External Relations Student Assistants
External Relations Student Assistants (ERSA) help build relationships between UW-Milwaukee’s off-campus students and long-term residents living in the neighborhood. They provide resources to students living off-campus and represent students in neighborhood association meetings. They also produce and deliver newsletters in the neighborhood with seasonal information on renting, safety, and nearby events. ERSA’s have significant leadership and administrative responsibilities in the office and are your first point of contact regarding any neighborhood housing needs and concerns. In addition to daily office functions, they serve in a variety of capacities, including managing website listings for available housing arrangements, assisting student tenants regarding their rights and responsibilities, and making referrals to campus and community resources.
Hello, my name is Abby Christensen and I am majoring in Kinesiology and intend to attend graduate school for physical therapy. I have been living off campus since 2018 and I absolutely love it! Living off campus has allowed me to spend more time experiencing the city of Milwaukee. I enjoy spending time exploring Milwaukee such as attending sporting events and visiting local coffee shops and restaurants and going to Bradford Beach. The Neighborhood Housing Office is such a great resource for all UWM students who interested in living off campus. I would recommend using the NHO Listing Service which provides available properties, potential roommates and landlord reviews.
Hello, my name is Bree Schabow and I am majoring in Nutritional Sciences! I have been living off-campus since 2017 and I am enjoying my freedom as well as living with some of my best friends. Living off-campus has also given me the opportunity to live in Milwaukee during my favorite season of summer. Some of my favorite things to do around Milwaukee include Bradford Beach, festivals and enjoying coffee at the many different coffee shops. The Neighborhood Housing Office is a great resource for creating positive experiences when looking to rent off-campus. I would highly recommend using the NHO Listing Service to get updated available places to rent, park and find your future roommate(s)!
Hi! My name is Rylie and I am majoring in Marketing and Finance here at UWM. After my undergrad, I hope to continue and receive my Master's degree in Business Administration. I have lived off campus since 2018 and it has been the best experience! Living off campus not only lets me live with my best friends, but it also lets me be independent and feel like a real community member of Milwaukee. One of my absolute favorite things about Milwaukee is how diverse it is, so I love exploring new restaurants and festivals around the city with my friends. Also, it's home to some of Wisconsin's best features such as Lake Michigan, Miller Park and Fiserv Forum. The Neighborhood Housing Office is one of the reasons why I felt so comfortable moving off campus, so getting to talk with students and help them feel comfortable in their transition to move as well is my favorite aspect of working in the office. I think the coolest event that NHO puts on is the Housing Fair where students get to meet with various landlords and management companies to search for their perfect fit, all while being on campus!
Hi! My name is Emi. I am a graduate student in the department of Educational Psychology earning my Master's in Clinical Mental Health. I graduated in from UW Parkside in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a double minor in Sociology and Criminal Justice. I have been living off campus since 2017 and could not imagine living any other way! My favorite thing about living off campus is that I can live with my cat, Macho. I also enjoy being able to embrace my inner Gordon Ramsey and cook whatever and whenever I want in my kitchen. I love the freedom of being able to make my own choices and explore everything Milwaukee has to offer. The Neighborhood Housing Office is a great resource to utilize if you are thinking about making the switch to live off campus. Our online listing service makes it convenient and fast to comb through listings for roommates, apartments, our preferred tenant program, and our good neighbor program.
Hi! My name is Alyssa, and I am the Neighborhood Housing and Relations Manager at UWM. I am a #PantherProud alumna and am excited to serve the surrounding UWM community since graduating with a B.A. in Communication in 2015 and having earned a M.S. from Western Illinois University in the College Student Personnel: Student Affairs program in 2017. It is my responsibility to serve students and community members alike, working to foster positive relationship in the neighborhood. I oversee the Neighborhood Housing Office (NHO) events, programs, and resources, and supervise the student staff team in the Neighborhood Housing Office, the External Relations Student Assistants.
My favorite resource offered in the NHO is our rental listing service which is a great resource for both students looking for a place to rent as well as NHO approved landlords to post their listings for our students. Our service is monitored and vetted daily, and is an excellent place for students to start when looking to move off-campus and to the area surrounding UWM.
UWM has and continues to provide me with a plethora of opportunities to grow as a person and a professional. I appreciate the strong commitment to the Milwaukee community, access to higher education, and academic excellence as we are a top-ranking institution. I look forward to continue serving my alma mater, UWM students and the Milwaukee Community and exploring new ways to engage the community.