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In Summer 2019, University Housing will embark in a multi-year renovation project in the Sandburg Traditional Towers of North, South, and West. In Fall 2019, RiverView Residence Hall will transition to a first-year focus building.

However, over the last two years, RiverView has undergone a number of changes that may present opportunities for our incoming first-year students who are assigned to live in RiverView. Among those previously-effected changes:

  1. The Bridge Market (convenience store) ended operations, as students began using Pick’N’Save (across the street) to purchase groceries and supplies. The space opened up by the Market’s departure will become a game room and social lounge for 2019-2020.
  2. Students gained increased access to new kitchens that were installed throughout the building (two per floor).

University Housing is committed to giving our RiverView Residents the best possible experience, and therefore is planning additional modifications in advance of Fall 2019. These changes were determined after discussions with current South Campus Residents, and our Student Housing Administrative Council (hall government organization). Among those changes are:

  1. Renovating a prior classroom into the South Campus Cinema. The Cinema will feature theatre-style seating, improved projection and sound, and movies three nights a week, similar to Sandburg Flicks. The Cinema will also be available for video games/television when not used for other events.
  2. Adding a RiverView Express Shuttle, that will run directly from RiverView to Golda Meir Library, and back. RiverView Express will leave RiverView on the :00s and :30s of the hour, and depart the Library on the :15s and :45s of the hour. In addition, RiverView will continued to be served by the UWM Prowl Line Shuttle on its regular schedule.
  3. Launching Free Laundry Days. University Housing will be hosting monthly Free Laundry Days throughout the year, presented by University Housing leadership organizations. RiverView Residents will be able to get laundry paid during certain hours by University Housing (includes washing and drying). While staffing the room, orgs will be available to answer questions and publicize opportunities for residents.
  4. Hosting the Events with The View Signature Event Series. Monthly events will feature notable locations and experiences throughout Milwaukee.
  5. Adding a foosball table and a shuffle board game to the game room and relocating that game room to the lounge on the entry-floor of the building to make it more accessible.
  6. Free loft rental AND Set-up (a $150 value).
  7. Free Micro-Fridge Rental (a $150 value).

Finally, University Housing is offering the following incentives for students who make living in RiverView one of their preferences in the Housing Contract, and are subsequently assigned there (and move-in):

  1. Priority appointment times for Returner Self Assignment (An annual event in February, where students choose their rooms/suites for the next academic year).

To schedule a RiverView tour, please contact the University Housing Outreach Team at (414) 229-3158 or uhmktg@uwm.edu.

Nice Neighborhood

RiverView is located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Milwaukee. A grocery store is across the street, and  movie, rock-climbing, and bowling venues, plus restaurants at every price point are within a two-mile radius – and that’s on foot. Or, students can rent a Bublr Bike or use their U-Pass to get around town with ease and affordability.

Campus Connections

  • Security monitoring, service desk, and mail room operations
  • Cost includes all utilities, cable television, and high-speed internet service
  • Free shuttle service to campus
  • A Residence Life staff provides support while respecting residents’ independence.


Living Learning Communities at RiverView

2018-2019 2019-2020
Transfer Community Art & Design
Early Childhood Education
Transfer Community
RiverView Residence Hall is located at the intersection of Commerce Street and North Avenue – just across the river from Cambridge Commons. Within walking distance you’ll find two grocery stores, multiple restaurants and coffee shops, and independent movie theater, and locally owned stores and boutiques.

2340 North Commerce Street
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Suites & Rooms

Rooms include:

  • 2 Extra-long twin beds
  • 2 Dressers
  • 2 Desks & chairs
  • 2 Small filing cabinets
  • 1 Large walk-through closet
  • Carpet

All suites include:

  • Bathroom (toilet & shower)
  • Vanity with two sinks
  • Individual climate control with air conditioning
  • Durable floor coverings

Although individual room measurements may vary, suites look like the one in the diagram below.

RiverView Suite Layout


Suite/Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • High-speed internet
  • Cable television
  • Large walk-through closets
  • Vanity separate from bathroom

Building Amenities

  • Terrace overlooking Milwaukee River
  • Grab’N’Go Food Items at Service Desk
  • Classrooms
  • Fitness room
  • Study and social lounges on each floor
  • Laundry
A limited amount of parking is available for RiverView residents in the first floor garage. Visit www.uwm.edu/parking to view the rates and procedures to request a permit.
Visitor parking is available on Commerce Street. See the posted signs for parking guidelines. Residents and guests should take care not to park in the private parking lots near RiverView.
Art Collection
Professional artwork as you’ll see in this collection is, within University Housing, exclusive to RiverView Residence Hall. The artwork was purchased with funds from the UWM Real Estate Foundation, the organization which also financed the construction of RiverView Residence Hall and Cambridge Commons Residence Hall.The art was selected by the RiverView Art Committee, formed in spring 2009 to include UWM faculty and students, University Housing staff and residents, and community members. Most of the art featured here is by artists living and working in the nearby Riverwest neighborhood, and some is by students of UWM.

The goals of the Foundation and Committee are manifold, but chiefly they are

  • Educational
  • to connect residents with their curriculum and goals, as well as with their artistically rich community
  • Relationship & Community based
  • to connect residents with each other, with community members, and with organizations and events
  • Environmental
  • to connect residents to their environment, and increase the sense of shared ownership of and appreciation for their home

The themes of the art in this collection are reflective of these goals, but are also relevant to the college experience and serve as an extension of residents’ education at UWM. Additionally, much of the work speaks to the human experience and is meant to evoke emotions and meaningful conversation.

The pieces in the lobby and cafeteria stairwell are by local artists, while the prints in each study lounge were acquired from a national source.  Please show respect for the art, artists, and RiverView residents by not touching the art.

RiverView Art Committee


Video Tour: Lydia’s Room

Tours of Cambridge Commons, RiverView, and Sandburg Traditional Towers (North, South, and West) occur on a predetermined schedule. Tours of Kenilworth Square Apartments, Purin Hall, and Sandburg East Tower, may schedule tours with at least 48 hours notice (subject to availability). To inquire about tour possibilities, contact the University Housing Student Outreach Assistants at (414) 229-3158 or uhmktg@uwm.edu.