French House


A francophone residence for students, a cultural center for the community, and one of the first of its kind on any US campus, the French House opened its doors in 1918 and was incorporated in 1922.

In addition to conferences, film series, and other special events, the French House is a favorite dining spot for Madison francophones and francophiles.  Wednesday dinner and Friday lunch are open to the general public.  Lunch Monday through Friday is open to all students and those that attend regularly can receive credit for their participation.

Visit the French House website for more information about living and dining at the French House as well as the many events that the French House hosts.


We’re Turning 100!

With more than 2,000 undergraduate residents over the years, scores of conferences and lectures hosted and celebrated, and who knows how many baguettes and bourguignons consumed, what was once a bright idea of a few dedicated faculty in 1918 has blossomed into a Madison landmark.

The French House will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning in January 2018. Events will take place throughout the year for current residents, students of French, alumni, and Friends of the French House and will culminate in our Centennial Celebration the weekend of UW’s Homecoming 2018. To help us gather memories and ideas, organizers of the celebration would like to hear from our alumni and friends. If you have any special memories or photos to share, please submit them at