Family Resources

Below are campus and community resources that student parents and UW families may find helpful.

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HOUSING

FOOD & BASIC NEEDS

TRANSPORTATION

  • UW Madison Transportation Services: Bikeshare, Campus Bus, Carpool, Emergency Ride Home, etc.
  • Parking Permits for Expecting/New Mothers: UW faculty, staff, and students who are expecting or new mothers can purchase a temporary, 1-2 month accessible parking permit with a doctor’s note for $100/month, which allows for parking in most lots.
  • Wisconsin app: An app for real-time tracking for all campus bus stops.
  • ZipCar: UW-Madison has partnered with ZipCar to provide student memberships to its car-sharing service at a reduced cost.
  • Student Parking
  • SAFEwalk – A free, nighttime walking companionship service to help you get to and from near-campus locations safely.

HEALTHCARE & SAFETY

  • UW Student Health Insurance Plan
  • University Health Services (Gynecology) – Services are available at no additional charge for all eligible students.
  • BadgerCare Plus: Health care program alternative to the UW Student Health Insurance Plan. It helps low-income children, pregnant people, and adults in Wisconsin.
  • Covering Wisconsin: Non-profit that connects Wisconsin residents with health insurance and other programs that support health.
  • UW Recreation & Wellbeing
  • SPARKSParent video series designed to help families find early moments of connection and strengthen discussions with providers at each primary care visit.
  • Well Badger Resource Center: The Well Badger Resource Center is Wisconsin’s health information and referral service, connecting you to the social, health, and government programs available in your community.
  • UW Health Safety Center: Shop for safety products (helmets, safety seats, smoke detectors), receive educational materials and ask our trained staff questions about child safety.
  • Find Car Seat Checkups: Get your child’s car seat professionally checked by nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs).

MENTAL HEALTH

DEVELOPMENTAL NEEDS

EARLY LEARNING RESOURCES

ACADEMIC & CAMPUS RESOURCES

COMMUNITY

REPORTING, RIGHTS, & ACCOMODATIONS

EMERGENCY RESOURCES

For urgent (but not emergency) child care needs, see Hourly/Back-up Child Care Services.