University of Wisconsin–Madison
Badger Buddies and Bucky pose outside Ogg Hall before move-in

Moving & Breaks

Welcome to University Residence Halls! Whether you’re arriving on campus for the very first time with a van full of boxes or simply planning your trip home for a break, we work to make your experience as convenient as possible. Watch this page for parking/traffic info, dining options, desk hours, check-in/out details, and more for each of the major parts of the school year. Full details are posted in the weeks prior to each period when the information becomes available.

March 24 – April 1, 2018

All University Residence Halls will remain open through spring break without charge. Check bulletin boards for information regarding details specific to your residence hall. If you have questions, contact your House Fellow or Residence Life Coordinator (RLC).


Traffic will be busy around the residence halls due to spring break during move out from March 22 – 24 and during move-in from March 31 – April 1. Please be respectful during heavy traffic times and with others by limiting your pick-up/drop-off times to 30-minutes in the areas around the halls.

While UW-Madison Transportation Services will be accommodating for those needing to park near the halls for spring break, please note that parking in disabled stalls is prohibited and vehicles will be ticketed unless you have the proper permit displayed.

  • Residents and their families may use mobile pay stalls in areas close to the residence halls or permit stalls in lots 5, 26, 34, 35, 37, 44, 57, 58, 61, 106, 110 and 136 for short periods of time for pick-up and drop-off parking at no cost. Vehicles parked for more than 30-minutes are at risk of being ticketed as these accommodations are meant for pick-up and drop-off parking only — see the campus parking map to find locations of these lots if needed.
  • Other mobile pay stalls, public parking lots, and gated lots are also possible pick-up and drop-off parking locations. Please note that these areas will be enforced and residents and families must make sure to pull a ticket and pay upon exit at gated lots.
  • The Sellery and Smith basketball courts will be open for 30-minute pick-up and drop-off parking from March 22 – 24 and March 31 – April 1 from 8am –9pm. Entrance and exit for the Sellery basketball courts will be off Dayton Street.
    • Ogg Residents are required to use the Sellery basketball court on these dates for spring break parking. Due to construction, parking on East Campus Mall between Ogg and the SERF construction site is prohibited.


House Fellows will be on duty in each residence hall. A schedule listing House Fellows on duty and the duty phone number will be posted on each hall’s Residence Life Office (RLO) door and at the hall desk.


Campus and US mail delivery will continue over spring break. Desk hours will be limited.


Outside entrances to all residence halls will be locked 24-hours a day during spring break starting at 6pm on March 24 – April 1. Your Wiscard will open the outside doors of your hall as usual. Residents remaining on campus are reminded to lock their rooms whenever they leave. Dens and lounges may be locked at various times.

Students are requested to report the presence of unauthorized persons to a staff member or the UW-Madison Police Department at 264-COPS (264-2677) immediately. This is particularly important during this period. Please be alert and do not allow non-residents or anyone unknown to you to enter the building.


Each room may have one overnight guest per room, per night. Guests must be escorted at all times and must abide by all University Housing policies as stated in the rules & expectations. You are responsible for the actions of your guests.


Maintenance and custodial staff will be available and working in all facilities during spring break. A maintenance request may be filled out if you are in need of something.


Hours for spring break are listed below. Dining locations will resume regular semester hours on Monday, April 2.

wdt_ID Neighborhood Dining Location Friday 3/23 Saturday 3/24 - Saturday 3/31 Sunday 4/1
1 Lakeshore Carson's Market 7:30am - 6pm Closed 5 - 8pm
2 Lakeshore Carson's Capital City Pizza 11am - 6pm Closed 5 - 8pm
3 Lakeshore Four Lakes Market 7am - 6pm Closed 9am - 10pm
4 Lakeshore Four Lakes Bean & Creamery 10am - 6pm Closed 10am - Midnight
5 Lakeshore Four Lakes Flamingo Run 7am - 6pm Closed 9am - Midnight
6 Lakeshore Liz's Market 7am - 1:30pm Closed (no late night) 11:15am - 7pm (late night: 7:30 - 10:30pm)
7 Southeast Gordon Avenue Market 7am - 6pm Closed 11am - 10pm
8 Southeast Gordon Bean & Creamery 7am - 6pm Closed 11am - Midnight
9 Southeast Gordon Flamingo Run 10am - 6pm Closed 11am - Midnight
10 Southeast Gordon Capital City Pizza Closed Closed 4pm - Midnight

May 4 – 12, 2018

Information regarding spring move out 2018 will be published in April 2018.

August 28, 29, and 30, 2018

Move-in days for fall 2018 will be August 28, 29, and 30, 2018. Residents are assigned to one of these three move-in days based on the residence hall they are assigned to in June. Housing student employees and international students will move-in on our early move-in day on August 26, 2018. Additional information regarding fall move-in 2018 will be published in summer 2018.

November 22 – 25, 2018

Information regarding Thanksgiving break 2018 will be published in October 2018.

December 21, 2018 – January 21, 2019

Information regarding winter break 2018-19 will be published in November 2018.

January 15 – 20, 2019

Information regarding spring move-in 2019 will be published in December 2018.