Brighly colored Union Terrace chairs lined up in front of Lake Mendota

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Scenic shores of Lake Mendota to the north. Robust wildlife of the Arboretum to the south. In between, you’ll find 936 bustling acres that Badgers call home.

Built on an isthmus, UW–Madison and the city of Madison seamlessly blend together, creating opportunities and an atmosphere unlike any other campus. When visiting, you can immerse yourself in campus life at lively venues such as Camp Randall, the Memorial Union, and State Street. And you can always find serenity at our treasured natural areas, including the Lakeshore Path and Picnic Point. Each campus visit is unique. Ready to start yours?

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Quick Facts

  • 1
    of 2 major U.S. cities built on an isthmus
  • 370
    downtown Madison restaurants and shops
  • 240K
    Population of Madison

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Union South exterior

Start here

Campus and Visitor Relations is your central access point for exploring UW–Madison. Find resources for official campus tours and self-guided strolls through campus.

Campus and Visitor Relations
Campus map
Parking around campus
Getting to and around Madison

Women's ice hockey game at LaBahn Arena

Experience Campus

No matter when you visit, social, educational, and leisure activities abound, allowing you to customize your campus experience.

Campus Events Calendar
Wisconsin Athletics Schedule
Campus Dining Options
Places to stay on campus

Crew team on Lake Mendota with capitol building in background

Explore Madison

Madison, with a population of more than 240,000, offers the perfect combination of natural beauty, stimulating cultural offerings, distinctive restaurants and shops, and vibrant nightlife.

Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau
Upcoming Events in Madison
Madison Dining Guide
Places to stay in Madison

Aerial, birdseye view of Picnic Point with kayakers

Popular Destinations

Don’t miss out on some of our campus’s must-see attractions, frequented by visitors, students, and alumni alike.

Two Unions and a terrace
Lakeshore Path and Picnic Point
The Arboretum
Chazen Museum of Art
State Street