Rendering of Sellery Hall renovation project exterior

Sellery Residence Hall Renovation

Impacts on Residents During Construction: 2022-23

Below are some important things we want residents to know will be happening during the 2022-23 academic year:

  • While Sellery Residence Hall is under renovation, residents in Sellery will receive a discount on their Housing bill to acknowledge any potential inconveniences. The discounted rate will be displayed on your semester tuition bill. Students benefit from a savings of $200 annually for rooms that have been renovated, $300 annually for rooms that have not been renovated, and a $100 Move credit if you need to move from a non-renovated room to a renovated room during the academic year. The savings is split between both semesters. To reference the original cost before discount, please visit our Billing and Rates page, and reference your room type and meal plan tier.
  • A campus thermal utility upgrade project will be operating in conjunction with the Sellery Building renovation. This utility project will occupy the space between the building and Park St and Johnson St, respectively. We expect driving lane closures, as well as sidewalks to be rerouted during various phases of this project. Impacts to the bus stop, building entrances, and walking paths are anticipated and may need location and routes changes to occur as construction progresses.
  • Residents will have newly renovated bathrooms and common areas on each floor, as well as new elevators and a new laundry area in the basement. All resident rooms now have new windows, providing added noise reduction.
  • Floors 8, 9, 10, and 11 are expected to be fully renovated by August 2022 for fall move-in, and residents on these floors will not be moved during the school year.
  • Some residents will need to move during the 2022-23 academic year from their room on a non-renovated floor to a new room on a renovated floor. Moving assistance will be available at no charge to interested students who need to move mid-year. These residents will be notified far in advance and will receive an additional discount.
  • Some basement and common spaces will be closed while undergoing renovations, including the classroom, the music practice room, the basement lounge, and the kitchen.
  • Construction during the academic year will primarily focus on renovating unoccupied resident floors and work in common areas throughout the first floor and basement.
  • As is typical with renovation projects, we anticipate activity, noise, odors, dust, and vibration during construction hours, but we work hard to minimize disruption. Contractors will only be allowed to operate noise-intensive machinery from 8am-7pm daily. Contractors are allowed to be on-site before 8am to prep for the day, but no loud construction work prior to 8am. There will be no construction at Sellery during finals week except for minor quiet work that will not disrupt residents.
  • Construction workers will not have access to resident rooms or any dedicated resident spaces during the school year.
  • Barriers will prevent sharing of air between construction and resident spaces so that we can maintain good air quality for students.
  • We recommend that students bring noise-cancelling headphones to help with studying and online classes.
  • Contractors will use the Sellery backyard as a staging area, and it will not be available for use. The green space at the Gordon Dining & Event Center will be available for use most days except for during move-in and move-out.
  • Cable TV coaxial jacks in Sellery have been deactivated, as part of a trend away from wired TV connections. HDTV service will still be available through streaming. Residents who want to use the streaming Spectrum TV channel lineup can do so on the UWNet Wi-Fi network through the SpectrumU app (available for Apple TV, iOS devices, and Android phones/tablets), the SpectrumU website, or the Spectrum TV app (available for most Samsung smart TVs, Xbox One, and Chromecast). For more information on SpectrumU and help docs, visit the UW-Madison KnowledgeBase. For technical support questions, please contact the DoIT Help Desk.
  • Residents will not be able to stay in Sellery during winter break, but all of their belongings can remain in their rooms throughout the winter recess. Residents will not have access to the building during that time.
  • University Housing will do our best to work with the contractors to make living in Sellery a great experience and to minimize disruptions. We also believe it is important that you know about this renovation when selecting Sellery Hall to live for the 2022-23 academic year.


If you have more questions or feedback about the Sellery renovation project, please email us at

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