Housing and transportation


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. Also, beginning in late July, all students arriving on campus 30 days prior to the start of classes for the fall semester may choose to stay within University Housing’s pre-early arrival residence hall. This is located at Illinois Street Residence Halls (ISR) 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 918 West Illinois Street, 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 arriving for Spring earlier than the designated early move in date must apply for Winter Break Housing accommodations.  Reservations are required.

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 your student’s 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 student’s notice of admission.  Your student may also choose to submit a contract online after he or she is 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.

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

Many students live in privately-owned apartments, which cannot be reserved in advance.  However, this is an attractive option to students who would like to have cooking facilities which are not available in the residence halls.  Please refer to the Tenant Union for free services including lease review, landlord complaint records, assistance locating housing and help with landlord problems. Your student may also contact them with their accommodation needs and preferences and they will reply with a list of suitable options.
Contact the Tenant Union:
326 Illini Union


Getting to Champaign-Urbana
There are a number of different ways to get to Champaign from Chicago airports. By train, AMTRAK provides service between downtown Chicago and Champaign. In the Fall semester, shuttle services are provided by ISSS from O'Hare Airport.

If students will be flying into University of Illinois Willard Airport, they should consider the following public transportation to arrive on campus from Willard Airport or the Illinois Terminal (train/bus depot in downtown Champaign):

  • Group taxi services cost an average of $8 per person.  If you are not part of a group, the average cost for a taxi is $15.  You may ask an airport or Illinois Terminal employee for assistance.  Be sure to agree on your cab fare amount before leaving for your destination.

If your student will be taking a cab from Willard Airport, they will need to be sure to agree on your cab fare amount before leaving for the intended destination. Group fares will be cheaper than individual cab fare. Students may ask an airport or Illinois Terminal employee for assistance.

For more information on local transportation options, check out the Visit Champaign County's transportation page or the University of Illinois' Facilities and Services page.

While at the University
Students have the option of riding the MTD for free when they show their i-Card. Students may also opt to use bicycles to get around, or a car.


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