Madison, WI Cat Friendly Apartments

Welcome to Madison!

Madison, Wisconsin is our favorite place on earth and we know it will be yours too if it isn’t already! The campus and downtown area of Madison is a fantastic place to call home. There is a diverse selection of apartment homes available for both students attending The University of Wisconsin - Madison and those looking to live in the fabulous downtown area. Renters are sure to find exactly what they are looking for whether it is affordable or luxury they desire. There are fantastic apartments around every corner of the Isthmus including the UW Campus and the Capitol Square. Similarly to the marvelous amenities offered by apartment communities, Madison’s downtown has everything you need as well. Outstanding apartment homes, excellent food and drinks, sensational events and activities, amazing jobs, and happiness is what this city is all about. Thank you for choosing us to begin your apartment search. Please read below to learn more.

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More About Madison

Home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin State Capitol, the campus and downtown area of Madison is extraordinarily unique and the perfect place to live. It is one of only two major U.S. cities built on an isthmus, named after the fourth president of the United States, James Madison and commonly referred to as Mad City or Mad Town. You will experience all the joy and fun times Madison has to offer when you call it home. The campus and downtown area has all the hustle and bustle of big cities as well as midwestern, small-town charm. If you’re thinking of moving into this lively area or looking for new things to explore, we’ve got you covered with everything you’ll need to know.

Drinks & Dining

There are seemingly endless options of both chain restaurants and local favorites that are sure to satisfy your tastebuds. You don’t have to go far to find a place with cheese curds, beer brats, a fish fry, Bloody Marys, Old Fashions, or craft beer in this midwestern city. However, Madison also prides itself on its offerings of international cuisine including Italian, Mexican, Asian, Peruvian and so much more. Some notable must-eats include: Graft, A Pig in a Fur Coat, Tipsy Cow, Nitty Gritty and The Coopers Tavern. It’s no issue getting your craft beer fix, there are countless quality craft breweries. Need a drink after a long day of work/classes or want to let loose on the weekend? Check out The Double U, Wandos, Whiskey Jacks, and Red Rock Saloon. If you’re looking for a good time on Badger game day head over to Regent Street and join your fellow Badgers at Buckingham's, Jordan's Big Ten Pub, and Sconnie Bar.

Nightlife

The campus and downtown area is the central hub for nightlife activities in Madison. The Comedy Club on State Street has been a staple for a night out for quite some time. It’s home to the hottest comedians, as well as new and local talent. When you’re done getting some laughs in, State Street has an abundance of bars and nightlife that can appease many tastes, though you’ll likely find more college students and young professionals frequenting these bars. The blocks around the Capitol are also a hot location for cocktails, cigars, and camaraderie. There’s no shortage of entertainment at venues such as the Overture Center for the Arts, Majestic, and The Orpheum Theater. Live music adds to the heartbeat of this city and whether you’re at the High Noon Saloon, The Ivory Room Piano Bar, a concert at The Sylvee, or listening to a local artist at the Memorial Union Terrace, you’ll never be short of a good tune and good energy.

Something For Everyone

Standing at 284 feet tall and the tallest building in Madison, one simply cannot miss the Wisconsin State Capitol. If you enjoy art, history, and museums make sure to walk around the surrounding area of the Capitol Square and visit the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and Madison Children's Museum. Head over to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and continue a cultural experience like no other. Visit the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison Geology Museum, L.R. Ingersoll Physics Museum and Washburn Observatory. Looking for some fun outdoor activities? There are plenty of parks and green-spaces in the campus and downtown area. Go for a walk, run, bike ride, or picnic at James Madison Park, UW Arboretum, UW Lakeshore Nature Reserve, and Olin Park. Take in the beauty of the unique, natural landscape that is home to a multitude of magnificent flora and fauna. Speaking of fauna, don’t forget to explore one of the few admission-free zoos in the country: Henry Vilas Zoo. They are open year-round and have frequently fun events and activities for all ages. State Street is brimming with culinary and shopping experiences that will surely not disappoint your appetite or stylistic cravings. When walking around the UW Campus and Downtown Madison one is sure to spot The Motion "W" being worn pridefully by current badgers, alumni, and fans alike. Badger Athletics are a big deal  around here and with over 23 men’s and women’s teams competing all year round in the Big Ten Conference there are always opportunities to cheer on our nationally ranked badgers at Camp Randall Stadium, Kohl Center, LaBahn Arena, McClimon Track & Soccer Complex and many more. The sports continue on the other side of the Capitol where you can cheer on the Madison Radicals and Forward Madison FC at Breese Stevens Field. This amazing stadium is also host to concerts and community events in addition to athletic events. The campus and downtown area is a truly amazing place to live where there are no excuses to be bored, but instead, endless possibilities to learn, be active, socialize, and have fun.

Farmers’ Markets

There’s a magic that exists at the Dane County Farmer’s Market on Capitol Square in Madison. Every year, thousands of Madisonians and tourists alike, flock to the blocks surrounding the Capitol to enjoy local produce, flowers, baked goods, fresh cheese curds, honey, and more from Wisconsin’s farmers. Boasting goods from over 150 vendors, the bright colored tents, smells, and friendly people are a must-see-and-visit on your Saturday mornings from mid-April to mid-November of each year. Though it runs from about 6am - 2pm, make sure to get there early, as when the goods sell out, vendors will pack up! (You won’t want to miss Stella's Hot & Spicy Cheese Bread!) To top things off, this farmer’s market is the largest producer-only market in the United States, and is sure to win over your heart and your stomach.

Shop ’Til You Drop

Grab your wallet, put on your walking shoes and head down State Street. You will be sure to find everything you are looking for from clothing, shoes, coffee, food, dessert and so much more. You’ll have no problem going back again and again with the variety of stores, restaurants, and bars all while taking in great views of the Capitol. Get your groceries with ease by shopping at the many trusted local and chain stores or have them delivered to your front door. In addition to that, find local bread and meats from butchers and bakers, or fresh produce from the local farmer’s market. You don’t even have to leave the isthmus to find exactly what you’re looking for.

A City You Can Trust

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the city of Madison have both done a lot to reduce crime and provide a safe environment to live. Most, if not all, of the streets are well lit and ample space is provided for sidewalks, bike lanes, and bus lanes. Apartment buildings offer secure entry and take many measures against unwanted guests. The Madison police, fire and emergency medical services work around the clock serving the community to assist wherever and whenever you may need them. A national report recently acknowledged Madison as the second-safest city in which to walk, and No 4 in overall safest cities. You’ll feel safe renting here with the small town vibe that comes with nice neighbors and friendly people around every corner.

Schools and Education

When you say Wisconsin, you’ve said it all and when you say Madison you can’t help but think of UW-Madison. This Big Ten conference school boasts a student population of over 44,000 and offers 9,000-plus courses; 200-plus undergraduate majors and certificates; 250-plus master’s, doctoral, and professional programs and 2,000-plus faculty experts. Ranked as the 13th best public university in the U.S. students, faculty, and community members love to brag about how great it is to be a Badger. The school is a leader in academics, research, public service, and athletics. Madison was recently named college football's greatest college town so after a week of hard work and studying, Badgers know how to have fun too. There are also other fantastic options for education in Madison such as Madison College, Edgewood, and numerous other post-secondary schools. There is a multitude of learning opportunities in the campus and downtown area and you will be sure to find exactly what you want and need in an education. Madison also boasts exceptional education across the board at all ages for families living in the area. Extraordinary teaching staff and advanced courses prepare students for their futures in addition to fun and exciting extracurricular activities.

 

Don’t Take Our Word For It!

The numbers don’t lie, Madison has routinely ranked as one of the best cities in America in numerous categories. Two reports in 2019 have listed Madison in the top ten at No 3 and No 10 best places to live and America’s top small cities respectively. Given the fact that Madison is America’s greatest college football town, it’s a no-brainer that it is one of the best places to live for recent college grads. Don’t think that it’s only about the college scene here though because people of all ages love Madison for the diverse and countless amount of fun activities and things to explore. There are thousands of things Madison is doing right to improve the livability of its beloved residents, from making it easy to connect to the outside world via the Dane County Regional Airport, to providing easy and inexpensive transportation and housing options. So yeah, of course we love it here but we know you will too!

Best In Business

Business is booming here in Mad Town, especially in the campus and downtown area. Madison’s low unemployment rate is supported by the diverse array of high quality jobs and careers available. Whatever your interests may be, you have a great chance to find excellent opportunities on the isthmus. The university and capital support much of the hiring here and they are also backed up by a host of healthcare, IT, manufacturing, and STEM professions. A growing number of college graduates and hardworking Madisonians find wonderful work-life balance due to high household income, steady job growth and increased opportunities while enjoying a low cost of living and affordable housing.

Getting Around

Commuting is made easy by being one of the most bicycle friendly cities with large and clearly defined bike lanes and paths located all throughout Madison. You’ll see just how easy it is to pedal around on either your own bike or one of the 300 rentable Madison BCycle bikes located at over 45 stations spread through downtown making it a viable option no matter where you have to go. The campus and downtown area is also very walkable as sidewalks are well maintained and everything you need is a short distance away. Although Madison can experience tough winter conditions at times, the city does a great job to remove snow and maintain safe roads. If you have more distance to cover than walking or biking will allow, hop on one of the many Metro Transit bus lines, call up an Uber, Lyft, Green Cab, or take your own wheels out for a spin. There are also Amtrak train stations and the Dane County Regional Airport for when you want to explore the world outside of Madison.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Thinking of joining the other 260,000 people that call Madison home? We think that is a great idea given that Madison is the fastest growing city in Wisconsin and is home to such a diverse, fun, and caring population. No matter what your age, infants/toddlers, young adults/young professionals, or parents/grandparents, you will always have something new to do, somewhere new to eat, and amazing places to explore. The Madison housing market supports the needs and desires of all those looking for a place to call home. Whether you are looking to buy a home or rent you won’t have to look long for the perfect pad. Regardless if you need to save up first before buying a home, or prefer renting we have you covered. Using our free search tool, you can find an affordable studio apartment, charmingly historic house, modern townhome, or multi-bedroom luxury high-rise with ease. Many apartment communities also offer an extensive list of amenities that often include fitness centers, underground parking, pet stations, laundry, modern finishes and appliances, and indoor/outdoor community spaces. Pairing all of these options for housing with the great livability that campus and downtown offers is why Madison has been ranked as the No 1 best city for renters.

Future Outlook

Due to Madison’s population growing quite rapidly compared to other cities, averaging at a rate of 3% growth each year, and a frequently low vacancy rate the rental market can be a bit competitive. Nonetheless, the amount of unique options to rent that exist currently along with new projects being continuously proposed and developed provide renters with plenty of places to potentially call home. Just make sure you start your search reasonably early and use the right tools. The continuous influx of highly educated, young professionals to Madison’s universities and highly desirable career fields will ensure that Madison continues to grow and prosper. The campus and downtown areas of Madison will continue to provide rich, enjoyable living experiences and excitement for years to come.

The Hudson

1722 Monroe

408 N. Henry Street

Les Chateaux

508 N. Henry Street

Livingston Place

22 Dayton

615 N. Henry Street

Wingra Point Residences

1917 University Avenue

701 Knickerbocker Street

202 N. Pinckney Street

7 E. Gilman Street

143 - 145 W. Gilman Street

Vicinato Apartments

Lakewood Gardens

Quarter Row at the Yards

2530 Kendall Avenue

2223 University Avenue

Washington Plaza

1 N. Bedford Street

1602 - 1606 Hoyt Street

Veritas Village

125 N. Blair St

738 E. Dayton Street

110 S. Broom Street

Cardinal Apartments

2721 Lynn Terrace

The Pressman

504 W. Mifflin Street

203 N. Hamilton Street

408 - 410 W. Doty Street

5 W. Gilman Street

3311 Harvey Street

111 E. Gorham Street

319 N. Pinckney Street

1113 - 1127 E. Dayton Street

137 E. Gorham Street

129 E. Gorham Street

1314 Randall Court

119 W. Gorham Street

2408 Kendall Avenue

11 E. Gilman Street

746 E. Johnson St

Marling Apartments

135 N. Butler Street

Arden

840 E. Gorham Street

110 W. Johnson Street

Briarwood

133 E. Gorham Street

1018 Emerald Street

110 S. Hancock Street

921 High Street

817 1/2 E. Johnson Street

138 N. Hancock Street

Gilman Apartments

916 Vilas Avenue

926 Vilas Avenue

206 N. Pinckney Street

410 N. Butler Street

117 W. Gorham Street

2245 Winnebago Street

138 - 140 N. Butler Street

Hart House

The Lux

515 W. Dayton Street

134 W. Gorham Street

2926 McKinley Street

140 E. Johnson Street

401 E. Johnson Street

113 N. Butler Street

744 E. Johnson St

315 N. Pinckney Street

302 Walnut Street

211 Langdon Street

442 State Street

135 W. Gilman Street

234 Breese Terrace

1240-1242 Drake Street

152 E. Johnson Street

130 N. Butler Street

2019 University Avenue

2520 Kendall Avenue

17 S. Blair Street

748 E. Johnson St

133 N. Butler Street

410 - 412 W. Mifflin Street

2554 Kendall Avenue

129 N. Butler Street

127 E. Johnson Street

416 N. Butler Street

2217 University Avenue

825 E. Johnson Street

2415 University Avenue

411 - 413 W. Wilson Street

922 - 924 E. Dayton Street

1224 Drake Street

117 N. Butler Street

919 Chandler Street

Colonial Management: Randall Park Rentals

141 E. Gorham Street

109 N. Hancock Street

Velo 404

120 N. Hancock Street

511 W. Dayton Street

2550 University

423 - 425 W. Dayton Street

500 - 502 N. Henry Street

1236 Drake Street

Lucky

524 E. Johnson Street

The Ideal

141 Rodney Court

550-552 W. Dayton Street

412 W. Doty Street

311 N. Henry Street

Odessa

620 S. Ingersoll Street

509 S. Randall Avenue

127 N. Blair St

204 N. Pinckney Street

421 W. Doty Street

115 N. Bassett Street

1212 Williamson Street

319 N. Blair Street

409 E. Johnson Street

Yahara Landing

141 S. Hancock Street

417 E. Johnson Street

748 Jenifer Street

13 S. Blair Street

407 E. Johnson Street

114 N. Franklin Street

1313 Randall Court

320 W. Wilson Street

23 E. Johnson Street

204 - 208 W. Gorham Street

124 N. Hancock Street

Capitol Hill

442 W. Doty Street

115 E. Johnson Street

121-123 E. Gorham Street

2726 Lynn Terrace

319 N. Butler Street

Asana

1033 Spaight Street

Oakland on Monroe

307 S. Brooks Street

1035 Spaight Street

746 Jenifer Street

311 S. Brooks Street

313 W. Wilson Street

Butler Plaza

119 E. Johnson Street

419 N. Pinckney Street

612 Howard Place

1315 Randall Court

Longfellow Lofts

Arkadia

918 Vilas Avenue

15 S. Blair Street

315 E. Gorham Street

143 N. Butler Street

402 - 404 S. Livingston Street

2141 - 2143 Regent Street

307 - 309 E. Gorham Street

109 N. Butler Street

Bedford Crossing

Quisling Terrace

623 E. Gorham Street

433 W. Wilson Street

804 Jenifer Street

441 W. Mifflin Street

Kennedy Place

Keystone Apartments

923 Chandler Street

609 E. Gorham Street

133 N. Franklin Street

306 - 308 S. Park Street

142 N. Franklin Street

The Dude Abodes

10 Langdon Street

115 E. Gorham Street

932 Vilas Avenue

116 E. Dayton Street

11 W. Gilman Street

121 N. Franklin Street

416 Russell Walk

Aventine

314 S. Hamilton Street

101 N. Franklin Street

Bel Mora

218 W. Gilman Street

The Eleanor

122 E. Dayton Street

918 S. Brooks Street

402 - 404 N. Carroll Street

21 S. Blair Street

19 S. Blair Street

432 State Street

427 W. Wilson Street

312 S. Park Street

529 N. Pinckney Street

142 N. Hancock Street

1910 Monroe Street

The Sheelin

125 E. Gorham Street

138 E. Johnson Street

109 E. Johnson Street

Peloton Residences

Park Terrace West

141 N. Butler Street

116 E. Gorham Street

112 S. Broom Street

133 Langdon Street

2014 Kendall Avenue

1212 Vilas Avenue

443 - 445 W. Dayton Street

525 - 527 Conklin Place

302 S. Park Street

149 E. Gilman Street

123 N. Blair St

1242 Morrison Court

1608 Madison Street

911 Chandler Street

510 N. Henry Street

205 - 207 N. Hamilton Street

1621 Monroe Street

Parkview Apartments

109 E. Gorham Street

637 E. Gorham Street

301 Palomino

134 E. Johnson Street

Ovation 309

Cornerstone

Lincoln School

510 E. Mifflin Street

City Gables

114 W. Gorham Street

Nine Line at the Yards

3Twenty Apartments

 

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