We heartily recommend staying on campus during your GPU session. Overnight housing is available at Ogg Hall, a UW residence hall located on the southeast corner of Park and Dayton streets. Rooms in Ogg Hall are designed to accommodate two people, and a rollaway bed for a third person is available by request. Children must share a room with an adult.

Each room in Ogg Hall contains:

  • Two single beds with blankets, linens and pillows
  • Towels, washcloths and soap
  • Air conditioning
  • Small refrigerator
  • Free wireless Internet
  • Small television with cable
  • Digital television connections for laptops
  • Clock radio
  • Bottled water and drinking glasses

Additionally, Ogg Hall provides 24-hour coffee and tea service in its first-floor kitchen.

If you choose to arrive in Madison on Wednesday, you can check in at Ogg Hall after 3 p.m. You will still need to attend the GPU program check-in on Thursday morning. An optional campus walking tour will depart from Ogg Hall at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

During registration, you will be able to select a one- or two-night stay in Ogg Hall. You may also choose to not reserve housing.

Hotel Stay

A block of rooms is reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Madison for those who prefer to stay off campus. The Doubletree is located three blocks east of Ogg Hall on Dayton Street and has provided GPU attendees with rooms at a discounted rate. You are responsible for arranging your own off-campus housing.

To reserve rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, please call 608-251-5511 or visit the links for each session below:
To reserve rooms at the Doubletree Hotel online, please visit the links via session below:
Session I
Session II
Session III

An additional block of hotel rooms is set aside at the Fluno Center. To make a reservation, please call 877-773-5866 or 608-441-7117 and use the group code Grandparents University. You can also send an email to or fill out an online reservation at


All meals are included in the GPU program fee.

View the menu available for all meal plans. You will be eating at the Avenue Market, which is located inside the Gordon Dining and Events Center. Your meal plan includes one breakfast and two lunches. Snacks during break time during the major are included. Additional dinners or snacks are not included.

The Badger Picnic and Chill with Bucky ice cream social are also included in your program fee. You may purchase extra picnic tickets for family members ($22 per person and $10 for ages six and younger) during registration or during GPU check-in on Thursday morning.


A UW parking permit that is valid for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday costs $40. A permit that is valid for Thursday and Friday costs $28.

Parking permits will not be available for purchase during program check-in, so we strongly recommend ordering your permit during registration. Please indicate at that time if you have any special parking needs.

Parking permits will be mailed at the end of June 2018.