Madison has many vibrant neighborhoods with affordable housing options in and around the campus area that are conveniently located whether you have a car or are planning on getting around using the bus system and your own two feet.
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Vilas and Greenbush Neighborhoods – These two neighborhoods border one another just south of campus making for an easy walk or a quick bus ride. In addition to the easy access to campus and downtown this area is surrounded by everything you could possible want. Bordered by Monroe Street to the west and Regent Street to the north you will have plenty options for shopping and eating out. The UW Arboetum just south will take you out of the city and into 1,260 acres of natural landscapes great for running, biking or just enjoying the scenery. Want more to do? You can spend the day at Lake Wingra boating or fishing and when you are done with that head over to the free Henry Vilas Zoo.
Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood – Located east of the capital on the northern half of the isthmus, Tenney-Lapham offers quick 10 minute access to downtown and campus via bus or bike. This neighborhood is anchored by the recently revitalized East Johnson Street which is lined with plenty of locally owned restaurants, shopping and has one of the best places in town to get a cup of coffee and study at the Johnson Public House. If the great outdoors is calling your name you can head down to Tenney Park and take a stroll along the lagoons or catch some rays and swim at James Madison Park.
Marquette Neighborhood – The center of counter culture in Madison, it’s known for its bohemian and hippie flair. Located east of the capital on the southern half of the isthmus, the Marquette neighborhood offers quick 10 minute access to downtown and campus via bus or bike. Williamson Street, known locally as Willy Street, is the heart of the neighborhood with an abundance of locally owned restaurants with cuisines from all over the world, numerous cafes and bars. Throughout the year you can enjoy one of the many outdoor festivals or monthly summer concerts during the Central Park Sessions.
Regent Neighborhood – The neighborhood is bordered on the north and east by the UW campus making it easy to walk to and is within a mile of Lake Mendota. The eastern end of the neighborhood is anchored by the Camp Randall football stadium and fieldhouse. On football Saturdays in the fall, the neighborhood is awash in Badger red and white. Just south is Monroe Street which has over a mile of locally-owned specialty shops and businesses to explore as well as a Trader Joes. If you don’t have tickets to the football game but still want to be apart of the revelry you can walk to the eastern half of Regent Street and hang out in one of the Badger themed bars or any other number of tasty restaurants.
Schenk-Atwood Neighborhood – The soul of Madison lives in the Schenk-Atwood neighborhood, an unassuming old blue-collar district re-imagined as a vibrant haven for many of the funkier and more enterprising elements of the city’s creative class. Along with easy access to campus via bus or bike, this neighborhood provides an eccentric array of locally owned shops, restaurants and bars as well as the Barrymore Theatre where you can see a variety of concerts. At the Olbrich Botanical Gardens you can take a stroll through the 16 acres of outdoor gardens featuring stunning landscapes and Midwest-hardy plants or visit the tropics in the Bolz Conservatory, filled with exotic plants, flowers, orchids, birds, and a waterfall.