Housing FAQs

General

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Are University Residence Halls open this year?

Yes, UW-Madison is returning to in-person instruction for the fall 2021 semester, and University Housing plans to have all of its residence halls open for the 2021-22 academic year. We will continue following guidance from health experts to maintain a safe, supportive environment and a great on-campus living experience for our residents.

Will UW-Madison be offering in-person courses in Fall 2021?

UW-Madison is returning to in-person instruction for the fall 2021 semester. There are a small number of hybrid and online classes, but most classes will be taught in-person.

What kind of programs will be offered this fall for residents?

In the residence halls, we hope to return to offering some in-person events and activities in the fall, depending on the situation at that time. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

How are policies enforced?

Staff perform nightly rounds of all resident floors and all resident entrances are monitored by security cameras and a 24-hour electronic locking system. All residents are expected to adhere to policies in the Student Housing Handbook. Violations of COVID-related policies can result in removal of students from their residence hall and revocation of their Housing contract with no refund.

What can I do if I see policies being violated?

The UW-Madison Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards has a form to fill out to report a public health concern. Please be aware that the more specific information is provided, the better we will be able to act on the report.

What is UW-Madison's authority to implement these policies?

UW-Madison has authority under State law to protect the health and safety of those on campus. Policies of the Board of Regents also empower the Chancellor to develop public health polices and require those on campus to comply with those policies.

As a parent I would prefer to handle this for my student as this transition is stressful enough for them. If I give you all their information, can I just handle all of this for them?

Since the Housing contract is in the student’s name and they are responsible for the outcome, it is best for us to work directly with the student. This is a great opportunity for students to learn responsibility and self-advocacy skills. If you want to help, a great way to do that is to talk with your student prior to them contacting us so they feel prepared to reach out.

What health resources are available to students who feel sick and may have COVID or have mental health concerns due to COVID?

If students are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, symptoms of anxiety or depression, or any other medical concerns, please call University Health Services (UHS) at 608-265-5600. UHS has a 24/7 nurse advice line and a 24/7 mental health crisis line for concerns that arise after hours and on the weekends. If a student is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, they should dial 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

  • Medical: 608-265-5600 (option 1) – if you have general COVOD-19 questions
  • Mental Health Services: 608-265-5600 (option 2)
  • 24/7 Mental Health Crisis: 608-265-5600 (option 9)

Will it be safe to live in fully occupied residence halls?

UW-Madison and the Madison community plan a return to nearly normal operations this fall, with full classrooms and no capacity restrictions on sporting events or businesses. Likewise, we are strategically engaged in planning for a safe return to fully occupied residence halls. As national vaccination trends continue to increase, we anticipate a high percentage of COVID-19 vaccination among students for the fall. As we assess, evaluate, and plan, we will continue following the advice of health experts. The best way to be safe and have a normal campus experience is to get vaccinated. Remember that UW-Madison offers free COVID-19 vaccines to students. If you need more information regarding our vaccine appointments, please visit https://covidresponse.wisc.edu/covid-19-vaccine-information/. Housing will also continue following health guidelines for cleaning and safety protocols to limit the risk of transmitting the virus.

Will Housing be providing quarantine or isolation spaces for residents who get COVID-19 or who are exposed?

Yes, University Housing will be providing isolation and quarantine housing for residents who test positive or who have had exposure for COVID-19.

My residence hall doesn't have air conditioning, can I request a window unit?

Students are not allowed to bring their own air conditioner. Housing will only install air conditioner window units for students who require air conditioning for disability and medical-related reasons and who are not assigned to a room with central air. Instructions for requesting an air conditioner for a fee are available in the “Application” process of My UW Housing after a student has received their assignment.

Vaccination & Testing

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Why is UW-Madison making vaccination against COVID-19 optional rather than required?

It is the policy of UW System that campuses should encourage, but not require, vaccination for COVID-19. Those living in residence halls are required to test weekly unless they are fully vaccinated. A number of factors go into this decision. We continue to see encouraging progress in the fight against COVID-19 driven by strong participation in vaccination on campus and in the broader community. Cases in Dane County have also dropped to their lowest level since May 2020 and vaccination rates are high. We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated and will continue to offer no-cost vaccination for employees, students and the public. We will continue to offer pop-up vaccination clinics across campus to make it convenient to get vaccinated. Once a person is vaccinated, they have the highest level of protection. Vaccinated people are unlikely to become infected with COVID-19, even if they are a close contact of someone who tests positive. Among those who do contract COVID-19 after vaccination, the vast majority have mild illness and are unlikely to pass the virus to others. With a surrounding community that is highly vaccinated and a local campus community that is highly vaccinated, we should expect few infections. We recognize that some people have medical conditions that prevent them from receiving full protection from vaccination. Employees (including student employees) with a specific medical concern should contact their Divisional Disability Representative (DDR). All other students with specific concerns related to health conditions should contact their Access Consultant in the McBurney Disability Resource Center. If you were vaccinated at UW Health or elsewhere off campus, please let us know. Having the most accurate information possible about our community’s vaccination rate is important as we reunite on campus. The university will not disclose an individual’s vaccination status to others.

What testing will be required for unvaccinated residents?

Students in residence halls who are not vaccinated must test weekly for COVID-19. This testing will be provided at no cost. They will also be required to test upon arrival at move-in. Failure to comply with testing requirements may result in student conduct discipline up to housing contract cancellation. More details will be provided in the near future.

Can I request to have a roommate who is vaccinated for COVID-19?

University Housing does not collect personal health information or vaccination status during the room assignment process, and we are not able to factor this into roommate assignments. Students in residence halls who are not vaccinated will need to test for COVID-19 during move-in and will then test weekly while they live with us. While we continue to monitor the situation closely, the growing medical evidence on the effectiveness of vaccination and the high percentage of vaccinated individuals in our community give us confidence that we can move ahead with plans to resume more typical campus operations. If you have a serious medical condition that requires special housing accommodations, contact the McBurney Disability Resource Center before room assignments are made.

Am I at risk for COVID-19 if I am vaccinated but my roommate is not?

We know that vaccination remains the best way for us to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. While vaccinated people may still be able to catch COVID-19, evidence from across the U.S. shows that infections among vaccinated people – even those exposed to people positive for the virus – remain uncommon. Vaccinated people are also far less likely to have severe illness if they do come down with COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that vaccinated people do not need to quarantine after exposure to someone positive, but they should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. Unvaccinated students will be required to test at move-in and also test weekly while living with us. If you have a serious medical condition that requires special housing accommodations, contact the McBurney Disability Resource Center before room assignments are made. While we continue to monitor the situation closely, the growing medical evidence on the effectiveness of vaccination and the high share of vaccinated individuals in our community give us confidence that we can move ahead with plans to resume more typical campus operations.

Will there be a religious exemption to the required weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated residents?

Similar to last year’s COVID-19 testing requirements, there is not a religious exemption for testing of unvaccinated residents. Weekly testing is required for all unvaccinated residents. The only exception is for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days.

I already had COVID-19. Do I still need to do the weekly testing if I am not vaccinated?

If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days and have recovered, you may be temporarily exempt from quarantine, isolation, or future testing for 90 days after your positive test. Beyond 90 days from a positive test, previous infection does not exempt unvaccinated residents from the weekly required COVID-19 testing.

What health guidance is there for unvaccinated students?

If you are unvaccinated and testing to monitor COVID-19, here are some additional steps you can take to protect yourself:

  • Continue to wear face coverings in indoor settings and while on public transportation
  • Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet indoors when possible
  • Follow good hand washing practices and use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face Comply with Move In and Weekly testing requirements
  • Get tested if you learn that you had exposure to someone with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms.

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and help our campus to return to normal. We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated this summer if you haven’t already. Any student arriving on campus who has not yet been vaccinated will have an opportunity to receive a no-cost vaccine.

I was vaccinated off-campus, how do I let you know?

If you are being vaccinated off campus, including by a UW Health clinic or by a UW Health provider, wait until you have received either the single dose of a one-dose vaccine or both shots of a two-dose vaccine. Then choose one of the two methods below:

Give UHS permission to access your record in the Wisconsin Immunization Registry  Complete this form (This option is currently available for faculty and staff).

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Upload your record directly to MyUHS:

  • Log into MyUHS using your NetID and password.
  • Select “Enter my COVID-19 Vaccine information.”
  • You will be prompted to upload a copy of your immunization record. This can be an image file (PNG, JPG, JPEG) or a PDF. Attempting to upload other kinds of files will result in an error message. Accepted records include:
    • The official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination card you receive at your vaccine site. It must contain two patient identifiers, such as name and date of birth; vaccine lot number; vaccine name (for example, Moderna, Pfizer or Janssen/Johnson & Johnson); date of vaccination (there should be two dates for Moderna and Pfizer); clinic name (must be an official clinic name; if the clinic was a chain pharmacy, please include the store number). The example below shows these fields.

A sample CDC vaccination card showing the five fields — noted above — that must be filled in.

Allow up to five business days for the record to be reflected in your MyUHS account. While the record is under review your Medical Clearance information will indicate “awaiting review.” Once it is approved, this field will say “satisfied.” Your Badger Badge will turn green once it has been two weeks since your final dose and your record has been approved.

If you received your vaccination in Wisconsin, and cannot find the record in WIR, contact the WIR Help Desk at 608-266-9691 or email DHSWIRHelp@dhs.wisconsin.gov.

My roommate is an international student. What will be their testing and vaccination requirements?

International students who will be living on campus and are not vaccinated yet with an FDA/WHO-approved vaccine have been asked to move in early. This will allow for testing 3-5 days after international travel and a self-quarantine period before other roommates move in. International students that cannot arrive early in Madison, will stay in a temporary room until they have completed their quarantine period and have tested negative for COVID-19. As with all students who are not fully vaccinated, they will be required to test weekly until they are fully vaccinated. These steps, along with the anticipated high vaccination rate of students and employees, provide a strong level of protection against COVID-19 for our residents. More details are posted in our International Students FAQs.

Assignments

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When will students get their room assignment information?

This information will be sent to residents @wisc.edu email accounts in mid-July.

Will there be triple and quad resident rooms this year?

Yes, as our campus returns to normal operation, with demand for on-campus housing being higher than ever, we expect to have many first-year students living in triples and quads this year. Some students will also start the semester in converted lounge/den spaces, as we do in typical years. These spaces provide similar amenities for residents as traditional doubles and allow us to accommodate more students who want to live in the residence halls. Triple rooms are a common practice at many of our peer universities, and resident satisfaction has remained mostly positive in triples.

I will be living in the residence halls, but I don't want to share a room - can I have a single?

University Housing has a limited number of single rooms in certain residence halls, but the vast majority of our resident rooms are doubles and triples, as well as some quads. Most residents will have a roommate. If you are unsatisfied with your room assignment and are interested in changing rooms, you can fill out a room change request form starting the first week of classes in My UW Housing and indicate your preferences on room type and buildings. If we are able to offer you a room change, we will email you the room change offer.

If I have a preferred roommate, will I have a better chance at getting my top hall preference?

No. Our assignment process is done through a lottery system, this means that all residents who sign their contract by their due date will receive an equal chance to be placed in a residence hall on or off their preference list, or even temporarily unassigned. As long as you sign your contract/preferences by your deadline you will be guaranteed a spot in housing. We do our very best to honor these in the highest ranking order we possibly can, but there is no guarantee that we can meet these preferences for every student. Be sure to keep an open mind and understand you could be assigned to any residence hall or learning community in either the Lakeshore or Southeast neighborhoods, regardless of whether they were in your preferences.

I already know that I want to change my room to a different one in another residence hall. How do I start that process?

We are unable to make changes to room assignments during the summer. To be fair to all students, our online room change process opens after move-in on Tuesday, September 8 at 8 am in My UW Housing.

I received a “Later Assignment” as my hall assignment. What does this mean? Does this mean I don’t have a place to live?

Don’t worry, this is a normal part of our process. If you received this designation, you are guaranteed a room in the University Residence Halls. Due to COVID-19, we need to leave some rooms unassigned to allow for final adjustments to housing. You will receive your exact hall and room assignment soon. We can’t say when this timeline will be. It could be tomorrow, or it could be August. Either way, we promise you will have it in plenty of time before the move-in dates.

What will the Lowell Center be like for residents?

This year, approximately 261 beds in the Lowell Center will house undergraduate students as part of University Housing. Lowell was originally built in 1961 as a private residence hall and has operated for many years as a campus hotel. It offers a mix of singles, doubles, and triples, each with a private bathroom. Residents will have typical residence hall furniture and storage space in their rooms, along with access to high-speed internet, TV service, laundry facilities, and shared spaces for studying and socializing, similar to other residence halls. On-site Residence Life staff will provide student support and programming throughout the year. Convenient on-site dining service will also be available in the Lowell dining room. Lowell is located near Memorial Union, Memorial Library, and State Street with beautiful views of Lake Mendota.

Why was I assigned to a location or learning community that I did not choose in my preferences?

You were required to preference two learning communities followed by preferencing eight residence halls. You were then asked to choose which ranking was more important to you: your hall preferences or your learning communities preferences. We used these preferences as a guide to help us assign rooms. We do our very best to honor these in the highest ranking order we possibly can, but there is no promise that we can meet these preferences for every student. Unfortunately, it’s impossible for us to do this. For example: Ogg Residence Hall has 739 spaces and over 1,500 students preferenced it as their top choice.

Because of this, you could have been assigned to any residence hall or learning community in either the Lakeshore or Southeast neighborhoods. We understand that this can be difficult and may be disappointing. The good news is, students have shared with us in end-of-the-year surveys that regardless of them receiving one of their preferences or not, over 80% of them would recommend living in the residence halls. It really shows that it is all up to you, and what you make of the experience.

I have a question about my hall assignment. How do I reach out to Housing to talk to someone about it?

Feel free to fill out our contact form if you have any questions or concerns about your assignment. We typically reply to submitted questions within three business days. Filling out the form once is sufficient. We will return your message. Multiple contacts inhibit our ability to get back to you and other students in a timely manner.

I want to cancel my housing contract. What should I do?

If you are attending UW-Madison, once the contract has been signed and the advance payment has been made, it becomes a legally binding contract for the entire academic year and we do not release students from the contract unless we are in a position where demand for housing exceeds occupancy. If you wish to cancel, you should submit a cancellation request in your My UW Housing portal as soon as possible. If we were able to offer a contract release, we would send you an email with a release offer, which you would need to respond to by the given deadline. Until that time, you should not make alternate housing plans since you would still be financially responsible for all charges under the contract.

I was assigned to a triple room, but I only wanted one roommate. Can I be assigned to a double room?

As our campus returns to normal operation, with demand for on-campus housing being higher than ever, we have many first-year students living in triples and quads this year. These spaces provide similar amenities for residents as traditional doubles and allow us to accommodate more students who want to live in the residence halls. Our triple rooms have been verified by our Facilities staff to ensure that there is sufficient space for three students, their belongings and furniture in the room. Triple rooms are a common practice at many of our peer universities, and resident satisfaction has remained mostly positive in triples. Students were notified of this update in our Fall Housing Update email that was sent on June 1st. We are unable to make changes to room assignments during the summer. To be fair to all students, our online room change process opens after move-in on Tuesday, September 8 at 8 am in My UW Housing.

Can I visit campus to see my room or a similar room in-person?

Unfortunately, our residence halls are not open for visits this summer. For most of our residence halls and room types, you can find extensive details and photos on our residence hall web pages, including measurements and 360-degree room tours. A few of our newer room types have not been photographed yet, but we will be working to add more of this information during the summer. Since there can be some room variation within the buildings and room types, we recommend waiting to purchase too many size-specific items until you have arrived on campus and seen your actual room.

Triple & Quad Rooms

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Will there be triple and quad resident rooms this year?

Yes, as our campus returns to normal operation, with demand for on-campus housing being higher than ever, we expect to have many first-year students living in triples and quads this year. Some students will also start the semester in converted lounge/den spaces, as we do in typical years. These spaces provide similar amenities for residents as traditional doubles and allow us to accommodate more students who want to live in the residence halls. Triple rooms are a common practice at many of our peer universities, and resident satisfaction has remained mostly positive in triples.

I was assigned to a triple room, but I only wanted one roommate. Can I be assigned to a double room?

As our campus returns to normal operation, with demand for on-campus housing being higher than ever, we have many first-year students living in triples and quads this year. These spaces provide similar amenities for residents as traditional doubles and allow us to accommodate more students who want to live in the residence halls. Our triple rooms have been verified by our Facilities staff to ensure that there is sufficient space for three students, their belongings and furniture in the room. Triple rooms are a common practice at many of our peer universities, and resident satisfaction has remained mostly positive in triples. Students were notified of this update in our Fall Housing Update email that was sent on June 1st. We are unable to make changes to room assignments during the summer. To be fair to all students, our online room change process opens after move-in on Tuesday, September 8 at 8 am in My UW Housing.

How can you fit three or four people in a room? Aren't these triples and quads former double rooms?

Our Residence Hall Facilities team has assessed all of our spaces to ensure that spaces being used for three roommates provide enough space for extra furniture and living space. These rooms have been configured to maximize the best layout and space for triple living. These spaces being used for triple living are comparable to what our peers are using in other Big 10 campuses as well. In addition, spaces used for 4 roommates are significantly larger as they were spaces that were formerly used for dens or study rooms.

I'm in a quad, this isn't what I expected. I'm concerned that these spaces will be too crowded to live in.

The spaces that are being used as quads in our halls were formerly dens or study rooms. These spaces have been evaluated by our Res Halls Facilities to ensure there is plenty of space for four roommates to live in. Each quad provides 4 sets of furniture and 2 refrigerators in the room. We have not yet been able to post specific photos/measures for every quad space in our halls, however we do have a virtual tour and photos of one of these spaces in Witte Hall.

I'm in a triple room with a walk-in closet that used to be a double. How will we divide up the closet space among the three of us?

Triple rooms in Dejope, Leopold, Ogg, Smith have one large walk-in closet for all residents to share. The closets are flexible with a variety of shelves and partitioned hanging areas. They are not strictly designed with one area per resident, so three residents can easily divide up the space in a way that works for all. Closets in these buildings can be seen in photos and renderings on their respective web pages.

Do residents in a triple or a quad pay a lower rate for housing?

Costs for triple and quad rooms are among our lowest resident rates. They are based on the rates established for similar triple and quad rooms that we have used in past years, approved by the UW Board of Regents. These rates also compare well with similar rooms at other Big Ten universities. Rates for all of our buildings and room types can be found on our Billing & Rates page.

Waitlist

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I am currently on the waiting list for University Housing, will you be able to offer me a contract?

Unfortunately, no. We do not anticipate reaching any students on our waiting list for Academic Year 2021-22. Each year, our goal is to offer housing to as many students as are interested. We have a limited number of spaces and can only guarantee housing to those who were offered and completed a contract by their given deadline. We continue to closely monitor cancellations and would only reach out to students through their @wisc.edu email with an update in the highly unlikely event that we reach them on the waiting list. Campus Area Housing is a great resource on campus for assisting students in seeking off-campus housing options. Their website has an option to search for housing and roommates.

Are there students who will not get to live on campus this fall?

We have additional students on a waitlist who have been informed that we are unlikely to have space for them. These are students who did not sign up for Housing by our contract deadline. We regret that we cannot accommodate all of the students who want to live on campus, but there are still physical limits to the number of spaces we can provide. It is our responsibility to provide a safe living environment with high-quality resources and support without compromising the overall residence hall experience. University Housing has committed to accommodating these first-year students to support their transition to college. Transfer and exchange students are admitted later in the annual process, so our offerings to them are often limited by the amount of available space remaining, and this year, we unfortunately do not expect to have space to offer to these groups. We continue to monitor cancellations in the event we would be able to offer additional contracts.

Are there any first-year students who were not offered a Housing contract?

We offered Housing contracts to all first-year students who were accepted to UW-Madison, and we expect to house all of them who completed a contract and deposit by the May 1 housing deadline.

If I wasn't able to live in the residence halls this year, are there ways I can still take advantage of Housing programs and services to support my first-year experience?

The Center for First Year Experience (CFYE) offers many resources available to first-year students. From first year interest groups, Go Big Read, and How-to Guides, there are lots of options to explore. Other campus offices assist students, such as the Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI) which connects students to more then 700 student organizations and other leadership opportunities on campus. Other great places to get involved can be seen here: https://newstudent.wisc.edu/information-for/students/.

Where can students live if they are not in the residence halls?

The area around UW-Madison offers a large amount of conveniently located private housing for students. The Campus Area Housing service is UW-Madison’s official resource for students searching for privately-owned rentals. Many of these properties offer social opportunities, affordable rental rates, and amenities comparable to the residence halls.

Learning Communities

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I got placed in a learning community but I don’t want to be in one or pay the fee.

We do our best to place students in the communities that they ranked in their preferences, however, we always see a large number of students preferencing the same buildings. Because of this, it is possible for students to be placed in any hall or community on campus, even if they did not rank or prioritize it in their preferences.

Past learning community residents report a high degree of satisfaction with their living experience and the support they received in exploring academic and career interests. The learning community fee covers some of the costs of the additional services, programs, and staff that are made available to you while living in the community.Your level of involvement in the community is entirely up to you.

I saw something about a Learning Community Seminar. Is this something I have to do? Is it required?

Each learning community offers a for-credit seminar only available to residents in that community. The seminar explores the theme of the learning community while connecting you with other students, faculty mentors, and industry leaders. You get to take a class with friends while getting insider tips on being successful in college and your future career. Most seminars are 1-credit and easily fit into your course schedule. We strongly encourage you to enroll in the seminar in order to make the most of your experience, but it is not required. If you have more questions, you should talk with your academic advisor.

Move-In

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I want to change my move-in date, what do I do?

Assigned times allow us to spread out activity evenly to allow for distancing and parking needs. You will have some ability to request a change of your assigned move-in date/time if it does not fit your schedule in My UW Housing depending on the availability of open slots.

I have questions about room dimensions, furniture and other items so I can get all the right things for Move-in. How do I get that information from you?

We have lots of the information listed on our website. Browse to your residence hall and on that specific hall page, you’ll find approximate room dimensions and floor plans for most room types in that building. In addition, there are floor plans and 360-degree virtual tours to see how other students arrange items in their room. If you have additional questions than what can be seen here, please contact us and we’ll get back to you. Please note that there can be some variability among room dimensions within each hall, and it’s not possible for us to catalog every measurement, so we encourage you to wait to purchase too many items until you arrive and see your actual room.

Will I be allowed to have family or friends to help me move in?

Yes, there is no limit on the number of support people allowed in the halls to help you move in. If you have unvaccinated individuals assisting you, we ask that they wear a face covering while in the halls and practice social distancing (6 feet) when in contact with other individuals.

Resident Experience

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How are Housing staff supporting residents?

Housing staff are working hard to balance health guidelines with providing support and programs to residents. The staff can be a great resource, including staff in our Hall Desk, Residence Life, and Facilities areas.

Where can I go to study outside my room?

Study rooms and lounges in the residence halls will be available, possibly with some capacity restrictions. We anticipate that many other campus study spaces will also be available with reduced capacity. Details will be shared as more information becomes available.

Can we use the kitchens in residence halls?

Kitchens in the residence halls will be open for the 2021-22 academic year. Some additional guidelines may be still be in place this fall, and more details will be shared when information becomes available

What health resources are available to students who feel sick or have mental health concerns?

If students are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, symptoms of anxiety or depression, or any other medical concerns, please call University Health Services (UHS) at 608-265-5600. UHS has a 24/7 nurse advice line and a 24/7 mental health crisis line for concerns that arise after hours and on the weekends. If a student is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, they should dial 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

  • Medical: 608-265-5600 (option 1) – if you have general COVOD-19 questions
  • Mental Health Services: 608-265-5600 (option 2)
  • 24/7 Mental Health Crisis: 608-265-5600 (option 9)
  • COVID Health Line: 608-265-5600 (option 8) – if you are not feeling well and are concerned your symptoms may be COVID-19 related

How are students of color being supported in the halls?

The Center for Cultural Enrichment (CCE) in Witte hosts drop-in hours for residents. In addition, the CCE plans to host virtual events for residents that will be shared on social media and resident newsletters.

The Multicultural Learning Community (MLC) in Witte has multiple events and spaces each week for residents. In addition, MLC House Fellows are accessible for all residents of the MLC.

Dining

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What Dining facilities will be open?

Visit our Dining locations and hours page to see the latest updates and schedules. We anticipate that all of our Dining locations will be open for the 2021-22 academic year.

What if I have special dietary needs or restrictions?

Students with dietary needs should continue to work with our dietitian.

Who will be allowed to use Housing’s dining locations?

We anticipate that all of our dining locations will be open to anyone on campus this fall, including students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

Sellery Renovation

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Will the Sellery renovation still be proceeding in the Fall?

Yes, the Sellery renovation is moving forward as planned during the academic year. Construction workers will not have access to resident rooms or spaces or entering any resident spaces during the school year. There will always be separation between workers and students. In addition, all resident rooms will have window air conditioning to help minimize noise and dust from construction. This project will be very similar to the recent renovation of Witte, which received mostly very positive feedback from residents.

How will you manage the construction noise concerns that students may have in Sellery?

We have agreements with the construction contractors that they cannot start construction prior to 8am to help limit morning disruptions. Unfortunately, as with any project, residents can expect some noise, dust, and vibration during daytime hours, but we work very hard to keep it manageable and not too disruptive for students. We recommend that students consider bringing noise cancelling headphones. Questions or feedback about the Sellery renovation project can be directed to sellery.renovation@housing.wisc.edu.

Will there be study spaces available for students in Sellery beyond their rooms?

Residents will have access to the dens on some floors for studying and gathering. However, some of these dens will be closed for renovation this academic year (such as A-Tower dens). To provide other options, we are preparing other nearby spaces to be additional study spaces for Sellery residents to use. As soon as we have those spaces established, residents in that area will be made aware of those options.

International Students

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What are the COVID-19 requirements for international students living in the residence halls?

Requirements for international students traveling from outside the U.S. will vary based on their vaccination status, but all air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are currently required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the U.S. A list of other requirements based on vaccination status is available on the UW-Madison COVID-19 Response site. International students arriving from an international location who are not fully vaccinated will be required to arrive at an earlier date to ensure the appropriate self-quarantine period prior to other residents arriving.

I'm an international student living in the halls and have been vaccinated for COVID-19, do I need to plan for anything special during move-in?

If you have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with a vaccine on the World Health Organizations (WHO) Emergency Use Listing (EUL) or U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), upload your vaccine information to UHS for approval as soon as possible, prior to arrival.

Once approved:

  • You do NOT need to move in early
  • You do NOT need to self-quarantine
  • You can move into your assigned residence hall upon arrival
  • Self-monitor for symptoms upon arrival
  • Test on campus 3-5 days after arrival
  • You do NOT need to participate in weekly testing

I am an international student living in the halls and I am NOT vaccinated for COVID-19, what do I need to do?

If you are NOT fully vaccinated with a vaccine on the WHO EUL or FDA EUA, you will have to self-quarantine. Please arrive early enough to self-quarantine before your roommates arrive. If you cannot arrive prior to August 24, we will work with you on quarantine accommodations. You will have to test 3-5 days after arrival and then test weekly thereafter unless you become fully vaccinated. Please follow the guidelines outlined in the testing/vaccination guide for international students living in residence halls.

Here are dates to consider:

  • The recommendation to arrive on August 20 or prior is to accommodate the self-quarantine period recommended by the CDC in your assigned residence hall.
  • If you arrive on August 24 or prior, you will have sufficient time to self-quarantine in your assigned Housing space and test to complete this recommendation.
  • If you arrive on or after August 25, you may be placed in temporary housing to accommodate this recommendation and will not be permitted to move into your assigned Housing space until you have completed the self-quarantine and testing requirement.

The guidelines tell me to self-quarantine when I arrive because I am not vaccinated. What does self-quarantine mean?

Self-quarantine involves limiting your activity outside your home and avoiding contact with others. When self-quarantining in the residence halls, you should limit your activity outside your room to only essential errands, such as medical appointments (including COVID-19 testing), getting food or groceries, academics, and work (with precautions). Students in self-quarantine must follow all public health guidelines, including use of face coverings, testing, physical distancing, and hand washing.

Testing

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I live in a residence hall – how often do I need to get tested?

All residents* are required to participate in COVID-19 testing every three days/72 hours during the academic year. Some residents will be required to test more frequently if their residence hall experiences positive cases. You can use the Safer Badgers app to check wait times and visit the test site that works best for you. Safer Badgers will also tell you when you need to complete your next test to stay in compliance. Residents should primarily get tested at one of the Housing testing sites (Holt Center or Ogg Residence Hall) if possible.

For the spring semester, residents will not be assigned to specific testing days.

*Note: There are some exceptions for students who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 or are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. See below for details on these exemptions.

If I have already had COVID-19 or received the vaccine, am I still required to get tested?

Beginning Wednesday, March 17, students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer be required to participate in routine on-campus testing. Fully vaccinated means that you received both doses of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) and your second shot was at least two weeks ago; or you received a one-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson) at least two weeks ago. COVID-19 vaccines are highly safe and effective, though some vaccinated individuals may still be able to catch COVID-19. You should continue to monitor yourself for symptoms – if you develop symptoms, isolate yourself from others and get tested as soon as possible. For more details, visit the March 17 campus news release.

Students who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 are exempted from engaging in testing for 90 days after a positive test. After the 90-day period ends, students must follow campus testing procedures. If a student was tested off campus before the spring semester, they must submit proof of a positive test, including the lab result and the result interpretation via the Safer Badgers app for assessment.

Why are some residence halls having to test more frequently?

One way to help reduce spread of the virus is increased testing, which allows us to help quickly isolate people with COVID-19 from others. While transmission rates are lower than last semester thanks to our efforts, we are taking a conservative, proactive approach to limit viral spread and prevent potential outbreaks. When there are signs of continued local transmission within a residence hall, University Health Services may advise increased testing of those residents to help identify positive cases and prevent further spread. This targeted action is a normal part of our process this semester. These decisions by UHS health experts are based on multiple criteria and not just one metric from test results.

Which testing method will be used for residents?

The Housing testing sites at Ogg Residence Hall and Holt Center will continue to use a nasal swab testing method. All other campus sites will use a saliva testing method.

Please note that testing preparation instructions in the Safer Badgers app are written for the saliva testing method. At these sites, it is important to prepare correctly for the saliva test in order to get a successful result. For the nasal swab testing at Ogg and Holt, it is not necessary to avoid eating, drinking, or smoking before your test.

Where can I go for my tests?

For those living in the residence halls, residents will still test primarily at the Housing locations in Ogg Residence Hall and Holt Center. Other campus testing sites can be used at night or on weekends if needed.

What happens if I or someone from my residence hall floor tests positive for COVID-19?

Residents who test positive for COVID-19 are notified by University Health Services (UHS). They will then be placed in isolation housing for a minimum of 10 days. Contact tracers or Housing staff will connect with any close contacts (such as a roommate) about being placed in quarantine housing for a minimum of 14 days. Students will be provided information from Housing about what items to take including clothing, medication, academic materials, laptop, and other personal items.

If I need to travel away from campus or go home for a weekend, how do I stay in compliance?

If you plan to leave your residence hall for more than two consecutive days, please let us know by filling out the “Temporary Vacate Room” form in My UW Housing, as you will be unable to meet your testing requirements. This form will temporarily excuse you from any sanctions associated with not being in compliance with the testing policy during your time away. However, your Badger Badge will be red and your access to campus buildings will be denied until you have a negative test on file. When you return to Madison, please complete a COVID-19 test within 24 hours.

Please note that guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that students should limit travel. If you can stay where you are, that is the safest course to protect you, your family, and the community.

Isolation & Quarantine

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What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation housing is for residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. They are placed in a designated isolation space for a minimum of 10 days until cleared by UHS to return to their regular room.

Quarantine housing is for residents who have been contacted about medium or high-risk exposure to COVID-19, such as the roommate of a COVID-positive student. They are placed in a designated quarantine space for a minimum of 14 days until cleared by UHS to return to their regular room.

Will the residence halls provide isolation and quarantine housing in Fall 2021?

Yes, University Housing will provide separate spaces for residence hall students who test positive for COVID-19 or who have had medium or high-risk exposure. Details about these spaces and protocols about isolation/quarantine will be shared as information becomes available.