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.

August 31 & September 1, 2019

Move-in days for fall 2019 are Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 2019. Residents are assigned to one of these days in My UW Housing based on the residence hall they are assigned to in June, so we recommend waiting to make travel plans until after June. Some residents will be required to move-in a few days earlier if they will be a Housing employee or part of specific approved groups so that they can participate in required trainings or orientation activities. Students in those groups will be notified by Housing in the summer if they have an earlier move-in date.

Steps for a Successful Move-In Day

  1. Drive to the unloading area for your hall and park your car
  2. If you are a Housing student employee arriving on 8/27, go to a HR check-in station to complete paperwork (still looking for a job — apply here!)
  3. Bring your Wiscard to your hall’s check-in location to get your room key (signs and volunteers will direct you to your assigned check-in location)
  4. Get a cart and load your belongings (staff are on-hand to help — consider taking any rugs or furniture first for easier setup)
  5. Take your items to your room (this may take multiple trips)
  6. Move your car to long-term parking (please do so within an hour of parking)
  7. Return to your room to unpack and set up (say “hi” to your House Fellow when you see them on your floor)

What to Bring

  • Cell phone – land line phone service is not provided in your room
  • Bed sheets (twin XL, twin with extra deep corners, or jersey sheets), blankets and pillows
  • See our room furnishings page for a full list of items to bring and items that are not allowed

Be a Badger Buddy

Badger Buddies are volunteers that welcome incoming students to UW-Madison. They help move residents into the halls as well as encourage involvement in Wisconsin Welcome activities. Badger Buddy opportunities are open to incoming first-year students, continuing students, student organizations, and professional staff. Being a Badger Buddy is a great way to kick-start or continue your leadership involvement on campus and welcome new Badgers to campus. Plus, you’ll get to move in early and you’ll get a free t-shirt too!


Directions and parking information varies for each residence hall.


All registered students at UW-Madison are entitled to a Wiscard (the official UW-Madison photo ID). Your Wiscard allows you to get a bus pass and to access other campus services. To get your Wiscard, you must present a form of identification (e.g. a valid driver’s license or passport). Newly admitted students may receive their initial card at no cost upon verification of enrollment by Wiscard office staff.

Desk Information

Your hall desk is where you will first check-in and get your room key. It’s also where you can check your mailbox, pick-up packages, check out laptops, games, movies, and more. Desk staff can also answer questions, help you sign-up for hall events, 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 a iOS or Android device on campus by downloading the Charter U app.

How to Connect to the Internet

  1. Enable wi-fi on your computer or mobile device
  2. Select “UWNet” from the list of available networks
  3. Open a web browser — it will redirect to the UWNet registration page
  4. Enter your campus-assigned NetID and password and click “Log-in”

Construction Projects

Both campus and University Housing construction projects may be ongoing during move-in, and some campus road closures may affect traffic.

Renter’s Insurance

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

Wisconsin App

The “Wisconsin” app is the official UW-Madison mobile application for iOS and Android devices. It features real-time bus departures/arrivals and schedules, events, maps, and many other resources for you to use anywhere.

November 28 – December 1, 2019

All University Residence Halls will remain open through Thanksgiving Break without charge. Additional information regarding Thanksgiving Break 2019 will be published in October 2019.

December 13, 2019 – January 20, 2020

All University Residence Halls will close for Winter Break at 12pm on Saturday, December 21, 2019. Residents who wish to stay until Noon on Sunday, December 21, 2019 must be approved by residence life staff. Winter Break Housing is an available option during the period between the fall and spring semesters for an additional fee. Additional information regarding Winter Break 2019-20 will be published in November 2019.

January 13 – 19, 2020

All University Residence Halls will open for the spring semester on January 18, 2020. Additional information regarding Spring Move-In 2020 will be published in December 2019.

March 14 – 22, 2020

All University Residence Halls will remain open through Spring Break without charge. Additional information regarding Spring Break 2020 will be published in February 2020.

May 1 – 10, 2020

All University Residence Halls will close on Sunday, May 10 at 12pm. Additional information regarding Spring Move-Out 2020 will be published in April 2020.