VISP participants are responsible for securing their own housing. UW-Madison offers a limited number of spaces in on-campus housing (dormitories). In addition, many students also live off-campus in the neighborhoods surrounding the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Learn more about on-campus and off-campus housing opportunities as well as a temporary homestay option for when you arrive in Madison in our section below.
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Temporary Homestay when you Arrive
UW-Madison has three types of residence halls: undergraduate, graduate, or the short course dorms. Spaces are limited in on-campus housing, so apply early for best consideration.
Undergraduate Residence Halls
Traditional dormitories consist primarily of shared rooms and communal bathrooms with individual shower stalls. Residents eat at dining facilities located throughout the campus.
Short Course Dormitories
Run by the Farm & Industry Short Course program, this housing option differs from the more traditional undergraduate residence halls. Students studying any academic discipline are welcome in this housing option.
Graduate Student Housing
University apartments serve the needs of visiting researchers, faculty, and graduate students wanting a more independent living situation.
Many students live in off-campus housing options around the UW-Madison campus.
Housing Cooperatives – Co-ops
Co-ops provide low cost housing in exchange for household chores like cooking and cleaning. Call the house you are interested in and ask for the membership coordinator. Every house has its own personality; you may want to visit several to find one that fits your style.
Although apartments in Madison are in ample supply, most apartments must be rented for either 9 or 12 months. There are many online search engines that you can use to find apartment vacancies and roommate postings.
Craig’s List, like other community message boards, does not verify the accuracy of postings, so please exercise caution when dealing with private individuals.
Housing Search Recommendations
Having trouble finding a fall-only off-campus housing?
Most apartments in Madison are rented for 9 or 12 month contracts, making it difficult to find a fall-only option. We recommend that fall-only students apply for on-campus housing. If you wish to live in off-campus housing for the fall you may have to sign a 9 or 12 month lease and then find a subleaser to take over your lease for the remaining months. This does carry the risk, however, of not being able to find someone to take over your lease and being responsible for the remaining rent. You can search for subleasers and sublease opportunities via the housing search engines above.
Your housing should be listed as “furnished” or “semi-furnished,” which means that they provide some furniture in the apartment for your use. You may be held responsible for any furnished items when you check out of the apartment, so take care not to damage them.
Consider purchasing renter’s insurance for your time here in the US to protect your belongings in cases of fire, theft or other disasters. It is available at a low cost from numerous insurance companies.
Madison Housing Map
Sections 1-6 and section 9 on map are the most easily accessible to campus.
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