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.

November 22 – 25, 2018

All University Residence Halls will remain open through Thanksgiving Break without charge.

Office Closures

All UW-Madison offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Day). In addition, University Housing offices will also be closed on Friday, November 23.

Parking

Traffic will be busy around the residence halls before and after Thanksgiving Day.

Desks

All hall desks will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 21 (except Ogg which will be open until 6:30pm and will be closed on Thursday, November 22. Special Thanksgiving break hours will be available from Friday, November 23 – Sunday, November 25. Regular hall desk semester hours will resume on Monday, November 26.

Dining

Hours for Thanksgiving Break are listed below. Dining locations will resume regular semester hours on Monday, November 26.

wdt_ID Neighborhood Location Tuesday, 11/20 Wednesday, 11/21 Thursday, 11/22 - Saturday, 11/24 Sunday, 11/25
1 Lakeshore Four Lakes Market 7am - 9pm 7am - 6pm Closed 4 - 9pm
2 Lakeshore Flamingo Run @ Dejope 10am - Midnight 10am - 6pm Closed 4pm - Midnight
3 Lakeshore Bean & Creamery @ Dejope 7am - Midnight 7am - 6 pm Closed 4pm - Midnight
4 Lakeshore Carson's Market 7:30am - 8pm 7:30am - 1:30pm Closed 5 - 8pm
5 Lakeshore Liz's Market 7am - 7:30pm 7am - 1:30pm Closed 7:30 - 10:30pm (late night)
6 Southeast Gordon Avenue Market 7am - 9pm 7am - 6pm Closed 4 - 9pm
7 Southeast Flamingo Run @ Gordon 10am - Midnight 10am - 6pm Closed 4pm - Midnight
8 Southeast Bean & Creamery @ Gordon 6:30am - 10pm 6:30am - 6pm Closed 4pm - 10pm
9 Southeast Late Night @ Gordon 5pm - Midnight Closed Closed 5pm - Midnight
10 Southeast Rheta's Market 7:30am - 10pm 7:30am - 1:30pm Closed 5pm - 10pm

December 21, 2018 – January 19, 2019

Unless you are signed-up for winter break housing, you should vacate your room within 24 hours of your last exam or by Noon on Friday, December 21, whichever is earlier. All University Residence Halls will close at this time and will re-open for the spring 2019 semester at 9am on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Personal belongings which may be needed during winter break should be taken out of the building. There will not be access to the building during winter break. Other personal items may remain in your residence hall room without signing up for winter break housing as long as you are returning for the spring 2019 semester.

  • Note: to stay overnight on Thursday, December 20 you must sign-up via My UW Housing

Check bulletin boards for information regarding quiet hours and details specific to your hall. If you have questions, please contact your House Fellow or Residence Life Coordinator.

Office Closures

All UW-Madison offices will be closed on Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, Monday, December 31, and Tuesday, January 1.

Exam Period Quiet Hours

Please adhere to posted exam period quiet hours in your hall. Violation of the exam period quiet hours can lead to immediate, serious discipline, including removal from the University Residence Halls.

  • Note: no overnight guests are permitted during final exam week and during winter break housing (if you are signed-up)

Parking

Traffic will be busy around the residence halls before and during winter break. See the below PDFs for parking information specific to your residence hall’s neighborhood.

Desks

All hall desks will continue regular hours through Thursday, December 20 and will resume regular semester hours on Monday, January 21. Info Lab equipment check out will end on Sunday, December 16 and will resume on Tuesday, January 22. In addition, please note:

  • Your room key should not be turned in if you are returning to your same room next semester
  • If you are cancelling out of your contract or moving to a different room, you must turn in your old key before you leave for winter break or you will be charged $50 for a core/lock change
  • Mail and packages will NOT be forwarded to your home address during winter break
  • Money on your Wiscard will continue through next semester if you are still enrolled at UW-Madison

Checklist to Complete Before Leaving

If you are not signed-up for winter break housing, please complete the following checklist before leaving your room for winter break.

Storage

If you need to retrieve anything from storage, contact your hall desk for assistance from 9am – 6pm. Please plan ahead and give yourself enough time to properly store your items, and be aware that weekend and evening requests will have a slower response time.

Repairs

Winter break is a perfect time to report any needed repairs so that Housing staff can fix them while you are gone.

Pack Your Belongings

Did you take what you need during winter break? If you are not signed-up for winter break housing, you will not have access to your residence hall or room during winter break.

  • Remember necessary medications, passports, etc.
  • Remove plants and fish
  • Take your bike home — to allow for snow removal, please do not leave your bike outside on campus over break
  • Do not store your moped in your room — it will be removed at a cost to you

Get Your Room Ready

To save on energy costs and be more sustainable, heat in the residence halls will be reduced over winter break to approximately 60 degrees. University Housing will not be responsible for damage to items left in rooms. On your way out the door, please remember to:

  • Remove items on or near radiators
  • Turn off all lights
  • Close and lock all windows and doors
  • Empty all trash and recycling containers
  • Leave your refrigerator on and plugged in and remove all perishable items — do not defrost
  • If your roommate is moving out and not returning next semester, be sure that one bed, bookshelf, closet, desk, and dresser are available so your new roommate can move in and feel welcome. Housing staff will enter your room to inspect for any damages after your previous roommate has vacated. Be sure to check your wisc.edu email account for notification about a new roommate.

Authorized Access

Authorized personnel may enter your room over winter break as needed. For further information, see Section 17. Room Entry of your University Residence Halls contract.

Dining

Hours for final exam week and the beginning of winter break are listed below. Dining locations will return to regular academic year hours on Sunday, January 20.

wdt_ID Neighborhood Location Saturday, 12/15 Sunday, 12/16 Monday, 12/17 - Thursday, 12/20 Friday, 12/21 Saturday, 12/22 & Sunday, 12/23
1 Lakeshore Four Lakes Market 7am - 9pm 7am - 9pm 7am - 9pm 7am - 6pm Closed
2 Lakeshore Flamingo Run @ Dejope 10am - 1am 10am - Midnight 10am - Midnight 10am - 6pm Closed
3 Lakeshore Bean & Creamery @ Dejope 7am - 1am 7am - Midnight 7am - Midnight 7am - 6pm Closed
4 Lakeshore Carson's Market Noon - 8pm Noon - 8pm 7:30am - 8pm Closed Closed
5 Lakeshore Liz's Market 11:15am - 7pm 11:15am - 7pm 7:30 - 10:30pm (late nite) 7am - 7:30pm Closed Closed
6 Southeast Gordon Avenue Market 7am - 9pm 7am - 9pm 7am - 9pm 7am - 6pm Closed
7 Southeast Flamingo Run @ Gordon 10am - 1am 10am - Midnight 10am - Midnight 10am - 6pm Closed
8 Southeast Bean & Creamery @ Gordon 6:30am - 10pm 6:30am - 10pm 6:30am - 10pm 6:30am - 6pm Closed
9 Southeast Newell's Deli Closed Closed 7:30am - 1:30pm & 5 - 11pm 1:30 - 5pm (grab & go) Closed Thursday Closed Closed
10 Southeast Rheta's Market Closed 11am - 10pm 7:30am - 10pm Closed Closed

January 15 – 20, 2019

All University Residence Halls will open for the spring semester at 9am on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Parking

Traffic will be busy around the residence halls before and during winter break. See the below PDFs for parking information specific to your residence hall’s neighborhood.

Hall Desk Hours

For hall desk hours during winter break and spring move-in, see the hall desks page.

Dining Hours

Dining locations will resume regular semester hours on Sunday, January 21.

March 16 – 24, 2019

All University Residence Halls will remain open through spring break without charge. Additional information regarding spring break 2019 will be published in February 2019.

May 3 – 12, 2019

All University Residence Halls close Sunday, May 12, 2019. Additional information regarding spring move out 2019 will be published in April 2019.

Fall 2019

Move-in days for fall 2019 will be announced here in summer 2019. More information will also be posted here at that time.