Off-Campus Housing

Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived way off campus (out of town, actually) but visited several students in their off-campus homes. They apartments were expensive but very nice and easily accessible.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off-campus so I wouldn't know.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The school tries to keep us in dorms for the money

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are bad landlords and decent ones. I'd suggest everyone to research thoroughly before signing a contract.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live extremely far from campus, over a mile, and my rent is still over $600 a month. The closer you get to campus the more expensive it gets. Parking of course is an additional monthly cost. My building is very secure, but sometimes I can't even get in there and I live there. Our landlord is very self-centered and only concerned with money.

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  • 198th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Thiersch
Hometown
Wilmette, Ill.
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Most students at U of I will tell you that off-campus housing is the only way to go after freshman year—if you're not already living in a Greek house, of course. Living in the dorms for four years is just not an option for most people, not just because of the “dork” stigma, but also because it is not necessary or financially smart. There are housing options all over campus, and most of them are closer to the Quad than the dorms are—and virtually all are much cheaper This housing generally comes with a parking space and air conditioning. Most importantly, it gives residents the option of hosting parties and offers residents more space and privacy.

Even if you are still sharing a room, you won’t have to wear flip-flops in the shower or eat with 300 other people. Some people might still choose to buy a meal package, but most people are more than willing to cook their own meals for a change. On the other hand, the newest, nicest apartments can be costly. You might have to choose between a cheap, ugly apartment and a chic but expensive one. The only thing you should not settle for is a bad landlord. The Student Tenant Union is there for this very reason. Before you even rent an apartment, you should check with the Tenant Union to see if the apartment or landlord has had complaints filed against them. If so, you probably don’t want to live there. Also, if you do end up with a bad landlord, you can go to the Union and complain. They will tell you your rights and help you with any housing questions.

 

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
50%
Best Time to Look for a Place
October/November (beginning of first semester)
Popular Areas
  • Fourth Street
  • Green Street
  • Mattis Avenue
  • Wright Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 4 BR: $1,600
  • Studio: $500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 165 responses

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  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 166 responses

  • 8% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 60% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 27% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 166 responses

  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 20% Extremely helpful.
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