Experience Wisconsin Open House

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Directions to Check-In

Check-in will occur from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at locations both on the east and west sides of campus. Please feel free to use either check-in location prior to your first information session.

  • East Campus Check-In – Gordon Dining and Event Center, front lawn (770 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715) Google Mapscampus map
  • West Campus Check-In – Union South, rear plaza on the south end (1308 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715) Google Mapscampus map

Check-in will be outdoors. In the case of inclement weather, check-in will move inside to Gordon Dining and Event Center Concerto/Sonata Rooms (second floor) or Union South Alumni Room (second floor).

 

Satellite Information Tables

Information tables will be available throughout the day should you need assistance, directions, or have any questions.

  • East Campus Information Table – Office of Admissions and Recruitment, first floor (702 W Johnson St, Suite 1101, Madison, WI 53715) Google Maps / campus map
  • West Campus Information Table – Union South, first floor Box Office (1308 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715) Google Maps / campus map

These information tables will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Parking and Accommodations

Parking

Parking will be available at the Alliant Energy Center, North East Lot (1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713) and is highly recommended, as parking on campus is very limited. The parking entrance is on Rimrock Road, off John Nolan Drive. The cost for all-day parking is $7.00. Guests must pay in cash and give a printed parking pass that will be sent to you with your event reminder. Passes on your phone cannot be accepted. Credit cards, debit cards, or checks cannot be accepted, and there is not an ATM at the entrance. For more information about traveling to the Alliant Energy Center, click here.

Shuttle buses will be provided to bring students and their families from the Alliant Energy Center to campus (and back) throughout the event at no charge. The shuttles will run from 7:00 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. The shuttle stop at the Alliant Energy Center will be at the front of the North East Lot. The parking shuttle stop for campus will be in front of the Kohl Center (601 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715), just one block from Gordon Dining and Event Center check-in.

Parking on campus is permitted but will be extremely limited due to the high volume of visitors. We strongly suggest the parking option at Alliant Energy Center for secured parking and transportation to and from campus. If you decide to park on campus, we strongly suggest you allow at least 45-60 minutes to find parking arrangements. Do not park in two-hour parking or at meters during your visit. Full-day parking is about $15.00. Be aware of special events on campus, as they may impact parking availability and travel times. Please feel free to park in campus lots, public lots, or private lots, if available.

Please check Visitor Parking Availability to see in real-time the number of spaces available in parking lots before arriving on campus. You can find a campus parking map on the UW–Madison transportation website.

As an alternative to driving and parking on campus, we strongly recommend taking a taxi, hotel shuttle, or ride-sharing service, if possible.

Recommended parking lots:

Near Union South check-in

  • Lot 17 (Engineering Ramp)
  • Lot 20 (University Avenue Ramp)
  • Lot 80 (Union South Garage)

Near Gordon Dining and Event Center check-in

For general visitor parking questions, contact the UW Transportation Services’ Special Events Line at 608-262-8683 or email visitorparking@fpm.wisc.edu.

STAYING IN MADISON

As Wisconsin’s capital city, Madison tops many “best” lists, including best place to live and work, best college sports town, one of America’s safest cities, and a top green city. Visit the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information on what to do, where to stay, and what to eat while you’re in town.

PLACES TO STAY

Bus and Shuttle Options

Shuttles

Shuttle buses will be provided to bring students and their families who park at Alliant Energy Center to campus at no charge. The shuttles will loop all day from the front of the North East Lot at the Alliant Energy Center to the front of the Kohl Center (601 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715). Please note, the shuttles will run from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Guests who arrive before or after shuttle operations will need to find alternative transportation or parking for the event.

There will also be an Experience Wisconsin Open House shuttle bus looping the campus with designated stops. More information will be provided to guests upon arrival on campus. The shuttles can fill quickly, so we recommend planning ahead.

Buses

If you are traveling to the far west end of campus (especially to the School of Nursing’s Signe Skott Cooper Hall, the School of Pharmacy’s Rennebohm Hall, or the Natatorium), you will likely find that taking the bus may be a faster alternative to walking to your breakout sessions. The UW Campus Bus routes (80 and 84) are free to all riders. Routes 80 and 84 provide free daytime service. Service calendar for Routes 80 and 84. Routes 8081, and 82 provide free nighttime service. Service calendar for Routes 81 and 82. Click on the route number for schedules and maps. All campus routes are also on the official UW campus map. Please note that all other route numbers charge a fee to ride.

Gender-Inclusive Facilities

For a map of all of our All-Gender and Gender-Inclusive restrooms, click here.

Dining

Madison is ranked as a top city for foodies, and there are endless opportunities for tasty meals around the UW–Madison campus and in the city of Madison. Below are dining options both on campus and in the downtown Madison area.

UNIVERSITY HOUSING

University Housing’s à la carte marketplace-style dining facilities include made-to-order items, recipes made from scratch, and healthy options to meet your dining needs. There are many options to accommodate dietary restrictions, including gluten, dairy, eggs, and vegetarian. Please note all our Dining Markets are cashless. Accepted forms of payment include Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. For a list of locations and day-of menus, please click here.

Gordon Avenue Market (Gordon Dining and Event Center)
770 W Dayton Street
Opened in 2012 in the Southeast neighborhood, Gordon has a large variety of food options from Tex-Mex and burgers and fries, to home-style comfort food such as pulled pork and mashed potatoes, and a build-your-own stir-fry station. Be sure to stop by the Bean & Creamery to grab a dish of Babcock ice cream or your favorite coffee drink.

Four Lakes Market (Dejope Residence Hall)
640 Elm Drive
The largest dining facility in the Lakeshore neighborhood, Four Lakes is located in Dejope Residence Hall. It includes seven dining venues from made-to-order deli sandwiches to fresh sushi and noodle bowls. With beautiful patio seating, you’ll be able to eat and enjoy the view of Lake Mendota.

Carson’s Market (Carson Gulley Center)
1515 Tripp Circle
Recently renovated and located in the Lakeshore neighborhood, Carson’s features sandwich and salad options, pizza, Tex-Mex, and Mediterranean specialties.

Liz’s Market (Waters Residence Hall)
1200 Observatory Drive
Located in Waters Hall, Liz’s has a large variety of low-fat, vegan, and vegetarian food options. It also offers a large cold bar with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Rheta’s Market (Chadbourne Residence Hall)
420 N Park Street
With a great central location in Chadbourne Hall, you’ll have eight feature venues to choose from for fresh American and international fare. New to this location is a build-your-own stir-fry venue which allows you to pick what you want and have it cooked on the spot for you.

UNION SOUTH

1308 W Dayton Street

Prairie Fire
Prairie Fire serves specialty coffee and bakery items in a multi-level space featuring a cozy fireplace and quiet balcony. Tapas are available in the evenings.

The Sett
The scientific name for a badger burrow, the Sett serves pub fare all day into the night. The Sett Recreation, lower level, houses a variety of recreational activities and additional food options.

The Daily Scoop
Ice cream from UW–Madison’s Babcock Hall Dairy is served by the dish and cone and considered an essential part of a UW–Madison visit. Malts, sundaes and fresh-baked cookies are also available.

Urban Slice
Large slices of New York-style thin crust pizza, calzones, and fresh-made salads are available for dine-in or carry-out.

Ginger Root
A variety of stir-fries and dim sum can be combined in a Bento Bowl (our most popular offering) or you can build your own custom stir-fry at night and wash it down with a selection of authentic Asian beverages.

Badger Market
This convenience store offers sandwiches, snacks, groceries, and sundries, as well as Wisconsin Union and Badger apparel and souvenirs.

DISCOVERY BUILDING

330 N Orchard Street

Aldo’s Cafe
Aldo’s Cafe offers fresh made sandwiches, salads, and bakery items featuring local, seasonal ingredients from area farms.

Steenbock’s on Orchard
Steenbock’s on Orchard offers a full-service menu of innovative entrees. Located in the southeast corner of the Town Center, this establishment includes a preservation kitchen with windows into the food preparation area. The menu emphasizes nutritious, sustainable and locally sourced foods.

BABCOCK HALL DAIRY STORE

1605 Linden Drive

A trip to UW–Madison wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Babcock Hall Dairy Store, the oldest university dairy plant in the United States. Best known for ice cream, Babcock also makes cheeses and locally produced milk. Visitors may view dairy plant observations via the second floor observation deck.

LIBRARY MALL FOOD CARTS

731 State Street, near Lake Street and East Campus Mall

Our food carts are #1 according to MSN. Located near State Street and the bottom of Bascom Hill, these food carts are a popular lunch stop and feature cuisine from around the world including falafel, pot stickers, empanadas, spring rolls and smoothies.
*Many carts are cash only*

STATE STREET AND OFF-CAMPUS

This pedestrian street connects our campus to the state capital and is lined by restaurants where students go to grab a bite after class or on the weekends. You can find a comprehensive list of dining options in the downtown area at Madison’s Central Business Improvement District website.

Accessing Your Open House Agenda

You can access your full schedule for your Experience Wisconsin Open House agenda by logging in to your Visit Bucky account.

Once you have logged in, click on reservations on the top right hand corner, and select “my reservations.” There you will find your most up-to-date schedule, including times, locations, and additional information.

Paper agendas will not be provided. If you wish to have a paper copy, please be sure to access your Visit Bucky account prior to your visit and print a copy.

Connecting to Wi-Fi at UW–Madison

During your visit to campus, you are welcomed to connect to the UWNet network on your computer or mobile device.

When you first attempt to load a webpage, you will be automatically redirected to the UWNet registration page. The page will offer two options for registration. Choose the second option for guests of the university.

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To register, enter your full name, email address, and reason for visiting campus. Once you have read and agreed to the Terms of Use, click Log In to submit your information.

Registering with this method will give your computer or mobile device access to the network for one day, after which point you will need to re-register. Please note that failure to provide a valid email address will result in a loss of wireless access.