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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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.


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. Feel free to check out the always up-to-date informational airport guide.

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.

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The Pressman

202 N. Pinckney Street

2223 University Avenue

302 Walnut Street

Bel Mora

Bedford Crossing

Cardinal Apartments

204 N. Pinckney Street

Woodland Reserve

Park Terrace West

Wingra West

Washington Plaza

Old Market Row Apartments

Oakland on Monroe

College Station

Hamilton Place

641 West Main

110 W. Johnson Street

500 - 502 N. Henry Street

Fullers Woods

The Lurican

143 - 145 W. Gilman Street


Quarter Row at the Yards

125 N. Blair St

123 N. Blair St


416 Russell Walk

304 N. Hamilton Street

Ovation 309

935 Chandler Street

Parkview Apartments

121-123 E. Gorham Street

509 S. Randall Avenue

5 W. Gilman Street

2414 Kendall Avenue

504 N. Carroll Street

109 E. Johnson Street

133 Langdon Street

615 N. Henry Street

748 Jenifer Street

114 N. Franklin Street

2560 Kendall Avenue


524 E. Johnson Street

312 N. Carroll Street

414 N. Pinckney Street

744 E. Johnson St

432 State Street

315 N. Pinckney Street

926 Vilas Avenue

111 E. Gorham Street

138 - 140 N. Butler Street

408 - 410 W. Doty Street

902 - 906 Jenifer Street

26 N. Breese Terrace/1610 Chadbourne Avenue

127-129 S. Hancock Street

234 Breese Terrace

141 Rodney Court

17 W. Gilman Street

140 E. Johnson Street

445 W. Gilman Street

116 E. Dayton Street

2014 Kendall Avenue

16 N. Bassett Street

551 W. Mifflin Street

321 Walnut Street

109 N. Butler Street


2408 Kendall Avenue

2141 - 2143 Regent Street

312 S. Park Street

210 S. Bassett Street

319 N. Butler Street

415 - 417 E. Johnson Street

The Sheelin

301 Palomino Lane

137 E. Gorham Street


532 W. Mifflin Street

1113 - 1127 E. Dayton Street


1621 Monroe Street

206 N. Pinckney Street

817 E. Johnson Street

3Twenty Apartments

319 N. Pinckney Street

923 Chandler Street

Butler Plaza

409 E. Johnson Street

129 N. Butler Street

302 S. Park Street

21 S. Blair Street

The Depot

23 E. Johnson Street

113 N. Butler Street

320 W. Wilson Street

1313 Randall Court

Tobacco Lofts at the Yards

911 Chandler Street

433 W. Wilson Street

Lincoln School

306 West

135 W. Gilman Street

138 E. Johnson Street

22 Dayton

Wingra Shores

Peloton Residences

Nine Line at the Yards

1314 Randall Court

15 N. Mills Street

401 E. Johnson Street

141 N. Butler Street

2926 McKinley Street

423 N. Carroll Street

916 Vilas Avenue

427 W. Wilson Street

117 N. Butler Street

Nichols Station

2415 University Avenue

919 Chandler Street

211 Langdon Street

402 - 404 S. Livingston Street

13 S. Blair Street

214 - 216 W. Gilman Street

110 S. Hancock Street

110 S. Broom Street

1608 Madison Street

313 W. Wilson Street

525 - 527 Conklin Place

Keystone Apartments

402 - 404 N. Carroll Street

127 N. Blair St

17 S. Blair Street

205 - 207 N. Hamilton Street

804 Jenifer Street

412 W. Doty Street

Park House Apartments

416 N. Butler Street

121 N. Franklin Street

1722 Monroe

311 S. Brooks Street

306 - 308 S. Park Street

442 State Street

15 S. Blair Street

443 - 445 W. Dayton Street

142 N. Franklin Street

Yahara Landing

Vicinato Apartments

2520 Kendall Avenue

922 - 924 E. Dayton Street

511 W. Dayton Street

133 N. Butler Street

Hart House

130 N. Butler Street

404 E. Wilson Street

119 E. Johnson Street

The Marling Apartments

117 W. Gorham Street

932 Vilas Avenue

141 S. Hancock Street

The Ideal

307 - 309 E. Gorham Street

515 N. Carroll Street

SEVEN27 at the Yards

746 Jenifer Street

2217 University Avenue

115 E. Johnson Street

204 - 208 W. Gorham Street

936 Vilas Avenue

Livingston Place

215 S. Bassett Street

504 W. Mifflin Street

115 E. Gorham Street

410 - 412 W. Mifflin Street

109 N. Hancock Street


2245 Winnebago Street

550-552 W. Dayton Street

129 E. Gorham Street

122 E. Dayton Street

1212 Vilas Avenue

825 E. Johnson Street

120 N. Hancock Street

Capitol Park Apartments

141 E. Gorham Street

Williamson Place

138 N. Hancock Street

214 N. Pinckney Street

918 Vilas Avenue

19 S. Blair Street

441 W. Mifflin Street

The Hamilton

1212 Williamson Street

315 E. Gorham Street

2019 University Avenue

221 S. Mills Street

125 S. Hancock Street

11 E. Gilman Street

840 E. Gorham Street

Capitol Centre Court

407 E. Johnson Street

510 N. Henry Street

109 E. Gorham Street

133 E. Gorham Street

423 - 425 W. Dayton Street

746 E. Johnson St

515 W. Dayton Street

315 S. Brooks Street

218 W. Gilman Street

7 E. Gilman Street

119 W. Gorham Street

142 N. Hancock Street

2554 Kendall Avenue

124 N. Hancock Street

University Gables

1315 Randall Court

135 N. Butler Street

738 E. Dayton Street

203 N. Hamilton Street

133 N. Franklin Street

125 E. Gorham Street

114 W. Gorham Street

314 S. Hamilton Street

116 N. Hancock Street

1242 Morrison Court

612 University Avenue

134 W. Gorham Street

317 E. Gorham Street

307 S. Brooks Street

748 E. Johnson St

311 N. Henry Street

The Hudson

11 W. Gilman Street

15 W. Gilman Street

Veritas Village

118 N. Franklin Street

143 N. Butler Street

112 S. Broom Street

701 Knickerbocker Street

1910 Monroe Street

Oakland Apartments

Bassettville Apartments

Valor on Washington

10 Langdon Street

124 N. Breese Terrace

134 E. Johnson Street

700 UBD Apartment Homes

Velo 404

2734 - 2738 Lynn Terrace

Longfellow Lofts

Wingra Point Residences

City Gables