Things to Keep in Mind When Searching

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Roommates are great, and choose wisely. We have roommate contracts available in our office along with a variety of renting related forms at no charge.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 believes in serving as a resource to support student success as both tenants and community members. We encourage civic responsibility, serve as a liaison between UWM and the community, and offer education and guidance to our constituents on the rental process and more. We promote positive living experiences in the neighborhoods near UWM through educational initiatives, referral, and outreach.

Learning Outcomes

By utilizing the Neighborhood Housing Office and participating in programming initiatives, students will:

  • Develop a sense of belonging to the City of Milwaukee by exploring the neighborhood surrounding UWM
  • Evaluate how students as individuals and as a community, demonstrate civic responsibility in the context of the diverse neighborhood surrounding UWM
  • Identify and utilize resources available to student-tenants to solve challenges and create positive experiences related to renting and living off-campus
  • Distinguish between UWM’s off-campus rental process and other University’s off-campus processes
  • Translate knowledge of tenant rights and responsibilities into an actionable plan for renting and living in the neighborhoods near UWM

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Summer Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 10am-2pm

Friday: Closed – By appointment only