1200 Observatory Drive | Madison, WI 53706-1212 | Map
504 residents | Coed by wing | Double rooms
Opened 1940 | Named after Elizabeth Waters
Waters Residence Hall is centrally located in the heart of campus along the shore of Lake Mendota. Waters provides convenient access to libraries, the student unions, classrooms, and local Madison attractions, though with everything going on inside, you might not even need to leave the building.
Residents of Waters have a full array of services under one roof, including an in-house dining market (Liz’s Market), a Technology Learning Center (TLC), on-site tutoring, and study spaces. Waters also has its own set of academic advisors from Cross-College Advising Services (CCAS) stationed inside the building. Waters is also home to Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), a learning community that provides a stimulating environment for women interested in science, technology, engineering, or math to make strong academic and personal connections with each other as well as UW-Madison staff and faculty who share their interests.
The diverse resident population of new and continuing students promotes a strong sense of community and makes living in Waters a memorable experience. While Waters used to house exclusively female residents, it was changed to co-ed in 2006 and has been a favorite among both men and women due to its location, resident room size, and convenience of amenities.