Housing and Transportation

SASLI students are responsible for making their living arrangements. This page provides resources to research and secure housing for the eight-week summer session.

Important:  Make sure that your class is confirmed before signing housing contracts or leases. Due to the wide variety of available housing during the summer term, housing costs can vary.

Note: Boren-SAFLI students are required to live in university housing; visit the SAFLI website for details.

2023 Housing Webinar

The recording of the WISLI Summer 2023 Student Housing Webinar is located here. Presentation slides for campus area housing can be downloaded here, and slides for summer term housing can be downloaded here.


On campus housing

In Summer 2024 on-campus housing will primarily be in Smith Hall, with mostly triple rooms available and a very small number of single and double rooms.   

Barnard Hall will be available to WISLI students on a first-come, first-served basis and extremely limited. Only single rooms are available in Barnard Hall. 

Applications for on-campus housing are anticipated to open in late March/early April. Individuals may apply once they are admitted to the University and need to be enrolled in a summer course by the move in date. After submitting an application, official contracts will be sent by the Housing team indicating the room type available to you. Students may then choose whether or not they wish to move forward with the contracting process. Once the contract is signed and advance payment is made, it becomes a legally binding contract as long as the student is enrolled for summer. Housing does not allow students to cancel a signed contract in order to live off campus if enrolled for summer. On-campus housing applicants should be certain of their decision to live on campus before signing the contract. 

Rate details for Smith and Barnard Hall for the Summer 2024 session are still pending.   

Dining plans will be available for Summer 2024 in the form of a summer block meal plan. Those with an on-campus housing contract for the summer will have the option to select a block of meals that would be available for use in Gordon or Four Lakes dining markets. Rheta’s Market (located directly next to Barnard) will have very limited hours and may only be open during certain parts of the summer. Information about the different dining markets and locations can be found here. 

For questions regarding on-campus housing for Summer 2024, please contact info@housing.wisc.edu. 

Smith Residence Hall
Barnard Residence Hall

Cooperative Housing

Madison has a vibrant co-op community. If you are interested in learning more about summer opportunities, please visit http://madisoncommunity.coop/ for the most updated information. UW Madison also has their own website with Cooperative Housing resources: https://uwcc.wisc.edu/resources/housing-2/

Transportation to/around Madison

The Dane County Airport is the closest to SASLI at UW-Madison (approximately 20 minutes by taxi). Another option is to fly into the Milwaukee airport and take the Badger Bus to campus. A third option is to fly into Chicago O’Hare or Chicago Midway airports and take the Van Galder bus to Madison. Greyhound Bus and Amtrak trains are also available but used less frequently. 

Parking is severely limited on and around the UW-Madison campus and is not recommended for attending classes. For information about the minimal availability of parking passes, please visit the UW-Madison Transportation Services website

Public transportation is one popular way to get around. Information about your free bus pass is located here, and you can plan your route to campus here. Madison is also bike-friendly; visit the City of Madison Transportation and Madison B-cycle Bike Sharing to learn more!