Housing Options in Madison

There are number of housing options available to SEASSI students, including on-campus dormitory dorms, privately owned dormitory rooms and privately owned apartment rentals. Each offers a different mix of convenience, affordability, and flexibility. There are only a limited number of on-campus dorm rooms, but there are usually plenty of off-campus apartment rooms for sublease.

On campus housing

Barnard Hall, Merit Hall, and Susan B. Davis Hall are dormitories that will be completely reserved for students taking classes for academic credit. It will be available to SEASSI participants for summer on a first come, first served basis through the University Residence Halls. Room rates range from $1045 to $1265. More information and an application form can be downloaded at the University Residence Hall website. Housing contracts are offered based on date of application. Dining Service is not privided as each hall is equipped with a shared kitchen facility which students are able to use. Residents must bring their own cooking utensils, dishes, and silverware. Cash dining options are available at a variety of locations on campus when dining facilities are open.

Privately owned dormitory rooms

Private residence halls are residence hall (dormitory) living arrangements that are owned and operated by the private sector. Application procedures and lease agreements are solely the responsibility of the student renter, not the University. Many include a meal plan. For information on Private Residence Halls in Madison, write or call the halls directly. Applications are not available through the mail from the SEASSI Office or the UW-Madison Campus Information and Visitor Center. Below is a list of some of the most popular private dorms in Madison as well as a link to a map showing you their locations. Click on the name of the dorms you may be interested in to find out more infomation.

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Privately owned apartment rentals

The UW-Madison Campus Assistance and Visitor Center has a convenient search engine where you can search for off-campus rental housing (sublets). The website has online listings of privately owned apartments, houses and rooms for sub-lease, as well as consumer rental information. For further information, call the Campus Assistance Center at (608) 263-2400. Please be aware that most off-campus students either walk, bike or bus to campus.

SEASSI Subletting Forum & Other avenues

You may also check our online Subletting Forum. If you would like to post your own message on the forum, visit our SEASSI Forums webpage.

Finally, if you check out Madison Craigslist there are many postings for available summer sublets as well.


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Contact Us!
Please direct any questions to the SEASSI Program Coordinator:

Jinda Moore
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
207 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
phone: (608) 263-1755 email: