University of Wisconsin–Madison

Why pay with Wiscard?


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.


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

All Wiscard users receive a 5% discount on campus dining purchases. Students living in University Housing will receive a 30% discount on prepared food and 10% off prepackaged food items on purchases made in Housing dining locations. Enrolled students are also exempt from sales tax on food purchases. The University Book Store also provide a 5% discount on most purchases, including textbooks and school supplies.

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.