Welcome New Students!
Health Insurance and Paperwork
Please contact Kathryn Jones, Student Services Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your benefits within the first 30 days of arrival.
The Department of Horticulture provides a New Student Orientation that typically takes place during the first two weeks of classes. This session provides a general overview of degree requirements, policies, and campus resources.
Graduate School Resources
Aerial view of Eagle Heights. Photo by Jeff Miller; UW-Madison, University Communications
Campus Area Housing – Hosted by Visitor & Information Programs this page allows you to conduct a free search of hundreds of available campus area, Madison, and Dane County rentals including: apartments, houses, sublets and roommate openings, rooms in private homes, suites, or co-ops, and privately owned residence halls.
Madison Community CO-OPS – a federation of 11 household cooperatives, most within 1/2 mile of the University campus
University Apartments – On-campus housing for graduate students provided by the Division of University Housing
Madison has a variety of areas to live; click here to see a map of the neighborhoods. Many graduate students like to live in Eagle Heights (region 9), Vilas neighborhood (region 4), Tenney Park (region 6, and Willy Street/ Jennifer Street neighborhoods (region 6). These regions are readily accessible to campus by both bus and bike and tend to have not as high of an undergraduate population. Other regions close by to campus also will have good bus and bike access.
The Tenant Resources Center is available in Madison, for more information please visit their website.
Madison is not a car friendly campus and it can be very difficult for students to get parking permits. Please plan on walking, biking, or busing into campus every day. This is usually not an issue because Madison has a great biking and public transit community. The Plant Science Graduate Student Council has provided a list of parking lots that are available after 5 p.m. In addition, you can access bus pass information from Transportation Services and download a smartphone app that will provide bus routes, times, and a campus map here.
Tuition and Fees
The Office of the Registrar provides information about tuition and fees. Please note: For many students starting in the Fall, your first paycheck as an Graduate Assistant (RA/TA/PA) will most likely arrive after your segregated fees are due. For information on this policy, please refer to the Bursar’s Office page here.