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Moving & Breaks

Fall Move-In

August 27 – 29, 2024

University Housing Fall Move-In dates will be August 27-29, 2024. A few residents of approved student groups, including Housing student employees, may receive an earlier move-in date to participate in required trainings or orientation activities. Students will receive their pre-assigned move-in date and time when they receive their room assignment this summer, so we recommend students waiting to make travel plans until they know their move-in date.

Note: Once students have received their pre-assigned move-in date and time, they will be able to switch to another available timeslot in their My UW Housing. Available dates and times will fluctuate as other students adjust their schedules.

Additional details about fall move-in for the 2024-25 academic year will be available in August 2024.

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Fall Break

November 28 – December 1, 2024

All University Residence Halls will remain open through fall break without charge for residents who choose to remain on campus. Additional information about fall break will be available in November 2024.

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Winter Break

December 20, 2024 – January 18, 2025

Winter Break housing is available to residents who need to remain on campus during winter break from December 20, 2024 – January 18, 2025, for an additional fee.

Note: fees for winter break housing are non-negotiable and will apply for any length of stay. Charges are not due at the time of sign-up but will be added to your student account.

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Spring Move-In

January 18 & 19, 2025

Information about spring move-in for the 2024-25 academic year will be published in January 2025.

 

Spring Break

March 22 – 30, 2025

All University Residence Halls will remain open through spring break without charge for residents who choose to remain on campus. Additional information about spring break will be available in March 2024.

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Spring Move-Out

May 3 – 10, 2025

All University Residence Halls will close for the spring semester on May 11, 2025. Students should vacate their rooms within 24 hours of their last exam or by 4 pm on Saturday, May 10, 2025. Additional information about spring move out will be published in April 2025.

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Fall Move-In (2023)

August 27 & August 30 – September 1

We’re so excited to welcome you to campus! UW-Madison University Residence Hall move-in for fall 2023 will take place August 27 and August 30 – September 1. 

Note: Some residents of a few approved groups may receive a different move-in date to participate in required training or orientation activities. If your move-in date is different from August 27 and August 30-September 1, visit our approved groups move-in page for specific details on your move-in process.

Your Move-In Day

A specific move-in date and time was assigned to you in My UW Housing when you received your room assignment information in June. Assigned days/times allow us to spread out activity evenly to ensure available resources and parking. Depending on the availability of open slots, if you’d like to request a change to your assigned move-in date/time because it does not fit your schedule, log in to My UW Housing to select a new one by August 28. Please note that you will need to delete your current move-in time slot prior to signing up for a new one.

Note: Residents who are unassigned will get their room assignment before move-in. We continue to assign students daily as we get cancellations.

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What to Bring

  • Wiscard or a valid government-issued photo ID (to check-in and receive your room key)
  • Printed parking permit (available to download in the “Move-In” section of My UW Housing)
  • Bedsheets (twin XL, twin with extra deep corners, or jersey sheets)
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Water
  • Soft rubber mallet (not required, but helpful to assist with lofting)
  • See what furnishings are provided and what Bucky would bring for additional items to bring and items that are not allowed (we strongly suggest not over-packing)

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Shipping Packages

If necessary, residents with a room assignment can ship packages prior to their move-in date for pick-up. Unassigned residents waiting for their room assignment should not ship packages until they receive their room assignment. Due to storage space constraints, do not ship items more than one week before your move-in date.

All US Mail and packages are received and distributed by your hall desk. Mail is placed in your mailbox. Packages are logged, placed in storage, and an email is sent to your @wisc.edu account notifying you a package is available for pickup. You must have your Wiscard (or another form of ID) with you to receive your package, but you do not need to print out the email notification. To avoid confusion and delays, mail should be addressed with:

Full preferred name (first and last)
Room number, residence hall house, residence hall name (available in My UW Housing)
Residence hall street address (available on individual hall pages)
Madison, WI, residence hall zipcode (available on individual hall pages)

For example:
Buckingham Badger
6206 Withey, Ogg Residence Hall
835 W. Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53706

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On Your Move-In Day

  1. Arrive at Your Entry Point
    Entry points for each residence hall community can be viewed on our fall move-in map.
  2. Park Your Vehicle
    Parking permits are available in My UW Housing. You will need to print out this permit, write your cell phone number on it, and bring the permit on your move-in date and display it on your dashboard. Permits are:

    • Required for unloading and long-term parking usage
    • Only valid on your scheduled move-in day
    • Valid for one free entry and exit in long-term parking (due to capacity limitations, you will be directed to paid parking lots after one long-term parking entry and exit)
    • Note: overnight trailer parking is not permitted
  3. Check-In
    After reaching your entry point and parking, head to your hall’s check-in location. There, you’ll be given your room key and a moving cart.
    Note: if you are not arriving on August 27 or August 30 – September 1, learn more about your move-in and check-in process on our approved groups move-in page.
  4. Move-In
    You and your visitors are only allowed one vehicle in unloading areas at a time. You’ll have 45 minutes to unload all your items from your vehicle from the start of your assigned move-in time. After 45 minutes, you must move your car. After unloading, visitor parking on campus and in City of Madison parking ramps is available. Moving carts must be returned after 45 minutes or as soon as you have finished unloading your vehicle.
    Note: long-term parking is only available on August 27 and August 30 – September 1. If you’re not arriving on these dates, please see your parking information on our approved groups move-in page.
  5. Set Up Your Room
    Housing staff are not available during move-in to loft beds. Residents and families are encouraged to loft their own beds during move-in. If residents would like assistance lofting their bed after move-in, a maintenance request can be submitted after move-in and will be completed in approximately a week. You can also submit a request for help after move-in.
  6. Remove Trash & Recycling
    It is your responsibility to remove all trash and recycling from your residence hall throughout the year and take it to the collection bins outside. Recycling volunteers will be available to help you sort your waste items during Sustainable Move-In, which helps keep 50,000+ pounds of material from landfills every year. Learn more about the Housing recycling guidelines. Plastic Bag recycling bins are also located near each hall desk.
  7. Connect to the Internet
    To connect to UWNet, UW-Madison’s wireless Internet service, simply select it from the list of networks and launch any web browser. You’ll be automatically redirected to a registration page where you can enter your NetID information to get connected.
  8. Enjoy a Meal with Your Guests
    After unloading and moving your vehicle, Housing Dining will offer two extra guest swipes per resident account on your dining plan, valid through September 2 and only on your specific move-in date at Housing Dining markets (not for use at Starbucks, Bean and Creamery, Southeast Café, or Flamingo Runs).
    Note: Stop by the registers or our staffed tables in front to sign up for the Ticket to Takeout program so you can take food to-go throughout the year!

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Construction Projects

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

Note: John Nolan Street from Olin Park to Brittingham Park to Law Park will be closed for The Ride the Drive event on August 27 from 7:00am-2:00pm.

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Wisconsin Welcome

New students will have a great time meeting new friends and finding their place in the campus community during the events offered during the first four weeks of the semester. Check out the Wisconsin Welcome mobile app and website for a schedule of events.

Wisconsin Late Night
In addition to Wisconsin Welcome events, Wisconsin Late Night (WLN) provides evening social activities during move-in week from August 27-31 and on Fridays and Saturdays during the semester. Follow WLN on Instagram to learn more about these events!

5th Quarter Spirit Event
Join the University of Wisconsin Marching Band on Friday, September 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium at this fun event where you’ll learn cheers and get a preview of what Camp Randall has to offer during Wisconsin Football games and be a part of the new student “W” photo.

Note: if you have a late afternoon move-in on Friday, September 1, consider dropping your belongings off in your room and arranging things on Saturday so you don’t miss this event.

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New Student Convocation

Tuesday, September 5 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at the Kohl Center
New Student Convocation is a formal welcome for new students where you’ll be introduced to the legacies of our campus — past, present, and future. Free lunch will also be provided by Housing Dining for new students on the basketball courts outside Sellery Residence Hall from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., and you can check-in with your Academic Program, College, or School for orientation activities that morning as well.

Note: check the Kohl Center carry-in policy before you arrive. Because of this campus event, Housing Dining locations will have limited hours on September 5. Check our locations and hours to see what’s open.

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Badger Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, September 5 from 4 – 8 PM
Four Lakes Market & Gordon Avenue Market

After Convocation, we’re throwing a Badger Party! Four Lakes and Gordon Avenue Markets will be celebrating the start of the year with a Badger Welcome Dinner. Join us for food and lots of fun all for just a meal swipe for residents and a door price for the public.

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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.

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Dining Hours

All dining locations will begin regular semester hours on Sunday, August 27, for fall move-in.

Location Meal Period Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Carson's Market

1515 Tripp Circle
Menu
Lunch 11 am - 4 pm Closed Closed 11 am - 4 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8 pm 4 pm - 8 pm


Four Lakes Market

640 Elm Dr.
Menu
Breakfast 7 am - 10 am 7 am - 10 am 9 am - 2 pm 9 am - 2pm
Lunch 11 am - 2 pm 11 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8:30 pm 4 pm - 8:30 pm 4 pm - 8:30 pm 4 pm - 8:30 pm
- Flamingo Run 10 am - 11 pm 10 am - 11 pm 10 am - 11 pm 10 am - 11 pm
-Bean & Creamery 7 am - 4 pm 7 am - 4 pm Closed Closed

Gordon Avenue Market

770 W. Dayton St.
Menu
Breakfast 7 am - 10 am 7 am - 10 am 9 am - 2 pm 9 am - 2 pm
Lunch 11 am - 2 pm 11 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8:30 pm 4 pm - 8:30 pm 4 pm - 8:30 pm 4 pm - 8:30 pm
- Flamingo Run 10 am - 11 pm 10 am - 11 pm 10 am - 11 pm 10 am - 11 pm
- Southeast Café 7 am - 4 pm 7 am - 4 pm Closed Closed


Liz's Market

1200 Observatory Dr.
Menu
Breakfast 7 am - 10 am 7 am - 10 am 9 am - 2 pm Closed
Lunch 11 am - 2 pm 11 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8 pm 4 pm - 8 pm 4 pm - 7 pm

Lowell Market

610 Langdon St.
Menu
Breakfast 7:30 am - 10 am 7:30 am - 10 am Closed Closed
Lunch 11 am - 2 pm 11 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8 pm 4 pm - 8 pm

Rheta's Market

420 N. Park St.
Menu
Breakfast 7 am - 11 am 7 am - 11 am Closed Closed
Lunch 11 am - 4 pm 11 am - 4 pm 11 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8 pm 4 pm - 8 pm 4 pm - 8 pm
- Flamingo Run 10 am - 11 pm 10 am - 11 pm 10 am - 11 pm 10 am - 11 pm

Starbucks
35 N. Park St.
Daily 7 am - 5 pm
Shake Smart
Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center
Daily 8 am - 9 pm Closed

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Renter’s Insurance

We strongly recommend you obtain insurance for your personal items and liability. You will be held financially liable for damage because 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 homeowner’s insurance
  • Ask your family about adding a rider to existing policies
  • Obtain your own policy

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Upcoming Live Q&A

Have questions about move-in? Join us on Facebook or YouTube for a #LiveWithBucky Live about move-in on Wednesday, August 9 at 5:00 p.m. CT, where we’ll have Housing Staff live on camera and via text chat to answer your questions.

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Questions/Concerns

If you can’t make the livestream, our FAQs page includes answers to common questions. If you don’t see your question answered there, feel free to use our contact form.

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Fall Break (2023)

November 23 – 26, 2023

All University Residence Halls will remain open through fall break without charge for residents who choose to remain on campus.

Office Closures

All UW-Madison offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and University Housing offices will also be closed on Friday, November 24.

Limited Staff

Limited Housing staff will be available during fall break. Residents can call their House Fellow on Duty phone number for assistance. In case of an emergency, please call UW-Madison Police Department.

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Parking

Traffic will be busy around the residence halls before and after Thursday, November 23. UW-Madison Transportation Services will allow 30 minutes for pick-up and drop-off for residents and their families in areas around the residence halls from November 21 – 22 and November 26. For details, view our parking map.

Free Parking Areas

  • 30-Minute Parking: Visitors may park for up to 30-minutes in lots 2, 5, 26, 34, 35, 37, 44, 48, 58, 69, 106, 110, 136, and at mobile payment stations located on Babcock Dr, Kronshage Dr, Observatory Dr, and adjacent to Barnard, Chadbourne, Ogg, Smith, and Witte. Winter parking rules must be followed. Vehicles that are left unattended for over 30-minutes are at risk of being ticketed as this accommodation is meant for pick-up and drop-off only.
  • Side Streets Near Campus: Some City of Madison streets near campus offer limited parking with time limits, although winter parking rules must be followed.
  • Other Campus Parking Lots: Some campus lots may offer free parking on weekends or after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Check posted parking lot entrance signs for details.

Free Campus Bus Route

Madison Metro Transit’s campus bus route #80 is free and runs throughout the UW-Madison campus area from approximately 8 a.m. – Midnight year-round. Additional information on route #80 can be found in Madison Metro’s ride guide.

Paid Parking Areas

  • Campus Parking Lots: In lots 6, 7, 17, 20, 27, 29, 36, 46, 67, 76, 80, and 83 visitors will take a ticket on entrance and pay when leaving the lot. Hourly rates vary by location.
    No trailers are allowed.

No Parking Areas

Parking is prohibited at all times in fire lanes, no parking zones, disabled stalls (unless a proper permit is displayed), in front of trash dumpsters, in service vehicle stalls, on grass, or on sidewalks.

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Desks

Fall Break hall desks hours for Wednesday, November 22 – Sunday, November 26 are listed below. Hall Desks will resume regular semester hours on Monday, November 27.

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Dining

Fall Break Dining hours for Wednesday, November 22 – Saturday, November 25 are listed below. Dining locations will resume regular semester hours on Sunday, November 26.

Location Meal Period Wed, Nov. 22 Thurs, Nov. 23 Fri, Nov. 24 Sat, Nov. 25
Carson's Market

1515 Tripp Circle
Menu
Lunch 11 am - 4 pm Closed Closed Closed
Dinner 4 pm - 8 pm


Four Lakes Market

640 Elm Dr.
Menu
Breakfast 7 am - 10 am Closed Closed Closed
Lunch 11 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8:30 pm
- Flamingo Run 10 am - 8:30 pm Closed Closed Closed
-Bean & Creamery 7 am - 4 pm Closed Closed Closed

Gordon Avenue Market

770 W. Dayton St.
Menu
Breakfast 7 am - 10 am Closed Closed 9 am - 2 pm
Lunch 11 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8:30 pm 4 pm - 8:30 pm
- Flamingo Run 10 am - 8:30 pm Closed Closed 9 am - 8:30 pm
- Southeast Café 7 am - 4 pm Closed Closed Closed


Liz's Market

1200 Observatory Dr.
Menu
Breakfast 7 am - 10 am Closed Closed Closed
Lunch 11 am - 2 pm
Dinner Closed

Lowell Market

610 Langdon St.
Menu
Breakfast 7:30 am - 10 am Closed Closed Closed
Lunch 11 am - 2 pm
Dinner Closed

Rheta's Market

420 N. Park St.
Menu
Breakfast 7 am - 11 am Closed Closed Closed
Lunch 11 am - 4 pm
Dinner Closed
- Flamingo Run 10 am - 5 pm Closed Closed Closed

Starbucks
35 N. Park St.
Daily 7 am - 5 pm Closed Closed Closed
Shake Smart
Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center
Daily 7 am - 5:30 pm Closed Closed Closed

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Winter Break (2023-24)

December 22, 2023 – January 20, 2024

All residents must log in to My UW Housing and let us know their plans for the end of the fall semester by choosing “End of Semester Plans” by December 15.

ENTER YOUR END OF SEMESTER PLANS

Winter Break Housing

Unless signed up for winter break housing, students should vacate their rooms within 24 hours of their last exam or by 12 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2023. All University Residence Halls will close during winter break for residents not signed up for winter break housing.

Extra Nights

If you are unable to leave by December 22 at 12 p.m., you will need to complete the Extra Nights application in your My UW Housing no later than Friday, December 15. There is a $35/night fee that will be billed to your student account in January. If you have questions about the Extra Nights process, please email reslife@housing.wisc.edu.

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Personal belongings which may be needed during winter break should be taken out of your room. If not signed up for winter break housing, you will not have access to your building or room 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 semester.

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.

Note: as a reminder, your Housing contract is for the full academic year. Except for students who are graduating, studying abroad, or no longer attending UW-Madison, we typically do not release residents from their contract unless in a position where demand for housing exceeds occupancy.

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Office Closures

All UW-Madison and University Housing offices will be closed on Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1.

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Limited Staff

Limited Housing staff will be available during winter break. Residents can call their Winter Break House Fellow on Duty phone number posted at their building entrance for assistance. In case of an emergency, please call UW-Madison Police Department for assistance.

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Quiet Hours

During final exam periods, quiet hours are in effect 24/7 starting at 11 p.m. on December 13 through 12 p.m. on December 22. This applies to resident rooms, hallways where resident rooms are located, and floor study lounges/dens. House Fellows will not give warnings during this time period and will immediately document any noise violations they encounter.

Each residence hall may have designated social spaces where residents may go to work on group projects and socialize with others. Excessive noise in designated social spaces will be documented. Please speak to your House Fellow to learn where the designated social space is located for your hall.

Note: no overnight guests are permitted during final exam week and during Winter Break housing (if you are signed-up).

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Parking

UW-Madison Transportation Services will allow 30 minutes for pick-up and drop-off for residents and their families in areas around the residence halls from December 15 – 22, 2023 and January 20 – 21, 2024.  For details, view our parking map.

Free Parking Areas

  • 30-Minute Parking: visitors may park for up to 30-minutes in lots 2, 5, 26, 34, 35, 37, 44, 48, 58, 61, 69, 106, 110, 136, and at mobile payment stations located on Babcock Dr, Kronshage Dr, Observatory Dr, and adjacent to Barnard, Chadbourne, Ogg, Smith, and Witte. Winter parking rules must be followed. Vehicles that are left unattended for over 30-minutes are at risk of being ticketed as this accommodation is meant for pick-up and drop-off only.
  • Side Streets Near Campus: some City of Madison streets near campus offer limited parking with time limits, although winter parking rules must be followed.
  • Other Campus Parking Lots: Some campus lots may offer free parking on weekends or after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Check posted parking lot entrance signs for details.

Free Campus Bus Route

Madison Metro Transit’s campus bus route #80 is free and runs throughout the UW-Madison campus area from approximately 8 a.m. – Midnight year-round. Additional information on route #80 can be found in Madison Metro’s ride guide.

Paid Parking Areas

  • Campus Parking Lots: in lots 6, 7, 17, 20, 27, 29, 36, 46, 67, 76, 80, and 83 visitors will take a ticket on entrance and pay when leaving the lot. Hourly rates vary by location. No trailers are allowed.

No Parking Areas

Parking is prohibited at all times in fire lanes, no parking zones, disabled stalls (unless a proper permit is displayed), in front of trash dumpsters, in service vehicle stalls, on grass, or on sidewalks.

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Checklist to Complete Before Leaving

In addition, complete the following checklist before leaving your room for winter break. A printed version of this checklist will be provided on resident doors.


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)
  • Don’t store your moped in your room (it will be removed at a cost to you)

Get Your Room Ready

Typical room temperatures will remain in our normal ranges for occupied spaces. 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
  • Clean/sweep/mop/vacuum your room
  • Empty all waste/recycling containers, take recycling & trash outside and donate unneeded items near your hall desk
  • Keep refrigerator(s) plugged-in and remove food that could spoil (perishable items may be disposed of by Housing staff if not removed)
  • Turn off any alarm clocks and unplug any power strips and other appliances (these draw phantom energy even when not in use)
  • Open blinds, close windows, turn off lights, and lock all windows and doors
  • If your roommate is moving out and not returning next semester, be sure that one set of University-provided furniture is clean and empty prior to leaving for Winter Break.
  • If you have a loaner key, please return to your hall desk before leaving

Note: once all residence halls close at 12 p.m. on December 22, 2023, electronic access for residents not signed up for winter break housing will be turned off and you will not have access to buildings until the residence halls reopen January 20, 2024.

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Authorized Access

Authorized personnel will inspect your room, document any concerns after your departure, and perform maintenance as needed during winter break. For further information, see Section 22. Room Entry of your University Residence Halls contract.

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Desks

All hall desks will close at 12pm on Friday, December 22 and remain closed through Monday, December 25. Desks will begin winter break hours on Tuesday, December 26. All hall desks will resume regular semester hours on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

Note: Mail and packages will NOT be forwarded to your home address during Winter Break.

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Dining

All dining locations will be closed after brunch on Friday, December 22 and will remain closed through Monday, January 1, 2024. Winter Break dining hours will be very limited beginning Tuesday, January 2. Dining locations will resume academic year hours on Saturday, January 20.

Location Meal Period Dec. 23 - Jan. 1 Jan. 2 - Jan. 14 (M-F ONLY) Jan. 15 Jan. 16 - Jan. 19


Four Lakes Market

640 Elm Dr.
Menu
Brunch Closed Closed Closed 9 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8:30 pm
- Flamingo Run Closed Closed Closed 9 am - 8:30 pm
-Bean & Creamery Closed Closed Closed Closed

Gordon Avenue Market

770 W. Dayton St.
Menu
Brunch Closed Closed Closed 9 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8:30 pm
- Flamingo Run Closed 10 am - 5 pm Closed 9 am - 8:30 pm
- Southeast Café Closed Closed Closed Closed

Starbucks
35 N. Park St.
Daily Closed 7 am - 2 pm Closed 7 am - 5 pm
Shake Smart
Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center
Daily Closed Jan. 8 - Jan. 14; M-F; 9 am - 4 pm Closed 9 am - 4 pm

* Flamingo Run at Gordon Avenue will offer its regular convenience store items as well as a selection of Grab-n-Go items such as re-heatable entrees, deli sandwiches, salads, and various sides.

Note: Carson’s, Liz’s, Lowell, and Rheta’s Markets will be closed throughout winter break.

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Spring Move-In (2024)

January 20 & 21, 2024

Unless signed-up for winter break housing or a new resident, all residence halls will open for the spring semester beginning January 20.

Housing student employees living in the residence halls can refer to their department’s email regarding return dates for spring move-in.

 Note: students who are studying abroad, no longer attending UW-Madison, or graduated in December can request a cancellation of their Housing contract by logging in to My UW Housing.

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Check-In For New Residents

New students moving into the University Residence Halls this spring can check-in at their assigned hall desk beginning Tuesday, January 16, so you are able to attend any SOAR activities. Please note, there will be limited hall staff available until our official opening on January 20. Residents can contact their hall desk for the House Fellow on Duty phone number or find it posted throughout the hall for assistance. All hall desks will resume academic year hours for check-in. 

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Parking

UW-Madison Transportation Services will allow 30 minutes for drop-off for residents and their families in areas around the residence halls on January 16-21. For details, view our parking map.

Free Parking Areas

  • 30-Minute Parking: Visitors may park for up to 30-minutes in lots 2, 5, 26, 34, 35, 37, 44, 48, 58, 61, 69, 106, 110, 136, and at mobile payment stations located on Babcock Dr, Kronshage Dr, Observatory Dr, and adjacent to Barnard, Chadbourne, Ogg, Smith, and Witte. Winter parking rules must be followed. Vehicles that are left unattended for over 30-minutes are at risk of being ticketed as this accommodation is meant for pick-up and drop-off only.
  • Side Streets Near Campus: Some City of Madison streets near campus offer limited parking with time limits, although winter parking rules must be followed.
  • Other Campus Parking Lots: Some campus lots may offer free parking on weekends or after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Check posted parking lot entrance signs for details.

Free Campus Bus Route

Madison Metro Transit’s campus bus route #80 is free and runs throughout the UW-Madison campus area from approximately 8 a.m. – Midnight year-round. Additional information on route #80 can be found in Madison Metro’s ride guide.

Paid Parking Areas

  • Campus Parking Lots: In lots 6, 7, 17, 20, 27, 29, 36, 46, 67, 76, 80, and 83 visitors will take a ticket on entrance and pay when leaving the lot. Hourly rates vary by location. No trailers are allowed.

No Parking Areas

Parking is prohibited at all times in fire lanes, no parking zones, disabled stalls (unless a proper permit is displayed), in front of trash dumpsters, in service vehicle stalls, on grass, or on sidewalks.

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Desks

All hall desks will resume regular semester hours on Tuesday, January 16.

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Dining

Hours for the early spring move-in period are listed below. All dining locations resume academic year hours on Saturday, January 20.

Location Meal Period Jan. 15 Jan. 16-19


Four Lakes Market

640 Elm Dr.
Brunch Closed 9 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8:30 pm
Flamingo Run Closed 9 am - 8:30 pm


Gordon Avenue Market

770 W. Dayton St.
Brunch Closed 9 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8:30 pm
Flamingo Run Closed 9 am - 8:30 pm


Starbucks

35 N. Park St.
Daily Closed 7 am - 5 pm

Shake Smart

Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center
Daily Closed 9 am - 4 pm

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Spring Break (2024)

March 23 – 31, 2024

All University Residence Halls will remain open through spring break without charge for residents who choose to remain on campus. If you have questions, contact your House Fellow or Residence Life Coordinator (RLC).

Parking 

Traffic will be busy around the residence halls due to spring break. UW-Madison Transportation Services will allow 30-minute pick-up (March 22 – 24) and drop-off (March 29 – 31) for residents and their families in areas around the residence halls. For details, view our parking map.

Free Parking Areas

  • 30-Minute Parking: Visitors may park for up to 30-minutes in lots 2, 5, 26, 34, 35, 37, 44, 48, 58, 61, 69, 110, 136, and at mobile payment stations located on Babcock Dr, Kronshage Dr, Observatory Dr, and adjacent to Barnard, Chadbourne, Ogg, Smith, and Witte. Winter parking rules must be followed. Vehicles that are left unattended for over 30-minutes are at risk of being ticketed as this accommodation is meant for pick-up and drop-off only.
  • Side Streets Near Campus: Some City of Madison streets near campus offer limited parking with time limits, although winter parking rules must be followed.
  • Other Campus Parking Lots: Some campus lots may offer free parking on weekends or after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Check posted parking lot entrance signs for details.

Free Campus Bus Route

Madison Metro Transit’s campus bus route #80 is free and runs throughout the UW-Madison campus area from approximately 8 a.m. – Midnight year-round. Additional information on route #80 can be found in Madison Metro’s ride guide.

Paid Parking Areas

  • Campus Parking Lots: In lots 6, 7, 17, 20, 27, 29, 36, 46, 67, 76, 80, and 83 visitors will take a ticket on entrance and pay when leaving the lot. Hourly rates vary by location. No trailers are allowed.
  • Long-Term & Day Parking: long term and day parking can be purchased in advance through a Transportation Services form based on space.

No Parking Areas

Parking is prohibited at all times in fire lanes, no parking zones, disabled stalls (unless a proper permit is displayed), in front of trash dumpsters, in service vehicle stalls, on grass, or on sidewalks.

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Staff

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

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Desks

Campus and US mail delivery will continue over spring break. Desk hours will be limited. All desks will return to regular academic year hours on Sunday, March 31.

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Security

Desk hours will be reduced during spring break. Please carry your Wiscard at all times to ensure access when doors are locked. 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.

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Guests

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. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests.

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Maintenance

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.

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Dining

Hours for spring break are listed below. Dining locations will resume regular semester hours on Sunday, March 31.

Location Meal Period Saturday, March 23 - Saturday, March 30
Four Lakes Market

640 Elm Dr.
Menu
Brunch 9 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8 pm
- Flamingo Run - 10 am -8 pm
- Bean & Creamery - Closed
Gordon Avenue Market

770 W. Dayton St.
Menu
Brunch 9 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8 pm
- Flamingo Run - 10 am - 8 pm
- Southeast Café - Closed
Starbucks

35 N. Park St.
Daily 7 am - 2 pm
Shake Smart
Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center
Daily Monday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm

Note: Carson’s, Liz’s, Lowell, and Rheta’s Markets will be closed during spring break.

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Spring Move-Out

May 4 – 11, 2024

We hope you’ve had a wonderful experience living in the University Residence Halls. Check bulletin boards, digital signage, and with University Housing staff for additional information regarding quiet hours and details specific to your hall. Have questions? Contact your House Fellow or Residence Life Coordinator.

All Halls Close Saturday, May 11 at 4:00 p.m.

We ask that you vacate your room within 24 hours of your last final exam. Those staying until May 11 must move out by 4 p.m.

Extra Nights
If you are unable to leave by May 11 at 4 p.m., you will need to complete the Extra Nights application in My UW Housing no later than Monday, May 6. Most residents will be able to submit a request to stay up to two* (2) extra nights of stay at the end of the Spring 2024 semester. If approved, you will be billed a fee of $35/night. If you have questions about the Extra Nights process, please email reslife@housing.wisc.edu.

* Residents of the following halls are limited to one additional night and must check out by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Sunday, May 12: Phillips Hall, Slichter Hall, and Witte Hall. Additionally, residents of Smith Hall will not be allowed an extra night and must check out by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.

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Checklist to Complete

Before leaving, all residents must complete and sign the following spring move-out checklist and attach it to the outside of their door before moving out. A printed version of this checklist will be provided on resident doors. Staff will inspect residents’ rooms and document any concerns after residents depart. Failure to complete the checklist may result in additional charges. If you have questions about the condition of your room, contact Housing staff.

  1. Remove all belongings from your room/hallway and donate/recycle/trash unneeded items outside at the dumpster location nearest you (see maps posted in your hall)
  2. Retrieve items placed in kitchen areas, empty and clean/wipe down waste bins, recycling bins, and drawers
  3. Remove all items (tape, stickers, poster putty, nails, etc.) from walls, ceiling, and both sides of doors
  4. Empty, clean, defrost, and leave the Housing refrigerator(s) unplugged and open (do not use sharp objects to pry ice out of the freezer)
  5. Ensure all University Housing furniture is in your room, assembled, and returned to its original layout including bed height (view room layouts on your hall’s web page under “room types” to see your room’s original layout)
  6. Clean and sweep/mop or vacuum your room (do not sweep dirt into the hallway) and leave closets/drawers open
  7. Close windows, open blinds, turn off your lights, and lock your door
  8. Take your bike with you when you leave
    1. Bikes left for more than 72 hours are considered abandoned, including at the Elm Drive bike shelter. Abandoned bikes are subject to being impounded beginning immediately after move-out. If you aren’t living on campus this summer, or if you plan to stay on campus but aren’t using your bike, take your bike home! See the Transportation Services website for more information on bike impoundment. We are not responsible for abandoned bicycles left on bike racks.
  9. Check your mailbox and/or collect any packages from your hall desk
  10. Update your mailing address to your summer location in My UW by clicking Student Center→ Profile→ Addresses
  11. Return your room key to your hall desk or key drop box
    1. All residents must return their room keys before leaving. Unreturned keys will require a lock change and a $75 charge.
    2. Remove key chains or rings from keys
    3. Return your room key directly to your hall’s desk staff
      — OR —
      Place your room key in the black key drop box on the counter at your hall’s desk (at Holt, the dropbox is outside the west entrance, and at Carson’s it is outside the lower entrance door)

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Parking

Traffic will be busy around the residence halls due to spring move out from May 4 – 11, 2024. UW-Madison Transportation Services will allow 30-minute pick-up and loading for residents and their families in areas around the residence halls. For details, view our parking map.

Free Parking Areas

  • 30-Minute Parking: Visitors may park for up to 30-minutes in lots 2, 5, 26, 34, 35, 37, 44, 48, 58, 61, 69, 110, 136, and at mobile payment stations located on Babcock Dr, Observatory Dr, and adjacent to Barnard, Chadbourne, Ogg, Smith, and Witte, and outside of designated stalls on Elm Dr, Kronshage Dr, Willow Dr, and East Campus Mall near Ogg. Vehicles that are left unattended for over 30-minutes are at risk of being ticketed as this accommodation is meant for pick-up and loading only.
  • Side Streets Near Campus: Some City of Madison streets near campus offer visitor parking with time limits. Checked posted signage for hours of operation, required payments, and time limits.
  • Other Campus Parking Lots: Some campus lots offer free parking on weekends and on weekdays after 4:30 p.m. Check posted parking lot entrance signs for hours of operation and permit requirements.

Free Campus Bus Route
Madison Metro Transit’s campus bus route #80 is free and runs throughout the UW-Madison campus area from approximately 8 a.m. – Midnight year-round. Additional information on route #80 can be found in Madison Metro’s ride guide.

Paid Parking Areas

  • Campus Parking Lots: In lots 6, 7, 17, 20, 27, 29, 36, 46, 67, 76, 80, and 83 visitors will take a ticket on entrance and pay when leaving the lot. Hourly rates vary by location. No trailers are allowed.
  • Long-Term & Day Parking: long term and day parking can be purchased in advance through Transportation Services. Complete the value permit order form or call Transportation Services (608) 262-8683. Please allow two weeks for processing.

No Parking Areas
Parking is prohibited at all times on grass, sidewalks, in front of trash dumpsters, in fire lanes, roadways, service vehicle stalls, and disabled stalls (unless a proper permit is displayed).

Note: storage pods/containers are not allowed.

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Recycling & Donations

Did you know that over 90% of belongings in your room can be recycled or donated? In 2023, students and their families diverted over 150,000 pounds of material during move-out. Please recycle or donate as many of your belongings as possible at a recycling location near you. Only items that do not fit in the below categories should go in landfill containers. Know before you throw, ask a recycling site volunteer if you have questions. Badgers live sustainably!

Outdoor Recycling & Donation Areas
Sort items in the recycling bins in your room and empty them in your nearest outdoor trash/recycling area:

  • Carpet: foam mattresses, cushions, pillows, rugs, items with foam stuffing
  • Donations: clothes, shoes, furniture, gently used futons, working computer equipment/microwaves, small working appliances
  • E-Waste: broken electronics, lamps, microwaves, TVs, small refrigerators, DVD players
  • Metal: futon frames, metal lamps
  • Lightbulbs
  • Recycling: all paper, cans, glass, plastic, & cardboard
  • Trash: take all trash outside to the dumpster

Near Hall Desks

  • Books, School Supplies, and Food
    • No frozen and/or perishable food
  • Plastic Bags

Recycling & Donation Locations

  • Southeast: Chadbourne, Ogg, Sellery, Smith, Witte, & Lowell
  • Lakeshore: Dejope, Bradley, Holt, Leopold, Tripp Circle, & Waters

Be a Recycling Volunteer
Want to help direct students and their families on how to recycle during move-out? Sign up to staff one of the sites!

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Summer Term Housing

For students taking UW-Madison Summer Term courses, housing is available in Smith Residence Hall for all summer term sessions. Plus, the Summer Housing Boost Program can help students cover the cost of living in the residence halls over the summer.

Learn more about Summer Term Housing

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Address Changes

Use MyUW to change your mailing address for the summer and fall. Your mail will then automatically be sent to this new address. If you want newspapers and magazines forwarded, you must send a change of address to the publisher. If your mailing address is not updated after you move out, any mail or packages sent to the residence halls will be returned to the sender. 

Changing your mailing address:

  1. Log into your MyUW Student Portal
  2. Click on Student Center
  3. Click on the PROFILE tile
  4. Edit your mailing address

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Rental References

If you would like to use University Housing as a rental reference, leasing agents can send their housing verification questionnaire to the UW Housing Cashier’s Office inbox.

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Wiscard Account Balances

We encourage you to closely monitor your Wiscard balances as the end of the semester approaches. Additional information about what happens to your Wiscard Account and Dining Dollars balances at the end of the school year is available on our website and information about how to close your account is available on the Wiscard FAQs page.

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Quiet Hours

All residence halls will have 24-hour quiet hours starting no later than Friday, May 3, at 12 a.m. Overnight guests are not permitted in the residence halls during 24-hour quiet hours.

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Desk Hours

Hall desks will remain open for regular hours until Saturday, May 11. Remember to forward all your mail and packages to your summer address and cancel newspaper and magazine subscriptions.

  • Saturday, May 11: desks open 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Convenient Storage and Pickup

If you need summer storage, Lazybones is an authorized service provider affiliated with UW-Madison offering storage and shipping with free packing boxes, pick-up from your room, and delivery. Lazybones can store your possessions for the summer and deliver them to your new address in the fall, even before you arrive. To use the Lazybones service, sign-up online, email wecare@mylazybones.com, or call 877-215-2105.

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Dining

Dining Plan Reminders
As part of your dining plan, your Dining Dollars will expire at the end of the academic year on Saturday, May 11. Any remaining funds after that date will be forfeited, so consider using that money at any eligible campus dining location soon before it goes away.

Dining Hours
Dining hours for the spring move-out period, Friday – Sunday, May 10-12, are listed below.

Location Meal Period Friday, May 10 Saturday, May 11 Sunday, May 12
Carson's Market

1515 Tripp Circle
Menu
Lunch/Dinner Closed Closed Closed
Four Lakes Market

640 Elm Dr.
Menu
Breakfast 7 am - 10 am 9 am - 2 pm Closed
Lunch 11 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8 pm Closed
- Flamingo Run - 10 am - 11 pm 10 am - 2 pm
- Bean & Creamery - 7 am - 4 pm Closed
Gordon Avenue Market

770 W. Dayton St.
Menu
Breakfast 7 am - 10 am 9 am - 2 pm Closed
Lunch 11 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8 pm Closed
- Flamingo Run - 10 am - 11 pm 10 am - 2 pm
- Southeast Café - 7 am - 4 pm Closed
Liz's Market

1200 Observatory Dr.
Menu
Breakfast 7 am - 10 am Closed Closed
Lunch 11 am - 2 pm
Lowell Market

610 Langdon St.
Menu
Breakfast 7:30 am - 10 am Closed Closed
Lunch 11 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8 pm
Rheta's Market

420 N. Park St.
Menu
Breakfast 7 am - 10 am Closed Closed
Lunch 11 am - 2 pm
Dinner 4 pm - 8 pm
- Flamingo Run - 9:30 am - 11 pm
Starbucks

35 N. Park St.
7 am - 5 pm 7 am - 5 pm 7 am - 2 pm
Shake Smart
Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center
8 am - 7 pm Closed Closed

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August 28 – 30, 2024

University Housing Fall Move-In dates will be August 28-30, 2024. Some residents of a few approved student groups, including Housing student employees, may have an earlier move-in date to participate in required trainings or orientation activities.

A specific move-in date and time was assigned to you in My UW Housing when you received your room assignment information in June. Assigned days/times allow us to spread out activity evenly to ensure available resources and parking. Depending on the availability of open slots, if you’d like to request a change to your assigned move-in date/time because it does not fit your schedule, log in to My UW Housing to select a new one by August 28. Please note that you will need to delete your current move-in time slot prior to signing up for a new one.

Note: Residents who are unassigned will get their room assignment before move-in. we continue to assign students daily as we get cancellations.

Additional details about fall move-in will be available in August 2024.

Planning Your Arrival

We are looking forward to your arrival in University Residence Halls! Please note we will use students’ wisc.edu email addresses to send updates and other information. It is important for students to check their wisc.edu email regularly.

Explore room dimensions, hall features, images of rooms, virtual tours, what’s included and what’s NOT included in the rooms, packing list, lofting guide, & more in the links below!

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