BEER, City Life, Madison Senior Center, Madison WI, Moving Day, Student Housing, University of Wisconsin--Madison, University Students

Head ‘Em Up and Move ‘Em Out!

Move ’em on, head ’em up,
Head ’em up, move ’em out,
Move ’em on, head ’em out Rawhide!
Set ’em out, ride ’em in
Ride ’em in, let ’em out,
Cut ’em out, ride ’em in Rawhide.

Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington sung by Frankie Laine

The past two days have been the annual student apartment lease turnover days here in Madison. Yesterday threatened rain. Today followed through all day long. What a disaster for the annual move-out madness!

All the students who stayed in town for summer school have to move out of their apartments whether they are renewing their lease or not in some cases and move elsewhere for at least 24 hours to 72 hours. Faced with nowhere to store their furniture and other worldly goods because there simply aren’t enough storage units in town and none that will rent for 3 days, the curbs of downtown Madison become one huge tag sale without any tags. You should see the FREE bargains out there.

One student’s Mother called the Madison Senior Center and donated his huge television which quite handily replaced the aging console in the lobby that was apparently channeling little green men from Mars. Quite a few people here at the Three Threes have refurnished their apartments from finds on annual move out days. One of the gentlemen was talking about looking for a futon at lunch at the Senior Center on Tuesday. He hadn’t quite found what he wanted yet. (!) Imagine walking the streets shopping for free furniture!

It looks like several of the students across the street got smart and joined forces to hire Two Men and a Truck to drive their goods around town for the duration. Smart thinking on their part!  There were two huge trucks over there loading furniture and boxes of goods. They’ll probably be moving right back into the same apartment after it has been cleaned and painted and maybe even gets some new upgrades. Along with a brand new higher dollar value on that lease.

Some students try to camp out with all of their belongings hoping to make it through the trials and tribulations of move out madness with a pony of beer and their friends by their side. They’ll need a water proof nylon pop-up tent to do that tonight, Mom and Dad.



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