UW Madison Packing List | Move in Day

University of Wisconsin-Madison Spring Season

UW Madison move in day can be extremely stressful during the start of the school year. We understand that feeling and that is why we have compiled a list on what to bring and not to bring during move in day at Wisconsin. Here is the complete UW Madison packing list!

What to bring to UW Madison Move in Day


  • Microwave
  • Carpet or area rug
  • Computer, Ethernet cord, memory stick
  • Printer, paper, ink refills
  • Batteries (all sizes)
  • Can opener
  • Camera
  • Detergent/fabric softener/stain remover for high-efficiency washers
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Food (snacks, dietary needs)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Silverware
  • Cups, plates, bowls (some w/lids)
  • Storage/file bins
  • Futon
  • Television and DVD player
  • Reading lamp/desk lamp
  • Fan
  • Raincoat/umbrella
  • Iron/board
  • Reading light
  • Alarm clock/radio
  • Cell phone
  • Headphones
  • Plastic food-storage containers
  • Padlock (each resident in housing has a drawer with a clasp on it so they can use their own padlock)
  • Adhesive hooks/mounting tape
  • Small tool kit
  • Surge protector/extension cords
  • Power strip
  • Disinfectant spray and wipes


  • Health insurance/prescription card
  • Names and phone numbers of home primary care and specialty care providers
  • Prescription medicines and refill information
  • Thermometer
  • Ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain and fever
  • Throat lozenges
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Basic first aid supplies:
    • Adhesive bandages (ex: Band-Aids)
    • Antibacterial ointment
    • Hydrocortisone cream


  • Shower shoes (flip-flops)
  • Bath tote (to carry bathroom items)
  • Personal hygiene items (shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush/paste)
  • Bathrobe
  • Towel
  • Soap with container


  • Broom/dust pan
  • Lint brush
  • Dishsoap and cloth/sponge
  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Paper towels
  • Vacuums are provided upon resident request


  • Blankets
  • Comforters
  • Pillow
  • Bed sheets (“Twin XL” sheets fit UW Housing beds)
  • Regular twin sheets with extra deep corners or jersey sheets (T-shirt material) also fit UW Housing beds

Items that University Housing Provides at UW Madison

  • Bed
  • Mattress and mattress pad
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Bookcase or hutch
  • Dresser
  • Mirror
  • Compact refrigerator (size varies from 2.4–3.1 cubic ft.)
  • Window coverings
  • Closets
  • Wastebaskets/recycling bin
  • Cable TV and Ethernet connections

Items that are not allowed at UW Madison Move in Day

  • Toasters
  • Toaster ovens
  • Drip coffeemakers
  • Coffeemakers that use a hot plate
  • Electric frying pans and grills (including George Foreman Grills®)
  • Crockpots or slow cookers
  • Any cooking appliance with an open heating element or exposed heat source
  • Candles
  • We also strongly discourage halogen lamps
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