As UW-Madison moves forward with its Smart Restart plans to reopen this fall, we’re excited to welcome our Badgers back to #LiveWithBucky in the residence halls. For detailed plans and FAQs about measures that Housing is taking to address COVID-19 and have a successful reopening, please visit our Fall Reopening Guide.
New residents for 2020-21 can look below for details specific to fall 2020 move-in.
Previous Residents Move-Out
We will be offering dates in August for previous 2019-20 residents who have not yet been able to remove their packed belongings from storage. Students will receive an email with a move-out signup link to select a specific day and time during these dates.
Storage & Shipping
If students were unable to move out their personal items in the spring, their items were professionally packed and stored in a clean, secure area within the residence halls. University Housing will not charge residents for this packing and storage service. Boxes are labeled clearly with the Hall Name, House Name, and Room Number. Please note, all items in a room were boxed up together, so students may need to sort through items if their roommate’s belongings were also in the room.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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When can I come and move my belongings out?
Students with belongings to pick up will receive an email to sign up for a specific day and time during August. Links to the signups for each specific hall are in the expanding menu above.
Can my roommate or friend pick up my belongings for me?
Yes. If you need someone else to pick-up your items, sign-up for a time slot under your name. In the comments sections of that reservation add the name of the individual who will be moving your items on your behalf. Then, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval.
What happens if I unable to retrieve my belongings before September?
Please contact us at email@example.com, and we will work out arrangements with you.
Can I leave my belongings in my room until next year if I am in the same room?
No. You are unable to leave your items in the same room for next year. A contracted professional moving company has boxed and stored belongings for those who were not yet able to move out their items.
Where do I turn in my key?
Students should check out at the front desk or drop of their key to the key drop box at the desk.
Will I get reimbursed if you break or lose my belongings?
UW-Madison, as an agency of the State of Wisconsin, is insured by the State against losses resulting from the negligence of State employees. If your property is damaged as a result of negligence by a UW-Madison employee, you may file a claim for reimbursement with UW-Madison’s Risk Management Department.
What happens with my mail?
We are continuing to accept mail and packages at this time and are forwarding them to your active address in MyUW. Make sure this mailing address is updated. Additionally, please make sure to change your address on any online retailer you use frequently.
What about my bike and moped?
UW-Madison Transportation Services has stated that no bicycles or mopeds will be impounded at this time. They will extend the “abandoned” date through an undetermined date in the summer. More information will be provided on the process when normal campus activities resume.
UW-Madison has canceled all in-person summer courses to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus on our campus. As a result, Summer Term Housing in the University Residence Halls will not be available in Summer 2020. Housing will only be available to residents who are already approved to still be on campus.
University Housing Dining has made changes to this year’s summer operations to limit open locations and hours. Here’s how we’re working to keep everyone safe and healthy:
- All food will be served to go. There will be no in-house dining.
- There will be a variety of grab and go items, breakfast foods, prepackaged salads and sandwiches, and hot food offerings for you to select from. Self-service areas of the market (such as salad bars, soup bars, etc.) are closed.
- All food will be served in disposable/compostable to-go containers as will dinnerware.
- A variety of bottled beverages are available in cases. All self-serve beverage dispensers are closed.
- Access to dining locations will be limited to Housing staff and residents only.
- Only a limited number of people will be allowed in the marketplace at once.
Please remember to practice good physical distancing as well when in the markets to ensure the health of yourself and others.
|wdt_ID||Location||Venue||Daily Hours (Monday - Sunday)|
|5||Gordon Ave. Market||Lunch 11am-1pm, Dinner 4-7pm|
|6||The Bean & Creamery||Closed|
August 25-31, 2020
Dates for fall 2020 move-in will be August 25 – 31, 2020. Members of a few approved student groups may receive a move-in date earlier that week. Specific move-in dates and times are shared with hall assignment information to students via email and in My UW Housing.
Note: please do not make travel arrangements until you have received your assigned move-in time. Assigned time slots are designed to allow for safe distancing in each building and they will be enforced.
Residents are allowed to bring up to two helpers during move-in, and all individuals will need to wear face coverings during the process and maintain physical distancing from other residents and their helpers. In mid-August, students will receive an email with an individual parking permit they’ll need to print and bring on their move-in date. Badger Buddy volunteers will not be available this year. It’s important for students and their helpers to partner with us to share the responsibility of keeping our campus healthy and safe.
All enrolled students at UW-Madison are entitled to a Wiscard (the official UW-Madison photo ID). Your Wiscard allows you to access your residence hall, pay for items at our dining markets and convenience stores, and use other campus services. First-year students will be sent an email invitation to request a Wiscard. Requests must be received a week before your move-in day to ensure cards are ready before move-in. You’ll then be given your Wiscard upon check-in at no cost after presenting a valid government-issued photo ID.
What to Bring
- Valid government-issued photo ID (to receive your Wiscard)
- Printed parking pass (see “Check-In” below)
- Cell phone – landline phone service is not provided in your room
- Bedsheets (twin XL, twin with extra deep corners, or jersey sheets), blankets and pillows
- See what furnishings are provided and what Bucky would bring for a full list of items to bring and items that are not allowed
Early Drop Off
As a new option to streamline move-in and reduce crowds, students from Wisconsin and some neighboring states may be offered an opportunity to drop off belongings in their room between August 15 – 18 and then permanently move in before fall semester classes begin. Students who qualify for this option will receive an email with more information and inviting them to sign up in My UW Housing.
On residents’ move-in day, they will receive a text in the morning reminding them of their move-in time. If able, residents should print the individualized parking pass that will be emailed to them prior to their move-in day. Entry points for each residence hall community can be viewed on the below map.
After reaching their residence hall’s entry point and parking, residents should reply to their move-in reminder text that they have arrived and a short description of the vehicle they are in (e.g. make, model, and color). Housing staff will come to the vehicle to scan the parking pass, verify residents’ identity, and check them in. Residents will be given their key, Wiscard, and a moving cart.
Note: if arriving by taxi or bus, residents should go to their hall desk to check-in.
After check-in, residents and up to two helpers will have 90 minutes to move-in. Long-term parking will not be available on campus during move-in. Moving carts must be returned upon completion of move-in. Carts will be disinfected between move-in shifts.
Note: while our move-in time slots are two hours, Housing staff need the extra 30 minutes to clean, reset, and empty unloading lots.
Beds will be set at half lofting height (except in Sellery and Waters Residence Halls, where beds will be unlofted). Housing staff will not be available to assist with lofting during move-in. Residents can request lofting assistance via a maintenance request after move-in. In most cases, no tools are required to loft beds.
Note: in Sellery and Waters, additional lofting pins are available at the hall desk.
Each resident will get one moving cart to borrow for transporting their belongings to their room. Carts must be returned after residents have finished moving-in and will be disinfected between move-in time slots.
To minimize touch-points, all trash and recycling will be residents’ responsibility to remove from their residence hall — trash/recycling rooms will not be available on residents’ floors during move-in.
Your hall desk is where you can check your mailbox, pick-up packages, check out vacuums, and more. Desk staff can also answer questions, resolve room key or Wiscard issues, or provide info about campus or local areas.
Internet & TV
UWNet Internet service is available in all rooms and residence hall common areas, including floor dens and main lounges. High-definition cable TV service is also available in residence hall rooms. To connect your TV, you will need a coaxial video cable. In addition, TV can be watched on an iOS or Android device on campus by downloading the Charter U app.
How to Connect to the Internet
- Enable wi-fi on your computer or mobile device
- Select “UWNet” from the list of available networks
- Open a web browser — it will redirect to the UWNet registration page
- Enter your campus-assigned NetID and password and click “Log-in”
We strongly recommend you obtain insurance for your personal items and liability. You will be held financially liable for damage as a result of negligence on your part. Be sure to have adequate coverage for fire and water damage.
- Check to see if you are already covered on your family’s homeowners insurance
- Ask your family about adding a rider onto existing insurance policies
- Obtain your own policy
The “Wisconsin” app is the official UW-Madison mobile application for iOS and Android devices. It features real-time bus departures/arrivals and schedules, maps, and many other resources for you to use anywhere.
Hours for the fall move-in period are listed below.
Southeast Dining Locations
|wdt_ID||Dining Location||Dining Venue||Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday||Saturday||Sunday|
|1||Gordon Avenue Market||7:00 AM - 9:00 PM||7:00 AM - 9:00 PM||7:00 AM - 9:00 PM||7:00 AM - 9:00 PM||7:00 AM - 9:00 PM||9:00 AM - 9:00 PM||9:00 AM - 9:00 PM|
|2||Late Night||5:00 PM - 12:00 AM||5:00 PM - 12:00 AM||5:00 PM - 12:00 AM||5:00 PM - 12:00 AM||5:00 PM - 1:00 AM||5:00 PM - 1:00 AM||5:00 PM - 12:00 AM|
|3||Flamingo Run||10:00 AM - 12:00 AM||10:00 AM - 12:00 AM||10:00 AM - 12:00 AM||10:00 AM - 12:00 AM||10:00 AM - 1:00 AM||10:00 AM - 1:00 AM||10:00 AM - 12:00 AM|
|4||Active Badger Cafe||6:30 AM - 8:00 PM||6:30 AM - 8:00 PM||6:30 AM - 8:00 PM||6:30 AM - 8:00 PM||6:30 AM - 8:00 PM||8:00 AM - 8:00 PM||8:00 AM - 8:00 PM|
|5||Rheta's Market||7:30 AM - 8:00 PM||7:30 AM - 8:00 PM||7:30 AM - 8:00 PM||7:30 AM - 8:00 PM||7:30 AM - 8:00 PM||CLOSED||11:00 AM - 8:00 PM|
|6||Flamingo Run||9:30 AM - 11:00 PM||9:30 AM - 11:00 PM||9:30 AM - 11:00 PM||9:30 AM - 11:00 PM||9:30 AM - 11:00 PM||9:30 AM - 11:00 PM||9:30 AM - 11:00 PM|
Lakeshore Dining Locations
|wdt_ID||Dining Location||Dining Venue||Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday||Saturday||Sunday|
|1||Four Lakes Market||7:00 AM - 9:00 PM||7:00 AM - 9:00 PM||7:00 AM - 9:00 PM||7:00 AM - 9:00 PM||7:00 AM - 9:00 PM||9:00 AM - 9:00 PM||9:00 AM - 9:00 PM|
|2||Flamingo Run||10:00 AM - 12:00 AM||10:00 AM - 12:00 AM||10:00 AM - 12:00 AM||10:00 AM - 12:00 AM||10:00 AM - 1:00 AM||10:00 AM - 1:00 AM||10:00 AM - 12:00 AM|
|3||Bean & Creamery||7:00 AM - 10:00 PM||7:00 AM - 10:00 PM||7:00 AM - 10:00 PM||7:00 AM - 10:00 PM||7:00 AM - 10:00 PM||9:00 AM - 10:00 PM||9:00 AM - 10:00 PM|
|4||Carson's Market||11:00 AM - 8:00 PM||11:00 AM - 8:00 PM||11:00 AM - 8:00 PM||11:00 AM - 8:00 PM||11:00 AM - 8:00 PM||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|5||Liz's Market||7:00 AM - 7:30 PM||7:00 AM - 7:30 PM||7:00 AM - 7:30 PM||7:00 AM - 7:30 PM||7:00 AM - 7:30 PM||11:15 AM - 7:00 PM||11:15 AM - 7:00 PM|
November 26 – 29, 2020
We have not finalized plans for the residence halls after November Break. Students who need to stay in the residence halls for various reasons after classes go fully online for the end of the semester will be allowed to stay. Details will be shared at a future date.
December 19, 2020 – January 18, 2021
University Residence Halls will be closed for winter break. Winter Break Housing is an available option during the period between the fall and spring semesters for an additional fee. These plans are tentative and will be evaluated during the fall semester. Additional information regarding winter break 2020-21 will be published in November.
January 11 – 18, 2021
All University Residence Halls will open for the spring semester on January 17, 2021. These plans are tentative and will be evaluated during the fall semester. Additional information regarding spring move-in 2021 will be published in December.
March 27 – April 4, 2021
All University Residence Halls will remain open through Spring Break without charge. These plans are tentative and will be evaluated during the fall semester. Additional information regarding Spring Break 2021 will be published in March.
May 9, 2021
All University Residence Halls close May 9, 2021. These plans are tentative and will be evaluated during the fall semester. Additional information regarding spring move out will be published in April.