UW Milwaukee’s reputation precedes it as one of the finest schools in Wisconsin – go Panthers! Your experience living in the dorms may be incomparable, but at some point, the baby bird has got to leave the nest. But finding apartments near UW Milwaukee can be a bit of a challenge.
If you’ve been living on UWM’s campus up until now, it’s likely that you have just begun to scratch the surface of what Milwaukee has to offer. It’s time to explore new horizons!
So you want an apartment in Milwaukee? Unfortunately, so do many other students. Apartments near UWM’s campus go quickly, but these are often the places that are tailored to student living and have landlords experienced with student tenants. Be sure to start looking early. People usually start scoping out apartments for the next year as early as November, but the prime times for sealing the deal is in May or June. Get ahead of the curb and start touring apartments before everyone else so you’re not left in the dust.
It’s important to note that UWM’s Neighborhood Housing Office (NHO) could be a helpful part of your search. Take advantage of it. It’s one of the many services your tuition is going towards! This department will offer with you a number of invaluable resources as an off-campus student renter and will help guide you through the confusing renting process.
Never rented an apartment before? Don’t worry. Most students haven’t either! Because of this, the NHO offers a series of classes called the Preferred Tenant Program. The Preferred Tenant program educates students on off-campus living and shows them the resources they can access if they run into trouble. Completing this program will also make it easier to find an apartment, as it gives you direct access to certain landlords and property management companies in the Milwaukee area. You can register for the program by calling the NHO or shooting them an email. The sessions are typically held in early spring.
Even if you don’t have time to go through the Preferred Tenant Program, the NHO also provides a number of resources for a great off-campus experience. They have an updated list of rentable apartments in the area – currently about 268 properties – and a landlord database with ratings. If you’re looking for more options, check out our list of available Milwaukee apartments – currently more than 450 apartments around campus.
Having a good landlord-tenant relationship can make or break a housing experience, so the NHO is a fantastic resource. The NHO even has a service that allows you to find roommates! This can be especially useful if you’re an UWM transfer student looking to make new friends (without ending up in a freshmen dorm). If you know who your roommates will be, you can use Abodo to save and share your favorite places with your buddies.
This year, the NHO is hosting their 15th Annual Housing Fair. In this yearly event, students can come to learn more information about off-campus housing and network with landlords, potential roommates, and NHO staff. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the process, make time in your busy schedule to check this out.
As always, fully examine the place, thoroughly read your lease, and use your best judgment before committing (apartment search checklist). After all, this will be your home for the next year. Make it a good one!