How to Make Your Off Campus Housing Feel Like Home


Decorating your off campus housing can seem a little daunting. This video has great ideas on how to turn your temporary housing into a home. These ideas are not only aesthetically pleasing but functional too!

Space can be tricky in an apartment but fabric panels can help hide away nooks and exposed closets.  A hutch is a great place to hide home office supplies when you don’t have an actual office yet! If you’re really tight on space consider a day bed, which can act as a couch during the day and a bed at night!

These are just a few of the ideas in this video, watch it now to learn more!

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8 Fun and Free Things that everyone in Madison Should Do!

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8 Fun and Free Things that Everyone in Madison Should Do!


1) Take a stroll down State Street

Stop at one of the many shops or restaurants. Sit outside to indulge in the always-interesting activity of people watching. There’s never a shortage of unique people strolling up and down State Street in Madison. .


2) Head inside the Capitol Building and gaze up at its magnificent dome

FUN FACT! The Wisconsin State Capitol has actually been built not once, not twice, but three times with the third being built in 1906. It is home to the Wisconsin Supreme court, the Office of the Governor, and both chambers of the Wisconsin legislature. It is a beautiful structure that any architecture buff would get much delight in gazing at.

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3) Journey to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens

While some people have had their wedding or prom photos taken here, it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to wander through the beautiful gardens. Admission is free to the public on Wednesday and Saturday mornings except during Olbrich’s famous Blooming Butterflies event. All other days and times it’s a mere $2.00.

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4) Henry Vilas Zoo

Thanks to hefty donations by the Vilas family, it has always and will always be a free zoo for as long as it exists. Take the kids to the petting zoo or perhaps a date so you two can romantically stroll through the grounds, watching the many beautiful animals.


5) Farmers’ Market

Take a stroll around the capitol building, taking in the fresh air and fresh food that Madison’s farmers’ market has to offer. Click here to find out more information about exact dates and days that the market takes place.


6) Tenney Park

In the summer, sit outside and take in the beautiful weather. In the winter, cruise over with your ice skates and play some hockey or simply enjoy a nice skate around the pond.


7) Chazen Museum of Art

The Chazen Museum of Art houses some pretty spectacular pieces. The museum presents around ten temporary exhibits per year, allowing visitors to see a variety of pieces. For more information about previous and upcoming exhibitions click here.

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8) The Memorial Union Terrace

With live music almost every Thursday, Friday, Saturday in the summer, it’s a destination for anyone who enjoys a good time. Grab a pitcher of your favorite beer, sit back, and watch the sun set over the water as you wait for local and out-of-town bands to play.

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Shows to Binge Watch in Your Downtown Apartment This Summer (When It Rains)


Whether you have a couple of weeks or a few months off it is time to relax in your downtown apartment this summer. We have gathered up 5 great Netflix shows for you to binge watch (or watch at a reasonable pace) on those grey days during your time off.


1) Orange Is the New Black

Watch the first 3 seasons on of this critically acclaimed comedy drama series.  Piper Chapman trades her cozy New York life to serve time for a crime she committed in the past. The drama of the women’s prison will keep you hooked and you’ll be begging for more!


2) Breaking Bad

If you are one of the few people not already on the Breaking Bad bandwagon it is time to jump on. Catch up on all 5 seasons before you watch the spin off “Better Call Saul”.


3) House of Cards

House of Cards is a Netflix original political drama that you won’t be able to stop watching. There are 3 seasons available right now. This show will have your mouth hanging wide open.


4) Parks and Recreation

Sadly this hilarious comedy is now officially off the air :( but luckily Netflix has 6 seasons for you to binge watch!


5) 30 Rock

Another show that will keep you busy with 7 seasons. You won’t mind with this award winning cast including Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan.


We know we have now officially made your summer less productive! You’ll thank us later. ;)


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Best Plants to Keep in an Apartment

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Having houseplants in your apartment can be one of the easiest ways to liven up the place. The benefits are numerous including recycling the air in your apartment to create a fresher atmosphere, providing a chic and intriguing look for you and your guests to admire, and they have de-stressing properties.

Scroll down to see some of the recommened plants to keep in your apartment.


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Peace Lily

These plants are very good at removing pollutants in the air and they are also very easy to tend to since they grow very well in darker or shady areas, therefore they do not need to be kept near windows or skylights. In addition to their beauty and pollutant removal properties, they bloom sweet, fragrant flowers in the summer time.


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Aloe Plant

The Aloe plant is, hands down, one of the best plants to keep in your home. It has numerous healing properties that you can utilize. When you have a cut, scar, or sunburn, just break off a piece of the plant and use the soothing gel inside to cover the area needing aid. Don’t worry about hurting the plant as it is very resilient. Just remember to provide a healthy dose of sunlight for it to grow properly.


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English Ivy

According to NASA, this is the single best air-filtering houseplant. It is extremely useful in purifying the air and is actually very easy to grow and take care of. It requires modest amounts of sunlight and normal indoor temperatures.


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Spider Plant

Don’t be fooled by the name, this plant is nothing to be scared of. In fact, it’s one of those plants that can be left alone for long periods of time if you happen to be one to sometimes be forgetful about taking care of houseplants. This plant has many air-filtering properties, similar to those mentioned above and is also very safe to have if you happen to have pets.


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How to Make Cleaning your Apartment More Fun and Less Trouble

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How to make Cleaning your Apartment More Fun and Less Trouble

Whether it’s your annual Spring cleaning or your apartment simply needs a little tidying up, there’s no reason you should have to suffer through boring, monotonous chores without having a little fun too. 

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Play your favorite music by your favorite artists.

Music is a large part of our lives and research has shown it to have many different health benefits. So, next time you have to clean, why not lift your spirits by playing some of your favorite music. It will most likely improve your mood and make tedious tasks go by much faster. You might even want to practice your singing so to prepare yourself for a future karaoke outing.

Turn your cleaning activities into a race.

According to, one particularly interesting way to spice up the act of cleaning is to make it some sort of a race. This creates a competitive atmosphere that is more fun and also speeds up your cleaning time. However, in your hasty cleaning, be careful not to overlook any of the hard to clean spots.

Tackle one area of the apartment at a time.

It’s best not to think about the whole picture when planning to clean your apartment, but rather focus on specific, smaller areas. You can systematically check these areas off your list without the stress or anxiety of thinking about how much more work you might have to do. Each little area that you finish is just one of many accomplishments instead of simply one big completed task.

Take breaks and reward yourself.

After finishing one or several of the small areas mentioned above, reward yourself with a break. Maybe watch an episode of your favorite show if you have time, or make yourself a snack. Be sure to cut these breaks short and get back to work before you lose the momentum and waste too much time.

Create a routine.

Humans are creatures of habit. Therefore, it makes sense that you would want to create a routine for every time you clean. That way, you know almost exactly what you are getting into, how long it may take, and what is necessary to accomplish your cleaning goals. After a few times, you will get used to the routine and things will work much more smoothly. You may want to mix up the routine every now and then so not to get too bored with it.

BONUS: If you have kids, you can entice them to help clean your place too with these easy tips.

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The Hub on Campus Madison

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Have you taken a look at this absolutely gorgeous new apartment building downtown Madison?

The Hub on Campus Madison is in one word magical. Imagine a New York penthouse meets a sprawling beachfront property in LA. This is the kind of style and luxury you will get at the Hub. Rock star status? Don’t mind if we do.

This fantastic Madison pad has so many features it will rock your world. Say hello to:

  • Central location on State Street next to UW-Madison, Shopping, Restaurants and Nightlife
  • Controlled Access and Key FOB System Throughout
  • Private Bedrooms and Bathrooms*
  • Fully Furnished Plus HD Flat Screen TV in Each Living Room
  • Upscale Stainless Steel Appliances Including Stove, Oven, Microwave, Dishwasher and Refrigerator
  • Full-Size Washer and Dryer in Each Apartment
  • Walk-in Showers with Built-in Seating & Kohler Moxie Bluetooth Shower Head
  • 20-Foot LED Outdoor TV Screen
  • 3,500 SF Fitness Center with State-of-the-Art Fitness Equipment
  • Rooftop Sundeck with Pool, Two Hot Tubs and Cabanas
  • Outdoor Sand Volleyball Court
  • Seasonal Ice Rink
  • Indoor/Outdoor Spa with Steam Room, Sauna, Tanning Salon, Hot Tubs and Cold Plunge
  • Indoor Golf Simulator
  • Executive Business Center with Macs, PCs and Printers
  • Quartz Countertops and Wood-Style Flooring
  • Dry Bar Area with Beverage Cooler*
  • Blackout Shades in Bedrooms*
  • In Apartment Bike Storage*
  • USB/Duplex Outlets in Kitchen and Bedrooms
  • Study Room on Residential Floors
  • Dedicated Quiet and Scholarly Floor(s)
  • Music Practicing Room with Performance Space
  • Indoor TV Gaming Area Including TV Wall, Pool Table, Ping Pong, Arcade Game and more
  • Ice Machines On Amenity Floor
  • Limited Assigned Parking Available in Climate & Access Controlled Garage
  • Free High Speed Wi-Fi Throughout Building
  • Roommate Matching & Individual Leases
  • Cable, Internet, Trash, and Amenities Included in Rent
  • On-site, Professional Management & Maintenance
  • Mansion, SPA & VIP Units with Upgraded and Additional Amenities
  • Mansion and VIP Units with Private Outdoor Terrace and Hot Tub*
  • One-, 2, 3, 4, and 5 Bedroom Apartments & 4 and 5 Bedroom Townhomes Available

*select apartments

All this and more coming Fall 2015 so strap on your apartment hunting britches and head on over to The Hub’s temporary office to check their model apartment at 437 W. Gilman St. Don’t wait long though apartments wait for no man or woman, this building will fill up and fast!

5 Apps to Make College Life Easier

College life is hard enough. Madison Campus & Downtown Living has compiled a list of a few apps that will make your college experience that much easier.

Trust us you will want to see these apps

Great Restaurant Ideas for Date Spots in Madison

Madison, Wisconsin has some incredible restaurants. For a town of its size, it’s quite remarkable the amount of quality dining establishments that exist. The following are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the great places to take a significant other on a date.


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Sardine is, hands down, one of the best places to grab brunch in Madison. With three different sizes of mimosas, many different unique cocktails, and a great selection of delicious food, how can you go wrong taking a date here? In the summertime, request to sit outside and you can take in the beautiful view of Lake Menona.


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Considered by many to be Madison’s best restaurant, L’Etoile boasts an upscale experience of “farm-to-table, French-inspired American fare [with marvelous] wine and cocktails.” This place is a little more expensive than most, but if you’re with a truly special someone, it is quite worth the extra amount.


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Bonfyre American Grille

Located off the Beltline, this cozy restaurant is great for double dates or simply just you and your love. The blue cheese potato chips are amazing, as well as the many different flatbreads. Definitely come hungry when heading to Bonfyre, because they give you a hefty amount of food. Numerous beers on tap and an extensive wine list allows for anyones libation appetite to be whet.


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Craving something Italian? Then you’ll definitely want to check out Lombardino’s, located on the near west side on Old University Ave. This place has the most authentic Italian food in Madison. Everything on the menu is delicious, the atmosphere is wonderful, the service is great, and once again, the wine list is quite lovely.

Small Appliances for your Downtown Apartment Rental

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Your downtown apartment rental will come with all of the major appliances you need but we’ve made a list of small appliances to get in order to make your life easier. And who doesn’t want life to be easier?

1.  Coffee Maker

This one is a no brainer and you’ve got a lot of options. You could go with a classic coffee maker or a french press. If you’re living alone maybe you want to go with a single cup coffee maker like a Keurig or a Nespresso. Your options are endless!

2. Microwave

Sometimes this one is included in your apartment but if it’s not it can be a great investment. Microwaves can be the perfect way to save money and reheat leftovers.

3. Plate Grill

Plate grills, like the George Foreman or Hamilton Beach grills, are an easy, convenient time-saver. They’re made in several sizes so you can pick the right one for just you or your roommates too!

4. Slow Cooker

A slow cooker is also a convenient time-saver. There are tons of slow cooker recipes on Pinterest. You can pick one at the beginning of the day, whip it up, let it cook during the day and then feast at night! Voila!

5. Blender

A blender is a great appliance to have and extremely versatile. Whether you’re healthy smoothie fan or more of a blended tropical drink fan having a blender around is essential. Sometimes blenders double as food processors by attaching an extra part. BONUS!

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Off Campus Housing Organizational Tips & Tricks

Whether this is your first time in off campus housing or you’ve been off campus for a couple years this Buzzfeed video has tips you would never think of (and wish you had)! Do you always wish your computer/phone/tablet/etc.cords were more organized instead of being in a messy pile? Try wrapping them and putting them neatly in toilet paper rolls.

Maybe you don’t have the cord problem but who doesn’t wish they had more closet space? Using soda pop tabs to stack hangers is a cheap and easy way to save money and space!

Buzzfeed made a video with 5 hacks that will make your life easier, cleaner and more organized. And you can do them all on a budget!

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