Things to Keep in Mind When Searching
- There is no shortage of available rentals off-campus. Do not allow a landlord to pressure you into signing a lease right away before you have taken advantage of the free lease review service the University Legal Clinic provides, and fully understand the terms of the contract.
- Our listing service has over 100 units available for you to view, and you can find available rentals in a variety of places online and in person. If you find a place not listed on our listing website, look at other students’ rental company ratings and call our office so we can perform a free a background check on both the landlord and the property.
- Roommates are great, and choose wisely. Check out the roommate request section of the listing service by logging in with your UWM epantherid and password. This service is exclusive to UWM students and is not available to the public. We have roommate contracts available in our office along with a variety of renting related forms at no charge.
- No more than 3 unrelated roommates! We cannot stress enough how important it is to follow this City of Milwaukee ordinance. Do not sign a lease or agree to live somewhere without being on the lease if the landlord is okay with breaking this law. This is a red flag and a preview of how reliable of a landlord they will be and can put students at significant risk for many dangers including unexpected and legal eviction!
- A lease is a legally binding contract and you will likely need a co-signer if you are a first-time renter. Co-signers are usually when someone has minimal renting history, credit, and/or if their monthly income does not meet a certain percentage of the monthly rent. Co-signers are additionally liable for all the terms of a lease, including unpaid rent or damages. Learn more about Joint & Several Liability.
- Before moving anything in, make sure you perform walk-through, take video and photos of the rental unit and fill out the check-in sheet (legally required to be provided by the landlord) so you can ensure you won’t be held liable for any existing damages.
- Get everything in writing. For your protection, make sure all your communication with your landlord or property manager is written down, signed, and dated in the event you need to provide a record of communication.
The Neighborhood Housing Office (NHO) strives to provide direct outreach and advising to help students find quality off-campus housing and roommates through education, referral, and support. We promote healthy living and civic responsibility to connect students with UW-Milwaukee and the surrounding neighborhoods. Visitors of the Neighborhood Housing Office will receive quality, in-person service from our well-trained and experienced team of student renters. We provide quality tools and strategies to make your neighborhood housing living experience a success.
By utilizing the Neighborhood Housing Office and participating in programming initiatives, students will:
- Explore the neighborhood surrounding UWM
- Gain knowledge of tenant rights and responsibilities
- Be able to identify resources available to them as student tenants
- Understand what it means to be a good neighbor and community member
- Feel a sense of belonging and responsibility to their neighborhood and community
- Be provided with current and relevant information regarding off-campus living and parking
- Receive access to the exclusive NHO listing service
Friday: Closed – By appointment only