Madison understand this plight, and have created student-focused communities to help you be near your peers and your campus without requiring a furniture shopping spree before move-in day. Plus, many of Madison’s new student communities are also flush with luxury features and let you rent by the bed or the room, which makes college living that much easier.
These are some of the best-known Madison apartments, and that’s largely due to their plethora of amenities. Floor plans range from studios to five bedrooms, and you can rent by the bed or room. And even if you rent a small 273-square-foot studio, you’ll have plenty to do without leaving the premises: a sprawling rooftop patio with a pool, sauna, yoga room, hot tub, study areas, computer room, golf simulator, media room, and an outdoor area with cabanas, grills, plenty of seating, and a 20-foot LED TV. And don’t worry about Wi-Fi or bike storage — both come free with your rental.
Much like the Hub, Uncommon Madison is making student life a luxurious experience. A block from the Kohl Center, you’re close to campus and everything downtown has to offer, but you’ll probably never want or need to leave the building. The brand-new units feature flexible floor plans and rental options, granite countertops, and hardwood-style floors, and they come with utilities like internet, air conditioning, cable, and water included. Just head downstairs to find foosball tables, study rooms, and grilling areas.
Opening in summer 2017, The James is taking the rooftop patio to another level, with multiple pool spaces, trees, grass, and grill station. Right on State Street — the main spot for Madison students to spend their weekend nights — the new complex has reservable study rooms, individual leases, fitness center, in-unit laundry, steam room, and more. Plus, if you’d like to have a roommate to keep costs down, but haven’t met anyone yet, they also offer roommate-matching services.
Mere feet from Lake Mendota, the Waterfront Apartments capitalize on their proximity to the lake and the campus. The apartments — which range from studios to five-bedroom layouts — come with access to a heated pool, rooftop patio, fitness center, and included utilities, plus unique features like pontoon boat tours, dry-cleaning services, and a private pier, in case you’re expecting waterbound guests.