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Student Life

Badgers work hard and play hard. After class, our students build community and stay active through a wide variety of clubs, organizations, and campus events. Because at UW–Madison, we know that real learning happens both inside and outside the classroom.

Explore the student experience

Where you’ll make friends and memories to last a lifetime

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Campus housing

Our residence halls offer a range of personality in two distinct neighborhoods: Lakeshore for the nature lover and Southeast for the city soul.

Explore housing options on campus
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Campus dining

With more than 50 dining locations across campus – from coffee shops to markets – we’ve got fresh, healthy, and convenient options nearby.

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Multicultural Student Center

We welcome, value, and support all members of our UW community. The Center offers cultural programming, internships, student organization support, and more.

Learn about the Multicultural Student Center
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Clubs and student organizations

You’re just a few clicks away from finding community among campus’s nearly 1,000 clubs and organizations.

Browse clubs and student organizations

Badgers are always on the move

At UW–Madison, there’s an activity for everyone: from NCAA events and club sports to pickup games at the Nick and Quidditch on the quad.

Discover athletics at UW

We’re an arts destination drawing national attention

You can feel the creativity in the air. Within a few campus blocks lie the largest museum collection in the Big Ten, a 650-seat concert hall, and several performance spaces serving up student productions and world-famous acts.

Testimonial & Facts

Madison, WI: The ultimate college town

This is where big-city opportunities meet small-town conveniences. Where vibrant streetscapes lead to lakeside retreats. Where a Big Ten college and capital city blend together, creating an atmosphere unlike anywhere else. Welcome to Madison.

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