Living Expenses

Residence Halls

According to the Board of Regents policy, freshmen and sophomores who are not veterans, married students, or students residing in their parent's or guardian's home, must live in a university-operated residence hall when accommodations are available. Requests for exceptions to this policy must be made in writing to the Director of Residence Life.

Once you have been accepted and paid your registration fee, you will be sent directions about the online sign up process. You will be directed to pay your $75 housing deposit and then complete the online housing application. Residence hall facilities, regulations, and programs are described the residence life page.

Dining Service

All students living in traditional residence halls must purchase one of the four traditional meal plans (19, 14, 10, 7 meals per week) and are not eligible to be on any block plans. Students living in Reuter Hall must purchase a Reuter Block Plan or may choose to be on one of the traditional meal plans. You will be given an opportunity to select a meal plan that best fits your eating preferences. Should you find that your meal plan needs are different than you anticipated, you may request changes during the first two weeks of school. Students may change their meal plan at the end of the semester by visiting the TowerOne Card Office, 223 Cartwright Center.

Contract board service is provided in Whitney Center. Vending machines, catering, and other dining services are available in Cartwright Center for commuters as well as resident students. Dining service is available only when the university is in session. Further information may be obtained from the TowerOne Card office, 223 Cartwright Center.

A typical semester budget for a freshman who is a Wisconsin resident might include the following. All costs are estimates.

Fees (instruction, textbook rental, athletic events, lectures and concerts, health services) ....$2,780

Room (double occupancy) ....$1,420

Board (meal plan)..............$1,090

Total per semester  (with meal plan)................$5,290

(Nonresident undergraduates [out-of-state] add $3750 per semester.)


In addition, students are advised to allow for travel, spending money, clothing, etc.