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Four thousand students isn’t a crowd. It’s a community big enough to accommodate every incoming freshman. Five convenient, connected and secure UWM residences welcome sophomore, junior and graduate students, too. Live where you learn: Students make friends easier, feel more connected to their college and do better academically when they live on campus.

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University Housing

Five residences, two locations. Freshman, sophomore and junior, and international students call UWM’s five residences home. Each one has its own personality. Graduate students and students with unique housing needs also can reside in our convenient and secure UWM residences.

Cambridge Commons
Cambridge Commons is the newest, greenest UWM residence and the only LEED Gold certified building in the UW System. From bedroom and bathroom wiring to its study and social spaces, this cutting edge residence is a campus jewel. Across the river from RiverView, Cambridge’s wide-open courtyard is home to pick-up frisbee, football and yoga.

Learn about Cambridge Commons

Kenilworth Square Apartments
The Kenilworth Square Apartments offer an international and more urban living experience. Students must be 22 to live in this apartment-style community in the heart of Milwaukee’s vibrant East Side. Students from around the world make Kenilworth their home.

Learn about Kenilworth Square Apartments

Purin Hall
Home to a close-knit community of 50 students, mostly sophomores and juniors, Purin apartments are all-inclusive and feature modern amenities – with a dash of ‘50s-era ambiance.

Learn about Purin Hall

RiverView
RiverView is a residential community that primarily serves UWM freshmen, with shared kitchens, ample common space, on and off-site dining options for 475 students – situated along the scenic Milwaukee River.

Learn about RiverView

Sandburg Hall
2,800 students in four towers, connected by the two-story Sandburg Commons. Communities composed of single-sex “suites” create a living/learning environment that is ideal for first and second-year students.

Learn about Sandburg Hall

General Information
Amenities and opportunities are available in every residence. Residence-life staff live and work in every residence. They know what the daily grind is like for new students.

  • Free, 24/7 shuttle transportation and security in every residence, for every student
  • Workout facilities, common areas, entertainment venues.
  • Restaurants, common kitchens and individual kitchen units.
  • Living Learning Communities connect first-year students in RiverView, Cambridge Commons and Sandburg, where they live, attend class and engage in community service together.

Learn about all housing services and amenities

Housing preferences are taken into account during the assignment process, which is run by random lottery.

Learn about room assignments and other policies

UWM requires all first-time, full-time freshmen who are 20 years of age or younger as of September 1 at the beginning of the academic year in question to live in University Housing residence halls, where availability allows.

Learn about UWM's Mandatory Housing Requirement

Apartments and Neighborhood Housing

Good neighbors make good students. Thousands of UWM students walk/bike/bus to class, work, libraries, internships and all the arts and cultural programming you could ask for in a major metropolitan city. They achieve this unique work-school-life balance by living near campus, with the support and expertise of the Office of Neighborhood Housing, which provides the following services.

  • Searchable database of approved UWM-area landlords and properties
  • Free review of student lease before signing on the dotted line
  • Rent discount program
  • Expertise in local zoning, property, neighborhood laws and issues
  • Tenants Rights workshops
  • Student-neighbor liaisons who live and work in UWM neighborhoods
  • Campus and neighborhood programming to get students acquainted and comfortable in their new neighborhoods

Learn about Neighborhood Housing

Parking & Transit

We offer a menu of affordable transportation resources to meet the needs of every UWM student – anywhere in southeastern Wisconsin.

  • Student-only parking structure in the Northwest Quadrant
  • Free 24/7 shuttle to-and-from five UWM residence halls
  • BOSS – late-night escort services that accompany students walking from campus to home
  • UPASS – a semester-long pass for unlimited free rides via the Milwaukee County Transit System
  • ZIMRIDE and Zip Car – pay-per-use ride-share and car-rental programs
  • UPARK lot – meet us on the outskirts of the UWM neighborhood, park in a secure lot and travel by bus straight to your next class!
  • Bike rentals, racks and more.

Learn more about Parking and Transit