Renewing Your Lease in the Madison Campus/Downtown Area

high rise housing renewingIt’s that time of year. You’ve just moved into your apartment, are finally settling in, and suddenly you’re already being asked about renewing your lease for the 2018-2019 lease term! You may be thinking “I don’t even know if I’m going to like who I’m living with or where I’m living now, so how am I supposed to choose for next year already?”. We totally understand!

Madison’s campus area market is a unique one. Almost all apartments in the campus area begin leasing for the following fall nearly 11 months in advance. It seems crazy, we know, but MPM adheres to this schedule in order to be as fair and efficient as possible for our residents and property owners.

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Ways to Meet People at Your New Apartment

Whether you are living alone and want to meet some of your neighbors, or you live with your friends and you all want to make some new friends, meeting new people in your apartment community is easier than you may think!

Introduce Yourselves to Your Neighbors

Don’t be shy. Say hi and introduce yourselves while in the hallway, getting your mail, in the parking area, or even walking your dog. Spark up a conversation or at least exchange names so that you can have a conversation in the future.

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What to Do This Weekend in Madison | Labor Day Weekend Happenings

Summer is coming to an end, but we have one more chance at a last hoorah before it’s back to school. This weekend is Labor Day weekend and there are many fun and exciting events going on in the Madison area! We’ve put together a list of what to do, from music to food to exercise.

Friday, September 1st

SUP Yoga – Outdoors on the water at the Wisconsin Union at 7:15 am, $14/class.

Terrace Yoga – Terrace at the Memorial Union at 7 am, $7 per class.

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Post-Move-In Tips for Your New Apartment

apartmentsNow that the craziness is over and you’ve had a few days to get settled into your new apartment, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief. While the stress of your actual move may be over, there are still a few things that you should take care of after moving to a new place in order to prevent headaches later. Check out these tips that we recommend to new residents:

Read the Lease

Even though you should have already read the lease at the time of the lease signing, it’s not fresh in your mind. Read it, and then read it again. You may have just initialed where you were told to, but you should have received a copy of your lease with your move-in packet or emailed to you. If you did not receive one, ask your landlord or property representative for a copy. Make sure you understand everything you are responsible for, like making sure your rent is turned into the office before the first of the month, not just postmarking it by then. Continue reading

Sharing a Bedroom: Roommate Survival Guide

roommateSharing a bedroom with another person can be difficult, but sometimes it has to be done. If you’ve lived in a dorm, chances are that you have already had to share a room with someone, so you know that it can be stressful. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be! We’ve put together some tips to survive sharing a bedroom with your roommate without going crazy.

Set roommate guidelines from the beginning:

Whether you’re best friends with the person you’re sharing your bedroom with or just meeting them for the first time, guidelines are important. Get together and set some ground rules. A few things to talk about are cleanliness, food, schedules, and guests.

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What to Expect During August | Campus Area Resident Moving Tips

campus movingAugust has arrived, and you can never be too prepared for the craziness and chaos of August turnover. One of our recent blog posts was about Getting Ready to Move in Madison for Non-Campus Area Residents, so this week we wanted to share our tips for Campus area residents and share what to expect while moving in and out during the crazy August in Madison. Be prepared and know what to expect!

Prep for Moving

-Be sure to update your landlord with your forwarding address. Don’t wait until the last minute. With the stress of moving, it could slip your mind. Let your landlord know your new address as soon as you secure your next place.

-Change your mailing address- you can do that through USPS here.

-Update any magazine or newspaper subscriptions with your new address.

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Get Out on the Madison Lakes this Summer!

lakes mendota madisonMadison is known for its lakes, but how many of us actually get out on that water? You may think you need to know someone with a boat to get some lake action, but there are plenty of other ways to get out on the water and enjoy the lakes this summer! We’ve put together a list for the Madison area below.

Madison Beaches

Enjoy some fun soaking up the sun on the beach, plus it’s FREE! The Madison Parks provides seasonal lifeguard services at select beaches. Check the city website for more details and closures.
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Getting Ready to Move in Madison: Non-Campus Resident Tips

packing to moveYou may have read our post last year about ‘Getting Ready to Move‘, but we felt it necessary to share it again (with a few updates) because you can never be too prepared to move out of your apartment. Moving season for non-campus area apartments is here, so be prepared and avoid stress by following these helpful tips and advice.

Moving Company

If you plan on using a moving company to move, start looking early and find the best fit for you. It’s busy moving season, so be sure to book them well in advance. If you plan to move without a moving company, make sure you are prepared with vehicles that will fit your furniture and extra help if needed. Continue reading

A Great Apartment, A Gorgeous View, But What’s Missing? | Guest Blog Post – MMoCA

MPM is excited to have the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) be our guest blogger again for this week’s blog post. The MMoCA is located at 227 State Street. Exhibition hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 12-5 pm; Friday 12-8 pm; Saturday 10 am-8 pm; and Sunday 12-5 pm. Museum admission is free.


An emerging leader, the go-to person, a problem-solver, the source for fresh ideas – this is how you are known at work, but what do your walls say about you? Step-up your domicile with fine art that is a reflection of you. Replace tired framed prints with artwork you can tell the story about because you talked with the artist about the inspiration and techniques behind it.

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Art Fair on the Square

Art Fair on the Square brings nearly 500 artists to the Capitol Square this weekend. An easy walk up the block, you can peruse the work of talented individuals chosen to be in one of the most competitive and highly regarded art fairs in the country. Think of the Farmer’s Market but twice as big, twice as long, and filled with art across price ranges that reflect many styles.

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10 Camping Hacks + Places to Camp Near Madison, WI

Summer has finally arrived. Now that you’re set with our grilling tips and recipes, it’s time to start planning out the fun summertime activities, like camping. We’ve rounded up 10 of the best Pinterest hacks you can use for camping this summer, plus a list of the camping sites near Madison.

  1. Dirty Shoe Storage

    Keep those shoes from getting your tent dirty. Don’t leave your shoes outside of the tent just because they are dirty. Buy cheap shower caps to place your shoes in while keeping them inside your tent.

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