This is a summary of options for transit serving the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee (UWM) locations throughout the Milwaukee area.
Is something missing or incorrect? Please send a correction.
UWM's main campus (called the Kenwood campus) is located near the intersection of North Maryland Avenue and East Kenwood Boulevard on Milwaukee's East Side.
Principal academic buildings and labs,
Mitchell Hall (see photo album page),
the library (see photo album page),
Student Union (see photo album page),
The KIRC (see photo album page),
and most residence halls are on the main campus.
The East Side has some great Walk Scores approaching 100. It is convenient to live car-free and attend UWM.1
Bublrbikes.com bike-sharing provides self-service bike rental stations where you can pick up a bike, ride it, and return it to any other station. There are bublr bike stations throughout Milwaukee and three on UWM's main campus.
Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS)2 serves UWM main campus with over 10 bus lines.
Students can get a UPASS
which looks like an MCard but will allow current UWM students to ride any MCTS bus for no charge.
UWM Faculty and staff can get a
Commuter Value Pass (CVP).
Note that you can take a bike on the bus--you can load it on a rack at the bus front.
The ProwlLine is a
circulating bus for UWM students from the main campus to residence halls:
Cambridge Commons, Riverview, and Kenilworth Square.
is safe ride service available to UWM students and serves the main
campus as well as parts of the east side of Milwaukee,
Riverwest, and Shorewood.
My advice to anyone attending any college: do not have a car. Live on or near campus and focus entirely on your studies and the life of the campus. Being car-free helps you do that.
I attended UWM for graduate school and taught at UWM entirely car-free (and debt-free).
This is a very good bus system.
The system offers real-time tracking online or by text message. There are services for special events--festival buses as well as special buses out to home games of the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks.
The City of Milwaukee and its residents give away free parking spots around the campus to encourage students to drive and park there. I do not recommend taking or using a car or this subsidy at all while attending UWM.
East of Main Campus
The Hefter Center is a conference center owned by
UWM at 3271 N Lake Drive.
It hosts special events, conferences,
and some classes of UWM's Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning.
You can walk to the Hefter Center from the main campus. From the nearest MCTS bus stop at Hartford and North Downer Avenue, it is about 500 meters, or about a 5-minute walk.
BOSS is safe ride service available to UWM students and serves the Hefter Center.
The UWM Alumni House is at 3230 E Kenwood Boulevard.
You can walk to the Alumni House from the main campus. From the nearest MCTS bus stop at Kenwood Boulevard and North Downer Avenue, it is about 700 meters, or about a 7-minute walk.
BOSS is safe ride service available to UWM students and serves the Alumni House.
South of Main Campus
Riverview, Cambridge Residence Halls and Kenilworth Square
UWM students can choose to live at residence halls on either side of the Milwaukee River at North Avenue. Kenilworth Square (see photo album page),
just south of North Avenue on Farwell is home to the Peck School of the Arts and also has some apartments.
The ProwlLine is a circulating bus for UWM students from the main campus to residence halls: Cambridge Commons, Riverview, and Kenilworth Square.
BOSS is safe ride service available to UWM students and serves Cambridge Commons, Riverview, and Kenilworth Square.
School of Continuing Education
UWM's School of Continuing Education has offices, classrooms, and a conference center located at the Plankinton Building in downtown Milwaukee at
161 West Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 6000 (see photo album page).
Bublrbikes.com bike-sharing program has a bike station at the corner of West Freshwater Way and South Second Street.
UWM's School of Freshwater Science is at 600 East Greenfield Ave (see photo album page) on the Harbor Campus.
Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) serves the Harbor Campus with several bus lines. It is about a 500-meter walk from the MCTS bus stop at South First Street and East Greenfield Avenue and the Freshwater School.
There is a very good system of bicycle trails near the UWM Harbor campus.
The KK River Trail (see photo album page) has an access point
in the Freshwater Plaza, just next to Cermak's grocery store, on its south side.
UWM's Innovation Accelerator for research
is located at 1225 Discovery Parkway (see photo album page).
Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) serves the Innovation Accelerator with the Gold and 67 bus lines. It is about a 500-meter walk from the MCTS bus stop at Watertown Plank and 8900 Block (stop 572) and the Innovation Accelerator.
You can find more connections to the city of Milwaukee, its region, and the world through the links at MKE Transit.