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The Vilas Neighborhood is another downtown Madison neighborhood that transitions from a student-dominated neighborhood to family-friendly in a matter of blocks.

The blocks closest to Regent Street, including Regent St. down to Mound St. and Chandler St. are mostly occupied by University of Wisconsin students.

As you move South, the neighborhood becomes more residential and family-oriented, though students and young professionals will still pop up on occasion. They tend to occupy the two or three level flats, some of which are quite vintage.

While many people choose this neighborhood because it is close to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and two of the cities larger hospitals, the Vilas Neighborhood offers its own unique set of attractions as well.

Madison's free (and pretty impressive) Henry Vilas Zoo borders the southern end of the neighborhood, along with the large Vilas park and its corresponding lake, Lake Wingra.

Just beyond that is the famous Arboretum - probably the best place in Madison to get away from the city life and enjoy being fully immersed in nature.

The Vilas Neighborhood is also bordered on its West side by Monroe St., a mini-hub of Madison activity which includes a Trader Joe's, Mound Street Yoga and some of Madison's favorite restaurants, such as Mickies Dairy Bar.

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May Rent Report

Welcome to the May 2022 Madison Apartment Report. In this assessment of the local rental market, Rentable data scientists and rental experts break down the May 2022 key findings and figures for the Madison rental landscape.

Our experts analyze the pricing trends — one-bedroom, two-bedroom, year-over-year and month-over-month — in Madison and surrounding areas and provide comparisons to the entire metro area, nearby cities and some of the most desirable and expensive cities in the United States. Take a look at the last 12 months of Madison average rent prices in the chart below.

Monthly Rent Report

Madison Rent Prices Increase From April to May

Madison rent prices increased over the last month. From April to May, the city experienced a 5.17% increase for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Madison one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,200.0.

When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from April to May, Madison experienced a 2.23% increase for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Madison two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,421.0.

May Prices: Madison vs. Surrounding Areas

Rent Prices in Madison and Surrounding Areas

Rent prices have increased in Madison over the last month. But how have the surrounding areas fared when it comes to the recent volatility in apartment prices? Rent prices in 3 of the Madison suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 3 local areas experienced a decrease in the price of a one-bedroom apartment.

More key findings include:

  • Rent increased in Sun Prairie, WI, Verona, WI, De Forest, WI .

  • Rent decreased in Fitchburg, WI, Middleton, WI, Maple Bluff, WI.

  • 4 suburbs are currently priced higher than the city of Madison.

  • 2 suburbs are currently priced lower than the city of Madison.

May 2022 Pricing Trends: Madison vs. National Comparisons

Madison Rent Prices More Affordable Than Major Cities

Rent growth in Madison over the past year has been on the rise. When compared to major cities nearby, along with some of the most expensive cities in the country, Madison average rent prices appear to be relatively affordable for local residents.

The price for a Madison one-bedroom apartment remains vastly more affordable than four of the largest cities in the United States — New York City, Washington, D.C. San Francisco and Los Angeles. And pricing compares quite similarly to nearby Midwest cities.

You can view the full rundown of Rentable's May 2022 National Apartment Report and data set here.

For more information about Madison and surrounding area rent prices, take a look at the complete data set below.

Data set for Madison and suburbs

1 BR May 1 BR M/M % Change 2 BR May 2 BR M/M % Change
Madison, WI $1,141.0 3.92% $1,390.0 2.06%
Fitchburg, WI $1,224.0 0.00% $1,419.0 0.64%
Middleton, WI $1,393.0 -0.71% $1,879.0 -0.95%
Sun Prairie, WI $1,316.0 1.08% $1,550.0 1.11%
Verona, WI $1,139.0 5.66% $1,315.0 0.92%
Maple Bluff, WI $1,674.0 -0.36% $3,060.0 0.00%
De Forest, WI $1,153.0 0.52% $1,499.0 -0.20%


Each month, using over 1 million Rentable listings across the United States, we calculate the median 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rent prices by city, state, and nation, and track the month-over-month percent change. To avoid small sample sizes, we restrict the analysis for our reports to cities meeting minimum population and property count thresholds.