About Our Departments

Students and guests enjoy a sunny day in the Lakeshore area

The Division of University Housing is committed to providing an exceptional workplace for its workforce of approximately 450 career staff members and over 2,000 students. University Housing provides an inclusive and safe working environment that promotes engagement, empowerment, and professional development. University Housing operates nineteen residence halls across the University of Wisconsin—Madison campus, providing a home to over 7,400 undergraduate students. We also operate three apartment communities, serving about 3,000 graduate students, academic staff, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and their families. In addition, we manage seven dining venues across campus, and provide conference group and youth camp housing throughout the summer months.

University Housing is divided into six main departments: Administration, Dining & Culinary Services, Residence Hall Facilities, Residence Life, Technology Services, and University Apartments. Whether we’re launching new academic support services, testing out a new recipe, renovating resident rooms, organizing welcome events, cleaning our facilities, or inviting a new summer youth camp to campus, everything that we do is to support the mission of the University and fulfill University Housing’s goal to be, “The place everyone wants to live.”

Conference Services

Conference Services welcomes over 16,000 conference guests every year over the summer months to our campus. These adults and youth groups stay in our residence halls, enjoy campus dining services, and walk away with a real Wisconsin Experience regardless of their age or length of stay.
Conference Services staff

Technology Services

The Housing Technology Services Team provides technology and computing support to over 7,400 students who live in residence halls on campus, 1,098 student families and 150 faculty who live at the University Student and Faculty Apartments, thousands of guests in summer conference housing, and Division staff at locations across campus. This involves working with the Director of IT, IT professional staff and student technicians as a team on projects and problem resolution.
Information Technology Staff

Dining and Culinary Services

Dining and Culinary Services has locations in six buildings throughout campus including Markets, Convenience Stores, Catering, and Coffeehouses. Dining and Culinary Services provides affordable and innovative dining options to residents, guests, and staff.
Dining and Culinary Services staff

Residence Hall Facilities

As a student service organization, University Residence Halls provide quality living/learning environments and programs to approximately 7,400 undergraduate student residents. Residence Hall Facilities is a subsection of the University Residence Halls that focuses on housekeeping, mechanical maintenance and long-term infrastructure projects and planning. University Residence Halls consists of 30 buildings containing approximately 2 million square feet and 37 acres of surrounding grounds. In addition to residential living spaces the residence hall infrastructure supports many functions and programs requiring many types of spaces such as classrooms, office space, dining and culinary space including commercial kitchens and market place areas, mechanical support spaces and large meeting rooms.
Residence Hall Facilities staff

Residence Life

Residence Life is part of the Division of University Housing of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a student service, the University residence halls provide quality living and learning environments and programs to over 7,400 undergraduate student residents. Residence Life is responsible for the student and professional staff and programs that creates an inclusive academic and learning environment for over 7,400 undergraduate student residents.
Residence Life staff

University Apartments

As a student service organization, University Apartments provides on-campus housing, programs, and services for our residents. These services actively support the mission of the University while also meeting the needs of students, families, and guests by fostering the development of a residential community. The University Apartments staff provides these services to a community of approximately 3,000 residents in 1,247 apartments on 83 acres, who are primarily graduate students, staff, post-docs and their families; many of whom are international. It is comprised of three distinct neighborhoods, a community center, and a licensed daycare facility called Eagle's Wing. All programs and services sponsored by University Apartments are funded through rent or user fees.
An event at University Apartments

The Supporting Cast

The University Housing Administrative departments provide residential accommodations, programs, and services to actively support the mission of the University; meet the needs of students, families, staff, and guests; and foster the development of residential communities. University Housing houses over 7,400 students in Residence Halls across campus and 3,000 residents in University Apartments.
University Housing administrative staff