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2023-2024 Room & Board Rates

The French House remains an affordable option thanks in part to our donors.
Scroll down to compare to other options on and off-campus.

Room includes 3 meals per day, Monday through Friday, brunch on Saturday and Sunday, special events, all utilities and WiFi with (paid) laundry on site. Academic Year Semester

Deluxe single (larger room)

Lake view deluxe single







Double $9,750 $5,475

Parking: $350 (fall), $375 (spring). Parking is limited. Please contact us about availability.

What’s included?

  • a furnished room (regular twin bed, chest of drawers, shelves & desk; linens and pillow are not provided)
  • three healthy, home-made meals per day, Monday-Friday, and brunch on Saturdays & Sundays while classes are in session
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • all utilities (water, heat, air conditioning)
  • onsite laundry
  • special events and receptions at the French House (conferences, lectures, recitals, movie nights)
  • activities & outings to francophone related events are arranged based on what’s available in the Madison area

Additional academic benefits: 

  • improved French language skills
  • onsite academic and career advising by French House Director, an award-winning academic advisor
  • access to native speakers for language practice and informal tutoring

How do we keep our rates reasonable?

The French House, Inc., is managed by the UW-Madison Department of French and Italian and funded, in part, through the generous donations and patronage by “The Friends of the French House.”

Room & board is less expensive than most other similar options on and off campus (see below for a comparison).

Compare us to other options in Madison

Room and board rates are roughly $1,000-3,000 less than rates at the UW-Madison residence halls. Living at the French House should not be a financial burden to our students, and thanks to our donors, UW-Madison students have an opportunity to live independently in a practical and intellectually stimulating environment.

UW-Madison Residence Halls: Estimate based on published rates for 2023-2024 with “Go14” meal plan (which is comparable to the number of meals served at the French House).  Area rates typically increase by 4-7% per year. Rates below include an average cost for food.*

Least expensive single room with average cost of meals: $12,700. The French House is $11,500 with “all you can eat” food.

Least expensive double room with average cost of meals: $11,800. The French House is $9,750 with “all you can eat” food.

*Average food amount does not include any meals or snacks purchased outside the UW Residence Halls network (local restaurants, snack bars, etc.). The French House provides buffet-style meals, snacks, and fresh fruit. In other words, we really try to spoil our residents!

Private Apartments: Average rates published by the UW-Madison Campus Area Housing resource. Most apartments are unfurnished are require a 12-month lease. Of course, this is often just rent; food, internet, cable, and often utilities are extra.

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