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Returning Residents & Current UW Students

Why Live On Campus?

When you #LiveWithBucky, you’ll get another year of an environment built for and invested in your success, unlike an off-campus apartment.

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Choose Your Space

Returning residents get to select their own space before new students. Choose to live in the same room, a new hall, a single, a double, with a group of friends, or in one of our popular learning or affinity communities.

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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.

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Better Grades & Faster Graduation

Statistics prove students who live on-campus 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.

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Location & Events

Live near classes, work, and dining with quick and easy access to workout facilities, health serviceslibraries, and more. Plus, every year our staff plan events for students to relax, unwind, and meet new friends at.

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Services & Amenities

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

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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 subletter or try to get out of a lease. Students studying abroad can cancel the spring semester part of their contract so departure is simpler.

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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)

Have Your Own Bathroom a Block from State Street in Lowell

Lowell Center is a fantastic option for returning residents and current UW students. Close to Memorial Union, Memorial Library, and State Street with beautiful views of Lake Mendota, Lowell offers on-site dining in Lowell Market and a mix of singles, doubles, and triples, each with a private bathroom.A double room in Lowell with a view of Lake Mendota

What'll It Cost?

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

  • Residence Hall Room: $6,500 – $9,200 (rates vary, see full room room rates for details)
  • Dining Plan: $3,800 – $5,400 (required for all residents)
    • Students select from one of three dining plan options based on their eating habits and how much they plan to dine on campus. Meals and Dining Dollars are loaded onto their Wiscard for food purchases.
    • All Housing dining markets will offer all-you-care-to-eat service in 2022-23.

Note: total costs of room and board for 2022-23, which include the room rate and required dining plan, remain similar to this year and can be calculated by:

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What's New Next Year?

  • Sellery Residence Hall renovations will continue, though many parts of the building will be finished, including floor lounges, some resident floors, amenities on the first floor and lower level, and more.
  • The 3rd and 4th floors of Faville, LaFollette, Noyes, Richardson, Siebecker, and Winslow Houses of Adams Residence Hall are reserved for language programs, and Korean House (K-House) will be added.
  • Resident dining plans will be required for returning residents and current UW students living on-campus in 2022-23 and will be changing to a weekly dining plan for all residents and all-you-care-to-eat service at all locations.

To facilitate possible future construction on campus, Merit Residence Hall will be unavailable in 2022-23.

  • The Gender Inclusive Community will be moving from Merit Residence Hall to rooms 412-435 in Lowell. Residents in those rooms in Merit will not be able to return to their same room.
  • Gender Inclusive Housing spaces will be available throughout the University Residence Halls in a variety of room types. Students who choose this option will be able to select a room space in Gender Inclusive Housing, including single rooms with a shared All Gender bathroom, or double rooms with a bathroom, triples, etc.
  • High House in Tripp Residence Hall will return to being the Transfer House. Residents in High House may not be able to return to their same rooms.

Note: you may not be able to return to your same room if that room will be designated for Gender Inclusive Housing or was in Merit Residence Hall. In addition, some rooms in Ogg, Sellery, Smith, and Tripp Residence Halls will also change capacity. If you want to return to your same room and the capacity has changed, email our Assignment Office at for assistance.

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Still Deciding?

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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Complete Your Notice of Intent

We need to know what your housing plans are for next year. It’s easy and only takes a moment! Log in to My UW Housing to complete your 2022-23 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.

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Key Dates

Returning Residents

March 7

Students can select a new room/residence hall in My UW Housing starting on this day. Once a room is selected, students have 72 hours to sign their contract and pay their advance payment.

April 1 @ 11:59 p.m.

Last chance 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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Current UW Students

Current UW students not living in University Housing can email or fill out our contact us form to receive access to My UW Housing.

March 7

Students can select a new room/residence hall  in My UW Housing starting on this day. Once a room is selected, students have 72 hours to sign their contract and pay their advance payment.

April 1 @ 11:59 p.m.

Last chance 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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