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.
Submit your university housing application today. Housing preferences are taken into account during the assignment process, which is run by random lottery.
Visit universityhousing.uwm.edu for more information.
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.
UWM’s Main East-side Campus
Sandburg Halls of Residence
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.
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.
One mile south of UWM by shuttle, bike, foot.
The UWM housing community grew in the mid-2000s, as more freshman and sophomore students made UWM their first-choice university. To offer each of them a UWM address three new university residences were built one mile from our East Side campus.
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.
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.
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.
Live Where you Learn
Students make friends easier, feel more connected to their college and do better academically when they live on campus.
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 – vary by residence.
- Restaurants, common kitchens and individual kitchen units – vary by residence.
- Living Learning Communities that connect first-year students in RiverView, Cambridge Commons and Sandburg, where they live, attend class and engage in community service together.
UWM Mandatory Housing Requirement
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 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. The following students are eligible to request an exemption from the residency requirement: those living with parents or guardians, those who are 21 years of age or older (as of 9/1), veterans, students who are married or who have an affidavit of domestic partnership, or those student who are themselves parents or guardians. Read more.
Neighborhood Housing & Neighborhood Relations
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 our fully staffed Office of Neighborhood Housing.
The Office of Neighborhood Housing provides:
- 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/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
Neighborhood groups, property owners, transfer students, senior students and parents rely on the Office of Neighborhood Housing to keep our neighborhoods safe and attractive, and to connect students to the address they need to succeed at UWM. Contact us anytime.
Parking & Transit
It doesn’t matter where you live.
Parking and transit offers a menu of affordable transportation resources to meet the needs of every UWM student – anywhere in southeastern Wisconsin. Services are free, unless otherwise noted.
- 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.
More info at parking.uwm.edu