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Community Life

At Pres House Apartments, fostering a tight-knit community is one of our top priorities.  We regularly host activities that bring residents together for connection, growth, and lots of free food. On average, 95% of residents participate in community activities, even if it’s just stopping by our snack table during finals!

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Monthly Community Dinners

Community Dinners are our most popular building-wide event!  Once a month, Pres House Apartments residents are treated to a free informal dinner, typically prepared by our talented chef, Laura.  Community Dinners are a perfect opportunity to connect with neighbors while enjoying delicious home-cooked meals.

Fall 2021 dinners are on Wednesdays: Sept. 15  |  Oct. 13  |  Nov. 10  |  Dec. 8

Community dinner at Pres House Apartments

Weekly Afternoon Tea

Ever miss after-school snacks? We sure do. That’s why we created Afternoon Tea, a weekly gathering featuring free snacks, beverages, and conversation with your fellow residents and staff.  We love getting to know your names and faces, as well as giving you a little extra fuel for studying.  Drop by for just a moment, bring classwork, or better yet come relax for a well-earned midweek break!

Afternoon Tea is 2:30-4:00 every Wednesday in the first floor Main Lounge, starting August 18th for Fall 2021.

Seasonal Events

A year at PH wouldn’t be complete without extra celebration.  At the start of September, we host a Welcome Back Event open to everyone with food, games, and raffle prizes.  Other annual occasions have included a pumpkin carving party for Halloween, winter holiday parties, Lunar New Year, and more.  These evolve as staff try new ideas and resident Micro-Communities design events of their own.  Finally, make sure to stop by our Finals Hospitality snack table in December and May, every day of final exams at UW!

Fall 2021 Welcome Back Event format and details to be announced, based on pandemic conditions.

By Residents, For Residents

Step aside, staff members: some of our best events each year are hosted by residents!  Our Micro-Community scholarship groups regularly host activities open to the building, and all residents are welcome to run ideas by us.  Past successes have included game nights, service projects, photography contests, holiday parties, dances – you name it, and we’ll help you bring it to life.

"PH is different from other apartments because they genuinely care about their residents. I always felt like the staff valued us as people, not just as paying tenants."

- 2020-21 resident

"The highlight for me was the welcoming and caring environment that Becca and Ginger foster, supported by the Micro-Community events and Wednesday snack table."

- 2020-21 resident

"I love community dinners ❤️ They introduced me to many different foods I’ve never had before!"

- 2020-21 resident

"Afternoon tea was my favorite! I ended class at a good time to arrive for tea so it was a great way to just pick up a snack and tea and relax after a long day."

- 2019-20 resident

"[Pres House] is different from other apartments in that it strives to bring people together to make meaningful connections, promote self-growth and reflection, and encourage its residents to try or learn something new."

- 2019-20 resident

Resident Wellness & Support

In addition to new memories and fun connections, Pres House offers an unparalleled focus on our residents’ well-being.  We are here for you in many ways: conversations with our staff members, access to resources and campus partners, programming and activities specifically geared towards your health.  Read more in the sections below.

Roommate Agreements

Who cleans the fridge?  Who buys toilet paper?  How do you manage noise levels, guests, or apartment temperature?  We encourage all our residents to talk about these essential topics at the start of each year.  Pres House provides an optional Roommate Agreement tool, containing prompts to help roommates set expectations for happy, relaxed shared living spaces.  Click here to download a Roommate Agreement.

Supportive Staff

Did you know PH Apartments has two full-time staff dedicated to supporting residents and building community life?  And that’s in addition to our excellent leasing staff.  Ginger and Becca host many of the events described above, coordinate the scholarship programs, and foster resident wellness however possible.  Struggling with a roommate or family member? Having difficulty adjusting to life in college? Both Ginger and Becca provide friendly, knowledgeable, and safe environments to talk through these and any issues you may face.

We always enjoy meeting and connecting with residents.  Feel free to knock on our doors, say hi over Tea or Dinner, or email us! You can find Ginger’s office at the end of the 6th floor hallway, and Becca’s on the 2nd floor.


Candid is a wellness initiative at UW-Madison, run by Pres House and open to all students.  Our residents are uniquely situated to take advantage of Candid’s resources and prioritize your own well-being amidst the stresses of daily life.  Among your options, you may:

  • Join a supportive peer group in Candid Circles
  • Receive health and life coaching from Ginger Morgan
  • Keep an eye out for special events and workshops
  • Access a wide variety of reflections, advice, and activities on the Candid blog
  • Save money through Candid Corps, a wellness scholarship program just for residents

Candid wellness is self-directed, but not alone.  You set the goals; Candid connects you to community and support.

UW Frozen Meals Program

The UW Frozen Meals Program exists to fight campus food insecurity and food waste.  Unserved food from UW Dining Services is frozen into individual, microwaveable meals that are free for all students and offer a wide variety of nutritious cuisine.

Pres House is proud to serve as one of the UWFMP distribution sites.  All our residents are invited to visit Lower Hall (downstairs, also accessible through Pres House Church) to take advantage of this partnership.

Fall 2021 meal pickup times: Mondays and Thursdays, 3:00-5:00 PM.  For timely updates, see the UWFMP Facebook and Instagram.

Want to help run the program while earning easy volunteer hours?  Sign up for shifts here!

Pres House Church

We should start by answering a frequently asked question:  do I need to be religious or a member of Pres House Church to live at Pres House Apartments?

The answer is no. Not only do you NOT need to be a member of Pres House Church to live at Pres House Apartments, you do not need to have any religious affiliation. We are open and welcoming to residents of any religious background or none at all. PH Apartments is owned by the non-profit Presbyterian Student Center Foundation (Pres House), which works to support student and resident well-being.

If you are looking for a welcoming spiritual community next door, Pres House Church has lots to offer including Sunday worship, weekly groups, playing in music team, and special events.

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