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Parents & Families

Planning For Move In

University Housing staff is eager to help you feel at home in the University Residence Halls this fall. For complete information on what to bring, renter's insurance, assigned move-in days, safety, bills, and much more, please refer to our Moving In page.

Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration (SOAR)

Want to get a first-hand preview of what it's like living in the University Residence Halls? Parents or family members of new freshman should consider staying with us during SOAR to experience the beautiful UW-Madison campus, sample our delicious and healthy dining options, and meet Housing staff. Additional information about SOAR can be found on the UW-Madison Center for the First Year Experience website.

First Quarter Housing Bill

During the second week of July, the first quarter Housing bill will be e-mailed to students' UW-Madison e-mail address. Payment is due by Monday, August 11 (Monday, September 8 for students paying with financial aid). Bills may be paid by logging in to My UW Housing and following the directions provided.

Alternatively, students can authorize their parents or another third party to pay their housing bills. Visit our Billing & Rates page for more information about Housing quarterly bills and other financial considerations.

Planning for Next Year

We encourage you and your student to investigate all your options for living next year, including returning to the University Residence Halls. During this process, students can reserve their same room before others are allowed to select it, explore new roommate options with Room Sync, a Facebook matching application, or submit a group assignment request form if they are interested in living with a group of friends. Above all else, please take your time in making a decision, and be sure to take a look at why thousands of University Housing residents decide to return each year.

Email Updates for Parents

Students have the opportunity to enter an email address for a parent/guardian to receive general updates and information from the University Residence Halls. Students log in to My UW Housing and then click on the "Verify" tab to add or edit email contacts. For any email addresses entered, be sure the email user adds to their list of contacts so messages can be received.

University Residence Halls Construction and Renovation

We are improving and expanding housing on the UW-Madison Campus in response to demand from first-year students and their families. Current major projects of note include:

  • Leopold Residence Hall (formerly New 32 Hall) located south of Kronshage Hall and east of Cole Hall & Holt Commons in the lakeshore neighborhood opened August 2013 and is the new home for the GreenHouse Learning Community
  • Carson Gulley Center located south of Adams & Tripp Halls and east of Slichter Hall in the lakeshore neighborhood has been renovated and re-opened in August 2013 with new marketplace dining venues, elevators, and common spaces