Sitting on the coast of beautiful Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is a big, bustling city with a friendly, small town feel. Milwaukee celebrates its history with cultural festivals throughout the year, while it invests in its future with urban renewal and water technology. Come see for yourself what makes our city special.
Why We Love Milwaukee
Mark your summer calendar for outdoor music festivals, a 24-hour bike race, sunny days on the beach and a small army of food trucks. In fall, tour some of the city’s oldest architecture during Doors Open or go on a nature walk along one of Milwaukee’s many nature trails. When winter hits, go ice-skating downtown, then warm up at the botanical domes. No matter what the weather is like, there’s always something to see or do in Milwaukee.
One of the best parts of living in Milwaukee is that there’s something here for everyone. If you love the outdoors, explore hundreds of miles of multi-use bike/walking trails, enjoy one of our many parks or even try surfing (really!). If you’re a history buff, stop by the Harley-Davidson Museum or the Chudnow Museum for glimpses into Milwaukee’s fascinating past. And coffee aficionados have their pick of dozens of coffee shops and roasters, like Anodyne, Colectivo and Kickapoo Coffee. Or simply celebrate the city with one of Milwaukee’s many festivals, like Summerfest, Bastille Days and German Fest.
“In Milwaukee, there are a lot of places you can go and ways you can get there, even if you’re on a budget. I always check out Black Cat Alley on the East Side. And then there’s the Art Museum and Discovery World. Milwaukee has a lot of out-of-the-box things.”
Junior, Education major
From Woodbury, Minnesota
Career & Connections
One of the key advantages UW-Milwaukee students have is the city and the strong career network it provides. In fact, 1,734 companies actively recruit interns and employees from UWM each year. Many of those internships turn into full-time jobs for students after they’ve graduated. And because 74 percent of UWM alumni live in Wisconsin, all of our students graduate with a valuable, career-building resource they can rely on for years to come.
Our university also gives back to the community through volunteer opportunities, service-learning courses and leadership programs. Not only does this help make the city of Milwaukee a better place to live, it provides UWM students with real-world experience and more opportunities to make community connections.
Jump-Start Your Career
UWM’s connections with hundreds of employers in the Milwaukee area and across the nation can help you land internships and find your first job. In this slideshow, you’ll meet just a few of our recent graduates who accepted job offers before commencement. To learn more about opportunities at UWM, visit our Career Planning and Resource Center.
UWM in the Community
Connecting with the local community is a great way to build a network, develop leadership skills and leave your mark on UWM and Milwaukee. It’s also a meaningful way to get to know your classmates and the surrounding city.
UW-Milwaukee is nestled in the heart of the city’s upper east side, a residential, tree-lined community just five minutes from Bradford Beach. We’re near a huge range of great restaurants, small businesses, independent movie theaters and plenty of coffee shops. Plus, it’s easy to get around, whether that means renting a Bublr bike, hopping on a bus or enjoying the sights on foot. Here are a few of our favorite neighborhood hot spots:
Just south of campus is Downer Avenue, where you can stop for pizza at Pizza Man, see what’s new at Downer Theater and browse the bookshelves at Boswell Book Company — all on one block!
Milwaukee’s most eclectic street, Brady Street covers eight blocks of diverse restaurants (from Thai to tacos), colorful shops and historic businesses that reflect Brady Street’s cultural heritage, like Glorioso’s Italian Market.
Five minutes southeast of campus is Bradford Beach, a popular spot for sunbathers, volleyball players and anyone who wants a refreshing dip in Lake Michigan.
Take a nature walk, go for a run, enjoy a picnic, visit North Point Lighthouse or just sit back, relax and take it all in. Lake Park is the perfect oasis in the city.
UW-Milwaukee sits on the upper east side of Milwaukee, which means it’s close to the excitement and energy of downtown, but also far enough away that UWM students get to enjoy a campus surrounded by plenty of trees, cute homes and coffee shops. (Plus, we’re only 5 minutes from Lake Michigan!) Living on UW-Milwaukee’s compact campus offers the perfect balance of bustling urban environment and safe, scenic residential neighborhood.