Bud Selig inside Four Lakes Market

Dining for Non-Residents

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) or credit card/debit card.

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 Debit Card

Housing dining locations now accept Visa, Discover, and MasterCard for credit card payments. To keep checkout lines moving efficiently, we are a cashless dining operation–cash and check are not accepted.  Credit card/debit card payment methods do not qualify for the 5% Wiscard discount or the student sales tax exemption.

Faculty & Staff Meal Plan

UW-Madison faculty and staff have the opportunity to join a University Housing meal plan program, which can be used at any of our dining locations. For a $29.99 annual fee, members can get a 20% discount on most food items during the academic year (Sept. 4, 2019 – May 8, 2020). Members of the program must load money onto their Wiscard account and use their Wiscard for purchases to receive the discount. To sign up, visit the Dining Office in the lower level of the Gordon Dining & Event Center, open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Who is eligible?

You must be current UW-Madison faculty or staff to be eligible. If you leave University employment during the Academic Year, the discount will no longer be valid, and a refund for membership fee will not be provided.

What items are eligible for the discount?

All prepared food and non-barcoded items in University Housing dining markets and Bean & Creamery locations are eligible for the 20% discount for members during the academic year. Purchases must be made with a Wiscard account. Items that do not qualify include barcoded items, bottled drinks, and items sold in our Flamingo Run convenience stores. (These items still qualify for a 5% discount for anyone using their Wiscard account.)

How do I sign up?

You must sign up in-person at the Dining Office in the lower level of the Gordon Dining & Event Center. The $29.99 non-refundable annual fee will be collected there. Please bring your Wiscard to verify your eligibility. (Please note that it may take up to three business days for the discount to be activated once you sign up. You will receive an email when it is activated.) Money for purchases can be deposited into your Wiscard account in-person at the Dining Office or anytime on the Wiscard website.

Do I get a reusable take out container?

Yes, all faculty & staff who are enrolled in the meal plan will receive a token for the Ticket to Take Out program when they enroll in the Faculty & Staff Meal Plan at Dining & Culinary Services Office at Gordon Dining & Event Center. Here’s how it works.  Just follow these 3 easy steps: FILL – When you move into your residence hall, you will receive a token in your room. Bring your token with you to a University Housing Dining Market and grab your food to go. EAT – Enjoy your food on the go. Wherever you go, your container goes. EXCHANGE – Drop your clean to-go container into one of the vending machines located at the Dining Markets and grab your token. For more information on this program visit go.wisc.edu/ticket-to-takeout.

Non-Resident Pricing

Why does a non-resident 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. Students living in University Residence Halls pay for overhead costs as part of their room rates, so their purchase price reflects only the cost of food.

Non-Resident 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.

Dining Sample Pricing

wdt_ID Example Meal Items Non-Resident Customer Price Non-Resident Wiscard Customer Price (5% discount) Faculty & Staff Meal Plan Member Price (20% discount)
1 Cheeseburger Meal Cheeseburger 4.59 4.36 3.67
2 Fries 1.59 1.51 1.27
3 16 oz Fountain Beverage 1.09 0.98 0.84
4 Total Meal Price 7.27 6.91 5.81
5 Sandwich Meal Sandwich & Chips 5.99 5.69 4.79
6 16 oz Fountain Beverage 1.09 1.04 0.87
7 Total Meal Price 7.08 6.73 5.66