Transportation in the city and on campus (http://transportation.wisc.edu/):
Bicycling – There are designated bike lanes on campus and throughout Madison and many bike racks on campus. The City requires you to register your bike with the city (good for theft protection)
- Sheltered secure bike lockers and bike cages are available to rent on a semester or annual basis.
- B-cycle is an urban bike sharing program. Memberships are available online or at the station kiosks. Members have full access to check out a bike at any station in Madison. Use of one bike at a time with unlimited number of bike checkouts in the membership period.
Mopeds – Designated parking areas require general permit purchase
Driving/Parking –Limited parking on campus. Lot options range from pay-as-you-go to purchased permit depending on location.
- Some areas off campus have two-hour parking limits, but it can still be difficult to find a spot and then one would have to walk a distance from those locations..
- Community Car cooperative allows you to use a shared car as needed (rates for time and membership fee apply).
- Handicap parking: UW employees with a disabled permit from the Department of Transportation may purchase a University disabled permit (UW DIS) which allows parking in unreserved permit stalls, unreserved meters or designated disabled stalls anywhere on campus. These are not valid for special events. The UW permit is required for some parking spaces on campus.
Walking – Probably easiest method for getting around campus,. Generally can get from m ost places to another in 20 minutes.
Taxis – Taxi services available. Usually call to set up a ride. Some are shared cabs.
Practice common sense (walking with buddies at night, well lit areas, etc.)
Craigslist is even a good source for available apartments. Of course you have to be smart about it.
Here are some considerations when choosing to live in non-UW housing:
- Areas near the sports centers ( Kohl Center, Camp Randall) will have more activity, especially during sporting events.
- Parking often is not included in the cost of rent.
- Check the area bus routes: how close, how often.
- Students seem to start looking for housing in December and January, so search early for more options.
- Neighborhoods typically more popular for graduate students: Near West, Near South, Isthmus, West Madison
- Many sublets available in the summer.
Steps to Finding Child Care
- Research your options
- Campus Facilities
- UW Family Child Care Network
- Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C’s), (608) 271-9181 or (800) 750-5437
4-C’s can provide information about certification for child care, resources and referral for certified/licensed child care centers and family based care in Dane County, and written materials to help parents select quality child care.
The Resource and Referral Department will talk with you about your child care needs and provide you with a customized listing of resources.
- Select a provider
Choose a provider that not only suits the needs of your family, but also the values that you have as a parent. Please read “Selecting a Provider.”
- Look for child care financial assistance to determine if you qualify. (See “Financial Assistance“)
- If you need help with this process or have any other questions, please contact the Parent Resource Specialist, (608) 265-9123.
McBurney Disability Resource Center:
After an intake interview eligibility determination will be decided and the process of setting up services will begin.
If you need an eligibility determination before you pay your enrollment deposit, please send a written request to McBurney.
Racial and Ethnic Minorities – Multicultural Graduate Network, as well as more specific campus groups.
- Memorial Union is a historic building home to several dining options and the following services and activities: Craftshop, outdoor Terrace, Mini Courses, Outdoor Rentals, Wisconsin Union Theater
- Union South has several dining options as well as Badger Market, The Marquee movie theater, Sun Garden—a common area with three-story windows, ideal for studying, meeting or just hanging out; Wisconsin Union Hotel
The UW-Madison Hoofers outdoor recreation program is one of the oldest and largest organizations on campus. Hoofers has five collegiate teams, six clubs and hundreds of members, which exist for outdoor activities such as mountaineering, hiking, camping, riding, scuba, sailing and ski and snowboarding.
Look up student organizations at: http://cfli.wisc.edu/student_organizations.htm