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About the house

who we are

A student-led cooperative based in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Babcock House offers students affordable housing while developing the friendships essential to the college experience.

Babcock House started over 85 years ago when Dr. Stephen Babcock willed his home to students with the sincere intention that deserving and qualified students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences would have a place to reside cultivate their educational and social lives. Today, Babcock House has evolved into a community of students and alumni that boasts a high GPA, a strong campus involvement, and a dedication to tradition and camaraderie. Many of our alumni continue to be active in the university as professors while others are also active in the agriculture industry in a variety of positions.

What we offer

• A fully furnished room
• Eight professionally prepared meals each week
• 24/7 kitchen access, storage and basic groceries (i.e. bread, milk, eggs, cereal, etc.)
• Utilities
• High-speed wireless Internet and Hulu + Live TV
• Free printing
• Free laundry

• $505 base rent per month

meet our cook, Dairy CArrie

Carrie Mess makes eight delicious meals a week for the house. Besides the food, we love her company and value her presence and advice as an accomplished agricultural businesswoman.

Some of our favorite meals include:

  • Roasted pork tenderloin with blackberry hoisin sauce, garlic snow peas and rice

  • Potato soup

  • Spinach and artichoke dip

  • Thai chicken salad

  • Pork carnitas street tacos, Mexican rice, street corn casserole

  • Meatloaf, green bean casserole, and garlic bread

  • Grilled cheese and tomato soup

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Why we're here

Babcock House has a long, rich history of tradition and leadership development at UW-Madison.  Babcock House began in 1931 when Dr. Stephen M. Babcock died and left his house to the University. It was to be used as a place for deserving, needy, male students to call home while enrolled in the College of Agriculture. Today, there are 24 men and women residents from all income levels. Most are enrolled in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences along with other colleges within UW-Madison. The house is operated and maintained cooperatively by the students themselves. The Board of Directors (composed of a faculty advisor, alumni, and student members of Babcock House) acts as the legal, nonprofit corporation holding title to the property.

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