Off-Campus Housing

Champaign, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Some Landlords are great, some are not. Some apartments are expensive, some are cheap. You can find whatever it is you are looking for.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options and can be anywhere from party central Champaign to laid-back Urbana

2 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I think that living on campus is the BEST option.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is very affordable and there is a variety of locations. However, it can very difficult to go to and from campus depending on the bus/shuttle schedule

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many different types of off-campus housing. Anywhere from renting a room at a house, to a studio apartment, to 4 bedroom apartments. The range in amenities and cost. There are lots of options close to school, with bus transportation available, but parking at these apartments is very limited.


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  • 198th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Thiersch
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
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 175 responses

Very poor
  • 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 174 responses

  • 9% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 59% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 26% 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 174 responses

  • 25% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 22% Extremely helpful.
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