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

Transportation: Bus system is confusing at first, but once students get used to it, they are easy to use and are timely.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I never utilized any long distance travel options, but I knew where to find them if I needed them. As for on campus transportation I felt the buses were easy to use, easy to find, and all around convenient.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: bus system around campus is pretty good but can be crowded. it is easy to take trains and charter buses back to chicago suburbs

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is very convenient. The only real purpose to having a car is for buying groceries; otherwise, it is not of much use.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I use the bus system and it runs just fine. You can also walk/bike as there are many crosswalks and roads for such endeavors.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Best Campus Transit
  • 375th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1311st
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Thiersch
Wilmette, Ill.
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Transportation around campus is pretty accessible. The MTD buses run all over campus, including downtown Urbana. They run regularly to the Quad and the main part of town, so you never have to wait for a ride. This is great if you are out late at night and are worried about returning to the dorms safely. As one student said, understand that the bus that will be coming in the next five minutes might not necessarily be the bus you need. However, if you are trying to make it to a distant location, you might have a wait, but usually no more than 15 or 20 minutes. Walking and biking are also good options, and if the weather is nice, most people don’t mind burning off a few calories while going to class.

As for leaving town, the Suburban Express and Greyhound are great options. If you want to go home for a weekend or up to Chicago for a night or two, both are inexpensive and accessible means of transportation. Of course, it is nice to have your own car, or to at least to share a ride with friends, since this gives you more control and freedom. It's not a necessity, though, because the transportation around here is A-OK. But to make it better than A-OK, hop on the bus as early as possible in your college career and familiarize yourself with the routes and the schedules.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Campus MTD
  • Catch a ride with a friend
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
A cab or car service is your best bet; a cab ride to the airport costs $25.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Student Patrol Walking Escorts

(217) 333-1216

9 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday-Saturday

Safe Rides

(217) 265-7433

9 p.m. to 6 a.m.,

Public TransitWhat's This?

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Willard Airport

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Champaign Greyhound Terminal

The Greyhound service is in downtown Champaign, which is about two miles from the center of campus. For schedule information, call (800) 231-2222.

45 E. University Avenue, Champaign

(217) 352-4150

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 151 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 2% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 17% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 81% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 150 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 13% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 85% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 1% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 150 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 1% Fairly difficult.
  • 56% Fairly easy.
  • 42% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 145 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 145 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 145 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing
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