Please see your University Residence Halls contract for complete rules and regulations pertaining to what you are allowed to have in your room.
University Housing provides for each resident:
- Mattress Pad
- Desk Chair
- Bookcase or hutch
- Dresser (in Dejope, Leopold, and Ogg, instead of a dresser, shelves are built into the walk-in closet)
University Housing provides in every room:
- Compact refrigerator (size varies from 2.4 – 3.1 cubic ft.)
- Window coverings
- Recycling bin
- Cable TV and Ethernet connections
Appliances that are not allowed
Please discourage high school graduation gifts of cooking appliances other than a microwave. Extensive food preparation is not allowed in resident rooms for sanitation and fire safety reasons. The University Residence Halls do not allow:
- Toaster ovens
- Coffeemakers that use a hot plate
- Electric frying pans and grills (including George Foreman Grills®)
- Crockpots or slow cookers
- Any appliance with an open heating element or exposed heat source
- Halogen lamps
These restrictions are strictly enforced for the protection of all our residents.
Items you may wish to bring
In addition to the furnishings provided by University Housing, we encourage you to bring your own belongings to personalize your room. We encourage you to talk with your roommate during the summer and avoid duplication of large items and electronics.
- Students must bring their own bedsheets, blankets, comforters and pillows
- Mattress sizes are all either 33" x 80" or 36" x 80"
- "Twin XL" sheets fit all beds
- Regular twin sheets with extra deep corners or jersey sheets (t-shirt material) also fit all beds
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Before you move to campus, we recommend that you make a list of your valuable possessions and leave the list at home with your family for reference in case of loss or damage. You should also label these items with your name or initials.
- Television (with RG-6 coaxial cable)
- Carpet or area rug (see your hall's room layout for details)
- Cell phone (phones and land line phone service are not provided in your room)
- Alarm clock
- Locker lock for lockable drawer
- Plastic food storage containers
Click here for a full checklist of items to consider bringing.
Will a futon or couch fit in my room?
One futon or loveseat will fit in many rooms in the University Residence Halls. At least one bed will need to be lofted. If you and/or your roommate are uncomfortable having your bed in an elevated position, you will not have space in your room for a futon or loveseat.
As with all of our loft furniture, your individual setup as well as the size and shape of your room will determine what size furniture will fit. Below are general guidelines:
- Barnard, Bradley, Chadbourne, Cole, Davis, Dejope, Kronshage, Leopold, Merit, Ogg, Phillips, Smith, and Sullivan have traditional-style lofts that will accommodate futons/loveseats up to 79 inches wide placed underneath a lofted bed
- Adams, Sellery, Slichter, Tripp, Waters, and Witte have building block style lofts where your desk, dresser, hutch, and bookcase become part of the lofting unit in the most popular setup — your loft setup will determine your available width, however, a 56 inch wide futon/loveseat will fit underneath a lofted bed with most setups using this furniture
- Small single rooms in Davis cannot accommodate a small futon or loveseat unless the bed is lofted
- Note: Larger futons/loveseats may fit elsewhere in some rooms depending on how your furniture is lofted and arranged
What size carpet should I bring? What size lockable drawer will I have?
A PDF comparing facility features of all residence halls is available to answer these questions and others.
Loftable furniture is provided for each resident in all halls. You may not bring/rent your own loft. More details about lofts will be provided during the summer before you move in. You may also download a copy of the lofting guide for your hall below:
Vacuums and Cleaning Supplies
University Housing provides vacuums for resident use. Vacuums are usually checked out at the desk or from House Fellows, and there may be limits on the times they are available. Be prepared to have your Wiscard (the official UW-Madison student ID) scanned when you check out a vacuum.
In addition, cleaning supplies including brooms, mops, rags, dustpans, and buckets are provided on each floor for your use. Our staff maintains common areas but students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms, including rooms with private bathrooms.