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01:26 PM on 04/16/13 
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Hey guys so it looks like I may be moving to Madison Wisconsin this summer in a couple months. An opportunity to move there with my girlfriend has presented itself and it seems a good move. She has a family house passed onto her and the only monthly costs will be utilities and such. With that said, I'm from NJ (right near nyc) and it's going to be a big change. Is anyone from the area that can let me know how it is there? Any advice on the area would be appreciated. Going to visit the house and clean it up a bit in a month or two so i'll get a feel for the area then and know if I definitely want to move but anything you can tell me would be appreciated. The culture, food, music scene, workforce, ect. Thanks.
02:20 PM on 04/16/13 
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I go to the university, where about will you be living/working?

Not too far off of the Campus. I'm going to try to relocate from the job i'm at now (UPS) while ultimately trying to get into the Universities security. Graduated last year with a Criminal Justice degree so I figured that's a good option.
02:23 PM on 04/16/13 
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I go to the university, where about will you be living/working?

The neighborhood is Sunset Village?
03:11 PM on 04/16/13 
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First off, I've never been here during the summer (this year will be my first one) so this is all second hand knowledge. But campus itself is usually pretty dead during the summer besides a few summer classes, professors staying for research, and construction. That being said, State Street/Capital Square area is pretty much your go-to place. Just down the street from campus and on an isthmus between two lakes, lots of retail, museums/art gallery's, a few venues, lots of bars. Memorial Union and Monona Terraces are supposed to be great places to grab a pitcher during during the day if that's your thing. So if you're near campus all that should be pretty accessible.

I think your plan to kind of scope out the place next month or whenever is a good idea. Depending on when you're here you might get a really good glimpse of Madison at its best, right at the beginning of summer. I've spent all of one week in the NY/NJ area so I don't really know what it's like, but Madison is a passable small- to mid-sized city, especially if you're in your twenties.

Edit: That's a little bit off campus, a few miles, but in the right direction as far as nice residential goes. Sorry to say I can't give specifics for that area as far as things to do go. On the plus side, Madison is a great city for biking if that's your thing.
Thanks for the information! Yeah i've been looking at the property in the area and it looks nice. As far as work goes I would think with students for the summer leaving a decent amount of jobs would open up while I look for something more permanent. I'll check out the capital square area when i'm there. Although I love the big city I could definitely go for a change of pace. I think Madison still being a city will make it not too drastic of a change but just enough for what i'm looking for. Thanks again. I'll let ya know when i'm there. We'll grab a beer.
07:14 AM on 04/17/13 
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Thanks for all the information everyone. Getting a little bit more excited for the move now. Sounds like a great city. Also sounds like my first purchase will be a new bike haha
07:57 AM on 04/17/13 
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^^ this.

It's also pretty close to Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis...if you like going to shows.
Yeah living so close to nyc, i'm spoiled when it comes to shows. That was one of my main concerns but it sounds like i'll be alright with those options.
06:17 PM on 04/18/13 
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How old are you??

can i ask specifically, where in Madison??

My girlfriend & I life here and we love it!

Edit: Just saw where, it's a nice area for sure.

I've grown up around here my entire life, pretty much everything is on target. Summers are super slow downtown because all the students go home. If you're not big on the student scene, further up on state street, "the square" is a great place to be because it does become a bit less crowded.

If you're looking to meet people though, you've come to the right place!

I'm 24. Yeah it sounds great and I don't mind the cold so the winters shouldnt bother me like they would others. And speaking of meeting people, one big gripe with this move is leaving my friends behind so my girlfriend found some site called meetup where there are groups that meet up for various reasons. Interesting to say the least haha



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