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  • Guide for moving-in and moving-out

    Welcome to the Residence Halls at UWL!
     We look forward to your arrival!

    As a department and university community, we are proud of the move-in process that we coordinate for our residential students. We have received positive feedback on our move-in week and we will continue to do our best to serve you on the day you arrive. With your help, we can continue our excellent system for getting you settled.

    We know that families need to make arrangements for move in days. Below, you will find the dates and times that you can move into your hall and room. More information will be provided (including directions to your hall, and traffic patterns) as we get closer to the fall semester in August.

    It is important that all students and families (including returning students) pay close attention to the following details as they will be changed to accommodate construction and other university events. Both move-in schedules and traffic patterns have been designed to accommodate our students in the best way possible.

    Move In Dates

    Fall 2015 move in dates are as follows:

    Thursday, 9/3/2015 thru Saturday, 9/5/2015

    The logistics of the move in process require you to move in on your assigned day/time. We assign move in times based on your location (the further from La Crosse, the later the time to allow for travel). We do this for an efficient move in process and to ensure minimal wait times. Not adhering to the timeframe will cause delays in traffic, both for you and for other students.

    Please continue to check your E-Mail for specific instructions on your move in date and time. The chart below indicates your specific hall's move in date and time frame by hall.

    Hall Date of your move in: When you can move in:
    Angell Hall Saturday, September 5th First Year Students - 9am - 1pm 
    Returners - 1pm - 4pm 
    Coate Hall Friday, September 4th     
    9am - 3pm
    Drake Hall Saturday, September 5th First Year Students - 9am - 1pm
    Returners - 1pm - 4pm
    Eagle Hall Friday, September 4th
    First Year Students - 9am - 3pm
    Saturday,  September 5th Returners - 9am - 3pm
    Hutchsion Hall Friday, September 4th First Year Students - 9am - 1pm 
    Returners - 1pm - 4pm
    Laux Hall Friday, September 4th 9am - 1pm
    Reuter Hall Thursday, September 3rd 
    9am - 3pm
    Sanford Hall Saturday, September 5th First Year Students - 9am - 1pm
    Returners - 1pm - 4pm
    Wentz Hall Friday, September 4th  First Year Students - 9am - 1pm
    Returners - 1pm - 4pm
    White Hall Friday, September 4th  9am - 1pm

    Winter and Spring move in dates are negotiated on a case-by-case basis with the Office of Residence Life. Please contact us to set up a time.

    Traffic Patterns/Campus Maps/Parking for Move In

    Now that you’re packed up and ready to go, you’ll need directions for your journey! Click on these links for general directions to the hall of your choice:

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    When searching for UWL on a GPS, please DO NOT use the general university address, as this address does not account for our modified traffic patterns. Instead, please navigate to these addresses depending on the hall:

    Laux, Reuter, Sanford, White Halls:

    La Crosse and East Avenue N, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601


    Drake Hall:

    State and 15th Street N, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601


    Angell, Coate, Hutchison, Wentz:

    Main and 15th Street N, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601


    Once you are close to campus, representatives from UWL will guide you to your destination as your approach this intersection. Upon arriving to campus, please follow these directions:

    • Follow the traffic pattern given to you by our office
    • When parking to unload, please pay attention to the specialized instructions given to you by our Move-in Crew
    • The student should proceed to the front desk to get their initial paperwork, while the parents, guardians, and friends should stay with the vehicle to start unloading
    • THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE SHOULD NOT LEAVE as your vehicle will be unloaded by our move in crews quickly and we’ll need to start making space for other vehicles coming to unload
    • After unloading your vehicle, move your vehicle to your designated parking spot following the instructions given to you
    • Parking in this spot will be free for the remainder of your move in day
    What to Bring and What NOT to Bring

    Check out this list of suggested items to bring to the Residence Halls:

    Below is a link to a list of things that you are NOT permitted to bring to the Residence Halls.

    For a detailed listing of furnishings provided in your room, please go to your specific hall page by clicking on the "Residence Halls" tab in the menu.

    Here is what what residents used to bring and what they bring now.

    Then

    Old Move in

    Now

    Current Move in
    Want To Help Out?

    Are you or a group looking to assist with helping others move into their dorms. We always love to get help from Students and Student Organizations. If you are interested helping with Move-In, please consider the following questions and then contact Chris Dziekan at cdziekan@uwlax.edu

    • How many days your group is willing to help? Friday? Saturday? Both?
    • How many folks can help each day and at what time(s)?
    • Who I can contact if someone doesn't show up for a shift?
    • Are folks available to work anywhere or is there a specific hall the group would like to work with? We would prefer flexibility as only so many groups can help out in Eagle.
    Setting up my Bed Loft

    The Office of Residence Life at UWL provides bed frames and lofts in almost all rooms on campus at no additional cost. The side posts and rails are made of solid oak and are fully adjustable to provide our residents with flexibility to place their beds at a desired height. As a result, homemade bunking systems are not allowed to be used in our facilities. Bed parts are pre-included in all halls except Reuter; where you can get them with help from your Resident Assistant.

    To aid you in your set up, please see the following image and instructional video

    lofts

    Loft setup video: youtube.com/watch?v=GGTPRIMwHWE&feature=youtu.be

    Get Connected to the Wi-Fi

    Need help connecting to the internet? Check out the following page for instructions on getting online with the campus network.

    Roommate Tips!

    Many people think that there is some mysterious and inexplicable compatibility magic that makes some roommates work and some not work. In our experience, most problems result because roommates struggle to communicate both their own needs and their concerns about their roommates. Check out these 10 tips for being a good roommate:

    • Do some self reflection


      Have you ever shared a room before? If not, how might that be a change for you? Do roommates need to be best friends? Are you expecting your roommate to be your best friend? Is that expectation realistic, particularly before you’ve met? Are you a sharer, or are you protective of your belongings? Are you a person who values privacy, or are you more open? How are you feeling about moving away from home?

    • Talk to your roommate before you arrive on campus


      Where are you from? What’s your family like? What are your hobbies? What do you like to do? What’s your major? Call again another time to discuss what belongings you’re bringing. Do you want to share everything? Are there some things that you don’t want to share? This is a good time to communicate this to your roommate, particularly if you are more protective of your stuff.

    • Take your roommate agreement seriously


      When you arrive, your RA will have you and your roommate work on a Roommate Agreement. It is a process by which you and your roommate will set some ground rules. Without fail, the students who spend more time on this process have fewer problems later. Some students struggle with being honest in this process because it’s so early in the year and it’s difficult to “rock the boat.” Taking the risk in being honest will help avoid problems later.

    • Conflict is going to happen, and that's okay


      You are sharing a small space for two people. All of us have different needs. Therefore, conflict is going to happen. Even in our own families there is some conflict. Conflict is rarely easy, but with practice it can become easier. Roommate Agreements can be tools to make conflict easier for everyone. Make sure to spend time on your Roommate Agreement. If things change, don’t be afraid to pull out the Agreement and renegotiate what’s in it. When dealt with honestly and respectfully, conflict can build stronger relationships.

    • Be honest with yourself


      Sometimes people get into the habit of “letting things slide” and pretending they aren’t bothered by other people’s behavior. This may avoid conflict in the short term, but when the little things add up to some major frustration, typically it has become a much bigger deal than it might have been had the two had a conversation early on.

    • Learn to pick your battles


      Some people wait too long to confront. Unfortunately, some of us confront too quickly. Remember that relationships are about give and take. Understand that we sometimes bring unrealistic expectations to relationships. Try not to take that out on your roommate, and be patient if your roommate slips and takes it out on you.

    • Talk to your RA, HD, or AHD


      Your RA, HD, and RHD have gone through some training on how to handle roommate conflicts. They can help you figure out the best way to deal with your frustrations, or can even help you practice what you’d say to your roommate.

    • Learn how to give and receive feedback


      When you are confronting your roommate, remember that you are confronting behavior. Choose your words carefully so as not to personally attack your roommate. “You’re a slob” is less likely to get your roommate to clean the dishes than “I feel frustrated when you don’t wash the dishes because the room gets stinky.” Remember, you’re trying to get the behavior to change, so keep your mind on that. If you’ve waited to confront your roommate for so long that now your anger and frustration are overwhelming, you probably won’t be very effective at getting the change in behavior you want. If your roommate confronts you, remember that they are trying to improve your roommate relationship. Listen and reflect on what your roommate is telling you.

    • R-E-S-P-E-C-T, it’s not just a song by Aretha Franklin


      Having a genuine respect for your roommate will take you a long way in navigating your roommate relationship. Assume that your roommate, like everyone you meet, has something to teach you, and take the time to learn what that is. Give your roommate the benefit of the doubt by assuming that he or she is NOT deliberately trying to bother you. Also, although it sometimes might be tempting to vent your frustrations to your friends and neighbors, don’t. Your roommate deserves the respect to hear your concerns from you, not from someone else. If you need to confront your roommate, pick a good time. If you’re angry, don’t leave a nasty note. You might feel better about giving your roommate a piece of your mind, but it rarely (if ever) helps the situation. Don’t avoid a face-to-face conversation because it’s easier.

    • Being best friends isn’t the same thing as well-matched roommates


      Sometimes people think that just because they are good friends means they’ll be great roommates. On the contrary, sometimes close friendships get in the way of being honest or cloud the issue of what bothers us and what doesn’t, for fear of hurting someone’s feelings.
    Thank you for spending your year with us!
    Move Out Dates

    The Spring 2015 Move Out Date is:

    May 16, 2015 by 6:00 PM

    24 Hour Policy: Residents will be asked to vacate their space within 24 hours after their last final exam. If you believe you require an exception, please contact your Hall Director.  

    Other Move Outs: For move outs during any point of the semester, outside of the regularly expected timeframe, please consult with your Hall Director.

    Cleaning Up and Checking Out

    The details of your check out procedure will be provided by your Hall Director prior to your check out. Generally, all students will be required to do the following before their check out of their rooms:

    • Remove ALL belongings from your room
    • Clean room to the condition it was when you moved in

    Cleaning items and other tools can be checked out at your front desk. If you have questions about this cleaning process, please check with your Hall Director. 

    Please consult the following helpful video guides for more tips on how to have a successful check out:

    Damage Details
    To get a better idea of the costs associated with damaged rooms, please look over the following pricing guides:

    Note: Not all areas of damage will be listed on this sheet. Uncommon damages and those not listed on this sheet will be reviewed by your Hall Director and the Director of Facilities.