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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Cozy, great social places and close to my classes.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: As an introvert, my housing situation fit my needs.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I would recommend living in a dorm to every incoming college freshman. It is a great way to get to know people and convenient since it is right on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Sure, no one likes to be jam packed on one floor with 59 other bodies, but for some reason that was one of my favorite parts of being in Chadbourne this year. I should clarify quickly that the answers that I gave above in the survey section are related simply to Chadbourne Residence Hall. Chadbourne was the reason that my first year went as smoothly as it did. My roommate was fantastic, the bathrooms, bedrooms and amenities were perfect and the lounge and den areas where everyone could hang out and talk about their day made us all so much closer than most college students become when in dorms. I could not have asked for a better setup this year than what I was given, and I would not take back any of the memories that I made there. I grew as a person in the dorms, because I was forced to step out of my comfort zone and greet 59 new people within the first two weeks. Throughout the nine months that I was in Chadbourne, I made friendships that I will keep forever. Chadbourne was also very central to all of my classes, allowing for easy walks back and forth. In addition to the convenient location, Rheta's dining hall and the Flamingo Run store on the first floor were extremely nice to have, especially when it got colder and no one wanted to walk to Gordon's. I would and have recommended Chadbourne to any incoming student at Madison, and I hope to go back sometime this next year to remind myself of where I started my time as a Badger.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Live on campus freshmen year if possible! It's such a great way to meet people and make lots of great friends due to sheer proximity to each other. If you're not an introvert or completely comfortable spending lots of time alone, Witte and Sellery are your greatest dorm options (Chadbourne's ok too). Lakeshore may be pretty, but will isolate you from much of the social life and tends to attract a quieter crowd. Dorm life isn't perfect but it's 100% what you make it so embrace your freshmen year shoebox!

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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
8,684
Average Housing Costs
$5,384
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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