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Campus prepares for students moving into residence halls

August 25, 2014

Photo: Cars parked in front of Elizabeth Waters Residence Hall

Families, friends and Badger Buddies help unload vehicles as incoming undergraduates move in to Elizabeth Waters Residence Hall on Observatory Drive in August 2013.


The bulk of more than 7,400 UW–Madison students will be moving into the university residence halls Wednesday, Aug. 27, and Thursday, Aug. 28. Students are welcome to move in any time after 8 a.m. on their assigned move-in day.

Student employees and international students moved in on Sunday, Aug. 24, in order to accommodate training and orientation.

Traffic around all residence halls will be extremely busy on these days, and all lots near residence halls will be used for temporary unloading during move-in. Motorists should be aware of this additional congestion on campus and expect some delays, including the following changes to traffic flow:

  • Observatory Drive will be one-way westbound from Charter Street to Babcock Drive and open only to move-in traffic.
  • Elm Drive north of Observatory Drive will be one-way northbound and open only to move-in traffic. Traffic leaving the area will be directed west to Willow Drive, exiting south to Observatory Drive.
  • Lake Street between Johnson and Dayton Streets will be closed and used for move-in unloading.
  • Frances Street will be one way south from Dayton Street and used for after-unloading parking.

Additional information and maps of parking/unloading areas during move-in can be found on the Division of University Housing’s website.