Hall Desks

Your hall desk is the center of the neighborhood. You can get questions answered, receive mail and packages, and check out items such as laptops, games, movies, tools, and vacuums. You will be able to sign up for hall events at hall desks, and Wiscard and room key issues can also be addressed there.

Our friendly desk staff is here to help you with any questions you may have about residence hall events, getting around campus, or general questions. Feel free to ask the desk any question, no matter how small. We're always happy to help.

Academic Year Hours

General Desk Hours

Thanksgiving Break Hours


Contact Information

Desk Location  Address  Phone Number   Buildings Served
Carson Gulley Center 1515 Tripp Circle
Madison, WI 53706 
(608) 262-2420 Adams, Slichter, and Tripp
Chadbourne 420 N. Park St
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-2688 Barnard, Chadbourne
Dejope 640 Elm Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 890-4895 Bradley, Dejope, and Phillips
Frank Holt Center 1650 Kronshage Dr
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-2226 Cole, Kronshage, Leopold, and Sullivan
Ogg 835 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-6899 Davis, Merit, and Ogg
Sellery 821 W. Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-1076 Sellery
Smith 35 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 890-1250 Smith
Waters 1200 Observatory Dr
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-1800 Waters
Witte 615 W. Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-7850 Witte


Omega Equipment Check Out

Various games, movies, kitchen items, recreation equipment and other items are available to residents of each hall to check out at no charge. You will need your Wiscard to check out items.

Equipment Check-out Policy:

When you check out a piece of equipment, the Desk Staff will let you know when the item(s) must be returned. If items are not returned on time you will receive e-mail notifications. If this happens on three different occasions you will be banned from checking out items for two weeks. The fourth overdue item you will be banned from checking out items for the remainder of the semester.

Items to check out
(items vary by desk) 
Length of time of check out  Cost of damaged
or unreturned items
1 Movie (DVD/VHS/TV) 24 hours $25.00; Multiple disc movies and shows are replaced at cost plus a $10.00 purchasing and restocking fee
1 Board Game 24 hours $15.00
5 Electronic Game pieces (includes game) 24 hours Replaced at cost found by staff plus a $10.00 purchasing and restocking fee
1 Kitchen Key 4 hours $35.00
1 Music Key 2 hours $35.00
25 Kitchen Supplies 4 hours Utensils: $10.00; Pots and Pans: $15.00
5 Sports Equipment pieces 24 hours Replaced at cost found by staff plus a $10.00 purchasing and restocking fee
1 Table Game 2 hours Replaced at cost found by staff plus a $10.00 purchasing and restocking fee
1 Vacuum 2 hours If unreturned, replaced at cost found by staff plus a $10.00 purchasing and restocking fee

Keys and Wiscard Management

Wiscard is your official UW-Madison identification card. It provides access to libraries, recreation facilities and to your residence hall. It allows you to pay for food and other convenience store items at over 50 locations across campus. Your metal key provides you access to your room and to your mailbox.

If you have issues with your Wiscard or your room key, go to your hall desk for assistance. Click to view the Key Check Out Policy.

Hall Postings

Your Residence Hall provides you timely information regarding student organization activities and events on campus. All posters and brochures must be approved to be posted/distributed in the halls. Click to view the Posting Policy.


The Desk offers three-day equipment checkout for laptops, projectors, digital cameras, and video camcorders. All equipment is checked out through the UW InfoLabs Checkout System. The equipment at the Desk is only available to University Housing residents.

Mail and Packages

US Mail and all packages are received and distributed by your hall desk. Mail is placed in your mailbox. Packages are logged and placed on a shelf, and an email is sent to your wisc.edu account to notify you of your package. You must have your Wiscard with you to receive your package, but you do not need to print out the email notification. We are only able to receive packages for you. We are unable to hold packages for you to be picked up and sent out. Addresses for each residence hall are available on their individual hall pages.