Before you begin your search, it will be necessary for you to decide how much you can afford to pay.
Once you have arrived at an amount, don't change it. Nice places have a way of tempting you to live on money you don't have. If you are on financial aid, the allotted dollar amount is $700/month for living expenses for the academic year. Review the Financial Aid budget website for more information. If you share an apartment, you can borrow less money and have less debt at graduation or you can have money for other things. Check the housing survey (PDF) for current rental estimates.
When you agree to rent an apartment, you will probably be required to pay a security deposit. It will usually be equal to one month's rent. The deposit is kept by the landlord to protect him/her from any damage you may cause while living there. When you move out, your landlord is obligated to return the deposit within 21 days, minus any funds withheld to repair damages. If the landlord does withhold funds, he or she is required to give you an itemized list of the damages and the amount withheld. To protect yourself from damages for which you are not responsible, ask for an inventory and assessment list. Check the apartment carefully before renting it.
Read the 2015 Student Housing Survey results (PDF).
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A roommate can provide companionship and a study partner as well as a way to help reduce expenses. MCW keeps a roommate registry from June 1 through the month of August for incoming freshmen students. Included in this publication is a Roommate Questionnaire (PDF). Please fill out the form completely and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax it back to our office at (414) 955-0120. Upon receipt you will receive access to the scanned Questionnaire on Desire2Learn (D2L). On the questionnaire, there is a section explaining the Roommate List (RL). This list generally contains first year medical students looking for roommates. It may also list the names of incoming graduate students. We do not select, match or contact the participants on the RL. You must make all contacts and arrangements yourself. Remember to not only consider personalities and lifestyles but also the legal and financial obligations of joint tenancy. Each co-tenant is by law liable for all money owed to the landlord. For example, if your roommate does not pay his/her share of the rent or damages the apartment, you too are responsible.
Begin your housing search as soon as possible. Come to Milwaukee and start getting familiar with the city. August 1 leases will be on the market the first full week of June. Ideally, try to visit the Milwaukee area no later than July so that you can sign a lease to begin August 1. You want to be settled in your apartment by the time Orientation starts. If you need a place to stay while you are conducting your housing search, please consult the Lodging and Housing Guide published by the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. The following week-ends will be 'extra busy' in the Milwaukee area. You may need to adjust your schedule if hotels are full: June 23 to July 5, Summerfest; August 6 - August 16, Wisconsin State Fair.