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7 Must-Have Apps for Visiting in Madison, Wisconsin

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Freelance Writer
Updated: 10 May 2018
Whether you’re studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison or just passing through, there are a few apps you should be sure to download. From the latest events and news to taxi services and campus maps, these seven apps will be true assets on your next trip to Wisconsin’s capital.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin (formerly known as Mobile UW) is the official mobile app of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and includes many useful features for students, staff, faculty, or people just interested in seeing the campus. Features include a campus map equipped with detailed information about a location including directions, campus bus information, campus directory, university news, Badger sports updates, local events happening on campus, campus safety information, and more. This app is must have for anyone visiting the UW-Madison campus.

Available for both iOS and Android.

University of Wisconsin Students using their phones | © Richard Hurd/flickr
University of Wisconsin Students using their phones | © Richard Hurd / Flickr

EatStreet

The EatStreet food ordering app is a Wisconsin success story. Founded in a UW-Madison dorm room in 2010, the app makes it easy to order whatever food you’re craving. Now a nationwide success operating in over 250 cities, EatStreet remains an essential app for Madison living. The coupons and rewards, convenient order again option, and group order bill splitting are all added features that make it an excellent choice for ordering your next meal.

Available for both iOS and Android.

Badger Gameday

Badger Gameday is the official app of the Wisconsin Badgers, making it possible to have the latest news, statistics, schedules, and live audio feeds of games available at your fingertips. It provides real-time updates on all UW-Madison’s sporting events and is synced to the official Badger’s social media accounts. This app is an essential part of the game-day experience for any true Wisconsin Badger fan.

Available for both iOS and Android.

Game day in Madison | © Phil Roeder/flickr
Game day in Madison | © Phil Roeder / Flickr

Ride Green Cab Madison

Those looking for an environmentally friendly way to get home from the bars after a night out in Madtown should download the Ride Green Cab Madison app. The company is the only hybrid rideshare service in the city, and their app makes it easy to request or schedule a ride, track driver location, pay through the app, and store your information for future rides. In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, taking a Green Cab means you won’t be hit with any fare surges, and you have the ability to take them outside of the immediate Madison area, including all the way to Chicago O’Hare.

Available for iOS.

Wisconsin Public Radio

The Wisconsin Public Radio app makes it easy to keep up to date with the latest radio broadcasts. In addition to allowing users to listen to four different stations live, the app also has DVR-like functions, giving listeners the opportunity to pause or rewind live audio. The app also provides on-demand options, an alarm clock function that lets you wake up to your favorite WPR station, and will play in the background so you can continue listening to your favorite program while also using other features on your phone.

Available for both iOS and Android.

Madison Capitol | © Ryan Tir/flickr
Madison Capitol | © Ryan Tir / Flickr

Go Madison Entertainment

For those looking for something fun to do in Madison, the Go Madison Entertainment app is all you need. It lays out comprehensive information about what’s going on in Madison in an easy to navigate setup. This app can be used to find events, dining, music, art, movies, and theater performances near you.

Available for both iOS and Android.

Madison.com

For all the latest Madison news, the Madison.com app is a must. While the concept is pretty basic, it allows you to easily access and share the latest in Wisconsin news, sports, entertainment, politics, and weather. As it’s focused on Madison, the app also includes updates UW-Madison sports, local music, upcoming events, and things to do around the city.

Available for both iOS and Android.