The UW-Madison campus is one of the most picturesque in the United States. Located in the heart of the state's capital city of 500,000 residents, it is situated along scenic Lake Mendota, Madison's largest lake. Because of its size and location, the University is an integral part of the cultural, intellectual, and economic life of the community. Itself a growing urban community, Madison is also conveniently situated 3 hours from Chicago, 75 minutes from Milwaukee, and 4.5 hours from Minneapolis while the rural areas of southern Wisconsin are also within easy reach.
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has a website dedicated to living in Madison with comprehensive information about the city in general, things to do, food, entertainment, and recreation: Living in Madison
Madison consistently ranks as a top community in which to live, work, and play:
For information on the wide variety of dining, arts and entertainment options in the Madison area, go to visitMadison.com or thedailypage.com. For practical information, the City of Madison web site will help you get to know the area. The weather in Madison provides opportunities for year-round recreation: if you are interested in outdoor recreation in the University area, check out the Wisconsin Hoofers web site.