Explore Housing and Meal Plans - UW HELP

Explore Housing and Meal Plans

There’s more to your life on campus than just classes. You’ll also need to think about where you’re going to live and what you’re going to eat. Select your UW below to find out what options your UW has for housing and meal plans to make your transition independence a little easier.

On-Campus Housing

You can find on-campus housing at all four-year Universities of Wisconsin, as well as many of the two-year UWs. Most on-campus housing comes with furniture such as a bed, desk, and dresser, a cable TV hookup, internet, and utilities such as heat and water. Housing options and availability vary by campus.

How Much Does On-Campus Housing Cost?
Each campus determines its own housing costs, taking into account the type of accommodations offered (single room vs. double room, suite vs. shared space, etc.) and the market value of rent in the surrounding community. Housing is offered at a set price for the entire academic year. Use the student budget builder to estimate your housing and dining costs.

To reserve your spot in a particular residence hall or on-campus apartment, complete an application, sign a contract, and submit the deposit or prepayment the campus housing office requires. A prepayment gets applied to your housing payment, while a deposit is refunded to you at the end of the school year if you follow the rules stated in your contract.

For more information on housing options, costs, and policies, as well as meal plans, contact your campus housing office.

Campus Deposit/prepayment required with contract Deadline for refund of deposit/prepayment
UW-Eau Claire

You’ll be guaranteed a spot in a UW-Eau Claire residence hall once you submit your housing application and $100 enrollment deposit by May 1. The UW-Eau Claire housing application system is easy to navigate through an online portal, and you’ll be able to keep track of important dates throughout the housing process.

Students have until May 1 to update housing contract preference including roommate and living learning community preferences as well as to cancel housing contract.

UW-Green Bay

A $50 housing deposit is required.

A $50 application fee is required at the time the Housing contract is submitted. This fee is non-refundable.

UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus

No housing deposit required.

UW-La Crosse

A $150 housing deposit is required.

Contract cancellations prior to May 1 will receive a full refund of the $150 deposit. Cancellations made prior to May 1 do not need to go through a formal cancellation process.

After May 1, the entire $150 deposit will be forfeited.

UW-Madison

A $100 housing deposit is required.

Is refundable if the student notifies housing before May 1st of non-attendance at UW-Madison.

UW-Milwaukee

A $100 housing deposit is required.

Contracts must be canceled before June 1, if students wish to recoup $50 of their $100 Deposit. Contracts canceled on or after this date will forfeit all $100 of the Contract Deposit regardless of the date when the contract was submitted.

UW-Oshkosh

A $75 deposit is required.

UW-Oshkosh, Fox Cities Campus

Housing deposit varies.

UW-Parkside

A $50 contract fee is required. This fee is non-refundable.

A $50 contract fee is required. This fee is non-refundable.

UW-Platteville

A $150 housing deposit is required.

Please see UW-Platteville’s Residence Life Room Reservations website for contractual considerations for refund and forfeiture.

UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County

A $275 housing deposit is required.

The reservation fee is refundable until the lease is signed.

UW-River Falls

A $135 housing deposit is required.

UW-Stevens Point

A housing deposit is not required.

UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield

A housing deposit is not required.

UW-Stevens Point at Wausau

A housing deposit is not required.

UW-Stout

A $125 housing deposit is required.

UW-Stout housing contract stipulations.

UW-Superior

A housing deposit is not required.

UW-Whitewater

A $125 housing deposit is required.

UW-Whitewater at Rock County

No housing deposit required.

Campus UW-Eau Claire
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

You’ll be guaranteed a spot in a UW-Eau Claire residence hall once you submit your housing application and $100 enrollment deposit by May 1. The UW-Eau Claire housing application system is easy to navigate through an online portal, and you’ll be able to keep track of important dates throughout the housing process.

Deadline for refund of deposit/prepayment

Students have until May 1 to update housing contract preference including roommate and living learning community preferences as well as to cancel housing contract.

Campus UW-Green Bay
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A $50 housing deposit is required.

Deadline for refund of deposit/prepayment

A $50 application fee is required at the time the Housing contract is submitted. This fee is non-refundable.

Campus UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

No housing deposit required.

Campus UW-La Crosse
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A $150 housing deposit is required.

Deadline for refund of deposit/prepayment

Contract cancellations prior to May 1 will receive a full refund of the $150 deposit. Cancellations made prior to May 1 do not need to go through a formal cancellation process.

After May 1, the entire $150 deposit will be forfeited.

Campus UW-Madison
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A $100 housing deposit is required.

Deadline for refund of deposit/prepayment

Is refundable if the student notifies housing before May 1st of non-attendance at UW-Madison.

Campus UW-Milwaukee
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A $100 housing deposit is required.

Deadline for refund of deposit/prepayment

Contracts must be canceled before June 1, if students wish to recoup $50 of their $100 Deposit. Contracts canceled on or after this date will forfeit all $100 of the Contract Deposit regardless of the date when the contract was submitted.

Campus UW-Oshkosh
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A $75 deposit is required.

Campus UW-Oshkosh, Fox Cities Campus
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

Housing deposit varies.

Campus UW-Parkside
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A $50 contract fee is required. This fee is non-refundable.

Deadline for refund of deposit/prepayment

A $50 contract fee is required. This fee is non-refundable.

Campus UW-Platteville
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A $150 housing deposit is required.

Deadline for refund of deposit/prepayment

Please see UW-Platteville’s Residence Life Room Reservations website for contractual considerations for refund and forfeiture.

Campus UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A $275 housing deposit is required.

Deadline for refund of deposit/prepayment

The reservation fee is refundable until the lease is signed.

Campus UW-River Falls
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A $135 housing deposit is required.

Campus UW-Stevens Point
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A housing deposit is not required.

Campus UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A housing deposit is not required.

Campus UW-Stevens Point at Wausau
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A housing deposit is not required.

Campus UW-Stout
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A $125 housing deposit is required.

Deadline for refund of deposit/prepayment

UW-Stout housing contract stipulations.

Campus UW-Superior
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A housing deposit is not required.

Campus UW-Whitewater
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

A $125 housing deposit is required.

Campus UW-Whitewater at Rock County
Deposit/prepayment required with contract

No housing deposit required.

Do I Have to Live on Campus?

There’s a reason most freshmen live on campus, in university-operated residence halls: It’s an excellent way to start the college experience. For starters, there are tons of services and resources located steps from your living space, from cafeterias with student-friendly hours to resident advisors with all sorts of knowledge about campus life. Other perks include:

  • Close proximity to your classrooms and other campus buildings
  • Easy access to laundry machines, fitness centers, and bike storage
  • Meeting others experiencing challenges and transitions similar to yours, whether it’s finding the chemistry lab or being away from home for the first time
  • Connecting with students taking some of the same introductory courses as you
  • Getting to know people from around the state, the country, or even the world
  • Attending residence hall events where you can make friends and gather useful information
  • Having your rent paid ahead of time, so you don’t need to pay a landlord each month

Freshmen and sophomores at many Universities of Wisconsin must live on campus unless they live with a parent or guardian within 40 miles of campus. Students who are 21 years old or finished high school at least two years ago may be granted an exception to the requirement, which applies to these UW campuses:

  • UW-Eau Claire
  • UW-La Crosse
  • UW-Milwaukee (freshmen only)
  • UW-Oshkosh
  • UW-Parkside
  • UW-Platteville
  • UW-River Falls
  • UW-Stevens Point
  • UW-Stout
  • UW-Superior
  • UW-Whitewater

Have questions? Contact the residence life office at your campus.

Meal plan information

Meal plans vary from school to school. Some schools have structured plans that offer a specified number of meals for a certain price. Other schools give students an account they load with money for purchasing meals and snacks at campus dining halls.