Business Office - Reimbursement for Lodging

Expense Reimbursement Guidelines for Lodging from the SoHE Business Office.

E-Reimbursement System

Lodging payment/reimbursement

Lodging payment/reimbursement is limited to the maximum single/standard room rate. The University will not pay lodging costs when travelers are within 50 miles of their home or headquarters city unless the travel is for a multi-day event with an evening business related activity that makes returning to the employee’s home impractical.

Lodging Help Sheet - This tip sheet will show you how to enter a Lodging claim on an expense report.


Travelers and travel arrangers are expected to research rates and reserve lodging using either directly with a Travel, Inc. agent or via the online booking tool, Concur), to take advantage of potential cost savings.

If more cost effective rates are available outside of Travel, Inc., travelers and travel arrangers may reserve lodging directly with a lodging property or with a conference service/site. Use of internet based lodging brokers or third party sites (e.g. Expedia,, Kayak, Priceline, Hotwire) is prohibited. 

AirBnB is an allowable option as of July 1st, 2020. Nightly lodging limits still apply. Travelers are responsible for monitoring nightly lodging limits. Cleaning fees and service fees are considered part of the base price. 

Lodging Contracts

The University has contracts with various lodging suppliers in top travel destinations, including Wisconsin. UW contract rates are only offered within Concur or directly with Travel, Inc. agents. Travelers and travel arrangers are encouraged to take advantage of the contract rates when available at the location. Location-specific lodging contract details are available in the University Lodging Directory.

Note: Conference rates are not available in Concur; however, rates found in Concur/Travel, Inc. may be less than conference rates. Travelers and travel arrangers are expected to search Concur/Travel, Inc. for their conference hotel(s) prior to finalizing lodging arrangements. Travelers/travel arrangers must contact the lodging facility directly or utilize the conference/event link to obtain the conference rate.

Lodging Rate maximums and UW tax exemption in WI and select other states

Please refer to the Lodging & Per Diem Calculator for find maximum allowed lodging costs by location, and the Lodging Policy. Lodging within the state of Wisconsin is tax exempt when any of the following criteria are met:

The UW is exempt from sales tax in many other states as well. Refer to Sales Tax Exemption From Other States for up-to-date information and to find the tax exemption certificates needed for each state or contact Susan Kitts or Jane Rolfsmeyer in the Business Office.

Room Deposits or Guarantees

As of July 1st, 2020, prepayment of lodging expenses is allowed when required by the lodging facility. Travelers and travel arrangers are responsible for understanding the lodging facility’s cancellation/refund policy and minimizing the risk of forfeited prepayments. Travelers are responsible for refunding the University for prepaid lodging costs for trips cancelled due to personal reasons.

For the full policy related to the above, please see the University Travel Policies.

Lodging Checklist (click for printable checklist)

The following documentation and information is required for Lodging expenses: