Your Student Experience
The word "isthmus": learn it, live it, love it.
The UW–Madison campus sits on an isthmus between two lakes—Mendota and Monona. You'll find beautiful, historic campus buildings; wide open spaces for playing sports, exercising, or lounging; running, hiking, and biking trails; restaurants, shopping, movies, and more. 936 acres are at your disposal.
Live with Bucky.
Become familiar with our 19 University Residence Halls spread across two distinct neighborhoods and decide which one is right for you. No matter where you live, you'll have access to academic resources and support, laundry and dining services, and social and cultural opportunities that will make you feel right at home. And have we mentioned that the food in our University Dining Halls is to die for?
Weather, Ultimate Frisbee, sustainability, dairy products. There's an organization for that.
Join one of over 900 student organizations and leadership opportunities. There are many ways to become involved on campus, from research and internships to rec sports and volunteering. Not interested in those activities? Not a problem. It's up to you to create your own Wisconsin Experience.
In the fall, cheer on the Badger football team at Camp Randall Stadium. In the winter, root for our hockey and basketball teams. Besides our 11 men's and 12 women's varsity sports, we offer sport clubs and intramurals to quench your competitive thirst. Our campus features recreational facilities, swimming pools, and outdoor rec fields as well, if that's more your style.
Live music on the lake? Open mic at the Union? I'm in.
The arts are an integral part of UW campus life. See what the University Theatre is performing this semester. Catch the Dance Department's Friday Forum. Check out the Chazen Museum of Art's recent expansion. During the warmer months, see a live band at the Memorial Union Terrace. Like opera? We have you covered.
Live in one of the best cities in the country.
We aren't the only ones who think so. We're rated highly and frequently top many "best" lists—best place to live and work, noted as one of America's safest cities, and a top green city. Grab a pastry and some cheese curds at the Saturday Farmers' Market around the capitol square. Browse the shops along State Street. Pick up groceries at one of numerous campus grocery stores. Venture away from downtown to Henry Vilas Zoo or Olbrich Botanical Gardens. City buses will take you anywhere you want to go in Madison.
Make this campus your own.
Whether you're from a large city or a small town, the University of Wisconsin–Madison is here to meet your needs and work with you. One of the many excellent things about Madison is that it's a medium-sized city with a small-town feel. You can make our campus feel as large or small as you want. Create your own Wisconsin Experience, and connect with the world around you.