University of Wisconsin–Madison

Why Use Your Wiscard Account?


It’s easier to manage than a checkbook and easier to budget with than cash. To use your Wiscard account, simply present your UW ID to the cashier. The amount of purchase is automatically deducted. Keeping track of your balance is easy, too. Your receipt shows you how much money you have left in your account or manage your account online to check your balance and transaction history.


Beyond the initial deposit, you decide how much money to keep in your account. Wiscard can be a primary meal account or used just to cover lunches, snacks and occasional purchases while you’re on campus.

Safer than cash

With Wiscard there is no money stored on your ID card. If you lose your card, you can deactivate it immediately. For information on how deactivate your Wiscard click here.

Saves you money

Babcock Hall Dairy Store and all University Housing and Wisconsin Union dining locations provide a 5% discount on most purchases. In addition, enrolled students do not pay the 5.5% sales tax on food when using Wiscard, effectively saving them over 10% total on these items. University Housing residents receive additional discounts at University Housing dining locations.

It’s easy to start using the Wiscard account.

Deposit money in your account anytime by managing your account online. Or contact the Wiscard Office. Please make checks payable to UW-Madison.