Two roommates watch TV in their room

Residential Television Network

Cable television is included in the fees/rent for all residence hall rooms and university apartments. All residence hall rooms and apartments are cable-ready and will need a high definition (HD) TV to take full advantage of the digital and HD channels. An HD TV with clear-QAM tuner is all that is needed without the need for a set-top box.

Cable TV service provides University Residence Halls and University Apartments with approximately 260 expanded basic cable TV channels; over 80 high-definition channels including CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, PBS, Big Ten Network, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, Women’s Entertainment, BET, Comedy Central, Discovery, etc.; and over 40 digital music channels. There is also a wide selection of international and native-language channels.

This service is included in the room or apartment rate specified in your Housing contract or lease. Each resident room and apartment is wired with coaxial cable TV jacks, and common areas such as dens and lounges are also wired for cable TV.

If you would like to subscribe to premium channels, you can order them directly from Charter Communications.

For connection tips and support information, visit our cable TV troubleshooting page.

NOTE: Outdoor antennas and satellite dishes are prohibited.

Cable Channel Listing

A complete channel listing for the Residential Television Network can be found at


CharterU allows you to watch TV on your mobile devices for free whenever you are on campus. The free app, exclusively for Housing residents and UW-Madison students on campus, is available for iOS in the App Store and for Android in Google Play. For details and support info, visit the DoIT Knowledge Base.