Resident · 2011 - 2013
Maintenance: Brian and Gene are great, and are amazingly responsive whenever you have a problem. They will generally find a workaround to your problem if there's no easy solution. Staff: It rarely takes more than a day for the staff to respond to any problem/request. They are fairly flexible on most issues whether it be mail delivery, a problem, or request related. They always have the apartments thematically decorated depending on the season, and I eat far more candy than I should given the community buckets they often put out. Parking: 1 spot comes with the apartment, and a place on the street is easily doable if you're coming and going during working hours. Noise: This is largely dependent on who you have around you. I've had good neighbors where I barely heard a peep, and gomers that sound like they're going to fall through your ceiling with every step. Overall though, there don't seem to be many undergrads in this location so much as graduate students, so things like loud music and/or parties are never a problem. Grounds: Brian and Gene are great, and seem to constantly be working on keeping the grounds in good shape. There's nothing amazing about the layour, but I've never once seen them in disorder. Safety: I routinely walk to Copps and run through the Aboretum from my apartment and have never felt unsafe. I know the south side of Madison has a reputation, but I don't recall there ever being a break in at these apartments. Construction: Most things are mildly dated, but functionally work just fine. If there's ever an issue with anything that is no longer working properly, the staff seems happy to update it. Overall: If you factor in the price (heating included), it's hard to expect much more from these places. While it's not a substitute for a house, or likely a long term place to live, if you need to save money and are either going back to school or just starting out, it strikes a pretty good balance between low cost, location, and amenities.