Flowers outside an Eagle Heights Apartment

Potential residents may apply online as soon you are interested in studying or working at UW-Madison, though they you will not be offered an apartment until you are officially accepted, enrolled, or employed. Students accepted for admission in the fall may move-in during the summer without being enrolled for summer term classes.

Required Materials

A lease may be terminated at any time if the information required below is determined to be incorrect at the time a lease is signed:


  • Eligibility information regarding marital/domestic partnership status
  • UW-Madison affiliation
  • Number of legal dependents who will be residing in an apartment

If any of the above information changes during the application process, the University Apartments office must be notified. If, as a result of the change, a potential resident becomes ineligible for University Apartments, the application will be canceled. Potential residents may apply for more than one apartment type or neighborhood provided they meet the wait list occupancy requirements.

Signing a Lease

Once you sign a lease, you are obligated to pay a minimum of 90 days rent, even if you are later unable to attend or work at UW-Madison. In general, if you would answer "no" to any of the following questions, you should resolve the issue(s) before signing a lease:


  • Is the potential resident able to commit to paying rent on the date the lease begins?
  • Is the potential resident able to send a $300 deposit at this time?
  • If applicable, has the potential resident received their student visa?
  • Students: have you been admitted to UW-Madison or an academic school, college, or department?
  • Faculty/Staff: has a UW-Madison employer completed arrangements for your appointment?

 The Division of University Housing does not discriminate in assignment to University Apartments on the basis of race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, disability, national origin, or ancestry. Applicants are assigned according to their priority category and date of application.