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Champaign, IL
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31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Off-Campus Dining: I eat at Jimmy John's, Gumby's, and Za's. They are my favorites.

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Off-Campus Dining: I like to eat at Giovanni's on campus, which has good food. I have never been to any of the off-campus restaurants. I don't have a car and they are too far away.

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Off-Campus Dining: I don't know about food off campus too much. I think on campus is more convenient `cause its closer.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus eating is too far away. I only eat on campus, which isn't too bad. It is easy to walk to places.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus restaurants are not as readily available as they would be in the city, however there are many choices. Aside from the usual chain restaurants like Red Lobster, there are independent locations like Oakley and Perkins, which are diners off campus. Custard Cup, a seasonally-open ice cream parlor, is considered by many to offer the best ice cream they've ever tasted.

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Off-Campus Dining: Next to campus, within walking distance, there are a variety of restaurants on Green Street. The food there ranges from chains like Subway and Burger King to independent places like Pita Pit and Zorba's.

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Off-Campus Dining: If you get tired of dorm food, you can eat out. In Champaign and within the shopping vicinity, students can eat at Red Lobster or Steak N' Shake. Near campus, places like McDonald's close around 11 p.m. daily.

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Off-Campus Dining: If you want a taste of something different, the Pita Pit and Papa John's are good places. A lot of restaurants also deliver, even late into the night with pizza and good spicy chicken at Gumby's.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in Champaign have a pretty good selection. The more popular ventures are the various wing nights. The White Horse offers a Tuesday night wing special of a pound of wings for $2.50, which is about ten wings. Brothers has ten cent wings on Thursday nights. Pizza is a big deal on campus, too. Some of the hot spots include Garcia's, Gumby's (the pokey sticks are legendary), Bonnie Jean's (post-bar by the slice specialty), Papa Del's, and Monical's.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of restaurants that serve Asian food, from Chinese to Korean, Japanese, Cantonese, and Thai. In C-U, there is a restaurant for every palate.

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Off-Campus Dining: You've got your basics like Red Lobster and Burger King. But then you also have unique stuff like Zorba's. And of course, college is probably the only place in the world where you can order pizza at two in the morning.

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Off-Campus Housing: I am getting an apartment next year. It is pretty close and cheap. It is almost the same cost as the dorm, considering the housing increase.

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Off-Campus Housing: Getting an apartment in one's freshman year is nearly out of the question. If there is a need to get an apartment, one can petition to get out of the requirement to stay in the dorm or private housing.

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Off-Campus Housing: After one year in the dorms, most people can't wait to get out. The property companies create this false rush to make it seem like all the good places will be gone if you don't sign by Thanksgiving. That is all wrong. One year, I found a great place in June for only $187 a month.

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Off-Campus Housing: The hard part is dealing with these companies who barely clean the apartment before you move in and are extremely slow to fix problems with the place. They will keep your security deposit if the faucet doesn't run right. They really try to take you through the ringer, so you have to be careful. But after being in the dorms, you'll do anything for your own room. Big balconies are all the rage, and if you can find five people, renting a house is a pretty good deal as well.

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Off-Campus Housing: All I can say is, try to live as close to the Quad as possible. Cheap rent is good, but nothing makes up for a long walk to class in the freezing cold. Remember, money cannot buy back frostbitten toes.

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Off-Campus Housing: Newer apartments like the University Commons and Melrose Place are becoming popular. They have pools and are run very efficiently. Always clean and such. But you have to ride a bus just get to class.

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Off-Campus Housing: Try to get a lot of people and split the cost of a big place. In the long run, that is generally cheaper than a double or even a studio.

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Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of apartments to rent all over campus, plus houses and townhouses. It's good.

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Off-Campus Housing: Don't live off campus. On campus is where to be, and there are so many options, you are bound to find something.

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Off-Campus Housing: One has to take into consideration the housing expenses (like light, heat, even cable bills). If you want dining services, you must travel to the residence halls. Another thing about living in apartments is their closeness to campus. Some of them are within comfortable distance to classes, but some are located in poorly-lit and poorly populated areas.

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Off-Campus Housing: If you live far away, you might find yourself tempted to drive home late at night after partying. Not a good idea. Save yourself the trouble and live within walking distance from the bars.

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Off-Campus Housing: Many students choose to get apartments off campus. It can be fairly inexpensive to do so, especially with roommates so that utilities are split between people. Price does not necessarily correspond to location, as one can find a decent apartment for $250-$300/month in the same block as a $450+/month apartment.

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Off-Campus Housing: Having an apartment is valuable because the student can cook whatever she or he wants without waiting for it to appear on the dining hall menu, and some apartment complexes allow pets, which is also important to some students.

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Off-Campus Housing: Many students appreciate having their own room after living in the dorm and sharing such a small living space, but others choose to continue to live in dorms because they enjoy the convenience of the dining halls and computer labs.

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Emily Thiersch
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One might expect some tentative and even negative opinions about any school, but this is truly not the case here at U of I. Students are proud of U of I’s history, proud of is academic accomplishments, proud of the social opportunities it offers, and, most of all, they are proud to be alumni. For so many students to view their choice to come here as an unequivocally good one is a fantastic testament to the University’s strength.

Of course students here have plenty to complain about—the weather, the parking, the Greek social scene, the rural location. But all things considered, the positive points of the U of I experience tipped the scale—the University’s academic excellency, the safety, the social atmosphere, the athletic tradition, the city’s excellent transportation system. Some students admitted that they had a hard time adjusting, that they occasionally wished they had made another decision—but in the end, they were all happy to be here. The most encouraging fact was that so many people mentioned that they were leaving as better people, more knowledgeable, eclectic, and better equipped to navigate through life. University of Illinois students do not just leave with a piece of paper in their hands, they leave with a wealth of experience that is not easily rivaled—and, for in-staters, without enormous debt burdens to face when they graduate.

 

 

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