Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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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Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is generally convenient as long as you make a decision early. I would say it is worth it. It is cheaper to live in an apartment than the dorms.

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Transportation: The MTD is excellent-probably one of the best busing systems around. It can take you anywhere you need to be at any time, and there are individual routes to the dorms further away from campus.

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Transportation: The bus system in C-U allows students convenient and safe transportation. The buses are coded using colors (excepting the `22 Illini bus), and provide schedules and route listings on board.

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Transportation: Sometimes buses are pretty gross and just driving in them makes you smell. But the MTD is always clean and comfortable, albeit a little crowded at peak times.

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Transportation: The buses work for me pretty well. They go where I need them to and I've never had a problem.

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Transportation: If you don't have a car, getting to the movies takes 30 minutes instead of 10, when you take the bus. But it gets you there.

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Transportation: There is a great bus system; you never have to worry about getting around and finding stuff.

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Transportation: The MTD gets you around campus pretty easily.

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Transportation: The buses are free for University students to use, and they even go as far as Parkland College, which is convenient for students who take classes at both schools. The grocery store and mall are also accessible by bus, as are bars and restaurants.

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Transportation: Public transportation is readily offered and encouraged. Buses go everywhere, from the dorms to the different buildings and to off-campus areas likethe mall. It was voted the best transit system in 1997 and 2001.

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Transportation: Public transportation is convenient when you have nothing else to get around in. If you live at FAR, it is a way of life and can be journey trying to get from point A to point B.

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Transportation: The buses seem great to me. I try not to make riding the bus seem too complicated though, because the routes can really be confusing for an LAS major like myself. I know how to get to class and home. Anything else is just showing off.

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Transportation: The buses get people home safely at night and get them to class on time in the morning; it really is quite an impressive system. The earlier you tackle it, the less likely that it will get the better of you.

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Transportation: Every student has a bus pass and the buses run about five minutes apart. The #22 runs through the most central part of campus. It goes to the Union, the Six-Pack, both of the exercise facilities, and stops no more than a block away from every bar. The buses run from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.

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Overall Experience: There are pluses and minuses. What it offers is a quality education, a strong opportunity for activism, and a social scene that revolves around every individual's personal interests.

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Overall Experience: When my mother exclaimed `you made it-your first year,' I was so caught up in finals that I was so eager to leave. But ever since I returned home, I have thought about school everyday. The good times, the rough times, and how they were all worth it.

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Overall Experience: At times, I wish I was someplace warmer, but this is a great school. It's been a truly unique experience for me. I am proud to be at a place that has such a rich tradition, not only athletically and socially, but academically as well.

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Overall Experience: A diversity of people and ideas ensure that a person will not leave the same after four years. And though it's frustrating to be in the middle of farmland, there is not a moment of regret for choosing the University of Illinois.

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Overall Experience: I have had a very good undergraduate experience at U of I, and I have realized that it is possible to have an enriching experience as long as you dedicate your time to getting involved in your schoolwork and in extracurricular organizations.

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Overall Experience: I feel that I am ready to move on in life. Even though I will be spending more time at the University, I also know that the `real world' will be a shock, and therefore am not regretting the time I have left too much.

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Emily Thiersch
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Wilmette, Ill.
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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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