For our incoming students, here is a starting point of how to get around Milwaukee and where to find resources. There are a few ways to get around from walking, to biking, to driving, to using public transportation.
As a student at UWM, you can check out the UW-Milwaukee Transportation Services website to get more information. The site has information on parking, permits and other transportation opportunities that are available to you as a student.
Milwaukee is a city that is pretty spread out. Now, that doesn’t mean students have no means of getting places.
For example, Lake Park is just a 25-minute walk from campus. If you don’t want to walk for half an hour you can grab a Bublr bike. What’s a Bublr bike? Bublr Bikes is a bike share program in the Milwaukee area. They have stations where you can rent a bike and return them when you are down around Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, and West Allis. You can check out their website to see how it works here: https://bublrbikes.org/.
If you prefer more pedestrian means of travel or leisure activities, check out the Oak Leaf Trail that cuts through the city of Milwaukee and takes you past sites like Lake Michigan.
Milwaukee doesn’t have a subway or elevated train system to get around Milwaukee, but parts of Milwaukee is served by “The Hop MKE” streetcar. The streetcar helps Milwaukee residents travel around the Historic Third Ward, East Town, and the Lower East Side. The Hop is free to ride. More information and hours of operation can be found on the website: https://thehopmke.com/.
Students can ride MCTS – Milwaukee County Transportation System. MCTS is the bus system in Milwaukee that is available for everyone to use.
If you want to go further, Milwaukee has an Amtrak and Greyhound Station that students can use to travel to places without using a car. Amtrak for train travel: https://www.amtrak.com/home. Greyhound for long distance bus travel: https://www.greyhound.com/.
Ride share apps like UBER and LYFT are popular and reasonably priced travel options as well.