University of Wisconsin


The Wisconsin Union, known as the heart and soul of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the social, cultural and recreational “living room” of campus. Comprised of two buildings — Memorial Union, built in 1928, on the shore of Lake Mendota; and the new Union South which opened in April 2011, near Camp Randall – serves as a gathering place for students, faculty, staff, Union members and the community as well as campus visitors, averaging 15,000 daily. Both buildings feature numerous outstanding restaurants, cafes and markets as well as friendly meeting spots, including a movie theater, live performance stage, art galleries, information desks and guest rooms, including Union South’s 60-room eco-boutique hotel.


Memorial Union Terrace. Photo courtesy of Bryce Richter, UW Communications

Memorial Union
800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706

For a unique UW cultural experience, plan to spend some time at the Memorial Union. There’s really nothing else like it in the Big Ten; whether you’re a Badger fan or not, the Union Terrace will become one of your absolute favorite places of your Big Ten tour! When the weather permits, grab a seat outside on one of the UW trademarked Terrace Chairs in their signature green, yellow and orange hues overlooking Lake Mendota. Order a pitcher of beer and brats from the Brat Stand, bask in the sun or under a shade tree and watch the boats float along the lake. Dine on anything from pizza to Mexican at Lakefront on Langdon, the Memorial Union food court, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake. Enjoy live music in the evenings, either outside on the terrace or inside the lively, warm, beer-hall atmosphere of Der Rathskellar. If you don’t want to leave this setting, you can stay the night in one of the Memorial Union Guestrooms. Before you go, purchase a souvenir or two of the iconic orange, green or yellow terrace chair design on a mug, a t-shirt, golf ball, or even a flash-drive, or purchase a dining set for your own patio, at The Terrace Store. See website for hours and event schedules.




Union South. Photo courtesy of Bryce Richter, UW Communications

Union South
1308 W. Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 890-3000
This beautifully designed building opened to Madison’s students and residents in April 2011. Located on the south side of campus closer to Camp Randall, Union South is nestled between the Computer Sciences and Statistics Building and Engineering Hall. Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, Union South was jointly designed by Workshop Architects, Inc. and Moody Nolan, Inc. The new union includes a variety of dining options including a coffee and wine bar, pan-Asian fare, healthy salads and sandwiches, pizza, and UW’s own Babcock Ice Cream. In addition, The Sett, cleverly named after a Badger’s den, is a three-level entertainment center where you can snack on pub food, watch the game on the 18-ft HDTV screen, bowl a few sets, observe the rock climbing wall from your table (or tackle the wall yourself!), or catch a live performance on the stage. Lounge on the sun deck or warm up by the outdoor fire pit. The building also houses an art gallery, credit union, and meeting and conference spaces which can also host tailgates.