Living in Oshkosh and beyond
National rankings place Oshkosh as one of America’s best college towns. We just call it home. Titans benefit from small class sizes, incredible student life experiences and faculty that is dedicated to teaching.
- Annual Temp 46 F
- January Temperature 18 F
- July Temperature 72 F
- Annual Precipitation 31.5″
- Annual Snowfall 36″
- Summer (June – August)
It may be very warm, with temperatures as high as 85° Fahrenheit (29° Celsius). Pack light, cool clothing.
- Winter (November – March)
Wisconsin winters begin in November. Weather can be relatively mild or very cold and can bring a lot of snow or very little snow – every winter is a surprise Temperatures can get as low as –10°Fahrenheit (-23°Celsius). You will need a very warm (heavy) coat, hat, gloves, and boots, but don’t buy these at home if your climate is different from Wisconsin’s climate! Wait until you arrive so that you can buy clothing that is most appropriate to the climate.
- Spring and Fall (April – May; September – October)
Spring and fall in Wisconsin are beautiful and relatively cool. Get ready for outdoor activities!
Green Bay – 55 miles
Milwaukee – 80 miles
Madison – 82 miles
Wisconsin Dells – 82 miles
Door County – 93 miles
Out of State
Chicago – 174 miles
Minneapolis/St. Paul – 270 miles
Toronto, Ontario – 684 miles
Detroit – 453 miles
OSHKOSH POPULATION – nearly 67,000
Urban population of more than 95,000 within a 1.3 million northeastern population
Median resident age 34 years
FOX CITIES POPULATION – nearly 248,000 including cities: Appleton, Combined Locks, Fox Crossing, Grand Chute, Greenville, Harrison, Hortonville, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, Menasha, Neenah and Sherwood.
FOND DU LAC POPULATION – nearly 43,000
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On Campus Transportation
- GO Transit’s provides bus service within the City of Oshkosh, paratransit services to elderly and disabled individuals, paratransit service to low-income workers, and intercity bus service to Neenah.
- Lamers Bus Company offers regular service through “Lamers Connect” between Wisconsin cities, with pickup and drop off in front of Gruenhagen Conference Center on campus.
- Valley Transit – Valley Transit provides safe and reliable public transportation to the many communities that comprise the Fox Cities. Our service area covers 117 square miles and serves Appleton, Buchanan, Grand Chute, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, City of Menasha, Fox Crossing, or Neenah, you can use Valley Transit to get where you need to go.
- The Connector– regional transportation initiative, was developed in partnership with Valley Transit to address the needs of individuals with lower incomes relying on public transportation for employment purposes.
FOND DU LAC
- Wisconsin Department of Transportation guide to Traveling by Public Transit.
Driving in Wisconsin
Most foreign nationals may drive in Wisconsin for up to one year with their home country’s valid license. You are also recommended to carry an International Driving Permit or an English translation of your license; either can be used by emergency response personnel or by local police. See the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website for more information and for a list of countries with driver’s licenses that can be used in Wisconsin.
Driving in other U.S. States
Foreign nationals who plan to drive in other U.S. States must check the regulations FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL STATE.
Visitors from foreign countries must obtain their International Driving Permit in their native country prior to arrival in the U.S.
After one year, you must meet the licensing requirements as a Wisconsin resident.
Wisconsin Drivers License
You can apply for a Wisconsin driver’s license in person in Oshkosh IF you have immigration paperwork that shows that you will be in the U.S. for 366 days or longer. If you will be in the U.S. for 365 days or fewer, you must use a valid license from your home country.
Before visiting the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to apply for your license, assemble all necessary documents. Bring these with you to the DMV.
- View the list of requirements for your driver’s license.
- Follow these instructions to print your I-94 card.
- Take your I-20 form with you. This shows that you’ll be in the U.S. for a minimum of one year.
You do not need a social security number to apply for a driver’s license. Instead, you will sign form MV3741 (SSN non-eligibility certification statement) when you apply for your license.
To learn more about safe driving in Wisconsin and to prepare for the driver knowledge test.
Buying a Car
Review the State of Wisconsin “buying and selling guide” before you purchase a new or used vehicle.
Wisconsin law requires insurance for your new or used vehicle. Review the Wisconsin car insurance requirements before you purchase a vehicle.
PARKING ON CAMPUS
If you want to park a car on campus during the day or overnight, you must buy a UW Oshkosh parking permit.
Contact the parking office at +1-920-424-4455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.