As much as Milwaukee is a major center of culture and commerce, it’s also a college town. Thousands of the city’s residents are attending one of the city’s several universities, including Marquette, UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. The busy schedule of students demands a close living proximity to ensure they can get to class and get home to study without spending hours on the road every day — but the budget of students can make finding convenient housing a complicated endeavor. So we’ve done the research, and we’ve dug up several cheap houses for rent in Milwaukee, near some of the city’s biggest campuses.
Rental Houses Near Marquette University (& Downtown Campuses)
The sprawling Marquette University campus is just east of downtown, along West Wisconsin Avenue. This central location also puts it near MATC and MSOE, which is just across the Milwaukee River. Here are a few cheap houses perfect for students at downtown schools.
This charming two-story home near Norris Park has four bedrooms and a low rent of just $2,400 — if you split it with three other students, it comes down to just $600 per person. The spacious rental includes two bathrooms and a yard.
Minutes from Marquette, this five-bedroom, two-bathroom home has off-street parking, a front porch, hardwood floors, a fireplace, and a spacious yard — all for just $3,.050 per month.
Right on the Milwaukee riverfront, this downtown townhouse has two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, a one-car garage plus one outdoor space, on-site laundry, three decks, a fireplace and — unlike most rentals you’re likely to find — a boat slip. At less than $2,500 a month, this rental is ideal for MSOE or MIAD students who are on a budget but also don’t want to sacrifice space or scenery.
Rental Houses Near UW-Milwaukee
On the upper east side, near Shorewood and Riverwest, UW-Milwaukee stands in primarily a residential neighborhood, which offers plenty of rental home opportunities. Here are a few for the budget-minded.
This beautiful four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is less than a block from campus, not even requiring so much as a bicycle to get to class on time. The living room boasts built-in shelves and a gorgeous wooden staircase, and the recently bathrooms and kitchen have also been recently updated while maintaining a cozy dated feel. You and three roommates rent this house for $475 each.
Part of the fun of off-campus UW-Milwaukee housing is the history: Many rental homes in this student neighborhood were previously large homes or mansions, later divided into smaller rental units. This trend means your rented house will probably have decades of character and interesting architecture, which is definitely the case for this 1800s-era Victorian home. You, your roommates, and your cat can enjoy the tall ceilings, wood floors, and large bedrooms for just $1,245 per month.
Location doesn’t get much better than this: three blocks from the UW-Milwaukee campus, two blocks from lake park, and three blocks from the beautiful lakeshore itself. And this four-bedroom, two-bedroom townhome has been recently remodeled with stunning wood floors, wide staircase, gas fireplace with oversized mantle, and quartz countertops and subway tile in the kitchen. For less than $3,000 a month, this townhouse is a steal.