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For Parents: Life Beyond the Studio

Beyondthestudio160Studies show that students who are involved beyond the classroom/studio experience greater academic and personal success while developing valued friendships and leadership skills that remain with them long after graduation.

MIAD offers students myriad opportunities to enrich their college experience through engagement both on campus and off, including student government, student organizations, student activities and MIAD traditions, leadership training, free memberships for the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World Museum, and major-specific professional organizations.


5 reasons to live on campus in MIAD’s new Res Hall, TWO50TWO

Exceptional student housing is available at TWO50TWO, MIAD’s residence hall completed in 2014. Located directly across the street from MIAD’s main academic building, TWO50TWO is a six-story, progressive-style building, which includes sustainable details and systems, and offers apartment-style suites designed and built exclusively for MIAD students. TWO50TWO is conveniently located in the heart of Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward offering students direct access to the college, cultural venues, and visual art and design communities.

TWO50TWO offers two-bedroom, two-bathrom suites that accommodate four students. Each suite also contains a shared kitchen and living room, as well as furniture, widescreen LED television, cable and wireless internet. The kitchen includes an amenity package complete with range, refrigerator, microwave, disposal and dishwasher. All utilities (electric, gas, water, cable and wireless internet) are included in the academic year cost. The housing cost for the 2014-2015 academic year is $7,500.

TWO50TWO also offers common lounge areas, study rooms and on-site laundry facilities. The building has controlled access, requiring a resident key card to gain access, as well as 24/7 on-site security.

MIAD requires all full-time freshman and sophomore students to live at TWO50TWO, unless the student meets one of the following criteria:

  • Has a permanent residence within 45 miles of campus
  • Is at least 21 years of age
  • Is married
  • Is a custodial parent
  • Is entering MIAD as a junior or higher
  • Has special needs which cannot be met at TWO50TWO

For information on residence hall housing, contact Tony Nowak, Dean of Students, Room RL-45C, 414‑847‑3240,

Students who live off-campus will find helpful tips in MIAD’s Off-Campus Housing Brochure. For more information, contact Ricky Heldt, Associate Director of Student Services, 414‑847‑3242,

Food Services

Academic Year 2014-2015

The MIAD Café is open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch, and into the evening for snacks. Students can choose from sandwiches, salads and a daily hot meal special. The newly designed Om Nom Café is a place for students to hang out, do homework and grab a bite to eat. Meals average $5-$6. Full menu and details are available at the MIAD Café website.

Students may purchase a meal plan in advance for the MIAD Café. This eliminates the need to worry about brining a lunch or carrying cash every day. A student’s ID will be loaded with meal plan funds, and can be used for purchases in the cafe only. A continuing balance is maintained in the food service database. Students can ask cashiers at any time for their remaining card balance.

Note: If a student is living at Two50Two, he or she is enrolled in a MIAD Café Meal Plan at the rate of $250 per semester. Meal plans can be increased by filling out this form. A receipt will be emailed to the student. Students should print and hold onto their receipts until their Student ID Card is activated.

Note: Funds remaining on the meal card at the end of the Fall Semester can be carried over to the Spring Semester. However, funds remaining at the end of the Spring Semester are forfeited. Meal plans are not available during the summer.

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