UWM University Housing Tours

Plan Your Visit!

We encourage you to reach out to any of our campus partners for assistance or meetings you may need in order to maximize time during your visit. Schedule the most important meetings first and then work in other appointments or events based on priority and availability. UWM’s own Welcome Center (through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions) has multiple resources available to help plan your entire visit, including full campus tours (which incorporate Sandburg Hall) and information about seeing the sights around Milwaukee!

If you would like to speak individually with a University Housing staff member during your visit (or have additional housing questions after leaving campus), please email housing@uwm.edu.

Once you know what you want to accomplish while visiting UWM, check out our University Housing-Only tour options!

South Campus Residence Halls
During this 40-minute tour, guests will be introduced to both RiverView and Cambridge Commons, two of UWM University Housing’s 4 on-campus, residential facilities and home to a mix of first-year and continuing students. A 475-resident property built in 2008, RiverView is seated on the west bank of the Milwaukee River, providing river access and a tranquil setting. Cambridge Commons, a 700-resident building erected in 2010, is seated on the east bank of the Milwaukee River and provides stunning views, river access, and a metropolitan vibe. Guests will have the opportunity to get a feel for not only what RiverView and Cambridge Commons provide its residents, but also what the surrounding community offers. Areas that will be shown during the tour include standard (RiverView) and double-upgrade (Cambridge) suites, community kitchens, study and lounge spaces, residential cafe, security/service desks, UWM’s own convenience store, and more.
Kenilworth Square Apartments
Originally built in 1914 as a Ford Model T plant, Kenilworth Square opened in August 2006 with remodeled apartments offering truly unique living options on Milwaukee’s Eastside. During a 20-minute tour, guests will get a glimpse into the features that make this 330-resident apartment complex a competitive option for graduate students and upperclassmen, 21 years of age or older. Along with shared amenities such as a fitness room and laundry facilities, inside Kenilworth, guests will see a standard 3-bedroom apartment which includes a full kitchen, sitting area and beautiful 14-foot ceilings. In addition to a comfortable, secure living space, residents have the opportunity to partake in many Peck School of the Arts events hosted right inside Kenilworth.
Sandburg Hall
During a 20-minute tour, guests will get a look into Sandburg Hall, the largest of UWM University Housing’s 4 on-campus, residential facilities. The three Traditional Towers of Sandburg (North, South and West), built in 1970, house the majority of incoming first-year students. Along with East Tower (built in 2000, housing upperclassmen), over half of UWM’s student residents live in Sandburg, many scoring terrific high-rise views of Lake Michigan and the upper east side of the city. Sandburg is conveniently located near the Klotche Center, Campus Police and numerous classroom and faculty office buildings. Guests will have the opportunity to get a feel for UWM’s traditional residential college experience. Areas that will be shown during the tour include a standard suite, common kitchen, study and lounge spaces, residential cafe, security/service desk, UWM’s own convenience store and coffee shop, and more.

*Private tours of a suite in Sandburg Hall East Tower may only be scheduled via email or phone call, with at least 2 business days’ notice (subject to availability). To inquire about East Tower suite viewing possibilities, contact the University Housing Outreach Office at uhmktg@uwm.edu or call (414) 229-3518.


Scheduling A Housing Tour

Note: Unfortunately, tour suites within our communities are not ADA compliant. If you have questions regarding accessibility, contact us ( uhmktg@uwm.edu | (414) 229-3518) prior to scheduling. 

Housing-Only Tours Spring 2024 ScheduleFor all tour options above, you must register at least 24 hours in advance within a predetermined schedule.

After selecting your date and time, please refer to important information in the following sections to make your tour run smoothly once you arrive.

Check-in & Parking
University Housing is, unfortunately, unable to provide complimentary or validated parking. 

South Campus: (Includes both RiverView and Cambridge) All South Campus tours begin at RiverView. Street parking (only) across North Avenue, on N Commerce Street. Meet your Outreach Assistant inside the glass vestibule, just inside the main doors.

Kenilworth Square Apartments: Metered public parking garage (off Farwell Avenue) and street parking available. Buzz the front desk from inside the main door vestibule to be let into the lobby where you will meet your Outreach Assistant.

Sandburg Residence Hall: Street parking along Maryland Avenue (metered before the circle drive and 1-Hour free just past Sandburg garage drive) or metered public parking on the upper-level only of Sandburg garage. Paid parking also available in the Pavilion and Northwest Quad Garages. Meet your Outreach Assistant inside the Sandburg Lobby, prior to entering through security, at the seating area next to the garage elevator.

Note: There is no free parking in campus garages or lots. Parking is enforced at all times 24 hours/7 days a week. There is no grace period before parking has been paid for or after the paid time has expired.

Arrival Time
Please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before your University Housing tour. Your tour guide (Outreach Assistant) will meet you in the lobby or vestibule near the main entrance doors.
Meet Our Tour Guides
Outreach Assistant, Ariel Alt Hi! I’m Ariel Alt and I’m a third year Film student. I’m from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. A fun fact about me is that I love to travel, so I hope to one day travel around the world or visit as many countries as I can.
Hi, my name is Sindhuja. I’m from India. I came to UWM to study Masters in Health Care Informatics. It’s been almost a year since I came to Milwaukee, although I miss my family and my Country, but I’m loving everything about this Milwaukee city and my university.
Ayush, Outreach Assistant Hi! I am Ayush, a passionate computer science student with a love for technology. I am constantly exploring the latest advancements in the tech industry and how they can be applied to solve real-world problems. I find UWM to be a nice place to pursue your college degree and build great friendships.
Number of Guests
To give everyone the best experience when touring our communities, our tour sizes are capped at a total of 20 people. If you’d like to request an additional guest on the day of your event, email uhmktg@uwm.edu or call (414) 229-3518 and we will check to see if space is available. If you bring additional guests and our maximum is exceeded, we unfortunately will not be able to accommodate them and they will be asked to wait outside for the duration of the tour.
Our public restrooms will be available for use. We strongly encourage abiding by public health guidelines, including washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or using hand sanitizer when hand washing is unavailable.