Navigating Campus

September 23, 2020, 9 a.m.: UW-Madison to resume some in-person activities, maintain strict health measures. Read the details.

Where do I get food on campus?

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The Wisconsin Union is providing UW-Madison staff, faculty and students with a number of dining options at Memorial Union, Union South and various Union-run campus markets and cafes through Grubhub pick-up orders, orders at kiosks, and some in-person ordering options. For a list of dining options and available purchase methods, visit And for students in university housing, some locations and options for dining.

What are the best ways to get across campus?

Walking, biking, and other pedestrian movement are the most common ways to get around campus. Campus bus service (Routes 80, 81, 82, and 84) is also a quick and popular way to travel across campus. Bus capacity is reduced and additional vehicles running behind campus buses allow for physical distancing between riders. Learn about all your transportation options, including accessible options.

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How can the Libraries help?

Libraries will phase in fall semester onsite services beginning on September 26 with study space, printing, and computer lab access by appointment in College Library. Additional locations, as well as hours, will be added by appointment access the following week. Please check for updated information.

Virtual Learning, Study & Hangout Spaces

Whether you are looking for a quiet space with high-speed internet to participate in your remote courses, take quizzes and exams, or simply want a place to study and hang out between classes – we have you covered.

There are many available dedicated rooms and spaces located across campus for students. These include a mix of drop-in rooms, reservable rooms and special-request rooms (special-request rooms are prioritized based on specific virtual learning needs).

Students are required to follow current campus health and safety guidelines when using these rooms and spaces including maintaining physical distancing, wearing face coverings at all times and sanitizing their work spaces before and after use.

Virtual learning spaces

  1. To reserve an on-campus space for virtual learning – Onsite check-in or reservable rooms for virtual learning
  2. For students who have specific test-taking, technology or learning needs – Special-request rooms for priority virtual learning needs
  3. Students who want drop-in access to dedicated on-campus spaces with for virtual learning – Drop-in virtual learning (no reservation required)

General use spaces

General spaces are available across campus for studying or hanging out between classes.

Where can I get tech help?

What should I do if I’m experiencing slow bandwidth or a weak internet connection?

Even if you normally have access to high-speed internet, your access may be interrupted or degraded during periods of heavy usage. Here are some helpful tips for how to manage slower internet speed and low bandwidth.

I need a laptop. How can I borrow one?

Find out how to check out a laptop, and check the list of which computer labs are currently offering equipment check-out here:

Webex, Microsoft Teams, Blackboard Collaborate, Google Meet… Which videoconferencing tool should I use for which purpose?

From large staff meetings to small study groups, there are several types of web conferencing needs, and several tools available to UW–Madison faculty, staff, and students. This document can help you determine which conferencing tool is best for you.

Meeting Space

I am a leader of a Registered Student Organization (RSO). How do we reserve meeting space on campus?

Information about campus event locations and reservation policies for RSOs can be found in the Student Organization Resource & Policy Guide. Additionally, all RSO events will need to be registered in the Wisconsin Involvement Network (WIN) and follow the RSO COVID-19 Event and Meeting Policies.


Wisconsin Union meeting spaces

The Wisconsin Union will provide select meeting spaces for reservation by UW-Madison registered student organizations, staff and faculty. All events will need to follow university guidelines and all public health guidelines. To learn more or request a reservation, visit the Campus Event Services Office web page here: For specific questions, contact

Respect Statement

All members of the UW–Madison community deserve to feel welcome, valued and safe. We do not tolerate harassment and discrimination, and racist behaviors and stereotyping are inconsistent with the values of UW–Madison. The Office of Compliance and Dean of Students Office provide resources and reporting options for students, faculty and staff.