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Parking and Transportation

Parking at MIAD

Street parking: The neighborhood surrounding MIAD offers metered street parking; most meters are two-hour maximum. Download the MKE Park app for convenience when paying for metered parking.

Surface lots: Paid parking is available at nearby surface lots and parking structures.

  • Italian Community Center, 178 N. Jackson St.
  • Historic Third Ward Parking Structure, 212 N. Milwaukee St.
  • Historic Third Ward Parking Structure, 225 E. Chicago St.

For more information on parking structures and surface lots, see the Historic Third Ward’s parking information.


MIAD commuter students can obtain paid parking permit for a lot a few blocks from MIAD’s main campus. Spots are limited. Overnight parking is allowed, with some restrictions. Contact MIAD security for further information.

To register for a permit, visit the MIAD Parking Registration Form.

Historic Third Ward


Bus Transportation

See the Milwaukee County Transit System website for more information on bus routes to transport you to MIAD.


All full-time MIAD students can ride Milwaukee County Transit System buses for free through the UPASS program. Download the UMO Mobility APP and redeem the benefit code assigned to you by MIAD student services each semester for unlimited riding!


MIAD celebrates one-year anniversary of offsite gallery

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MIAD Values Recognition Award: Matt Sothan

Matt Sothan, Assistant Director of Admissions, Transfer and Nontraditional Enrollment Specialist, received the March 2024 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Matt received nominations that highlighted his embodiment of MIAD’s Core Values, especially Integrity and Community.

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MIAD student projects fully funded by Grilled Cheese Grant

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