Campus Housing

Location
Madison, WI
Undergrads
28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: the dorm I will be staying on is one of the most traditional and the students seem friendly.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love my dorm (dejope) but the size of the hallways makes it hard to feel like a tight knit community because they're just SO big. I have my friend group in the smaller dorms, mostly because they all really feel like they live with each other where Dejope just feels cut off.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms is very convenient. All the dorms are close to campus and there are buses to take you everywhere. The only downsides are the rooms are very small and can be noisy.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The strictness can be too much at times, some RAs take their job way too seriously.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is fairly pricey for the things included. You pay for the university housing food, even if you don't ever eat there, which I strongly dislike. Basically, you are only paying for your room and a community kitchen and bathrooms, but the price is far too high to constitute only those amenities.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 33rd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 426th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 781st
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1255th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marie Puissant
Hometown
Green Bay, Wis.
Major
Marketing and English
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UW students have a complete range of options when it comes to on-campus living. When choosing a dorm, location sometimes becomes the largest factor. Students suggest that those looking to stay closer to academic buildings should try Chadbourne or Liz Waters. Both are right on campus and offer extraordinary academic support programs. If students are looking for a little more lax or social atmosphere, the Southeast dorms are the place to be. In terms of pure appearance, students can't go wrong with the Lakeshore dorms. These cottage-like buildings border Lake Mendota, offering a phenomenal view and country atmosphere.

UW is very accommodating in terms of student housing. There are thirteen public (University) dorms, and about five private dorms. The public dorms are primarily for freshmen and sophomores looking to meet people, and wanting to ease into college life. They all have computer labs, laundry facilities, study rooms, and entertainment lounges. Each also has something unique about it, either in terms of academics or campus involvement. Amenities and pricing do vary, so be sure to fully check out all options before finalizing any living situation. While some of your better days may not be spent in the dorms, the majority defend this housing option.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
8,471
Average Housing Costs
$5,172
Undergrads Living On Campus
24%
Number of Dormitories
18
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Dorms
  • Elizabeth Waters Hall
  • Ogg Hall
  • Smith Hall
Worst Dorms
  • Sellery Hall
  • Witte Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV
  • Computer labs with DSL
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser and shelving
  • Entertainment rooms
  • Ethernet access
  • Laundry rooms
  • Refrigerator
  • Study lounges
Also Available
Parking is very limited around residence halls. Bike racks and moped parking available at all dorms.
Available for Rent
Board games Kitchen equipment Sports equipment Video games and movies
Did You Know?
  • UW dorms all have laundry rooms. Students can send out their laundry but most usually do their own laundry. Dryers are free of charge, whereas the washing machine is generally $2 per load. Students can use money on their WiscCard to pay.
  • If you have a friend who plans on attending UW, you can room together simply by requesting each other as roommates. Most students prefer having a random roommate for the first year, though, if not for the experience then for the hope of making a new friend. If it doesn't work out, housing is usually willing to listen to requests for a switch.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Adams Hall
Floors: Four 4-story buildings
Number of Occupants: 275
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Single, double, suite
Special Features: Kitchen, den, laundry room, game room, study lounges, volleyball courts
Barnard Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 138
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Single, double, suite
Special Features: Chadbourne cafeteria, lounge, dens, music practice room, laundry room
Bradley Learning Community
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 246
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Bradley Roundtable (a one-credit course that attempts to recreate the classic Greek symposium through dinner and discussion), reserved class selections, cross-college advising office
Chadbourne Residential College
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 688
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Various
Room Types: Double, triple
Special Features: Chadbourne cafeteria, cross-college advising office, computer lab, reserved class selection, kitchen
Cole Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 244
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes, by wing
Room Types: Double
Special Features: TV/study lounge, kitchen, dens, laundry room, music practice room, game room, resources for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
Eagle Heights
Floors: Several 2-3 story buildings; 1044 apartments
Number of Occupants: 1848
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Graduate and professional students, and student families
Room Types: 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Storage lockers, laundry room; all apartments come with refrigerator, stove/oven, and garbage disposal
Elizabeth Waters Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 488
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes, by floor
Room Types: Double
Special Features: Kitchen, TV/study lounges, dens, laundry room, WISE resource room, reserved class selections, exercise room, parlor, music practice room, computer lab, terraces overlooking the lake
Fredrick House
Floors: 4, floors 1-3 are reserved for University visitors
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Double
Special Features: Lakeshore location, conference rooms, option to participate in Alexander Meiklejohn Residential College
Kronshage Hall
Floors: Seven 3-story buildings
Number of Occupants: 616
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Double
Special Features: Fireplace, study lounges, kitchen, computer lab, in-hall classrooms, laundry rooms, music practice hall
Merit House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 63
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Double, suite
Special Features: Laundry room, storage, rec lounge
Ogg Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 598
Bathrooms: Shared by 8 residents
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Game room, fireplace, study lounge/dens, laundry room, music practice room, storage space, in-hall classroom, kitchen, front desk offers movies, sports equipment, and board games for rent, cross-college advising office, first-year interest group (FIG)
Sellery Hall
Floors: Two 9-story buildings
Number of Occupants: 1148
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Double
Special Features: TV/study lounges, dens, clubhouse, movie/game rentals, kitchen, laundry, backyard, music practice room, residence life office, cross-college advising office, in-hall classroom, reserved course selection
Slichter Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 200
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Double
Special Features: Kitchen, music dens, laundry rooms, game room, movie, game, and sports equipment rentals
Smith Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 414
Bathrooms: Shared by groups of five residents
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: Soundproof music room, technology center, in-hall classrooms, cross-college advising office
Sullivan Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 259
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Various
Room Types: Double
Special Features: Dens, study lounge, music practice room, game room, front desk provides movie, game, and sports equipment rentals
Susan B. Davis House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 30
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly upperclassmen
Room Types: Single
Special Features: Study/rec lounge, kitchen, laundry room
Tripp Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 280
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: Dens, study lounge, laundry room, billiards, music practice room
Witte Hall
Floors: Two 9-story buildings
Number of Occupants: 1150
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Double
Special Features: Substance-free option, dens, study lounge, in-hall classroom, kitchen, music practice room, dark room, laundry rooms, storage space, ATM, backyard, cross-college advising office

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Harvey Street Apartments
Floors: Seven 2-story buildings; 47 apartments
Number of Units: Varies
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Single graduate and professional students
Room Types: 1- and 2-bedroom apartments
Special Features: All apartments come with refrigerator, stove/oven, garbage disposal, and simple furnishings (couch, tables, chairs, lamps, dresser, desk); heat and electricity are included in rent

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