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.
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 – Mid-January, 2021
University Residence Halls will be closed for winter break. Plans for Winter Break Housing between the fall and spring semesters will be evaluated during the fall semester. Additional information regarding winter break 2020-21 will be published in November.
January 23-24, 2021
All University Residence Halls will open for the spring semester January 23, 2021. Additional information regarding spring move-in 2021 will be published in December.
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.
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.
Fall Move-In (2020)
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 an earlier move-in date. Specific move-in dates and times are shared with students via email and in My UW Housing.
To help prepare for a smooth move-in experience, please partner with us to share the responsibility of keeping our campus healthy and safe. Residents are allowed to bring up to two helpers during move-in. All individuals will need to wear face coverings during the process and maintain physical distancing from other residents and their helpers. If residents or potential helpers are currently quarantined for COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms, they should not come to campus until medically cleared.
Schedule a Testing Appointment
Residents are required to be tested for COVID-19 on their move-in day, even if they have previously tested positive. Follow these directions to schedule your move-in day testing appointment in MyUHS at the Holt (lakeshore neighborhood) or Ogg (southeast neighborhood) testing locations before you come to campus.
Note: if you are unable to find an appointment at your preferred time, please check back the following day.
If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19, follow these steps to submit a prior test result. Surveillance testing will begin on September 2.
What to Bring
- Valid government-issued photo ID
- Printed parking permit (available to download in the “Move-In” section of My UW Housing)
- Cell phone
- Face coverings (required for you and all helpers)
- Bedsheets (twin XL, twin with extra deep corners, or jersey sheets)
- Blankets and pillows
- Rubber mallet (to assist with lofting)
- See what furnishings are provided and what Bucky would bring for a full list of items to bring and items that are not allowed
Request a Wiscard
Enrolled students at UW-Madison are required to get a Wiscard (the official UW-Madison photo ID) that will allow you to access your residence hall, pay for items at our dining markets and convenience stores, and use other campus services. Check your preferred email address listed in MyUW for an invitation to request your Wiscard. If you have questions or didn’t receive an email, contact the Wiscard Office directly.
Important Note: requests must be received two business days before your move-in day to ensure cards are ready before move-in. You will be given your Wiscard during move-in at no cost after presenting a valid government-issued photo ID.
On Your Move-In Day
If able, residents should print their individualized parking permit (available to download in the “Move-In” section of My UW Housing) before their assigned move-in day. Around 6:00 AM CT on your assigned move-in day you’ll receive a reminder text to the cell phone number listed in MyUW with directions.
Parking & Arrival
Entries and parking for each residence hall community can be viewed on the below map.
After parking at your residence hall, reply to the reminder text and inform us of your arrival. Include a short description of your vehicle (e.g. make, model, and color). Staff will come to scan your printed parking permit, verify your identity, and check you in. You’ll be given your room key, Wiscard, a moving cart to borrow for transporting belongings, and a bag of giveaway items.
Note: if arriving by taxi, bus, residents should go to their hall desk to check-in and do not need a parking permit.
You’ll have 90 minutes to move in from the start of your assigned move-in time (3:00 PM). After 90 minutes, you must move your car. Long-term parking will not be available on campus during move-in but City of Madison parking ramps are available. Moving carts must be returned upon completion of move-in. Carts will be disinfected between move-in shifts.
- In-room guide (PDF)
Note: while our move-in time slots are two hours, Housing staff need the extra 30 minutes to clean, reset, and empty unloading lots.
Set Up Your Room
Beds will be set at half lofting height (except in Sellery and Waters Residence Halls, where beds will be unlofted). Staff will not be available to assist with lofting during move-in. Residents can request lofting assistance via a maintenance request after move-in.
Note: in Sellery and Waters, additional lofting pins are available at the hall desk.
Remove Trash & Recycling
To minimize touch-points, all trash and recycling is your responsibility to remove from your residence hall. Trash/recycling rooms will not be available on your floor.
A QR code will be sent to your phone before your appointment which you’ll need to have ready to present when you arrive. Wear a face covering and maintain a six-foot distance from others while in line. Signs will designate the entrance to the testing location when you arrive for your appointment.
- Your QR code will be scanned and you’ll be given a test kit with instructions to obtain a self-collected nasal specimen
- University Health Services (UHS) staff will scan the label on your test kit and observe while you perform the self-swab in a designated area
- Replace your face covering, use hand sanitizer, and proceed to the exit
- You’ll receive results via a MyUHS secure message within 72 hours — make sure to add your cell phone number in MyUHS to receive text message notifications
We’ve made changes to this year’s operations 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.
Southeast Dining Location Hours
|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||7:00 AM - 8:00 PM||7:00 AM - 8:00 PM||7:00 AM - 8:00 PM||7:00 AM - 8:00 PM||7:00 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|
|7||Starbucks||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||7:00 AM - 10:00 PM||7:00 AM - 10:00 PM|
Lakeshore Dining Location Hours
|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|
|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|
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.