Directions, Parking and Accommodations

The day starts with check-in and a welcome reception at the Discovery Building (330 N. Orchard Street, Madison, WI 53715) on the west side of campus at 8:00 a.m.

Find this location on Google Maps or the campus map.

Tips for Parking on Campus

Note that prime parking locations fill up quickly for large events, so have a backup plan of where to park in case your primary choice is full. We strongly suggest guests allow at least 45-60 minutes to find parking arrangements. Guests should not park in two-hour parking or at meters during their visit. Full-day parking is about $12.00.

Recommended parking lots:

  • Lot 17 (Engineering Ramp) – Close to Union South (0.3 miles) and the Discovery Building (0.3 miles)
  • Lot 20 (University Avenue Ramp) – Close to the Discovery Building (0.1 miles) and Union South (0.2 miles)
  • Lot 80 (Union South Garage) – Close to Union South (0 miles) and the Discovery Building (0.1 miles)
  • Lot 7 (Grainger Hall Garage) – Centrally located and within a few blocks of Union South (0.3 miles), the Discovery Building (0.3 miles), Gordon Dining & Event Center (0.3 miles), the Office of Admissions and Recruitment (0.3 miles), Memorial Union (0.4 miles), and the Red Gym (0.5 miles)
  • Lot 46 (Lake & Johnson Ramp) – Close to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment (0 miles), Gordon Dining & Event Center (0.1 miles), the Red Gym (0.3 miles), and Memorial Union (0.3 miles)
  • Lot 83 (Fluno Center Garage) – Close to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment (0.1 miles), Gordon Dining & Event Center (0.3 miles), the Red Gym (0.3 miles), and Memorial Union (0.4 miles)
  • State Street Campus Garage – Close to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment (0.1 miles), the Red Gym (0.1 miles), Memorial Union (0.2 miles), and Gordon Dining & Event Center (0.3 miles)
  • Lot 29 (North Park Street Ramp) – Close to the Gordon Dining & Event Center (0.3 miles) and the Office of Admissions & Recruitment (0.4 miles)

Please check Visitor Parking Availability to see in real-time the number of spaces available in parking lots before arriving on campus. You can find a campus parking map on the UW–Madison transportation website.

Staying in Madison

As Wisconsin's capital city, Madison tops many “best” lists, including best place to live and work, best college sports town, one of America's safest cities, and a top green city. Visit the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information on what to do, where to stay, and what to eat while you're in town.

Places to Stay