University of Wisconsin–Madison

Tips for University Housing Move-Out Week, Summer Storage

Students and their families move belongings between Witte Residence Hall and their car during moving time.
Move-out week, May 3–12, promises to be a bustling week on the UW campus. (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW–Madison)

To help make the experience of move-out week (May 3–12) as pleasant as possible and to avoid delays, encourage your student to begin planning and packing early. Students can send items home if they are not needed during finals — such as futons, TVs, chairs, shelves, winter coats, bikes, or mopeds — saving on trips and making loads lighter for their official move-out day. If this is not possible, then moving prior to commencement (May 10–11) will help you avoid the frustrations of limited parking and traffic congestion. If you must move out during the graduation ceremonies, please plan for extra time.

Remember that students should vacate their rooms within 24 hours of their last final exam, and may not stay later than 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, unless a hall’s Residence Life Coordinator has given permission. Students staying until Monday, May 13, must move out by noon.

Each year, University Housing helps students say goodbye sustainably by partnering with students, staff, and campus and community organizations to donate and recycle items they no longer need. Putting the Wisconsin Idea into practice, Sustainability Move Out enables you and your student to positively impact other Badgers and the surrounding community by donating your items rather than sending them to the landfill. In 2018, Housing partnered with 10 organizations to divert over 109,000 pounds of material from the landfill. Please join us this year in supporting the community by bringing such items to a collection location near your student’s hall.

Students should check for specific information (such as instructions for parking and directions to recycling locations) that will be posted in the halls close to move-out week. For more about University Housing move-out week, visit the University Housing website.

If your student will be returning to the University Residence Halls in the fall, two easy options are available for summer storage:

Students can contact their residence hall front desk to make arrangements for summer storage for small boxes, carpet, and some small furniture. Keep in mind that space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All items must be clearly tagged with your student’s returning residence hall name and room number.

Lazybones specializes in summer storage and shipping with free packing boxes, pick-up from your room, and delivery. Lazybones can store students’ possessions for the summer and deliver them to their new room in the fall, even before your students arrive.

For students who are not returning to the University Residence Halls:

Lazybones picks up students’ boxes, stores them for the summer, and delivers them to their addresses next year or ships them to a specific destination.

To use the Lazybones service, sign up online, email, or call 877-215-2105.