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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The collage is in a big city but many people do not have cars and there is no transportation.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The campus is near to downtown Milwaukee, with just a short drive you have many different things to do. There are museums, many bars if you are of age, a variety of restaurants, dance clubs, and you are near to UWM.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Alverno is located in a great location and is close to downtown Milwaukee.

4 College Junior

Local Area: There is always something to do, we are located just minutes from downtown Milwaukee. There is an abundant variety of music, performances, events taking place weekly

3 College Junior

Local Area: The community itself around campus is good, very supportive, and full of hard-working families, however, if you venture too far off campus the areas get to be dangerous especially for people from out of town who do not know the areas to avoid. The downtown area is great there is a lot to do an see, but again, unless students are aware of the "safer" areas, it can be dangerous to venture off campus. If I were to stay in this area, which is not in my plans, I would stay very close to campus or downtown, but I wouldn't even consider most areas in Milwaukee.


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Alverno College is on the southern side of Milwaukee in the middle of a quiet residential area, which has its pros and its cons. It is easy to forget Alverno is even in Milwaukee because it is not downtown between the skyscrapers and next to Lake Michigan. However, being removed from the urban hustle is nice, as well. Also, living in a residential area provides lots of trees and more green space than living downtown. Milwaukee is a student-friendly city, seeing as there are so many colleges within the city. Everything seems to be within a 15-minute drive, including museums that have days where students can get free or discounted admission. Milwaukee also has one of the best zoos in the country. In the winter, there are toboggan runs, snow tubing, and snowboarding. Many of these events are cheap or free for students. There are also a few malls within a 15- to 20-minute drive from campus.

Students at Alverno spend a lot of time on campus during the week, but a majority goes home on weekends since many are from the surrounding Milwaukee area. This can definitely make the weekends less fun. However, during the school year, Weekend College—exactly what it sounds like: classes that are held on the weekend—brings more life to campus, but it is only every other weekend. But, overall, regardless of the things you like to do or foods you like to eat, Milwaukee has something for everyone.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The city is home to the world's largest music festival: Summerfest.
  2. The Allen-Bradley Tower has the largest four-faced clock in the world.
  3. Milwaukee was once the home to four of the world's largest breweries, and its remaining large brewery—Miller—is one of the city's largest employers.
  4. Milwaukee has a huge German population, and at one point, there were more German speakers and German-language newspapers than there were English speakers and English-language newspapers in the city.
Notable Natives
  • Les Paul – jazz guitarist, inventor, pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar
  • William H. Rehnquist – former Supreme Court justice
  • Spencer Tracey – actor
  • Violent Femmes – alternative rock band
Local Slang
  • Bubblers: Drinking fountains
  • Soda: Carbonated soft drink
Points of Interest
  • Brady Street Business Improvement District
  • Delta Center
  • Discovery World
  • Harley-Davidson Museum
  • Jelly Belly Visitor Center
  • Miller Brewery Visitor Center
  • Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Milwaukee Public Market
Shopping Centers
  • Point Loomis Shopping Center
  • Southridge Mall
Movie Theaters
Southgate Cinema
3330 S. 30th St.
(414) 291-3456
Movie Theaters
Value Cinema
6912 S. 27th St.
Oak Creek
(414) 761-7469
Major Sports Teams
  • Milwaukee Admirals: American Hockey League
  • Milwaukee Brewers: MLB
  • Milwaukee Bucks: NBA
  • Milwaukee Wave : Major Indoor Soccer League
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Chicago: : 1 hour, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 41 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 43 responses

  • 53% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 21% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 19% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 7% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 42 responses

  • 50% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 29% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 21% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 42 responses

  • 40% Totally.
  • 43% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 17% No way.
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