If you're looking for a new apartment in Menomonie, June and July are the best times to hit the want ads. This is when the students have all moved out of town, and before the next wave has occupied the rental apartments. Try to find a place before the end of July before the availability tightens up again.
The affordability of the apartments makes them easier to pay for, but not necessarily any easier to get approved for. You still need to convince most quality landlords that you would be a quality tenant. Stability is something that all landlords look for. If you have a stable rental and employment history, you look like the type of person most landlords would want to rent to.
Most people in Menomonie drive or walk to wherever they need to get too. However, if you're unused to Wisconsin winters, make sure you pack appropriate gear if you plan on traveling by foot in the winter months. Dunn Country transit operates routes that service the town. These routes especially feed towards the University campus to help students commute to and from school.
Local museums like the Empire in the Pine Museum provide a taste of local culture. Outdoor attractions like the Crystal Cave and Prospector Creek are great for a relaxed outing. If you want a little more energy in your exploration, head to Hoffman Hills for biking, cross country skiing or snowshoeing during the winter months.