Madison is home to more than 255,000 people. In many ways, the University and the State Capitol are the hubs of activity downtown. Stroll down State Street, a vibrant pedestrian street lined with shops and restaurants, which connects campus and the Capitol. Experience the largest farmers’ market of its kind as you walk around Capitol Square on a Saturday morning. Explore lakes Mendota, Monona, and Wingra by foot, bike, or kayak. Choose from dozens of arts, cultural, and sporting events each day as you become a part of the Madison community.
Getting Around Madison
Madison boasts an impressive city-wide network of bicycle paths, both on and off city roads. View route maps at the City of Madison's Bike Madison website, also learn more about the bikeshare program, Madison BCycle.
Madison Metro provides daily service throughout campus, the city, and surrounding areas. Students get free bus passes, and employees get a discount on bus passes. Find more information on fares at Madison Metro's website.
Several private taxi companies provide cab service in and around Madison. Fares vary between company and are based on a meter or zone system and number of passengers.
Private, off-campus housing is managed by the office of Campus Area Housing. You can find out more about the different neighborhoods of Madison here.
University Housing manages nineteen residence halls, three apartment communities, and seven dining locations across the UW-Madison campus. Learn more about on-campus housing options at the University Housing website.