Marquette University is Wisconsin’s largest private university and attracts a diverse population from all 50 states, various U.S. territories, and represent more than 65 countries. The University is located in the Avenues West neighborhood. Lake Michigan is roughly one mile east of the neighborhood. And the Gesu Church is located within the campus’ urban setting, but is not affiliated with the University.
The Avenues West neighborhood has a good supply of affordable apartments in the $400-600 range with the majority of those units being 1 and 2 bedroom units. The neighborhood is more densely populated then other parts of Milwaukee, but that makes walking and bike riding a good option for students.
Students enjoy their smaller, more conservative alternative to UW. The school’s Jesuit background and roots in volunteer and missionary work attract a very particular kind of student body that is difficult to find anywhere else. With this comes a more intimate sense of community. Though MU students certainly enjoy all the amenities Milwaukee has to offer, most prefer to find their first apartments in the Marquette neighborhood, or one of the adjoining neighborhoods nearby.
The school’s Jesuit background and roots in volunteer and missionary work attract a very particular kind of student body that is difficult to find anywhere else. With this comes a more intimate sense of community. Though MU students certainly enjoy all the amenities Milwaukee has to offer, most prefer to find their first apartments in the Marquette neighborhood, or one of the adjoining neighborhoods nearby.
So what does this mean for a typical MU student searching for off-campus housing? It means a high demand for apartments. Even if you venture outside of the Marquette neighborhood, you’ll still have to be competing with UW Milwaukee students hungry for their first taste of freedom. However, never jump into such a commitment blindly. Here are some great tips for finding your dream college apartment.
Do Your Research
Because of all the pressure to find housing, Milwaukee apartments can go off the market quickly. Do yourself a favor and give yourself plenty of time to research all of your options. This is incredibly important for avoiding big issues later on down the line.
The Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood services can identify landlord or property problems ahead of time by allowing you to see the complaints of past tenants. Always take complaints with a grain of salt and remember that there are two sides to every story. However, also remember that you will be dealing with these living conditions for several months to years, depending on the length of your lease. Choose wisely and use your best judgment.
Pushed off finding housing until the last minute and stressed about having a place to live? Here is one fantastic tip that you should always follow: Don’t EVER sign a lease before viewing an apartment. You may be tempted to sign out of pure desperation. After all, the photographs on the website look nice and the landlord has a friendly phone voice. What could go wrong?
Honestly, everything. Photographs lie and so do people. After all, no one wants to learn that their only bathroom has an ancient toilet and some mysterious mold growing in the bathtub on move in day. Sometimes a landlord will not even try to be dishonest. The apartment may simply not be for you and you don’t want to discover this fact while you’re hauling your stuff in through the front door.
Take Roommate Choices Seriously
Carefully consider who you will be sharing your living space with and splitting your rent with. Generally speaking, the fewer roommates you have, the less likely conflicts will arise. However, whenever you live with someone and spend a lot of time with them, petty quarrels are bound to happen. If these conflicts ever become unbearable to endure, consider seeking out MU’s University Apartment Office. This department provides services for roommates having disputes that they can’t resolve alone.
Remember That You Always Have MU
Don’t be afraid to take advantage of all the services MU offers to its off-campus students. Just because you’re living away from campus doesn’t mean you’re cut off from the university. MU’s Volunteer Legal Clinic offers pro bono services to students having serious problems with their landlord that may require legal intervention. Public Safety also provides regular security checks to student apartments and a vacant house watch when you’re away on vacation or visiting home for the holidays.
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