The University of Wisconsin – Madison is one of the truly great public universities. Boasting one of the largest student enrollments in the nation — over 40,000 total students — the school also is considered by many to be a public ivy, offering an education worthy of an Ivy League school at a public college. UW – Madison students and faculty conduct more research than all but a handful of other schools in the nation. In addition to its sparkling academic reputation, the Badgers have a top notch athletics program, with its teams having won nearly 30 national championships, with the most recent being men’s cross country and women’s ice hockey in 2011. Competing in the Big Ten Conference gives its talented basketball and football teams great national exposure.
Student life at Wisconsin is filled with unique experiences. The campus is located just off State Street, which is a great restaurant and bar district, and is within quick and easy walking distance from the Wisconsin state capital. Plus, there’s nothing quite like sitting out on the terrace at the Wisconsin Union overlooking the lake and enjoying a cold beer and a hot brat on a warm September afternoon.
Madison is, in many ways, the great American college town. With nearly 50,000 students, faculty and staff, the University is one of the drivers of the city’s economy, but it’s not the only one. Being the state capital, Wisconsin itself is the largest employer in town. Madison is also home to Spectrum Brands (Rayovac), American Family Insurance, American Girl, and was the original home of The Onion. The cost of living is slightly higher in Madison than the national average, but there are great deals to be had. Well located one and two bedroom apartments start in the low $500s. If you’re going to Madison, though, you should consider buying an excellent winter coat, though–it snows nearly forty days per year, on average, and the city gets more than fifty inches of snow!
Due to the impressive range of options that Wisconsin – Madison provides, including a study-abroad program and lots of government opportunities, students often find themselves looking for affordable self storage near Madison, and they are not disappointed. For instance, you can lease a storage unit that’s 5 X 5 with drive up access and a roll up door for less than $90.00 per month. There are plenty of opportunities to find great storage deals in 53706!