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  1. On Sunday, January 22, 2017

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    On Sunday, January 22, 2017, Schwab Properties learned that a tenant hung a Nazi flag outside one of its rental properties in Oshkosh. The tenant chose to remove the flag before Schwab Properties learned of the incident and could request that the flag be taken down. We share the community’s outrage at this unprecedented display. We do not condone this tenant’s actions or share this tenant’s beliefs in any way. While tenants cannot be screened or evicted based on religious or political beliefs, Schwab Properties has not experienced anything of this nature in its 30 years or on its 375 properties. Schwab Properties prides itself on inclusion and improving the community’s quality of life for all its residents. We are reviewing our options to determine what legal action can be taken should a similar incident occur in the future.

  2. Start of Semester Toolkit

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    You’ve finally arrived to your new home for the next two semesters. You managed to fit all your stuff into your campus apartment. The roommate(s) have been met and guidelines have been set, or you’re living alone and enjoying your new personal space. So, you’re ready for the year right? Maybe not. In this blog, we will give you the tools to get things set up that you might not think of. First, let’s tackle something that you should get set up ASAP; changing your mailing address and knowing where to do laundry and get groceries!

    Changing Your Mailing Address

    Changing your mailing address is something many students don’t think of until they start missing bills, campus news or other important items. Therefore, It is beneficial to have your mailing address switched right away so that you don’t miss important information. So how exactly do you do it?

    You’ll want to start by changing your address with the United States Postal Service. You have one of two options here. Either you can go to your local post office building, one of which is located at 130 State St, Oshkosh, WI, and fill out a change of address form, or you can fill out an online change of address form available here.

    Make sure you fill out all the your name and current address and select “temporary change” if you will be going home for the summers. You’ll also need to provide your new campus address, and the dates you would like the mail to start being forwarded to your new address. You can either mail it to the USPS office, drop if off in person, or if you completed the online form, just hit “submit”.

    It is also important to change your mailing information with the campus. At UW Oshkosh, you can do this from within Titan Web. Check out this PDF for detailed instructions.

    Where to do laundry and grocery shop

    The answer may seem obvious, laundromats and grocery stores. However, if you are living in a new city, it’s nice to know where the ones closest to campus are. If your apartment has a washer and dryer, than you are fortunate and don’t need to worry about the closest laundromat. However for the rest of you, here are the closest laundromats and grocery stores.

    Your closest laundromat when living at UW Oshkosh is J T’s Wash & Mart at 751 Washington Street. Simply head north on Wisconsin St. or east on Lincoln Ave. until you arrive at the laundromat on the corner.  It’s only a block from Stewart Hall, but depending on how much laundry you have, walking may or may not be an option.

    Unfortunately when it comes to grocery stores, there isn’t anything quite as close as the laundromat. For a smaller selection of higher quality products, the closest place to buy groceries would be Ski’s Market located at 502 South Main St. For a full size grocery store, your closest option is Pick n’ Save located at 1900 Jackson St. This one is one and a half miles away and takes a good 40 minutes to walk one way, but does offer a full grocery store selection.

    You should now be all set up with your new mailing address know where to get important things done like laundry and grocery shopping. If at any point you get stuck or are unsure of something, contact your landlord for information or perform a quick Google search. And of course, enjoy your new apartment!

     

  3. The All Important Question: Where Will I Live Next School Year?

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    WHERE WILL I LIVE NEXT YEARYou’ve just settled into your new apartment where you will be living for the school year. The excitement of your college semester starting is probably the main thing on your mind. However, it is also the time to be thinking about where you will live next school year.

    What to look for

    There are many things to consider when deciding on your next apartment. It may be tempting to pick an apartment closest to your favorite coffee shop or hang out, but there are a lot of other deciding factors. First, how close is the property to campus? The costs associated with having to drive to campus everyday can add up, especially if you want to park on campus. Second, try to find a place close to a grocery or convenience store. Eating out every night is tempting but gets costly.

    Then there is the thing most people think of; how expensive is rent? Your monthly rent is an important thing to consider, but equally important is what utilities are included. An apartment charging only $300 per month may sound like a steal, until you find out heat, water and electric are all extra. Many Schwab properties include some if not all utilities in the monthly rent. This is not only cheaper, but allows you to estimate your monthly expenses without worry of how much utilities will jump month to month.

    Finally, make sure the property you’re looking at fits your needs in terms of space and whether you like the layout. While you will probably be spending a lot of time out of the apartment, you want to be comfortable on those long nights of studying.

    Start looking now!

    Showings of 2016 campus properties typically start in September. This means if there’s a property you have your eyes on for next year, you’ll want to be ready to sign up within the first couple of weeks. If you don’t have a place picked out yet, you can view tons of Schwab campus properties at this here. Just keep in mind the above tips, and you’ll be signed up for your dream campus property in no time!

  4. Top Tips For Living On Campus

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    Living on campus is a rewarding experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. While sometimes it can be challenging, here are some top tips for making your life on campus as memorable as possible.

    1. Know Your Surroundings
    Once you get settled into your campus residence, it’s easy to get intimidated by the large and unfamiliar campus around you. Take a look at your campus map and go exploring. If you have a roommate, this is a great opportunity to get to know them better. Figuring out where academic buildings are, where to get food, where to workout, where to relax and where emergency services are all good things to look for. Having an understanding of your surroundings will make your college experience safer and more rewarding.

    2. Learn How To Live With Roommates
    If you are like many college students, campus life involves living with a roommate. Living with a roommate is challenging but can also form long lasting friendships. Try to get to know each other early and set up ground rules and boundaries you can both live with. Respecting each other’s differences and preferences, as well as learning to communicate with one another are two sure fire ways to make living together a positive experience.
    Read upon the do’s and don’ts of living with a roommate here.

    3. Pack Smartly
    When getting ready to head off to your new campus residence, it is tempting to try and take everything you could possibly need for the school year. Whether you’re living in a small dorm room or a larger campus apartment, try to only take what you truly need. If you’re living with a roommate, it’s important to remember they will also be bringing a bunch of stuff. If you’re bringing a car, make sure you look into parking policies and public transportation. You may find that bringing your car is too expensive and even unnecessary.
    Moving from a dorm to a campus apartment? Check out these tips to make the move go smoothly.

    4. Get Active On Campus
    One of the best things you can do to make sure you have the best campus living experience possible is to get involved. Clubs, sports and campus jobs are all great ways to get the most out of college. Finding a club that fits your interests can help you make friends, learn about new things and step out of your comfort zone. Sports are another great way to stay in shape and form new friendships. Lastly, campus jobs offer a source of income and allow you to gain experience and build professional relationships.
    Check out these great hidden gems within walking distance of campus.

    5. Remember Why You’re In College
    This seems obvious but students can sometimes find themselves forgetting why they are even at college in the first place. Remember that you’re there to learn, make friends, have new experiences and set yourself up for a better future. Living on campus gives you the benefit of being immersed in the college experience. So get out there and experience everything you can during your college career. But of course, don’t forget that you’re ultimately there to learn, as throwing the academic portion of college aside will cause problems later on.

    So there you have it, some simple yet important tips for making your on campus living experience the best it can be. Enjoy the experience, get the most you can from college and make these the best years of your life.

  5. Hidden Gems Within Walking Distance of UW Oshkosh Campus

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    HIDDEN GEMSWhen you’re living on campus, it’s important to know what places you can reasonably walk to. In some cases, students away from home simply don’t have the luxury of having their car with them. In others, it is simply too expensive to drive everywhere. Below are some places within a mile of campus for food and entertainment.

    Food
    Students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh are lucky to have the amount of food options available within walking distance. A short 5 minute walk takes you to Wisconsin Avenue where you can find multiple restaurants.

    Mahoney’s Restaurant & Bar: Mahoney’s in Oshkosh is hands down some of the best food in town. With outdoor seating, fantastic Friday fish fries and Chef’s night each Saturday; Mahoney’s is an absolutely must-try!

    Bangkok Thai Cuisine: If pizza and sandwiches aren’t your deal, you can also find Bangkok Thai Cuisine within the same block. Give it a shot the next time you want something delicious you can walk to.

    Niko’s Gyros: Niko’s is yet another Oshkosh staple. Nestled just behind Toppers, Niko’s Gyros serves up some of the best gyros in town at very reasonable prices. They also have chicken pitas, burgers and other sandwiches. Oh, and don’t forget the cajun fries! Open from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, and late night hours the rest of the week, Niko’s is the place to go for an affordable and delicious meal.

    Lou’s Brew Cafe and Lounge: A newer addition to the Wisconsin Ave group of restaurants is Lou’s Brew. They offer unique grilled cheeses along with fresh baked goods, soups and salads, along with an awesome selection of beverages ranging from fresh brewed specialty coffees and teas, to craft beer and hot chocolate. If you’re looking for some more upscale food, stop in at Lou’s Brews, open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    More food within walking distance: Big Apple Bagels, Toppers Pizza, Papa John’s, Subway, Erbert & Gerbert’s, Jimmy John’s, Jade Dragon and more!

    Entertainment

    Students at UW Oshkosh are also lucky in that within a mile of campus there are plenty of places to be entertained. These places are a little farther away, and many are downtown. Remember to always be safe and walk with a friend or a group at night.

    Oshkosh Public Museum: Located on Algoma Blvd on the corner of Highway 21, the Oshkosh Public Museum is a fun place to go if you’re into any kind of history. The museum is within in a historic victorian-era home, worth the visit in itself. See exhibitions about the history of the area, as well as special traveling exhibitions that are constantly changing. With your valid student I.D., it’s only $5 for an afternoon of history.

    Paine Art Center & Gardens: Kitty-corner to the museum is the Paine Art Center & Gardens. It is described as a historic English-country-style estate with beautifully displayed gardens and a constantly changing art gallery. This place is perfect for fans of art, gardens or architecture. Admission is a little more pricey at $14, so if you go, plan on spending as much time as possible.

    Grand Opera House: The Grand Opera House is located on High Ave., a block west of Main Street. This historic opera house brings in entrainment of all kinds year round. The inside of the building is worth a visit in itself, but keep an eye on the ever changing schedule for plays, concerts and special events.

    The Backlot Comedy Club: If you’re looking for something a little more exciting, check out the Backlot Comedy Club located on Main Street, half a block north of Algoma Blvd. They offer improv comedy every weekend, along with stand up performances and acting classes. Shows are at 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, and students can get in for $8 with a valid student I.D.

    Shops

    There is no shortage of places to shop within walking distance of campus, and the variety ensures there’s something for anyone. As with entertainment, many of the shops are located downtown, so remember to be safe when walking at night.

    Flying Phoenix Games: For the gamers out there Flying Phoenix games, located on the corner of High Ave. and Market Street has everything you could need. From card games to board games and everything in between, this is the place to go if you’re looking for an awesome game night in the dorm.

    Satori Imports: A popular store for many, Satori Imports is located on Main Street, just north of Algoma Blvd. They offer a unique selection of clothing, decorations, incense and jewelry, just to list a few. The friendly and helpful staff make it a friendly and unique shopping experience.

    The Exclusive Company: The Exclusive Company has been a local stop for music and media aficionados for years. It is located on the corner of Main Street and Washington Ave. This historic independent music store sells and trades new and used music, movies and games. They also have car and home audio products. If you love music or movies, this place is for you.

    Paper Tiger Bookstore: Located on Main Street, just north of Algoma Blvd, the Paper Tiger Bookstore has a large selection of books, magazines and graphic novels as well as toys, puzzles and greeting cards. Part of the independent Book World chain, Paper Tiger has everything for the avid reader and will also place custom orders.

    More shops and entertainment within walking distance: Soiree Urban Gifts, Dream by Thimke Jewelers.

    As you can see, there are tons of places to see and things to do within a 15 minute walk of campus, and this list is by no means complete. So go for a walk and make some new discoveries, but as always, stay safe!

  6. Oshkosh Bus Schedule and Routes: Including Convenient Stops

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    schwab - Oshkosh BusGoTransit in Oshkosh and Neenah has convenient and affordable stops across Oshkosh and Neenah. GoTransit has bus stops within walking distance of nearly every Oshkosh resident and business; from food, shopping, hospitals and entertainment.

    Rout 1: Bowen/Hazel – The Bowen/Hazel rout rout runs through Oshkosh’s Northside with stops near Aurora Health Center off Bowen, and Menominee Park. Click here for map.

    Rout 2: Main/Jackson – The Main/Jackson rout has many stops throughout Oshkosh’s historic downtown. Stops include Pick n’ Save, Walgreens, Planet Fitness, Cherry Berry and other fast food restaurants. This rout also runs through downtown’s many pubs, grills and bars. Click here for map.

    Rout 3: FVTC/New York – The FVTC/New York rout is perfect for hitting up the public library, river front Titan Stadium and FVTC. Click here for map.

    Rout 4: Murdock/Logan – The Murdock/Logan route takes you out the north side of Jackson street to many of the residential neighborhoods in Oshkosh’s Northside. Convenient stops include county park, St. Vincent De Paul and other Oshkosh thrift stores. Click here for map.

    Rout 5: UWO/Westowne – The UWO/Westowne rout stretches all the over to Oshkosh’s west side with stops including Pollock Community Pool, DMV and Oshkosh Public Museum. Click here for map.

    Rout 6: Witzel/9th – The Witzle/9th rout will take you through the heart of Oshkosh including the movie theatre, Walmart, A&W, and more of Oshkosh’s fantastic shopping and restaurants. Click here for map.

    Rout 7: Washburn/Koeller – Just like the Witzel/9th rout, Washburn/Koeller takes you right through the center of Oshkosh in the other direction. Head over to Ford Festival field, EAA and more. Click here for map.

    Rout 8: 20th/South Park – The 20th/South Park route is where you’ll find the many homes of your favorite Oshkosh folk. Stop and check out fishing, tennis and basketball at South Park and Ardy & Ed’s 50’s style drive-in just a couple blocks off 20th. Click here for map.

    Rout 9: Oakwood – The Oskwood rout will give you direct access to Mercy Oakwood hospital, the YMCA, the Outlet Mall and Walmart. Click here for map.

    Rout 10: Neenah – The Neenah rout connects the cities of Oshkosh and Neenah. Intercity fares apply. Click here for map.

    Oshkosh is a great place to live, work and entertain. And the best part is, transportation is the least of your worries! Wherever you want to go, let GoTransit take you! For questions about the best places to see and explore in and around Oshkosh, stay tuned to the Schwab blog!

  7. 7 Places to eat in Oshkosh When you Don’t Want Pizza

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    7 PLACES TO EAT

    Thai
    Bangkok Thai
    See the menu here.

    Mexican
    La Cabana Mexican Grill
    See the menu here.

    Italian
    Benvenutos
    See the menu here.

    Sushi
    Sakura Steakhouse
    See the menu here.

    Greek
    Nikos Gyros
    See the menu here.

    Brewery
    Fratello’s Waterfront Brewery
    See the menu here.

    Fish Fry
    Wendt’s on the Lake
    See the menu here.

    Oshkosh has something for every taste and craving! What are YOUR favorite Oshkosh places?

     

     

  8. 7 Things to do in Oshkosh Off-Campus

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    #1. Waterfest:
    Come and enjoy Oshkosh’s new River Walk from the sensational Leach Amphitheater Enjoy main street shops and some dock side dining while walking to an outstanding line-up of Jazz, Pop, Rock, R&B, Blues and Roots Music every Thursday.
    http://www.waterfest.org/index.html

    #2. Hiking:
    Wiowash Trail: Trails are complete and can be used for 41 miles of biking, walking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
    Trail Information: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/wiouwash/

    #3. Golf:
    Tee off at one of Oshkosh’s many golf courses.
    Course Options: http://www.lakeshoregolfcourse.net/

    #4. Museum:
    Learn about the history of aviation at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Air Venture Museum
    Museum Details: https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa-museum

    #5. Freaky Food:
    Feeling adventurous? Try a bison burger or a black bear burger at Terry’s Bar on Main Street
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    #6. Comedy:
    Check out improv comedy every weekend, stand up, and private event entertainment!
    Show Details Here: http://www.thebacklotcomedyhouse.com/

    #7. Coffee House & Mic Night:
    New MOON Café:
    Schedule Dates & Menu Here: http://newmooncafe.com/?page_id=45

     

    Did you know that students also receive a lot of discounts at area businesses? See the list:

     

  9. Tips to Moving From the Dorm to an Apartment

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    Living in the dorms can be an exciting time for any college student. But just like there’s a time to move out of mom’s and dad’s, there’s also a time to move out of the dorms and into an apartment. This transition is exciting and stressful all at the same time. There are many things to consider. In this blog, we have compiled a few of our top tips to making the move from the dorms to apartment life.

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    Set a budget
    Before you start considering anything, you need to consider and set your budget. Know exactly what you can afford to spend every month in rent, utilities, food, and even furniture. The last thing you want to run into is underestimating your budget and signing a 12 month lease on an apartment you can’t afford to pay for. Many first-time renters live with roommates to help split the bills. This may be an option for you as well.

    Secure apartment in advance
    Once you know what you can afford to spend every month, you can start looking for an apartment. You’ll want to make sure to secure an apartment before you move out of your dorm. Especially in a college town, apartments get rented out quickly and far in advance. In some cases, still living close to campus requires signing a lease a year in advance.

    Be strategic about furniture
    You may have some furniture to bring along with you, and if you have roommates, they might have something to contribute as well. But often times first-time renters find themselves surrounded by seemingly empty rooms. Check out your local discount furniture store, or rummage sales. Ask your family members for any old pieces they’d be willing to part with. A modge podge of mis-matched furniture may not look as polished as you may like, but it’s better than sitting on the floor.

    There are many things to consider and plan when you make the move to your own apartment, but these are a few of our top tips, we hope they make for an easy move!

     

     

  10. Schwab Properties Frequently Asked Questions

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    We get many questions here at Schwab, so we decided to compile some of our more frequently asked questions into a blog! If you have other questions, feel free to reach out!

    Q1: How can I pay my rent?

    Answer: You can pay your rent online securely through our website http://schwabproperties.com/pay-rent-online/

    Q2: How can I request maintenance/repairs at my apartment?

    Answer: You can submit a work request right from our website

    Q3: How do I apply for an apartment?

    Answer: You can download a residential application from our website

    Q4: Do you allow pets?

    Answer: Sorry, no pets allowed.

    Q5: What are your office hours?

    Answer: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm

    Q6: Do all Schwab Properties have parking?

    Answer: All properties have some sort of parking available.

    Q7: Do you accept section 8?

    Answer: Yes.

    Q8: Should I have renter’s insurance?

    Answer: It is always a good idea to have renter’s insurance.