housing

Temporary Housing 

Your student may choose to review this Google map to see the various locations of local hotels near the University of Illinois.  We recommend using the address of the Illini Union as a central campus location to use in relation with accommodation options:  1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, Illinois, 61801. All students arriving on campus 30 days prior to the start of classes may choose to stay within University Housing’s pre-early arrival residence hall. This is located at Florida Avenue Residence Halls and the cost is $30.00 per night (paid at the time of check in by debit/credit card). You can check in any time of day/night. The address is 901 College Ct. Urbana, IL 61801. There is also limited meal service at this location.

Students arriving early who have a contract with University Housing may move into the residence halls early. Please review University Housing’s early arrival website for specific dates/times.

Students may contact the Housing office by calling (217) 333-7111 or e-mail at housing@illinois.edu, if you have specific questions regarding your student’s accommodation. 

Please note: luggage cannot be shipped prior to arrival.

University Housing

Undergraduate Students
An application and a contract form for a space in one of the University Residence Halls was enclosed with your notice of admission.  You may also choose to submit a contract online after you are admitted.  Please visit the University Housing website for more information. 

Single Graduate Students
For information and an application to live in a room in one of the University graduate residence halls visit the Housing website.  Information about apartment options and resident hall options can be found on the left side of the page.

Students with Families
Some University apartments are available for students whose spouse or child(ren) are with them.  Lease applications with the Family and Graduate Housing should be made at least six months in advance.

Contract Information
The contract for the University Residence Halls is a legally binding document.  If you sign a housing contract and you register at the University, you must pay rent on that room for the entire academic year, even if you decide to live someplace else.  Lease applications can be found and submitted on the Housing website.  For information about rates and to access important Housing forms, please visit the Housing Resources page.


Certified Private Housing

The University also has many Certified Private Housing options that can be found by visiting their website. All of the Private Certified Housing facilities are certified by the University of Illinois for all students, including freshmen. These facilities are part of the University's housing program. Within any given year about 25% of the entering freshmen class chooses to live in one of these facilities.


Private Housing

If you are currently renting or looking to rent an apartment, the Tenant Union can help! We help search for suitable housing, provide landlord complaint records and review your lease with you as help with landlord problems. Stop by M-F 9am-5pm (no later than 4pm for lease reviews). NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY. You may also submit an information request form via our website. The primary mission of the Tenant is to “To stimulate fairness in landlord-tenant relationships and to serve as a resource for students residing in privately owned housing.” To guide this work, the staff strives to prevent rental problems, educate students regarding their tenant rights and responsibilities, empower students to become their own advocates as well as teach students to identify and lease suitable housing

Contact the Tenant Union:
326 Illini Union
(217)333-0112

Some off-campus housing listings are available online: 
Daily Illini Classifieds
Daily Illini Quicklist 
Craig's List 
Cazoodle
Uloop
Study Abroad Housing Board (semester subleases on U of I campus, login with your NetId)

Please be aware that apartment leases generally begin on the 15th of the month or later, and the beginning of the lease is the date you are able to move into the apartment.

If you are already in the United States, you may find it useful to make an advance visit to the campus in order to make housing arrangements.  If you are arriving from your home country, it may be better for you to arrive alone and send for your family after you have made arrangements for them and considered all of your costs.

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