Changes to Break & Returning Dates

A number of dates have changed from their inclusion in printed Parent & Family Program calendars, move-in guides, and more, so we wanted to give you an update to help you plan as fall break and winter break approach.

Fall Break

All University Residence Halls will remain open through fall break without charge from November 25 – 28, 2021 for residents who choose to remain on campus. Additional information will be published on our moving & breaks page soon. UW-Madison plans to continue with the current in-person class formats after fall break this year.

Winter Break Closing

All residence halls will close for winter break at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 23, 2021. To stay until Noon on Friday, December 24, 2021, residents will be able to fill out a request form in early-November. This option will be available at no cost.

Winter Break Housing

Winter break housing will be available to residents who need to remain on campus during winter break between December 24, 2021 and January 21, 2022 for an additional fee of $500. Sign-up for interested residents will be available in My UW Housing after fall break.

Spring Move-In

Unless signed-up for winter break housing, all residence halls will re-open for the spring semester on January 22, 2022.Additional information will be available in December 2021.

Note: as a reminder, your Housing contract is for the full academic year. Except for students who are graduating or studying abroad, we do not release residents from their contract unless in a position where demand for housing exceeds occupancy, which is not currently the case.

Returning Next Year

To give residents time to research all their potential housing options and ensure they have gotten to know any potential roommates better for the 2022-23 academic year, our returning resident process will start in the spring semester.
Private landlords often claim that off-campus spaces will be unavailable after fall and/or winter break. The truth is that many great housing options are available throughout the year, including during spring semester and the summer. Take time to look at all of your options, and consider another year to #LiveWithBucky in the residence halls.

Check Out Reasons to Return

Dining Plan Changes

If you’d like to change your dining plan for the spring semester, you can do so in My UW Housing starting on November 25, 2021. Watch for more details in mid-November. The deadline to make changes for spring will be December 15, 2021.