Student Life

As the capital city of Wisconsin, Madison has a population of approximately 230,000.  The historic capitol building which accents the Madison skyline is recorded as the only State Capitol ever built on an Isthmus. This isthmus is formed by Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, which offer outdoor enthusiasts limitless recreation options and are surrounded by over 100 bike trails. State Street houses a wide selection of shops, restaurants, bookstores, coffee houses, and theaters like The Orpheum and Overture Center for the Arts. At the upper end of State Street is the capitol square which hosts various events over the year and is most frequented for the farmers market and Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts in the summer. In addition to all these features that Madison has to offer, students often spend time attending at UW Badger sporting events and discovering other campus treasures like the UW Arboretum and Allen Centennial Gardens.    


Student Life

Guide to Grad Student Life
(Housing, shopping, recreation, campus map, entertainment...)

Madison Destinations & Activities
(landmarks, natural areas, science & discovery...)


UW Badgers
(schedules, statistics, team info...)

Parks & Recreation

Dane County Parks Department
(Park and natural areas throughout Dane County)

Find a Wisconsin Park
(WI Dept. of Natural Resources)

Travel Wisconsin
(Seasons, places to go, attractions, dining, tours, multicultural, golf...)

City of Madison website
(Cultural and recreational events within the Madison area)

Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau
(Visitor info, events calendar, Dave County trivia...)

Performance Arts

Overture Center for the Arts
(Plays, performances, galleries, children's theatre...)

Orpheum Theatre

State Street & Capitol Square

Dane County Farmers Market
(On the square, downtown Madison on Wednesday and Saturdays)

Concerts on the Square
(Performed by Madison Symphony Orchestra)

In & Around Campus

Allen Centennial Gardens

UW Arboretum
(south of campus, 1260 acres of woods, gardens, prairies & trails)

Lake Shore Nature Preserve
(300 acres and three miles of shoreline, picnic point, swimming beaches)

Henry Vilas Zoo