Platteville is a small city that has been growing incredibly quickly over the past decade. In 2010, its population was just over 11,000. It was originally just a small farming village, but the founding of mines in the area caused almost all the communities in this part of Wisconsin to grow exponentially in the 1820s. The town is home to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville enrolls around 8,700 students. The school offers degrees in a wide variety of disciplines, but is best down for its business and engineering programs. The logo of the school is a large "M". In Platteville, there is the largest man-made "M" in the world, which sits on Platte Mound. Twice a year, various groups within the University hold large events where the "M" is lit using kerosene lamps. Much of the town always comes out to see the lit up "M" which is a point of local pride.
Platteville is another one of the many college towns that dot the countryside in America that has a very clear rental cycle. Because the University is the major draw both economically and academically, most of the renters come and leave town based on the University year. This means that looking in April and May when the last crop of students is leaving is ideal.
When you're meeting with a Platteville landlord, don't be afraid to tell them if you're a student. In larger cities, students are often looked upon as problematic renters. However, in a college town like Platteville, students make up the lions share of the renters, so most landlords are more than happy to work with them.
Platteville is a very small city, and it is easy to walk or bike everywhere that you need to get to. The entire city covers less than six square miles. If you're looking to explore other portions of the state, there are a number of bus routes that run throughout the region.
Attending events when the Big "M" is lit is always popular with the town, especially during the homecoming weekend. Several historic sites in the area preserve local history, such as the Stone Cottage and the Rollo Jamison Museum and Mining Museum. If you're looking to grab a drink, Cold Fusion Restaurant & Bar is a good place to grab a bite and watch the game on TV. Third Street Brewpub is a good choice if you want to try some local brews.