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University Houses
Madison, WI 53705

144 unfurnished apartments:

  • 1-bedroom: 48
  • 2-bedroom: 88
  • 3-bedroom: 8

Included in rent:

  • Heat & water
  • High-speed campus Internet
  • Various cable channels
  • 1 parking space
  • Laundry in a nearby central building



Wait List Information

University Houses

The small University Houses community in Madison, Wisconsin is nestled between woods to the west and east, Eagle Heights to the north, and the village of Shorewood Hills to the south. Like Eagle Heights, the 20 acre apartment community offers easy bike or bus access to UW-Madison's campus, numerous picnic and playground areas, a central community center in Eagle Heights, and one of the oldest community gardens in the United States.

Renovations Starting in July 2014

University Houses buildings will be undergoing extensive renovations starting in July 2014 to provide accessible units and improve heating, insulation, lighting, electrical and fire alarm systems, plumbing, bathrooms, interior doors, kitchens and appliances, laundry facilities, and cable and internet connections. If it proceeds on schedule, construction should finish in the summer of 2015.

Unfortunately, during the renovations, all University Houses apartment buildings will be closed and residents will be required to move out of their apartments on or before June 30, 2014. This will allow renovations to be accomplished in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, and with the least disruption to current and future residents.

Apartment Information

University Houses features unfurnished apartments for UW-Madison graduate students, students with families, postdoctoral researchers, academic staff, and faculty. The 30 two-story apartment buildings are light and airy on the inside with comfortable-sized rooms and gorgeous hardwood flooring. One, two, and three-bedroom apartments with outdoor entrances are available. Two and three-bedroom units are laid out in a townhouse style, with a kitchen, dining room, and living room on the first floor and bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor. University Houses buildings are not equipped with elevators.

Smoke Free

The majority of buildings in University Houses are designated as smoke free, meaning that smoking is not allowed anywhere in the buildings. A few buildings allow smoking inside apartments, but not within 25 feet from buildings or in common areas such as hallways and laundry rooms.

Furnishings & Storage

University Houses apartments are not furnished. Though limited in size, kitchens are equipped with energy efficient appliances (a refrigerator, electric stove, and garbage disposal) and cabinets for storage. Residents may also choose to bring in and install portable dishwashers. Floors are wood, parquet, and vinyl tile, and bathrooms feature a tub with a shower. Residents must provide the remainder of their furnishings, including carpet or rugs if desired. A storage locker and padlock is provided for each apartment clustered next to laundry facilities located throughout the apartment complex. Lockers are approximately 5' x 6' (1.5m x 1.8m), providing very limited storage space.

Air Conditioners

Air conditioners are not provided, but personally owned units may be installed in openings located within each apartment. The Electrical capacity and size of the opening for air conditioners are limiting factors in most buildings, so it is advisable to wait and purchase an air conditioner after moving in.

A walkway and patio outside a University Houses apartment


Heat, water, laundry, high-speed campus Internet, and cable television are included in the rent. University Houses residents pay separately for electrical and telephone services.


Each University Houses apartment is assigned one parking space, free of charge. A limited number of additional parking spaces are available for a monthly fee on a first come, first served basis. Space is not available to store cars, trailers, and other vehicles.


Dogs, cats, snakes, and other pets (unless listed below as approved) are not permitted. Small fish (in a tank no larger than 20 gallons), salamanders, caged birds, lizards, hermit crabs, frogs, toads, gerbils, white mice, hedgehogs, and hamsters are considered appropriate pets if humanely cared for, odorless, completely harmless to persons and property, and kept in a cage or glass enclosure. If you have a pet that is not permitted, please make arrangements for its care before moving in to University Houses.

Service Animals

Eligibility for service animals (such as seeing-eye dogs) to be allowed in University Houses is determined by UW-Madison's McBurney Disability Resource Center.