Campus Resources for Nontraditional Students

Child care

Office of Child Care and Family Resources (OCCFR) can respond to questions about campus child care programs, parent resources, back-up/sick care programs and financial assistance to help pay for your child care costs. 608-890-0436,, 611 Eagle Heights, Room 148.

Disability resources

McBurney Disability Resource Center works with students, staff, and faculty to develop disability-related services, including alternative testing, notetakers, interpreters, materials (Brailled, electronic, or audiotaped), counseling and training, information, and referrals. 608-263-2741, text 608-225-7956, relay 711, fax 265-2998,, 702 W Johnson St., Suite 2104.

Facebook page for returning adult students

Facebook user? This page provides a forum for UW-Madison returning adult students to get acquainted, exchange information (on parking, financial aid, where to study, etc.), provide peer support, and help you in the transition to the campus environment.

Financial assistance

Scholarships and grants are available for nontraditional, non-degree Special students. 608-263-6960,, 21 N. Park St, Rm 7101, Madison, WI 53715.

Office of Student Financial Aid assists eligible students to cover costs involved in attending UW-Madison. 608-262-4987, fax 262-9068,, 333 East Campus Mall, #9701.


University Health Services (UHS) includes services provided by nurses, physicians, psychologists, prevention specialists, and other health-care professionals. 608-265-5600, (TTY 608-265-3300), 333 East Campus Mall, floors 5-8.

Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) provides individual and group counseling on personal and other issues, crisis intervention, and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse services. There may be a nominal fee for tests and materials. 608-265-5600 (TTY 608-265-3300), 333 East Campus Mall.

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is available for purchase and provides health care coverage for eligible UW-Madison students. 608-265-5232, fax 265-5668,, 333 East Campus Mall.



University Apartments serves UW-Madison graduate students, student families, academic staff, and faculty. 608-262-3407, 611 Eagle Heights,

Summer housing options are available through the Division of University Housing for students enrolled in summer courses. 608-262-2522,


The Campus Area Housing Listing Service (CAHLS) provides housing links including overnight lodging and private residence halls near campus. “Search the Listing” helps you find a roommate, as well as the type of accommodations you need. 608-263-2400,, 1308 W Dayton St, Union South.

Leisure, arts, and recreation

UW-Madison’s Arboretum maintains the oldest and most varied collection of restored ecological communities in the world. Join us for tours, classes, and volunteer opportunities. 608-263-7888,, 1207 Seminole Hwy.

Chazen Museum of Art presents 10-15 exhibitions each year and displays highlights from the permanent collection of more than 17,000 works. Free admission. 608-263-2246, 800 University Ave.

Wisconsin Unions The Wisconsin Union blends study and leisure, providing recreational, cultural, educational and social opportunities. UW-Madison students, faculty, staff, Union members and guests eat, meet, learn and relax in the two Union locations daily—Memorial Union on the shore of beautiful Lake Mendota, and Union South in the heart of campus near Camp Randall Stadium.

Memorial Union, 608-265-3000, 800 Langdon St; Union South, 608-890-3000, 1308 W. Dayton St.

Student Newspapers are published throughout the academic year. The Badger Herald and The Daily Cardinal are both online and in print. The Student Newslink through University Communications is another resource.

Recreational Sports are available at several locations on campus. Services at each location vary and are included in student fees. One must be an enrolled undergraduate, graduate or Special student (not auditor) to use these facilities. See Member Services for information about obtaining a Recreational Sports membership for non-students.


UW-Madison Libraries There are more than 40 libraries across campus, with more than 650 databases containing hundreds of millions of citations. 608-262-3193.

Commuters and students taking online/distance courses can utilize UW-Madison Distance Library Services to obtain and access materials and receive reference assistance.

Wisconsin Historical Society Library, the campus North American history library, is open to University students, faculty, and staff, and the public. 608-264-6400, 816 State St.

List serve for returning adult students

This list provides an electronic forum for UW-Madison returning adult students to get acquainted, exchange information (on parking, financial aid, where to study, etc.), provide peer support, and help you in the transition to the campus environment. Access email and this list serve by using campus Info Labs if you do not have a home computer. To subscribe, email: and leave the subject blank. The body should read: subscribe acsss [your first name] [your last name]

Lockers for student use

Places to rent lockers on campus - Lockers are available for rent in various locations on campus.

Bike lockers and cages

Paid bicycle parking - Lockers and cages for bike parking are available to rent at a variety of campus locations.  

Parking and transportation

Bus Pass is free to University Special students (not guest auditors) for all Madison Metro buses for the term in which the student is enrolled. 

UW Transportation Services can provide maps, suggestions for parking and alternatives to driving to campus, information about enforcements, etc. 608-263-6667.

Custom commuter solutions for personal service to help with getting to and from campus.

Campus Bus routes 80 and 84 are free and travel to most campus locations.

Park and Ride Lots are available in several Madison locations.  Park your car for free and ride Madison Metro to campus.      

Police and security

University Police Department provides police services and a 911 communications center, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Non-emergency telephone 262-2957; 1429 Monroe St.

SAFEwalk provides walking escorts to campus areas, 8 pm-1 am; A UW ID is required. 608-262-5000. SAFEride provides cab service within a two-mile radius of campus, 10:30 pm-3 am. A UW ID is required. 608-262-5000.

Student services and academic support

Student services—links to administrative services
Learning support—links to undergraduate academic services and support

Technology services

Division of Information Technology (DoIT) coordinates computer, networking, telephone, video and other technology services at UW-Madison. The Help Desk is open 24 hours: 264-4357 (HELP). Walk-in Help Desk, 1210 W. Dayton St, is open Monday-Friday, 7:45 am-5 pm.

University Book Store

The University Bookstore sells UW textbooks (online and in the store basement), general books, UW athletic wear and other clothing, office supplies, art supplies, Madison Metro bus tickets/passes, student and staff telephone directories, and more. Textbooks purchased at the beginning of the term may be returned for a full refund with register receipt according to posted deadlines. Hours M-Th 9 am-7 pm; F-Sat 9 am-5:30 pm; Sun 12-5pm, 608-257-3784, 800-993-2665. 711 State St.; e-mail:


UW-Madison is committed to serving student-veterans. The Veteran Services & Military Assistance Center page provides complete information for student-veterans.