Grainger Hall, located prominently in the very center of the UW–Madison campus, is home base for the Wisconsin School of Business. This student-friendly learning and gathering space is one of the most visually appealing and technologically advanced business school facilities in the country—and a favorite study location for students from many campus disciplines.

The bright, modern space offers extensive resources in an innovative educational environment that supports and inspires transformative learning experiences. It is a vibrant place for students to collaborate, exchange ideas, and explore big ideas as they prepare to thrive in a dynamic 21st century economy.

Amenities include:

  • three high-tech auditoriums with multimedia and broadcast capabilities
  • 30 classrooms, including two reconfigurable collaborative learning classrooms
  • fully equipped study rooms for group study and project work
  • a full-service café, and 
  • a courtyard for outdoor breaks 

Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is a vibrant space reimagined for students to exchange ideas, access cutting-edge technology, and learn in new and inspiring ways. With 35,000 square feet of space, the Learning Commons is the engine at the core of Grainger Hall. Spanning three floors, the extraordinary, contemporary architecture and “human-centered” design offers all the resources needed to support a comprehensive and forward-focused business education that launches students on their ideal career paths.

The space literally empowers students, with more than 1,100 electrical outlets for ubiquitous access. Contemporary furnishings mirror the professional environments students expect to enjoy after graduation. The Learning Commons reflects the strategic vision for the Wisconsin School of Business as we maintain a world-class venue in which all our talented students faculty, and staff can achieve their full potential.

Top Learning Commons features include computing and finance labs plus classrooms and breakout rooms.

Students collaborating over notebooks and laptops

Study Rooms and Computer Labs

Study rooms can be reserved for individual study or team meetings. Each study room has a table, whiteboard, and data access. Most students stop by the computer lab daily to check their student mail folders and access student organization message boards.

As a student, you are expected to provide your own computer. However, supplemental hardware and software in the computer lab are accessible and are regularly upgraded to ensure access to the latest technology. The university’s Department of Information Technology, DoIT, is an excellent resource for questions about computing resources (, 608-264-3648,

The Plenary Room

The Plenary Room is a grand, multipurpose meeting place that serves the entire School. Here students and guests can gather to attend a monthly Diversity Lunch and Learn, get strategic mission updates from the dean, attend fireside chats with the university chancellor, or listen to presentations from prominent alumni and corporate partners as part of our Weikel Speaker Series.

Plenary room with students and speaker presenting
Capital Cafe with students

Food Service

For busy students, Grainger Hall offers several food service options, so there is no need to leave the building for meals and study snacks. The Capital Café, located on the first floor, is open from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. and offers:

  • Hot sandwiches (served from 11 a.m.–2 p.m).
  • Peet’s full-service coffee bar serving coffee, lattes, espresso drinks, and snacks. 
  • Plentiful, comfortable seating, perfect for group projects or to gather with friends between classes.