The Guide to Graduate Student Life
The first thing on your mind as a new student might be: where am I going to live? This section provides details on different housing options, Madison’s neighborhoods, and tips when renting an apartment. Then, learn about the different ways to get around in Madison, including eco-friendly biking and low-cost bus options for students.
There’s a lot to explore on and around campus, whether it’s getting involved in local government or finding your favorite hobby. See what other graduate students have recommended for go-to activities in the city. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out some of the places outside Madison that show Wisconsin’s natural beauty.
What is a graduate assistantship and how do you find one for yourself? How do you make the most of library resources for studying and research? Explore this section for tips and explainers on the nuts and bolts – tuition, fees, enrollment, and finances – plus, a list of the best study spots outside the libraries.
The UW–Madison experience is built on excellence in research and scholarship, but it goes further than that. It’s about a community here on campus. Learn about student organizations for grad students, taking care of yourself with University Health Services, and getting involved in other community activities at UW.
It’s no secret: Graduate school has its challenges. It’s important to learn how to balance your life as a graduate student with your own well-being and with other responsibilities such as a partner or family. These tips will help you think about managing stress, balancing responsibilities, and finding support when you need it.
Almost a third of graduate students at UW–Madison are from outside the U.S., and campus has a number of services geared to help international students navigate immigration regulations, work requirements, and the transition to a new cultural environment. This section includes tips for adjusting and living in Madison as an international student.
Information for Online Students
While you won’t need to worry as much about housing or getting around campus, there are still plenty of resources available to you during the time you are enrolled in an online graduate program at UW–Madison. Explore these self-paced, on-demand sessions to learn more:
About This Site
Graduate Student Life 2023-2024 was updated and published in May 2023 for graduate students at UW–Madison. Graduate Student Life has been compiled over time by many graduate students, including the former Graduate Student Collaborative, and is maintained by the UW–Madison Graduate School Office of Professional Development and Communications. All photos are by University Communications at UW–Madison.