Bucky Badger at fall move-in

Moving & Breaks

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.

New residents for 2020-21 can look below for details specific to fall 2020 move-in.


UW-Madison has canceled all in-person summer courses to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus on our campus. As a result, Summer Term Housing in the University Residence Halls will not be available in Summer 2020. Housing will only be available to residents who are already approved to still be on campus.


University Housing Dining has made changes to this year’s summer operations to limit open locations and hours. Here’s how we’re working 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.

wdt_ID Location Venue Daily Hours (Monday - Sunday)
5 Gordon Ave. Market Lunch 11am-1pm, Dinner 4-7pm
6 The Bean & Creamery Closed
7 Flamingo Run 10am-7pm
8 Late Night Closed

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Fall Move-In

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 a move-in date earlier that week. Specific move-in dates and times are assigned to students along with their hall assignments, so please do not make travel arrangements until you have received your move-in time. If the assigned time does not work for you, you can reschedule in the My UW Housing portal by cancelling your original appointment and selecting from other available times. Time slots are structured to limit the number of families moving into a building at any given time and allow for safe distancing.

Residents will be allowed to bring up to two helpers during move-in, and all individuals will need to wear face coverings during the process. In August, students will receive a link to a parking permit that they will need to print and bring on their move-in date. Each resident will get one red cart to borrow for moving their belongings, and Badger Buddy volunteers will not be available this year. More details will be shared later in the summer.

As a new option to streamline move-in and reduce crowds, students from Wisconsin and some neighboring states may be offered an opportunity to drop off belongings in their room between August 15-18 and then permanently move in before fall semester classes begin. Students who qualify for this option will receive an email inviting them to sign up in the My UW Housing portal.

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November Break

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.

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Winter Break

December 19, 2020 – January 18, 2021

University Residence Halls will be closed for winter break. Winter Break Housing is an available option during the period between the fall and spring semesters for an additional fee. These plans are tentative and will be evaluated during the fall semester. Additional information regarding winter break 2020-21 will be published in November.

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Spring Move-In

January 11 – 18, 2021

All University Residence Halls will open for the spring semester on January 17, 2021. These plans are tentative and will be evaluated during the fall semester. Additional information regarding spring move-in 2021 will be published in December.

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Spring Break

March 27 – April 4, 2021

All University Residence Halls will remain open through Spring Break without charge. These plans are tentative and will be evaluated during the fall semester. Additional information regarding Spring Break 2021 will be published in March.

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Spring Move-Out

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.

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