Students at Memorial Union Terrace during the summer

Summer Term Housing

Summer Term Housing 2021

University Housing is currently working on plans for Summer Term 2021 and will provide updated information here when it is available. Decisions regarding the timeline and availability of Summer Term Housing will be dependent on the COVID-19 pandemic, campus operations, and the status of UW-Madison summer courses.

Summer term housing in the UW-Madison University Residence Halls is available in Kronshage Residence Hall. Conveniently located on campus, Kronshage is equipped with carpeted double rooms, air conditioning units in the summer, and is within walking distance of campus facilities, city bus stops, dining facilities, and many other attractions.

Application, Eligibility, and Contract

To live in the UW-Madison University Residence Halls for summer term, you must be an admitted student, enrolled for at least one summer credit, and have a ten-digit campus ID number at UW-Madison. To apply for summer housing, simply fill out an application in My UW Housing. Housing contracts are offered based on date of application.


wdt_ID Term Check-In Date Check Out Date
1 Interim to 4-week (available only to current residence hall students) May 11 --
2 Early 4-Week* May 17 June 13
4 8-Week* June 14 August 8
5 1st 4-Week June 14 July 11
6 2nd 4-Week July 12 August 8
7 Summer to Fall (available only to residents with a contract for next academic year) August 8 August 16 (transition to fall assignment)

*Students who sign-up for both the early 4-week term and the 8-week term will be charged $23 for a double room and $27 for a single room for the night between the two terms on Saturday, June 13.


wdt_ID Hall/Room Type Interim 4-Week 8-Week Summer to Fall 8weekterm
1 Single Room 189 729 1,485 486
2 Double room 161 621 1,265 414

Student Housing Handbook

There are two Student Housing Handbooks for summer term. One for UW-Madison students and one for summer term residents that are not UW-Madison students.


University Housing Dining & Culinary Services offers a variety of fresh, healthy, made-from-scratch options in a variety of locations across campus. All locations are cashless, so purchases may only be paid for with a credit card, debit card, or Wiscard. When paying with your Wiscard, you’ll receive a 5% discount on all purchases. Have a dietary need or food allergy? We have a registered dietitian on staff who can provide allergy-friendly menus.

Housing Student Employee Discount

If you will be a University Housing student employee in Summer 2020, you may be eligible for the employee housing discounted rate of $500. There are double rooms in Kronshage available for the entire summer for University Housing student employees.

Internet & TV

UWNet Internet service is available in all Kronshage rooms and common areas, including floor dens. High-definition cable TV service with a variety of channels is also available in rooms. To connect a TV, you will need a coaxial video cable. In addition, TV can be watched on an iOS or Android device on campus by downloading the Spectrum U app or on a computer via the Digital Academic Television Network (DATN).

  • Note: individual student rooms are not equipped with a telephone or landline service.

Computer Labs

A Technology Learning Center (TLC) computer lab is available in the lower level of Showerman House. In addition, campus computer labs (also called InfoLabs) are available in Steenbock Library nearby and throughout campus. Windows and Mac computers are available, as is printing (color and black & white), equipment checkout, and more.


Conveniently located laundry rooms in the lower level of Conover and Showerman Houses provide high-efficiency washing for $2.50/load. Simply swipe your Wiscard on the scanner in the laundry room to activate a washing machine. Dryers are available for free.

Hall Desk

Kronshage’s front desk, located in the lower level of Frank Holt Center, is open various hours in the summer to provide residents with information about Madison and campus. The front desk is also available to receive mail and packages and checkout items such as laptops, games, movies, tools, and vacuums.


Incoming mail will be placed in mailboxes located at Frank Holt Center and is accessible with your room key. Packages will be available at your hall desk, but the desk cannot hold packages for you prior to your move-in date.


Residence Life Coordinators

Residence Life Coordinators are full-time professional staff members who are responsible for supervising House Fellows, promoting involvement and academic success, advising students who plan activities and events, administering disciplinary processes, assisting with problems, and coordinating liaison efforts between facilities, dining, and desk staff as well as other campus partners like the UW-Madison Police DepartmentUniversity Health Services (UHS), and more.

House Fellows

Similar to a Resident Advisor (RA), House Fellows are student staff members with whom you’ll have the most frequent contact. They are available to help answer questions, provide resources, solve problems, enforce UW-Madison and University Housing policies, and more. Look for information about your House Fellow posted in your residence hall and in-room guide when you arrive on campus.

Getting Your Wiscard

All registered students at UW-Madison are entitled to a Wiscard (the official UW-Madison photo ID). Your Wiscard allows you to get a summer bus pass and to access other campus services. To get your Wiscard, you must present a form of identification (e.g. a valid driver’s license or passport). Newly admitted students may receive their initial card at no cost upon verification of enrollment by Wiscard office staff. Lost, stolen or misplaced cards will be replaced at a non-refundable cost of $25 per card.

Room Furnishings

Each resident is provided a bed, desk, desk chair, bookshelf, dresser, and closet space. Each room is provided with a small refrigerator, window coverings, wastebaskets, and a mirror. You should bring your own sheets and pillows. Mattress dimensions are 36″ x 80″.


UW-Madison Transportation Services, located in the WARF building, operates all campus parking and bicycle/pedestrian services. Due to limited availability, on-campus parking is very rarely granted to students. Most students find that getting around on campus without a car is easy to do, though.


The City of Madison’s Metro Transit offers a number of free bus routes on and around the UW-Madison campus. Anyone can ride these routes without paying a fare or showing an ID. In addition, students enrolled at UW-Madison can get a free summer bus pass good for free rides on all Madison Metro bus routes, allowing you to travel throughout the metro area. These passes are available through the Associated Students of Madison (ASM) Student Print Office located in the Student Activity Center on the third floor at 333 East Campus Mall. All you need to pick up your bus pass is your Wiscard.

  • Note: It may take a few days after you pick up your Wiscard for your records to show that you are eligible for a bus pass. You may also be delayed until the day your term begins.



The UW-Madison Police Department is available during emergencies by calling 911 or 608-264-COPS (2677).


A smoke detector is located in each resident room, hallway, and common area. If the fire alarms off, please proceed to the nearest exit in an orderly fashion.


  • Do not hold open residence hall exterior doors for strangers
  • Lock your door whenever leaving your room
  • If confronted by an individual with a weapon, give up your property immediately
  • Sign-up to receive WiscAlerts to get notifications when there is an emergency situation on campus



Broken windows, locks, or other urgent situations like malfunctioning elevators should be reported to your House Fellow or hall desk immediately.


Burnt out light bulbs, window screen replacement, fixes to furniture that is otherwise not causing a hazard, or problems with insects should be reported by submitting a Maintenance Request.

Smoke-Free Facilities

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the University Residence Halls including student rooms and public areas such as dens, hallways, and bathrooms. Smoking is also prohibited outside within 25 feet of any University Residence Hall and/or dining facility.

Pardon Our Dust

During the summer, there will be some on-going facility improvement projects. There are a number of developments taking place across campus and we appreciate your understanding and patience as these important projects are completed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What do I do if I want to live in the University Residence Halls for Summer Term?

Submit a summer housing application (see above). If space allows, you will be sent a Housing contract offer. Please keep in mind this process is first come, first serve. If you complete your contract and submit your advance payment by your individual deadline you will be guaranteed a space for summer term. You will receive your room assignment prior to your arrival.

How much is my advance payment?

A $300 advance payment must be made at the time the University Residence Halls summer term contract is submitted electronically in My UW Housing.

If I am not satisfied with my summer assignment, am I able to request a room change?

Yes, summer term housing residents are able to submit a room change request starting on the first business day of their summer housing term. A room change request form must be submitted in the Assignments Office in the lower level of Slichter Residence Hall. Room changes are not guaranteed and will be offered based on availability and on a first-come, first-served basis.

I am only interested in a single room for Summer Term. What should I do?

When you submit your summer term housing application you can indicate your preference for a single room. Summer term housing assignments will be released about 2-weeks prior to move-in. You will receive your room assignment information at that time. Most summer housing rooms are double rooms with a few single rooms. Assignment to a single room is not guaranteed.

My friend and I want to live together. How do we make that happen?

Both of you will need to submit a summer housing application where you will identify each other as preferred roommates. If space allows, we will assign you and your preferred roommate together.

I'm not sure where I want to live for the summer, and I'm considering living off-campus. I figured I better return a housing contract as a backup. Is that allowed?

Please wait until you have made your decision about where to live before you sign a housing contract. Our contract is a legally binding document, which means that we cannot release you to live off-campus. Please take time to consider your options before you make a commitment to live in the University Residence Halls.

Can I get out of the contract if I later decide I want to move off-campus?

No. The contract you are signing is a binding, legal document, so we do not release students to make other housing arrangements. You will be financially responsible for the terms of your contract for the summer term.