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Edited by John December

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.

Main Campus
Kenwood Campus
The University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee (As of 2016, a Tier 1 Research Institution)
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 available photo album page), the library (see photo album page available photo album page), Student Union (see photo album page available photo album page), The KIRC (see photo album page available photo album page), and most residence halls are on the main campus.
Walk SignThe East Side has some great Walk Scores approaching 100. It is convenient to live car-free and attend UWM.1
Bike Route SignThere is a very good system of bicycle trails in Milwaukee. See the county "Oak Leaf Trail" and Milwaukee By Bike.
Bublr BikeBublrbikes.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.
Bus SignMilwaukee 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.
ProwlLine Sign The ProwlLine is a circulating bus for UWM students from the main campus to residence halls: Cambridge Commons, Riverview, and Kenilworth Square.
BOSS Sign BOSS 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.
Bus SignWisconsin Coach Lines connections includes UWM's main campus.
Bus SignBadger Bus serves UWM's main campus on selected days.
Auto Sign You can use car-sharing in Milwaukee: Zipcar and Zimride for UWM provide memberships. 3
Taxi Sign You can use Uber, lyft, TAXIMKE.com (app), BidRide, or yellow pages.
Footnotes
  1. My advice to anyone attending any college: do not have a car. Live on or close to 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
Hefter Center
UWM Hefter Center
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.
Walk SignYou 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 SignBOSS is safe ride service available to UWM students and serves the Hefter Center.
Alumni House
The UWM Alumni House is at 3230 E Kenwood Boulevard.
Walk Sign 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 SignBOSS 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's Cambridge Commons
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 available photo album page), just south of North Avenue on Farwell is home to the Peck School of the Arts and also has some apartments.
Bus SignThe ProwlLine is a circulating bus for UWM students from the main campus to residence halls: Cambridge Commons, Riverview, and Kenilworth Square.
BOSS SignBOSS is safe ride service available to UWM students and serves Cambridge Commons, Riverview, and Kenilworth Square.
Bus SignMilwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) serves UWM's Kenilworth Square and River residence halls with several bus lines.
Bublr LogBublrbikes.com bike-sharing program has a bike station at each of the locations: Cambridge Commons, Riverview, and Kenilworth Square.
West of Main Campus
University Services and Research Building
The UWM University Services and Research Building (USR) is at 115 East Reindl Way.
Bus SignMilwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) serves the area of the USR Building which is about a 500-meter walk from the MCTS bus stop at North Richards Street and Capitol Drive.
BOSS SignBOSS is safe ride service available to UWM students and serves the USR Building.
Downtown
UWM Panther Arena
UWM's Panther Arena, seating over 12,000 people, hosts UWM and other sports and entertainment events, is at 400 West Kilbourn Avenue (see photo album page available photo album page).
Bus SignMilwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) serves the UWM Panther Arena with several bus lines.
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 available photo album page).
Bus SignMilwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) serves the Plankinton Building with several bus lines.
Bus SignWisconsin Coach Lines connections include Milwaukee's downtown with stops right near the Plankinton Building.
Bublr LogBublrbikes.com bike-sharing program has a bike station at the Plankinton Building.
Train SignMilwaukee's Intermodal Station, where you can pick up various bus lines and the Amtrak train, is just a 1 km (10-minute) walk away from the Plankinton Building
Zilber School at The Brewery
Zilber School of Public Health entrance
UWM's Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health is located at 1240 North 10th Street, in the Brewery development in downtown Milwaukee.
Bus SignMilwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) serves the Zilber School with the 33 bus line.
Walker's Point
Global Water Center
Global Water Center, 247 Freshwater Way
UWM is a partner in the Global Water Center at 247 W Freshwater Way Suite 330, in the Reed Street Yards (see photo album page available photo album page).
Bus SignMilwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) serves the Global Water Center with several bus lines.
Bike Route SignThere is a very good system of bicycle trails near the Global Water Center. See the Hank Aaron State Trail which goes right to the Reed Street Yards. See also Milwaukee By Bike.
Bublr LogBublrbikes.com bike-sharing program has a bike station at the corner of West Freshwater Way and South Second Street.
Milwaukee
Harbor Campus
UWM School of Freshwater Sciences
UWM's School of Freshwater Science is at 600 East Greenfield Ave (see photo album page available photo album page) on the Harbor Campus.
Bus SignMilwaukee 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.
Bike Route SignThere is a very good system of bicycle trails near the UWM Harbor campus. The KK River Trail (see photo album page available photo album page) has an access point in the Freshwater Plaza, just next to Cermak's grocery store, on its south side.
Innovation Accelerator
UWM Innovation Accelerator - UWM Innovation Campus
UWM's Innovation Accelerator for research is located at 1225 Discovery Parkway (see photo album page available photo album page).
Bus SignMilwaukee 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.
More
You can find more connections to the city of Milwaukee, its region, and the world through the links at MKE Transit.

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