Traffic will be re-routed beginning Sunday for student move-in

More than 7,400 UW-Madison students will be moving into the University Residence Halls Sunday, Aug. 25, Wednesday, Aug. 28, and Thursday, Aug. 29.

On each of the three days, roughly 2,400 residents move in anytime after 8 a.m. on an assigned move-in day, which can be found at Division of University Housing student employees and international students will move in early on Aug. 26, to allow them to participate in training and get accustomed to campus.

Traffic around all University 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.

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