University Housing Expands Robot Delivery Service and adds Wiscard Payment

A student outside Dejope Residence Hall receives a delivery from a Starship Delivery robot. Photo by Joel Ninmann, University Housing.

Robot delivery service now reaches Eagle Heights and portions of the Southeast neighborhood of campus.

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University Housing Dining & Culinary Services is excited to announce an expansion of their robot delivery service on-campus. The fleet of  Starship Technologies autonomous food delivery robots now delivers to Eagle Heights and portions of the Southeast neighborhood of campus. This is in addition to the original delivery area which is generally north of University Avenue/Campus Drive, west of Park Street, and east of Walnut street.

Individuals are now also able use their Wiscard for food delivery purchases. This means students in the residence halls can use their food accounts and take advantage of a 5% discount on every order. Each on-demand order has a delivery cost of just $1.99.


Here’s how it works. Users open the Starship Deliveries app (iOS and Android), choose the items they would like from one of five locations (Carson’s Market, Four Lakes Market, Gordon Avenue Market, Liz’s Market, or Rheta’s Market), and drop a pin by selecting the location on the service map where they want their food to be delivered. The app allows users to watch the robot’s journey to them through an interactive map. Once the robot arrives, the user will receive an alert, and they can meet the robot and unlock it through the app.

About University Housing

The Division of University Housing operates twenty residence halls across the UW-Madison campus, providing a home to over 7,800 undergraduate students. In addition, they operate three apartment communities serving about 3,000 graduate students, students with families, postdoctoral researchers, academic staff, and faculty. University Housing also manages six dining locations around campus and provides housing throughout the summer for conference groups and youth camps. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Starship Technologies

Starship Technologies is revolutionizing deliveries by using autonomous delivery robots. The robots are designed to deliver goods locally in minutes. The delivery robots have traveled tens of thousands of miles, met millions of people and have been tested in over 100 cities around the world to date. They drive autonomously but are monitored by humans who can take over control at any time. Starship was founded by two Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, and former AirBnB executive Lex Bayer is CEO. /