Housing provides room accommodations and food service for undergraduate
students in residence halls located in two main campus areas: the southeast
area--Witte, Ogg, Sellery, Barnard, and Chadbourne halls; the lakeshore
area--Kronshage, Cole, Sullivan, Bradley, Tripp, Adams, Slichter, and Elizabeth
University Residence Halls Food Service
offers a wide selection of food choices, multiple dining locations, and
long serving hours. After contributing a required food service membership
fee, students can decide how much or how little to spend for food purchases
in residence hall dining facilities. Students select and pay for only what
they want by using the student ID to spend funds they have deposited into
a debit card account called the Choice Account.
Most freshmen choose to live in university residence halls. Students looking
for an avenue of immediate involvement as well as quality academic and social
support while attending the UW-Madison are encouraged to live in the residence
Numerous living environments are offered to meet the diverse interests of
residents. Students may choose from smoke-free halls, substance-free houses,
open or limited visitation, early arrival/winter break housing, coed or
same-sex housing, and special-interest houses. Some of the special-interest
housing includes the Bradley Learning Community for first-year students
only, Honors Houses for participants in University honors programs, a Women
in Science and Engineering residential program, and a Wisconsin Emerging
The halls are divided into smaller units called "houses" where
50 to 80 residents live and form a community. A house can be one, two or
three floors in a particular hall, or one of several small buildings forming
a group. Some of the houses accommodate only men or women. Many houses are
coeducational by wing or by alternate floor. Most halls have both double
rooms, which are shared by two persons, and single rooms; returning residents
are given priority for single rooms. A balance of first-year students and
upper-class residents live in most of the houses.
Professional Residence Hall Staff
Residence halls are staffed by Residence Life Coordinators and Residence
Life Associate Coordinators who are full-time professionals available to
provide resources and support to residents. Residents have the most contact,
however, with the House Fellow. The House Fellow is an upperclass or graduate
student who lives in the house. House Fellows help students get to know
one another and serve as a source of information about the University and
its services. The House Fellow represents University Housing and its policies
and serves as an adviser to student officers.
Applying for University Housing
An application for admission to UW-Madison is the student's application
for housing. The UW-Madison residence halls will send a housing contract
to all students admitted to the University by June 1 for the following academic
year. After June 1, contracts are mailed to students based on availability
of space. Students admitted for the spring semester and wanting to live
in the University residence halls beginning the spring semester must submit
a separate housing application available by writing to University Housing.
For more information, write or call the Assignment Office, Division of University
Housing, Slichter Hall, 625 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608/262-2522.
Private Residence Halls and Campus Area Housing
The terms campus area housing or off-campus housing simply
refer to all units not owned and/or operated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
It is difficult to separate the UW-Madison from the community that surrounds
it. Housing is plentiful and varied. In addition to university residence
halls, good quality, well-maintained housing is available for students who
take the time to look carefully.
Apartments, rooms, private residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and
co-ops dot the areas heavily populated by students. Access to classrooms,
libraries, and recreation facilities is convenient. For students who do
not want to cook, food service is available in nearby residence halls or
from one of the two student unions. There are six private residence halls
in the campus area. They can accommodate approximately 2,000 students. Applications
Computerized listings of privately owned housing are maintained by the Campus
Assistance Center, 420 North Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706, 608/263-2400.
The listings, updated twice a week, are available at the Center's office.
The university is not responsible for the inspection or the condition
of the premises listed, compliance with local codes, or for the terms of
agreements offered by property owners and/or managers. All campus area
private housing is governed by leases (i.e., legal contracts), and students
are encouraged to read and understand the nature and terms of these contractual
agreements. Students should also personally inspect the living accommodations
before signing a lease to make sure they have found a place they are willing
to call home for nine to 12 months. Students are cautioned not to sign multiple
leases. Managers, owners, and UW residence halls staff are inclined to hold
students liable for all lease obligations. There are several agencies to
which the Campus Assistance Center will refer students for help when rental
problems do arise.
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