Arrival to Campus

Arriving to campus is an exciting event for new students. It is important to note that F-1 students can enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the start date that is listed on the I-20. Please make sure that you arrive in time for orientations and pre-semester events, and that you submit an early arrival form to University Housing if you are living in University Housing residence halls (Sandburg, Purin, Riverview, or Cambridge Commons) or Kenilworth Square Apartments.

To assist you with transportation from either Chicago O’Hare International Airport or Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport, we have scheduled UWM Panther Pick Up on dates before new student orientations. If you aren’t able to take advantage of Panther Pick Up, please see the other resources at the bottom of this page which can assist you in getting to campus.

Looking for resources once you have arrived on campus? Try our Getting Settled page.

When to Arrive

Spring 2020 Arrival

Undergraduate students should arrive on or by Monday, January 13, 2020, a date that corresponds with our UWM Panther Pick Up at Milwaukee Mitchell and Chicago O’Hare Airports.

Schedule for Undergraduates

Graduate students with teaching/research/project assistantships should arrive no later than January 3, 2019.

Schedule for Graduate Students WITH assistantships

Graduate students without assistantships should arrive to campus by Monday, January 13, 2020. UWM Staff will provide assistance with arrival via UWM Panther Pick Up on Monday, January 13, 2020 from Milwaukee Mitchell and Chicago O’Hare airports.

Schedule for Graduate Students without assistantships

If you will live in University Housing, you will need to complete an early arrival form. Because of international student orientation and placement testing, international students must arrive in the U.S. before the residence halls are open for move-in. To apply for early arrival, you will need to fill out an early arrival form and submit it to the UWM University Housing Office by email, fax, or mail. There is a charge per night for staying in the residence halls prior to the general move-in date. The deadline to apply for early arrival is January 1 for spring semesters and August 1 for fall semesters.

UWM Panther Pick Up

As you travel to UWM from far away locations, let us help you on the final part of your journey.

Registering for the UWM Panther Pick Up will help you navigate the ground transportation from the airport Chicago O’Hare International Airport or Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport to UWM residence halls, the UWM Union, or to a residence near the UWM campus.

Directions to Campus

From Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport

From Chicago O’Hare International Airport

  • Coach USA Bus Service
    • Take a CoachUSA bus from O’Hare to Milwaukee General International Airport.
      • Purchase a ticket in advance (before you travel) and print your ticket
      • The CoachUSA bus has a pick up near the street exit of the international terminal. There is also a bus-center where you can find another pick up location. However, it will be much easier to board the bus when it pulls up in front of the international terminal.
      • The cost of the CoachUSA ticket is $25
      • Pay attention to the CoachUSA schedule as buses do not run late at night
  • Amtrak (Train) / Milwaukee City Bus
    • At O’Hare Airport, take the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line service to Chicago Union Station.
      • The CTA station is located in Terminal 2 of O’Hare Airport (not in Terminal 5). You need to take the free Airport Transit System to Terminal 2 and follow the sign to “CTA Trains” or “Trains to City.”
      • The CTA Blue Line costs $5 and takes you to downtown Chicago. You need to exit at at Clinton Station. From Clinton Station, it’s a 5 minute walk to Union Station.
    • At Chicago Union Station, take Amtrak Train service to the Milwaukee Intermodal Station.
    • From the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, take city bus Gold Line or 30/30X to UWM campus.