College Junior 2012-01-03T18:27:38Z
Drugs a Minor Problem Compared to Alcohol – Drugs in the University of Wisconsin Madison are not too serious. However, there are hundreds of students who smoke and use marijuana and hookah. It depends on who you hang out with, but for the most part, alcohol is much more prevalent than drugs.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-03T02:33:56Z
Great Bar Scene – Tons of bars, live music, etc. Always something to do.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-03T02:32:26Z
Asians and Rich Kids – Lots of Asians, and they are very, very clique-y. A fair amount of spoiled, snobby, rich kids as well.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-03T02:30:32Z
Pricey but Worth It – Housing near campus is almost entirely student body, so expect to be gouged on rent. It's not uncommon for 1-bedrooms to run as high as 800/mo. That being said, given the social scene in Madison, it's worth getting out of the dorms if you can.
College Senior 2012-01-02T21:24:01Z
Something for Everyone – Wisconsin gives me the opportunity to challenge myself academically while also giving me options to socialize on the weekends. There's a nice mix of fun and work that keeps me motivated through each semester. Also, through the many different organizations and extracurricular opportunities, students are given an option to find or practice other passions that they may have outside the classroom.
College Junior 2012-01-02T21:20:43Z
There's definitely a plethora of off-campus housing available in Madison. It's very expensive though! The most upscale student apartments are Lucky, Equinox, and Grand Central and to have your own room in a four-bedroom, expect to pay $700-$900. It's possible to have your own room in a house or dumpy apartment for around $500. Expect to sign a lease for anywhere around Thanksgiving!
College Senior 2012-01-02T21:19:14Z
I'm a fan of variety, and Wisconsin's weather has a variety of temperatures and conditions that one can feel over the year. During the beginning of the fall semester and the end of the spring, the weather can be very hot. During the end of the fall semester and the beginning of the spring semester, the weather is very cold. Either way, the weather never stops anybody from doing anything.
College Senior 2012-01-02T21:14:43Z
Every place that one may wish to go is almost always within walking distance and if not, then there are sufficient bus options.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-29T21:16:52Z
Get yourself a winter coat. Fall and Spring are beautiful however. : )
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-29T21:16:10Z
Free Bus Pass! The free bus pass offered to all UW Madison students is the best! So easy to use!
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:46:36Z
Food for Everyone – The dining halls on campus offer a large variety of menu options to choose from. Rheta's is probably the best place to eat on campus at the moment. It has stir fry and burritos made to order, fresh fruit and vegetables everyday, and buffalo wings once a week that many students look foward to. Next year there will be two new campus dining options on campus adding more competition to the cafeterias on campus.
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:41:34Z
So Much to Do, So Little Time – State Street sits at the heart of campus. The long street holds a variety of restaurants, bars, and stores that attract a wide range of eating and shopping preferences. Also, the theaters on state street are frequented with excellent plays and concerts. Every weekend I am confronted with multiple choices of how to spend my precious free time.
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:30:41Z
Guys & Girls:
Strong & Attractive – Overall, the student population is very attractive. Students here are very motivated and take care of themselves nicely. Girls tend to dress modestly and are not very obsessed with the latest fashion trends. Both genders spend considerable amounts of time working out, and people here find it appealing to be healthy and in shape.
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:22:08Z
Great Place to Learn – University of Madison offers endless academic opportunities. I am double majoring in History and Environmental Studies and my professors have been amazing. The school does not only teach you how to think but how to speak. 20 person discussion sections with T.A.'s help students gain a better understanding of the lecture or expand on what the professor discussed. Furthermore, professors are easily accessible and really do like speaking to students. The workload is tolerable and there are plenty of libraries and study areas like the SAC that provide students with the peace and quiet needed to get their work done.
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:14:25Z
Smooth Process – Scholarships offered by the school are very competitive and difficult to obtain unless if you are at the top of the incoming freshman class. Fortunately, I recieved grants that helped me cover most of my tuition and I never had issues dealing with the finacial aid process.
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:06:31Z
The off-campus housing selection is very diverse with a variety of different locations and prices to choose from. Most sophomores choose to move out of the dorms after freshman year because apartments can be less expensive than living in University Housing.
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:04:00Z
Health & Safety:
University Protection – Coming from a big city, I never feel afraid walking alone on campus during the nighttime. However, if it is really late there are SafeRide and SafeWalk programs where you can get a free taxi ride or have two people walk home with you. If you use the programs provided by campus you will not find yourself in a dangerous situation on campus. Personally, I have never met anyone who has fallen victim to any sort of crime while at Madison.
College Junior 2011-12-27T18:38:53Z
Apartments Go Fast! There are many apartment options off campus, with all different price ranges. Due to the mass amount of people im Madison apartment openings tend to disappear very quickly.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-14T03:51:30Z
Bring a Jacket – Winters are very cold... and long. The summer and fall are beautiful, especially with the lake but winter can be tough. You will want to come prepared with a good winter coat and boots.
College Junior 2011-12-08T20:31:25Z
Nightlife is for students who are 21 or older. There are a few 18-and-older clubs, but I say skip the clubs. House parties are free, the music is better, and you don't have to pay for a cab back to campus.
College Junior 2011-12-08T20:03:00Z
Madison is probably one of the most diverse schools one could ever go to! There are so many people, locations, restaurants, activities, clubs, and more that are diverse in every way possible! Race, ethnicity, gender, religion, politics, interests, hobbies, majors, activities--you name it, it's here!
College Junior 2011-12-08T20:00:43Z
There are a lot of great places that are basically in the heart of campus. The only downside is that the housing rush for next year starts early--about early November. But everyone finds one, no problem. Costs vary depending on how close you are to campus, but there's one out there for every person's budget. Sharing rooms lowers the costs at most places! However, look at everything you have to pay for because it may seem like cheap rent, but add all the utilities and it may be cheaper to live in the dorms.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-03T19:07:20Z
Pretty Smooth Process – I received a nice amount of financial aid. I had no mishaps with the process. I still made sure to call the financial aid office to make sure that they've received all of my information.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-03T19:03:31Z
Expensive Apartments – The apartments in Madison are pretty expensive. I was pushed to find an apartment and found one for $495 per month with 6 other roommates; I have the smallest room and I am paying the same rent. There are some less expensive ones out there though.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-03T18:59:27Z
Nice Variety of Jop Opportunities – I currently attend University of Wisconsin-Madison, and so far my curriculum has been really tough and the workload heavy. The job opportunities are vast and my major allows me to have many job choices in the field of science/animal science or even jobs in marketing or business.
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