Undergraduate new freshmen are required to live on-campus their first year. All other international students are encouraged to live on-campus for at least their first academic year to help ease the transition to living in the U.S.

On-Campus University Housing

University Housing consists of five residence halls. Students that will live on campus should make those arrangements as soon as possible. Space is limited.

New Freshman: New freshmen are required to live on-campus for the first academic year, assuming available space. University Housing will contact you after your admission with instructions on finalizing a contract for a room.   

New Transfers and Graduate Students: University Housing is not required for new transfer students or for graduate students. To apply for University Housing, apply here as a New Resident/New Transfer Student for any of the 5 residence halls, and apply here for Kenilworth Square Apartments

Also, if you want to arrive before the official move-in date, you need to complete an early arrival form (under the Moving In/Out tab). 

Off-Campus Housing

The UWM Off Campus Resource Center assists students in finding safe, quality off-campus housing and roommates. If you would like to live off campus in an apartment or house, this is a great place to start.

UWM has partnered with Rent College Pads to create an incredible resource to help you find reliable off-campus housing options.

Temporary Housing

We recommend staying near the following neighborhoods: Shorewood, East Side, Lower East side, neighborhoods east of the Milwaukee River, as it is easier for you to get to the UWM campus.  

Make sure you read reviews to find a safe, reliable and helpful host. If you have any doubts or questions, you can often message the owner for a swift reply. As with all new places, be aware of your surroundings. 

You can find information on temporary housing options at UWM’s Off Campus Resource Center: Temporary Housing site.

You also may be able to reserve temporary housing through UWM Guest Housing