Residence Education


What is DAWGs Crew?

The DAWGS Crew is a group of volunteers that help with the Move-in process for residents. Each year we recruit a group of 500+ volunteers devote time and energy to make Move-in day as easy, efficient, and smooth as possible for new residents.  DAWGS Crew volunteers help residents with unloading vehicles and loading carts, help them navigate to their assigned room, answer questions, and welcome new residents and their families to our communities.  For many students, the DAWGS Crew members are the first UW faces they see!  If you’re interested in volunteering, apply here!

Who are the DAWGS Crew members?

The DAWGs Crew consists of returning HFS residence hall and apartment students who are enthusiastic, energetic and friendly. If you have lived in an HFS residence hall or apartment before, you are eligible to become a part of DAWGS Crew!

What are the benefits of being a DAWGS Crew member?

  • Meet new people!
  • Volunteer with your friends!
  • Give back to the Husky Community by helping new residents!
  • Take on a leadership role!
  • Move in EARLY and avoid traffic and long lines!
  • Free DAWGS Crew T-Shirt and Waterbottle!

When do I move in?

DAWGs Crew Volunteers move in on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, between 9 am and 5 pm.

How much time will I be devoting to DAWGS Crew?

  • Each DAWGs Crew member is responsible for volunteering over the Move-In period (September 19-20)
  • DAWGS Crew Volunteers typically complete at least two four-hour shifts spread throughout Move-In days.
  • Some Volunteers request to do more, and we’re happy to have you help!

What are the DAWGS Crew EFS Team and the DAWGs Crew Package Team?

  • The DAWGS Crew Early Fall Start (EFS) Team assists with EFS Move-in on Saturday, August 24, 2019.
    • EFS DAWGS Crew Volunteers assist all day pushing carts, operating elevators and greeting families.
    • Move in 4 DAYS EARLY (Sunday, September 16) and get $30 in meal credits.
    • Volunteering for DAWGS Crew during EFS is a great opportunity for local WA residents.
    • If you are an out of state resident interested in helping with EFS Move In, you will be responsible for securing your own housing from August 24-September 17.
  • The DAWGs Crew Package Team assists with delivering early packages to residence hall and apartment rooms on September 16–18, 2019.
    • DAWGS Package Team members will need to complete at least two, two-hour package shifts between September 16-18, 2018
    • Attend training with our desk services staff on Monday September 16, 2019
    • Move in four days early and get $45 in meal credits!  Your Move-in date would be Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Both the DAWGs Crew EFS Team and the DAWGs Crew Package Team are still required to assist with regular DAWGs Crew shifts on September 19 & 20, 2019.

Can I be a DAWGS Crew Volunteer and a DAWG Daze Leader?

Yes, as long as you are able to volunteer for at least two, four hour shifts during move-in (September 20-21, 2019).  We encourage you to check the DAWG Daze leader requirements thoroughly before signing up for both opportunities.

What if my plans change?

We request that you communicate with us regarding any changes to your plans to volunteer for DAWGS Crew no later than September 6, 2019.  If you do not communicate your change of plans by September 6, you will be charged for the days of early arrival housing that you were scheduled for.  If you need to contact us regarding changes, please email

Can I volunteer if I live in a 12 month residential community?

Yes! However, note that you will move in on your scheduled 12 month move in date, which is before early arrival housing begins.  Because of this, you will not receive early arrival housing compensation, but you will receive dining compensation.

What community will I be assigned to help with?

We do our best to assign you a shift in a community on the same side of campus where you will be living for the 2019-2020 academic year.  However, we cannot guarantee any particular community, as we have communities of varying sizes with varying needs during move in.

What kind of training will I receive?

All volunteers receive online training to help them understand their role, customer service expectations, working with different staff during move-in, our different communities, and what they can expect during their DAWGS Crew experience.  All volunteers must complete a brief quiz at the end of the online training to ensure they understand expectations of the role.