All on-campus students were emailed with move in information. If you have not signed up for a move in time, the UWL Move In document includes sign-up links for choosing a time slot.

Information about move in

Fall 2020 move in dates expanding section

Move in will occur Sept. 2-7, 2020. Early belonging drop-off is scheduled August 28-30, 2020.

Campus hours during move in expanding section

Financial Aid Office:

We will be open 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 through Friday, Sept. 4. The office will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6.   

Academic Advising Center/Career Services:

We will be open with limited in-person staff availability on Sept. 2, 3, and 4 from 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  For the health and safety of staff, students and families, we are encouraging people to contact our office virtually via phone (608.785.8950), email (, or live video-conference. (You can call our office to get a link to video-conference).

The office will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6.

Counseling & Testing:

We will be open Sept. 2-4 and closed on the weekend (Sept. 5-6). We anticipate still having nearly all services available via telemental health. Our phone will be answered Sept. 2-4, from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and we will likely have the office physically open but with limited staff. Students and families should call first with any questions or scheduling needs.

Setting up your bed loft expanding section

The Office of Residence Life at UWL provides bed frames and lofts in 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 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:



What to bring and what NOT to bring expanding section

What to bring? Start with what makes a place feel like home. That might be a 4 cup coffee pot, a picture of your closest friends or a favorite blanket. Then fill in those boxes with necessities. Don't forget to talk to your roommate to make sure you are not doubling up on items. The rooms are not large and good planning can help it feel spacious while still having everything you need. Our students tell us that necessities include: 

  • COVID-19 kit:
    • 7-10 cloth face coverings to use so you always have a clean one. Cloth face coverings should be rotated and washed frequently.
    • thermometer
    • sanitizing wipes
    • portable hand sanitizer
  • Small microwave (1000 watts or less)
  • Snacks
  • One or two sets of plastic-ware (plates, forks, etc.)
  • Sandals to wear in the shower and a shower tote to carry shampoo
  • Pillow
  • Extra-long twin size bedding (can be found at most stores this time of year)
  • Fused power strip (surge protector)
  • Umbrella
  • 1 set of towels
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket and laundry supplies
  • School supplies
  • Alarm clock
  • If lofting a bed - furniture for under a loft (79" or less in length)
  • Social Security Card and Photo ID - If you are planning on getting a job on campus you will need the original to complete I-9 forms.

If you are in any hall besides Eagle or Reuter:

  • Area rug
  • Box fan

What should you leave at home? Most students tell us they brought too much stuff! Do you need 4 towels or will 1 towel do? Can you wait and bring your winter boots and coat after your next trip home? We also provide a lot of things for student use at our front desks like irons and ironing boards, pots and pans, vacuums, games, etc. Be sure to check the Residence Life policies to know what is not allowed as this is not an exhaustive list:

  • Homemade lofts - We provide lofts for you!
  • Trash can - We provide them!
  • Fridge - We provide one! (If you bring another fridge, there is an additional energy charge that will be applied to your student bill.)
  • Pets - other than fish!
  • Air conditioners (We provide them for medical needs.)
  • Space Heaters
  • Lamps with plastic shades, halogen lamps, or multiple light lamps
  • Non-UL approved electronics
  • Non-LED lights
  • Non-fused or multi-plug outlets
  • Hoverboards or electronic skateboards
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Items with the potential for an open flame (Candles with wicks, Incense to burn, fireworks/firecrackers)
  • "Food board" - Board which places weight on the built in bookshelves
  • Items that produce wireless signals (routers, printers, etc.)
  • Adhesives for walls, furniture, doors, desk, etc. other than blue or green painter's tape
  • Items which will be posted or hung on either side of residence hall windows
  • Toaster (allowed only in Reuter Hall kitchens)
  • George Foreman-type grill (allowed only in Reuter Hall kitchens)

Questions about specific items? Email

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.


Move in FAQ

Do I need to sign up for a move in time? expanding section

Yes!  Because we need to limit how many people are moving in at any time, we must insist you sign up for a move in time.  If you do not sign up, you may not be able to get into the parking lot closest to your residence hall.  We understand some of the times that remain available may not be ideal, however, we are not able to open up time slots due to physical distancing, parking lot capacity, quantity of people on campus, etc.

What if I'm coming early for Athletics/Band/Campus Job? expanding section

If you must come to campus prior to Sept 2 for a specific reason, you should work with your coach, band director, supervisor, etc.  They should be communicating the need for their students to be on campus early with Residence Life.

Do we need to wear a mask during move in? expanding section

Everyone who is on campus will be required to wear a face mask.  This includes students as well as family or friends who are assisting with move in. You will need to wear a mask in the residence halls as well as outside during move in.  This will be required regardless of the status of the state mask mandate or any local mask mandate.

How many people can come with the student to assist with move in? expanding section

At this time we are not limiting the number of people who come with you.  They must all wear masks and be symptom free and not exposed to COVID-19 prior to arrival on campus.  However, we encourage students to bring few people.  Additionally, we encourage you to leave the family dog at home.  We know they want to be part of the day, but they are not allowed in the residence halls and tend to make the day more complicated.  Please know, this may change as we get closer to move in days.

What will campus/community volunteers be doing? expanding section

We will have campus and community members assisting with move in to help with logistics and the flow of the day.  Volunteers will all be wearing masks.  They will help navigate traffic, direct people into parking lots, and help point people in the right direction.  They will also be driving small campus vehicles with trailers to help move items from parking lots to the residence halls for some halls.  Volunteers will NOT be assisting with moving items up into rooms.  All items you bring to campus, will be moved up into your room by you and the people who you've brought with you.  We encourage you to pack light!

Will moving carts, dollies, and luggage racks be available to help move items from my car to the building? expanding section

We will have a limited amount of wheeled carts available (and wiped down after each use).  However, keep in mind that most residence halls do not have elevators.  So the carts are only helpful to the exterior doors.  (Eagle and Reuter are the only halls with elevators and we will limit capacity in each elevator.)

Where should I park? expanding section

We are regulating who will be parking in most parking lots on campus so that people moving in can use the lot closest to their residence hall.  You should plan to be in the designated parking lot during the move in time for which you signed up.  You have 4 hours to be in that parking lot to unload.  You MUST move your vehicle out of that parking lot when the 4 hours is over.  If you bring more than one vehicle to campus, only one vehicle can be in the parking lot at a time.  Our move in sign-ups are limited in number based on parking lot capacity.

After you've unloaded, you can move your vehicle to the Parking Ramp on campus.  You can remain there for an extended period of time.

All parking permits will become active on Monday evening, September 7.  Only those with valid permits will be allowed to park in designated parking lots after that time.

The best unloading parking lot for each Residence Hall (Review campus map):

Angell - R1

Coate - R8/R2

Drake - R2

Eagle - R3

Hutchison - R1

Laux - C12

Sanford - C12/R4

Reuter - R4

O White - C3

Wentz - C10

How should I get to campus? Does it matter what roads/direction I take? expanding section

In the past we've encouraged people to approach campus in a certain way to control traffic.  We are not doing so this year.  Just be aware of which parking lot you are headed to and get there however your GPS takes you!  You may find a street near campus shut down as we need to do so for pedestrian safety.  Simply go to the next intersection to get into campus.

Can't I just drive to the front door of my residence hall? expanding section

No!  In order to control traffic and keep pedestrians safe, you must follow all posted signs.  Vehicles that are driven on sidewalks, closed roads, or other restricted areas will be ticketed by University Police.

What if I'm bringing a trailer? expanding section

We discourage the use of trailers or large moving trucks.  Most of our parking lots just do not allow for the easy navigation or parking of vehicles with trailers.  If you bring a trailer or large truck, you will need to unload further away from your residence hall and move items.  The parking lot that can best accommodate trailers and large vehicles is lot C7.  We encourage you to view the campus map.

If I ship something to campus, where will I pick it up? expanding section

We are in the process of rolling out a centralized mail room.  Therefore, any items mailed to a residence hall address will be delivered to Eagle Hall.  Students will need to walk to Eagle Hall to pick up packages.  Therefore, we do not recommend shipping large items to campus as part of your moving process.  Items arriving prior to August 28 may be "returned to sender" as our mail room will not be open yet.

What if I'm coming alone? What if someone I'm bringing or myself has some mobility concerns and I need assistance? expanding section

We will have a very small number of people available to assist those that need it.  Speak with your Parking Lot Lead when you arrive to let them know of your need and we will mobilize the volunteers to assist with large items.

When does New Student Orientation (NSO) Start? Who must attend? expanding section

Please see the NSO website for specific details.  That is coordinated out of the Student Life Office.  This is for first year students only.  There is no parent portion of NSO.  Returning students do not need to participate again.  Much of NSO will be virtual and built into a Canvas Course (similar to START).  Any planned events do not begin until Sunday afternoon, September 6.

If I sign up for an Early Belonging Drop Off, can I stay on campus? Do I need to sign up for a second move in time later in the week? expanding section

Our hope is that if you do Early Belonging Drop Off, you move in MOST of your items at that time and then return home for the rest of the week.  Keep in mind that there will be very little happening on campus during that week.  Meal plans do not begin until Wednesday evening, Sept 2.  If that is the only move in time that works for you, you can choose to stay on campus, but we discourage it.  You do not need to sign up for a 2nd arrival time to campus.  We recommend you return Sunday, Sept 6 to be here for New Student Orientation (if you are a new student).  Please keep in mind others will still be moving in throughout the week, so you may not be able to park near your residence hall when you return to campus.

Can you change the date I signed up for? expanding section

If you created a signupgenius account, you are able to log in and change it yourself to an available time.  If you try and are unable to do so, please email Lisa,

Move Out Date

The Spring 2021 move out date is:  May 15, 2021.

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

Cleaning Up and Checking Out

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

  • Remove ALL belongings from your room
  • Clean room to the condition it was when you moved in
  • Complete the check-out with a staff member or an express check-out. EVERY resident must check out.

Cleaning items and other tools can be checked out at the front desk. If you have questions about the 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 Assistant Director for Facilities.