Dining For Non-Residents

Students browse food options in Four Lakes Market

Welcome All Students, Faculty, Staff & Public Guests!

University Housing residents, UW-Madison students, faculty, staff, and the general public can eat at any of our six dining locations via a variety of payment methods, depending on their affiliation with UW-Madison and personal preference. Payment methods include Wiscard (UW-Madison photo ID card for students, faculty, and staff), credit card, and cash.

We invite you to visit our dining markets, coffee shops, and convenience stores during the academic year for your meals, snacks, and specialty coffee drinks. University Housing Dining and Culinary Services offers high quality food, affordable prices, and daily specials.

Payment Methods


Non-resident customers who pay with their Wiscard account receive a 5% discount on food purchases at University Housing and Wisconsin Union dining locations. In addition, all enrolled UW-Madison students are exempt from sales tax on food purchases when paying with Wiscard, saving an additional 5.5% at most campus dining locations.

You can deposit funds onto your Wiscard online, by mail, by phone, or in person. Your purchases will be deducted from your Wiscard account at the register, and your account balance will be shown on the receipt.

Credit Card and Cash

Housing dining locations now accept Visa, Discover, and MasterCard for credit card payments. To keep checkout lines moving efficiently, cash is only accepted at Gordon Avenue and Four Lakes Markets. These payment methods do not qualify for the 5% Wiscard discount or the student sales tax exemption.

Why does a cash or credit customer pay a different price than a student who lives in the University Residence Halls?

At University Housing, we have a responsibility to provide the highest quality food at reasonable prices for our residents. Residents pay for overhead costs as part of their room rates, so their purchase price reflects only the cost of food.

Non-Resident cash customers will pay posted prices for the items that they selected. Non-Resident Wiscard customers will save an additional 5% off of the Non-Resident cash customer price.

Sample Pricing of Items  Non-Resident
Customer Price
Customer Price

5% discount
University Housing
Customer Price

30% discount
Fired Up      
Cheeseburger $3.79 $3.60 $2.65
Fries $1.39 $1.32 $0.97
16 oz Fountain Beverage $0.99 $0.94 $0.69
Total Meal Price $6.17 $5.86 $4.31


Sandwich & Chips $4.79 $4.55 $3.35
16 oz Fountain Beverage $0.99 $0.94 $0.69
Total Meal Price $5.78 $5.49 $4.04