Just how tight is Madison’s student rental market? Researchers hope to find out.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that UW-Madison’s housing market is nearing a crisis.

Earlier this fall, students waited hours to sign leases for housing they felt wereaffordable. Some students are maxing out their housing budgets after workingall summer. As of last week, University Housing had a waitlist of 2,400 for 1,000 bedsfor returning students.

But thus far, all UW-Madison has is anecdotes, not data, to define the student-housing problem.

A new collaboration between the city of Madison, UW-Madison departments and theUniverCity Alliance — a network of local government researchers and experts at UW-Madison — aims to change that. Read the full story here.