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Old 10-07-2013, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Muncie, IN
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Hi,

I am considering applying to UWM for graduate school and was looking around at places to live (I have never been to Milwaukee). What I have gathered is that Shorewood and east of the river is generally safe and that west of the river is unsafe? How accurate is this? Is there a more fine line where the safe and unsafe neighborhoods are? Are there parts of Riverwest that are safe and accessible to UWM? Can anyone recommend areas close to UWM (hopefully within walking distance or bus, though I will have my car)? It seems that things are much cheaper west of the river.

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Old 10-07-2013, 03:21 PM
 
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There are still robberies around the UWM area. Personally, I lived in the Brady St area for many years & never had problems. I live in Riverwest now, on the very south end of it I should say, & for the most part it's fine. There are car break-in's & a few houses on my street have been broken into which sucks but overall not bad. If I had my choice, I'd take the house & the view I have now & move back to Brady St.
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:15 PM
 
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I lived near the corner of Oakland and Kenwood when I was in school. I never had any problems, but there were car break ins. I really don't remember any major problems in the college neighborhoods between Kenwood and Downer and south of campus, but I have heard that there have been more robberies along Kenwood in recent years. Anywhere in Shorewood should be fine. If you can find something affordable, I'd think that'd be your best bet. The bus runs up and down Oakland, so it's easy to get back and forth from campus. Some people say Riverwest is fine, but I think the old rule still applies. East of the river is definitely better than west.
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Muncie, IN
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Thank you for the response!
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:53 PM
 
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East of the river is a safe assumption in general.

Also, in general, there are a ton of undergraduates living south of Kenwood. The area north of Edgewood, which is the Shorewood/MKE border, is more family/faculty/graduate students. South of Kenwood is probably cheaper, but you will have to deal with the common problems associated with living in areas with high undergraduate concentrations (litter, noise, unkempt properties, etc).

Riverwest is an up and coming neighborhood that is mostly safe, but you still have more crime there than you do east of the river. I'd read this article about recent events before moving there. Generally I'd say the eastern side of Riverwest (Locust/Humboldt, Center/Humboldt) seems safer than the western side of Riverwest.

Also I've heard bad things about car break-ins in the UWM commuter lot near Capitol and Humboldt. I can't speak from experience, but I would be wary of leaving my car there.

Another area I would check out is Brady street and other portions of the lower east side (all the way up to North & Prospect), but those can get pricy.
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Muncie, IN
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Thank you Pete for the thorough response! I think it would be a better idea to live closer in than have to deal with commuting.
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