UW–Madison dining services meal delivery robot on Library Mall

Living & Dining

Don't feel like going out to eat? No need. These adorable robots cruise around campus, acting as your personal butler delivering food from campus dining outlets directly to your residence hall.

Aerial shot of DeJope Residence Hall along the lakeshore

Residence Halls

Most first-year students choose to live on campus in one of 21 residence halls, giving them the opportunity to be part of a diverse community. UW students hail from all 50 states and 116 countries.

Residence Halls

Exterior of DeJope Residence Hall

Learning Communities

Many residence halls are organized around a specific focus, such as engineering, business, or the environment. These Learning Communities provide elevated experiences in the form of seminars, workshops, and faculty connections, with the benefit of creating smaller, intimate experiences on a large campus.

Learning Communities

group of residence hall students
Bella Rosenberg, a first-year undergraduate student from Chicago, takes notes as part of her virtual calculus class while studying in her room at Elizabeth Waters Residence Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Having a comfortable retreat at the end of the day is an important ingredient of student life. While each hall is different in size and appearance, they all provide students with support, advice, and activities to help ease the transition to college.

University Housing

Photo of Strada located at Memorial Union.

On-Campus Dining

With food for every mood, both student unions offer up a selection of tasty fare. In addition, there’s a variety of dining options located around campus, along with convenience markets and cafés to satisfy cravings and provide healthy options no matter where you are.

Wisconsin Union Dining Options

University Housing Dining

Evening exterior photo of the Nicholas Recreation Center

Recreation and Wellness

Name your workout, and the Nick provides. New in 2020, this expansive recreation facility offers cardio and strength-training areas, multipurpose fitness studios, eight basketball courts, and more. Its bright, airy design stacks a multilevel running track and gymnasium over an Olympic-size swimming pool.

The Nick

Dusk over tennis courts

On the west side of campus, bordered by water, woods, and the Lakeshore Path, you’ll find outdoor practice fields, a parcourse, and the Nielsen Tennis Stadium, a sports complex with tennis and squash courts.

Under a setting sun, students play soccer on a field outside of DeJope residence hall

Recreation & Wellness, the UW’s sports rec arm, offers both competitive and recreational leagues for virtually any sport. From softball to dodgeball, sand volleyball to basketball, there are ample ways to sweat out your competitive or not-so-competitive streak.

Recreation & Wellness

Students climb on climbing wall at Union South

Wisconsin’s winters can lead to cabin fever, but the UW has a remedy. Union South serves up not only delicious food and music, but also a slew of indoor recreational options, including pool tables, an eight-lane bowling alley, table games, a bouldering wall, and a climbing wall.

Union South

UW–Madison dining services meal delivery robot on Library Mall

Photo Credits

Food delivery robot (video) : Nate Moll

Aerial of DeJope Residence Hall : Jeff Miller

Exterior of DeJope Residence Hall : Bryce Richter

Residence life group : Joel Ninmann / University Housing

Interior of a dorm room with student : Jeff Miller

Strada Dining station : Wisconsin Union

The Nicholas Recreation Center : Jeff Miller

Tennis courts : Bryce Richter

Soccer field : Jeff Miller

Union South climbing wall : Jeff Miller