Students entering the Interdisciplinary Program receive financial support in the form of a full tuition scholarship throughout the duration of their education, health insurance, and a stipend to cover living expenses. The stipend level, which is adjusted annually, is $28,141 for the 2014-2015 academic year.
There is a wide range of housing options in the Milwaukee area. There are several large apartment complexes that offer studios, 1- or 2- bedroom units, and even larger units. In addition to these complexes, there are many individual duplexes or quads that vary in the number of bedrooms, but are generally larger than the traditional apartments. A townhouse may also be a consideration, which is usually larger than an apartment and is often more than one level. Some students choose to rent a room in a landlord's home. In this situation there are usually a couple tenants and the landlord who share a common living space, such as a bathroom, living room, and the kitchen.
Housing and Apartment Search Resources
The task of starting the search for a place to live can be daunting. Here is a list of some helpful websites and tips to get started:
The largest listing of vacancies appears in the Sunday morning edition of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is sold daily at newsstands around the state.
Students interested in buying a home may want to visit a website containing the MLS listings for the area, such as Realtor.com.
Local Rent Listing Websites
StartRenting.com This is also an online version of a magazine found at local stores. It primarily gives information for some of the major apartment complexes in the area.
ForRent.com This is the online version of For Rent magazine, which can be found at local grocery and convenience stores. The rental agencies pay for the advertisement on this site so smaller rental properties are not usually listed.
National Rent Listing Websites
Apartments.com is a comprehensive website that provides local apartment listings from the Journal Sentinel.
Many apartments only advertise with a "FOR RENT" sign in the window or yard. Spend some time driving or walking through an area you are interested in living and look for vacancy signs. Local grocery and convenience stores also carry neighborhood newspapers and rental magazines that contain local listings.
Medical College of Wisconsin also provides some help with the housing search. A Housing Listings Binder that contains listings of available apartments and medical students looking for roommates is located in the Office of Student Affairs (third floor) during business hours and at the Security Desk (first floor) on weekends. Many people will also post vacant apartments, homes for sale, and students looking for roommates on the bulletin boards in the lobby and cafeteria.
You may wish to contact a rental agency, but only if you are unable to locate an apartment through the sources listed above. The majority of agencies charge a non-refundable fee ranging from $35-$50. Before visiting agencies, call and request information regarding specific services provided and fees. Your local library should have a Milwaukee Yellow Pages in the reference section if you are interested in an agency or you can check the yellow pages online.
This is the area directly around school. Approximately 65% of the current students live here. Many students living in this area are able to walk or bike to school. There are several large apartment complexes, but also many smaller quadplexes, duplexes, and flats of houses to rent. There is no overnight street parking in Wauwatosa, but 95% of students living here were able to find an apartment including a parking space. One of the best ways to find an apartment in this area is to drive through neighborhoods as many people only advertise by signs in their yard. There is a large mall with a movie theater, many grocery stores, banks, and restaurants in Wauwatosa. Major streets in this area include State St, Glenview Ave, Mayfair Rd/ Hwy 100, and Watertown Plank Rd/ Harwood Ave.
West Allis/ New Berlin:
This is the area directly south of school. It is a residential neighborhood with easy access to commercial areas. Approximately 6% of current students live in this area. There are numerous apartment complexes, but also some smaller quadplexes, and duplexes. Parking in this area is readily available and overnight street parking is allowed with a permit. Most students living in this area report an average commute of 15 minutes to and from school. There are many stores, banks, and restaurants. Major streets in this area include Greenfield Ave, Lincoln Ave, Cleveland Ave, Oklahoma Ave, Moorland Rd, and Hwy100/ 108th St.
This area, located about 25-30 minutes west of school off of I-94, is home to 4% of current Medical College of Wisconsin students. It is a larger independent city of 65,000 people. It is mostly residential, but there are many areas with industry and commercial properties. Although the drive is further, students generally are able to find more reasonable rent. There is a wide variety of accommodations ranging from apartment complexes to houses. Overnight street parking is allowed. Waukesha has many stores, restaurants, banks, and a hospital.
East Side of Milwaukee:
The East Side is located along Lake Michigan, just north of Downtown and south of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. It is a residential area with an urban feel. There are many coffee shops, boutiques, and diverse restaurants. There are many apartment complexes as well as many flats of houses. Parking can be a problem in this area, but many apartments do offer parking for a fee. Overnight parking is allowed on many streets with a permit, but finding a spot can be quite competitive (especially in the winter). The average commute to Medical College of Wisconsin is about 20 minutes, but construction on the Marquette Interchange may cause a significant increase in commute time. Approximately 8% of Medical College of Wisconsin students live in this area. Major streets in this area include Downer Ave, Prospect Ave, North Ave, and Brady St.
Some students choose to live with a roommate or two to help reduce expenses. A roommate can also provide company when taking a break from studying. Medical College of Wisconsin keeps a roommate registry throughout the summer for incoming medical and graduate students, which is updated approximately every two weeks. Incoming students interested in finding a roommate can fill out a Roommate Questionnaire and be added to this registry.