Tuesday, August 7, 2018

What to Pack & Measurements

As move in day approaches, you may be trying to make sure you have everything you need! Another prominent question may be what fits - and what doesn't? Below, I'll share a list of what to pack, along with measurements, to hopefully help you get ready for college!

What To Bring:

  • Twin XL Sheets and Bedding
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Towels/Washcloths
  • Toiletries/Toilet Paper (You are responsible for bringing your own!)
  • Cleaning Supplies (You're responsible for cleaning the bathroom, too!)
  • Hamper/Clothes Bag/Basket & Laundry Detergent
  • Dishes
  • An Umbrella (Trust me, you'll use it!)
  • Room Decorations (It's your home for the next 9 months!)

What NOT To Bring:
  • Microwave (Microwaves are only allowed in Cambridge Commons, and they must be 700 Watts or less!)
  • Toaster/Pizza Oven/Sandwich Maker (These items are only allowed if you are in a suite with a full kitchen, such as a Cambridge Commons Upgrade, and they must stay in the kitchen!)
  • Halogen Lamps/Lamps with Plastic Lampshades (These are a policy violation!)
  • Candles
  • Anything Combustible
  • Pets (Except Fish)
  • Alcohol (If Underage)
  • Illegal drugs
  • Weapons
  • Space Heaters
  • Appliances with Exposed Heating Elements

What You Could Bring, But You Don't Need To:
  • Coaxial Cable (If you're bringing a TV)
  • Throw Rugs
  • Fan
  • Hot Pot
  • Coffee Maker
  • Power Strip/Extension Cords
  • Additional Seating (Bean bag chair, folding chair, etc.)
  • String lights

Cambridge Commons Measurements:

Traditional Towers (North, South, and West) Measurements:

As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Wisconsin State Fair

Today, August 2nd, is the kick off to the Wisconsin State Fair! If you're in the Milwaukee area - or don't mind the drive - below, I'll highlight some of the great events you can check out!

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The State Fair has a variety of free stages with entertainment, and with acts from comedians to jugglers, it's a great family-friendly option!

Image result for wisconsin state fair animalsMake sure to check out the Main Stage that has some pretty amazing artists on the line-up - from Alice Cooper to Casting Crowns, and TLC to Foreigner, you're almost guaranteed to find someone you love!

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There are more than 30 free stages of entertainment at the Wisconsin State Fair, and the Associated Bank Amphitheater is the Fair's largest free stage, and has some great acts as well - I'll be sure to go see Here Come the Mummies for a second time!

The Fair has a variety of attractions other than music - there's art displays for your inner creative genius, a variety of rides, and the Barnyard if you need your cute animal fix.

Image result for wisconsin state fair foodWhile you're there, make sure to grab some great fair food - there are more than 50 vendors with reduced prices. I'll be sure to stop by and grab some food on a stick, and a cream puff!

For more detailed information on the Wisconsin State Fair, don't hesitate to check out their website, and let us know what you're most excited about!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Lake Life

One of the (many) amazing things about going to UWM is how close you are to Lake Michigan! Some of our favorite beaches are all within walking distance - Atwater, Bradford, and McKinley.

Image result for atwater beachAtwater Beach is located just north of UWM in Shorewood. Other than a beach, it offers beautiful views and a playground, and it's a little bit quieter than Bradford Beach, so it's a perfect choice if your family is visiting.

Image result for bradford beachBradford Beach is a great place to go and hang out with your friends - there's always something to do! Whether you want to go play volleyball, swim, eat lunch, or all three, you're sure to have a great time. Bradford even has a small restaurant serving burgers, ice cream, drinks, and more, so you're sure to have a good day! Each year, UWM students go and help to clean Bradford Beach - show your love and make sure to participate!
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If you continue going south past Bradford, you'll find the slightly smaller McKinley Beach close to downtown! Here you can go out on a pier, use the picnic areas, or nearby you can rent jet skis and scooters.

No matter where you go, you'll have fun being so close to the lake!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Food Around UWM

Milwaukee is home to plenty of great restuarants, no matter what you're in the mood for! UWM is nestled between quite a few gems - here are just a few you should make sure to visit!
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BelAir Cantina has two locations in Milwaukee, and is a perfect choice for $2 tacos on Tuesdays and Thursdays! They also have a ton of different options, from burrito bowls to tamales. Not to mention, BelAir is a great environment to hang out with friends.

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 If you're leaning towards Greek, check out Oakland Gyros - just a short walk from campus and open until 3 a.m., you can get a ton of great food here without spending too much money!

Image result for ma fischer'sMaybe you prefer a classic diner - then Ma Fischer's is perfect for you! Open 24/7, this restaurant has a ton of comfort food if you're missing your parent's home-cooked meals. Or maybe you just got done seeing a movie at the beautiful Oriental Theater, and Ma Fischer's is just down the road. Either way, if you find your way here, you won't be disappointed with their large servings and variety of food to choose from.

Image result for cafe hollander     If you're on Downer, make sure to check out Cafe Hollander. As a grand cafe with award winning food, you're almost guaranteed to find something you love! With foods such as chocolate dipped waffles and jalapeno bbq burgers, I'd be surprised if you don't go back!

Image result for beans and barleyOne of my personal favorites is Beans & Barley - just a few minutes walk from Cambridge (or, you can take the shuttle and get off at Kenilworth), they use local ingredients and also offer a variety of vegan and vegetarian options - it tastes good, and is good for you!

Image result for colectivo coffee lakefront If you're just looking for coffee, be sure to check out Colectivo! With locations all over the city, you're sure to find one to pick up your daily coffee or tea. They also have smoothies, baked goods, and food, and it's locally owned and operated!

Image result for ian's pizza milwaukeeOr, if  you're running out of money and looking for a great place that takes meal plan, be sure to check out Ian's Pizza! Your meal plan works for dine-in and delivery, so whether you want classic cheese or one of their famous specialty pizza's, you're in luck! Through the GET platform, you can access a full list of all restaurants that take your UWM Meal Plan or Gold Account - but remember, you won't get the 50% discount that you get at the Cafe's and Palm Gardens.

These are just a few of the amazing places to eat around UW - Milwaukee. Be sure to try them out, and let us know your favorites!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Move In!

Starting July 2nd, the UWM Move In Guide is available! This will be mailed to students, but is also available online. It will have tons of information about laundry, policies, maps, and more - not to mention all of the amazing events during Fall Welcome - such as an IKEA trip!

When you received your housing assignment, you should have also received a move in date and time! You can check this by logging back into your myHousing portal at uwm.edu/myhousing. In general, if you are living in Sandburg, your move in date/time will be on August 28th, 29th, or 30th. If you are living in Cambridge, it will be on August 29th or 30th. We ask that you don't show up more than 15 minutes early for your move in time, and no more than 45 minutes late. If there is an unavoidable conflict with your move in date/time, please complete this request form!

Just a reminder that here at UWM, we have a GuestPass system. For move in, your helpers will not have to swipe in until after 7:00 p.m., due to high traffic.

If you're worried about move in - don't be! The process is well-organized and efficient, with people helping you out all along the way. And once you're done, you'll have plenty of Fall Welcome activities to look forward to! Make sure to check back to learn even more about the move in process, see insider tips and tricks, and see what to pack - or not to.

As always, feel free to email or call with any questions you have!