Waters Residence Hall

Waters Hall exterior

1200 Observatory Drive | Madison, WI 53706-1212 | Map
501 residents | Coed by wing Double rooms 

Waters Residence Hall is centrally located in the heart of campus along the shores 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. In fall 2016, Waters will also become home to Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), a learning community (formerly in Sellery Hall) 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.

Our 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 turned co-ed several years ago and has been a favorite among both men and women due to its location, resident room size, and convenience of amenities. 

Building Features   
Nearest Dining Facility (~walking time) Liz's Market (inside hall)
Computer Lab On-Site Yes
UW-Madison Classroom Located in Building Yes
UW-Madison Academic Advising On-Site Yes
Carpeting Provided Yes
Hall Desk On-Site Yes
Air Conditioned Resident Rooms No
Higher Room Rate No
Bathrooms Shared By Floor Wing
Double Room Costs (2017-18)*  $8,175.00

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  • Room Dimensions: ~11'8" x 17'8.5"
  • Space Under Lofted Bed: Futon/loveseat up to 56" wide fits under bed
  • Lockable Drawer Dimensions: 32" x 18.75" x 3.5"
  • Mattress: 36" x 80"

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* This room cost total does not include any applicable learning community fees or housing food purchases. For additional information on any designated learning community fees and average food purchases, view the Rates for Academic Year 2017-18.

**Typical room dimensions shown. Rooms vary slightly.