Are you looking to deck out your new off-campus home? Have you never been to IKEA? Are you craving those famous meatballs? Join us this Fall Welcome for the first ever IKEA trip! We’ll be taking several bus-loads of UWM students to IKEA for free!

On This Page:

  • Event Details
  • Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip
  • FAQ’s

Event Details

What: Free transportation to IKEA to find the perfect decor for your off-campus home
Who: All UWM students are welcome until the buses fill. First-come, first-served.
When: Thursday, August 30th, sign-up in the Union Concourse at 10:30am, and buses will depart beginning at 11am. We will be arriving back on campus around 5pm, as buses fill.
Where: Head to the Union Concourse to sign-up. Buses will load outside the Union off Kenwood Blvd. Once full, each bus will depart for IKEA in Oak Creek!

Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip

  1. Wear comfortable shoes so you can cover all 293,000 sq. feet of IKEA with ease!
  2. Eat ahead of time and budget in spending money for lunch in the IKEA cafeteria. Check out their menu and pricing here: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/food/ You may also want to consider eating lunch right away to beat the rush.
  3. Join IKEA Family to receive members only discounts and freebies like free coffee or tea in the cafeteria! https://info.ikea-usa.com/family/?src=on_we_gofm_0000_560 This is a free membership!
  4. Plan ahead! Make a list of what items you are looking for and even consider measuring your rooms and space available ahead of time. IKEA’s website also offers get planning tools here: https://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/customer-service/about-our-products/planning-tools/index.html You can also download the IKEA App on your phone.
  5. Bring your roommates and friends! You’ll want a second opinion when deciding which futon to buy or which couch pillows are the best. Plus, having your best buds will make your trip more fun and easier to get your newest additions home with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never been to IKEA before! What is it and what is it like?
IKEA is a home furnishings store and offers items for sale from forks to futons and everything in between. You can check out their “Back to College” section here: https://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/back-to-college/ Additionally, the store is broken down in to several parts:

  1. Show rooms: You can see actual rooms set up with all IKEA items. This is where you get your ideas flowing!
  2. Cafeteria: After checking out all of the show rooms, you’re bound to be hungry and ready to take a quick break. Stop in the cafeteria midway through for a delicious bite to eat!
  3. Small item shopping: After fueling up, find everything you need like plates, utensils, towels, and more.
  4. Warehouse: This is where all the large furniture items are located. On your way to the registers, you can find your new futon on the shelves so you don’t have to carry it through the whole store with you.
  5. Registers: Buy your stuff and be on your way!

It sounds like a maze! How do I know the way to go?
IKEA has conveniently located arrows displayed throughout the showrooms to direct you through the store. Additionally, the pamphlet that is provided when you get to the store has a map included in it.

What do I do if I see something in the showroom that I want right away?
When you arrive, you will grab a pencil, packet, and a measuring tape. You can write down item numbers and information so you can easily located them in the warehouse later.

How long does it take to get through the store?
When trip leaders did a test run, they spent 3 and a half hours in the store! This could be longer or shorter depending on how busy the store is, what you are interested in looking at, if you stop and eat lunch, etc.

What time will we get to IKEA?
Depending on when each bus fills, we plan to arrive at IKEA between 10:30 and 11:00am.

When will the first bus go back to campus?
The first bus will leave IKEA around 3pm or whenever the first bus fills, whichever is later.

Do I have to ride the bus back?
No, but anyone who does not take the bus back must sign a waiver stating they are taking responsibility for their own transportation home.

Do I have to buy something to come on the trip?
Absolutely Not! Everyone is welcome whether they are looking for a new bed or just want to check out the only IKEA in Wisconsin.

How much money should I bring?
This totally depends on what you are looking to purchase. We recommend browsing items online (don’t forget about lunch) to get a feel for how much you might want to spend.

I might want to buy a futon or a bed frame (something large). How do I get it home?
Anything you can fit on the bus with you, you are welcome to bring with. Keep in mind that most IKEA furniture comes in pieces that need to be put together which makes the boxes smaller than you might expect. If you purchase something that doesn’t fit on the bus you can use IKEA’s delivery service or get creative and take a Lyft or Uber back to campus.

I live on-campus in the residence halls. Can I come?!
Yes! All UWM students are welcome! You may even want to check out the “IKEA College Checklist” beforehand. Keep in mind certain items (like some lamps) are not allowed in University Housing. It is your responsibility to be mindful of prohibited items so they don’t get confiscated during safety inspections.