Why Return to University Housing?

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Dining Options

Skip the hassles of cooking and grocery shopping, and enjoy convenient dining in any of our locations.

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Maintenance & Cleaning

Our Facilities staff handle maintenance and repair requests quickly and efficiently. Plus, we diligently clean all common spaces including bathrooms, hallways, lounges, and more.

Bucky in a residence hall classroom

Better Grades & On-Time Graduation

Statistics prove that students who live on-campus on average earn better grades and graduate sooner than those who live off-campus. It’s easy to see why: we offer advising, tutoring, classes, and quiet study spaces in residence halls.

Key Dates

February 7

Want the same room? Secure it in My UW Housing, sign a contract, and pay an advance payment starting this day. In My UW Housing, current residents can:

  • Sign a contract to retain their same room
  • Preference another current resident as a roommate
  • Request a new student as a preferred roommate

Note: students not currently living in University Housing can also sign a contract to live on campus in 2022-23 starting February 7.

February 16

Last day for current residents to secure their same room online in My UW Housing.

February 18

Timeslots for current residents and students not currently living in University Housing to pick a new space in My UW Housing are emailed.

February 21

Students can select a new room/residence hall in My UW Housing starting on this day. Once a room is selected, students have one week to sign their contract and pay their advance payment.

March 11

Last day to pick a new space online in My UW Housing. You can contact us if you’re still interested after this day.

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Non-Housing Students

Complete Your Notice of Intent Now in My UW Housing

We need to know what your housing plans are for next year. It’s easy and only takes a moment! Sign in to My UW Housing to complete your 2021-22 Notice of Intent and indicate:

  • Yes — I’m planning on returning to Housing next year, so keep me informed about the returning resident process/deadlines.
  • Maybe — I haven’t decided where I’m living next year yet, but keep me informed about the returning resident process/deadlines.
  • No — I’m not returning to University Housing next year, so stop sending me communications about returning.

Log in to My UW Housing

If you change your mind later, you can always update your choice. Completing this simple Notice of Intent is required of all students living in Housing, so complete yours today!

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Why Return to University Housing?

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Choose Your Space

Returning residents get to pick their exact space before new students, allowing you to select your same room, a new hall, a single, double, or triple, or with a lake view or near State Street. Additional options include joining any of our popular Residential Learning Communities, such as the International Learning Community and its language immersion houses, offering opportunities to enhance language skills or explore cultures.

Bucky at a residence hall event

Location & Events

Live near classes, work, and dining with quick and easy access to workout facilities, health services, and more. Plus, every year our staff plan  events for students to relax, unwind, and meet new friends at, whether programs are in-person or virtual.

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Services & Amenities

Laundry, 24/7 staff support, computer labs, cable TV, internet, furnishings, water, heat, and electricity are all included and available close to where you live.

Bucky playing video games with residents

Live with Friends

Create your own fun and familiar Wisconsin Experience and take over a cluster of rooms in your preferred residence hall—an option only available to returners.

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Friends change, especially during your first year, and your choice of roommate or room might change, too. We can help you switch if needed. Considering studying abroad? No need to find a sub-letter or try to get out of a lease. We’ll allow you to cancel the spring semester part of your contract to simplify your trip abroad.

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Build Your Résumé

Make a lasting impact on campus and jumpstart your future by taking advantage of leadership and job opportunities. Be a House Fellow, Badger Buddy, student supervisor, intern, or peer mentor and live where you work while improving your skills.

"I liked the resources that Housing provides, such as dining, facilities, and tutoring help. I think there's an advantage to another year in Housing because having a sense of security and most things figured out for you is beneficial."

Abby Z. • Dejope resident (second year) • Cole/BioHouse resident (first year)

What'll It Cost?

Our rates are some of the lowest in the Big Ten. We take pride in minimizing our rates and dining costs while providing an exceptional experience for all residents. The projected rates listed below are per resident and include high-speed wireless internet, cable TV, appliances, furniture, utilities, staff, maintenance, and cleaning of bathrooms/common spaces.

  • Residence Hall Room: ≈ $10,000 (rates vary, see full rates page for details)
  • Dining Plan: $1,500 – $2,900 (optional)
    • Returners may enroll in any of our three dining plan tiers or elect to pay as they go in any of our dining locations without a plan
    • Returners that use their Wiscard in Housing Dining locations receive a 30% discount on prepared food and a 10% discount on pre-packaged food compared to non-resident prices

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Still Deciding?

Hear from students and staff about the perks of returning to the residence halls for another year! If you have any questions, contact us, and we’ll get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.

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