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 16 – 24, 2019

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 14 – 16 and during move-in from March 23 – 24. 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 unsigned stalls in lots 5, 26, 34, 35, 37, 44, 48, 57, 58, 61, 106, 110, and 136 for 30-minutes 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 stations (meters) and parking garages 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 these locations.
  • The Sellery and Smith basketball courts will be open for 30-minute pick-up and drop-off parking from March 14 – 15 and March 23 – 24 from 8am – 9pm. Entrance and exit for the Sellery basketball courts is 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 Nick construction site is prohibited.


House Fellows will be on duty in each residence hall and the House Fellow duty phone number is posted at entries of each residence hall.


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 16 until March 24. 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 need something.


Hours for spring break are listed below. Dining locations will resume regular semester hours on Monday, March 25.

wdt_ID Neighborhood Location Friday, 3/15 Saturday, 3/16 - Sunday, 3/17 Monday, 3/18 - Friday, 3/22 Saturday, 3/23 Sunday, 3/24
1 Lakeshore Four Lakes Market 7am - 6pm 10am - 6pm 10am - 6pm 10am - 6pm 9am - 9pm
2 Lakeshore Flamingo Run @ Dejope 10am - 6pm Closed Closed Closed 10am - 12am
3 Lakeshore Bean & Creamery @ Dejope 7am - 6pm Closed Closed Closed 9am - 12am
4 Lakeshore Carson's Market 7:30am - 6pm Closed Closed Closed 5 - 8pm
5 Lakeshore Flamingo Run @ Carson's 7:30am - 6pm Closed Closed Closed 5 - 8pm
6 Lakeshore Capital City Pizza @ Carson's 11am - 6pm Closed Closed Closed 5 - 8pm
7 Lakeshore Liz's Market 7am - 1:30pm Closed Closed Closed 11:15am - 7pm
8 Southeast Late Night @ Liz's Closed Closed Closed Closed 7:30 - 10:30pm
9 Southeast Gordon Avenue Market 7am - 6pm Closed Closed Closed 9am - 9pm
10 Southeast Bean & Creamery @ Gordon 7am - 6pm Closed Closed Closed 9am - 10pm

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.

August 31 & September 1, 2019

Anticipated 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.

Additional information regarding fall move-in 2019 will be published in Summer 2019.

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 Noon 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.