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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived off-campus for two years and it was great. There are tons of options, but you need to do your own research. Check out the different property management groups and see what their reputation is like. Over all, you should find cheaper roomier options with free street parking and other amenities closer by.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Campus is a bubble, and its possible to spend all your time trapped there in ignorance of the other downtown scenes. Both downtown Champaign and Urbana have many fine restaurants and bars that should be part of your going out experience. The crowds are usually graduate students and older types, with more locals, but overall more relaxed and less #YOLO. Getting back and forth is an easy bus ride or a 10-40 min walk, depending where you live.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There is a big party-scene on campus, especially due to the large greek system present. Quality and location are completely subjective, it depends what you're looking for. It is quite easy to find a social group of interesting and fun people through clubs and organizations. I gained many more friends and memories this way than from going out to the loud & sweaty dance-bars or musty frat basements, which are also quite easy to find.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I think policies that benefit the campus overall are worth being enforced. If your intent is to break laws, then don't be surprised by the consequences. This is a very large campus relative to most other schools, and these numbers can mean both good and bad. Everyone wants to feel safe and comfortable while attending school, and while having fun is accessible and widely participated, expect safety and intelligent decisions to be enforced.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: As a transfer student, I was able to pay for my junior year out-of-pocket, with financial aid being useful for my senior year. The process was pretty straight-forward. You register at FAFSA, they send your info to the school, then the school will award you a letter of options based on your need. Some people get awarded work-study positions that allow you a part-time job with the school. You can use all or some of the loans, but be sure to read all the fine print, especially about interest rates and repayment.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I never had a meal plan, since I never lived in any dorms. But I did try some meals off of a friends meal plan. The food at the time was pretty typical. It was nice that you can share your plan with others like this, I guess you can consider it a flexibility. I recall each dining hall having it's own reputation for quality/menu, so do some research about the options. For instance, the dining hall I went to had a lot of vegan options.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I transferred directly into an apartment off-campus. It had everything I could want for as a college apartment. From classes, it was a 15 min walk, 5 min bike ride, and within walking to one of the many bus stops that take you most anywhere. Being next to a grocery store was a big bonus too. Apartment costs can range depending where you look, but I would say it should be pretty easy to find something to match your budget. Like most things, be sure to do your research first. Social atmosphere is what you make it, there are tons of clubs going on all the time.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Have little experience with off campus housing

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a good number of places if you're willing to go out of the way and look a little

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is a very good night life and bars are 19+ to get in which makes it accessible

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are not very many options

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The meals don't seem like a good value for the credits.There is no flexibility is in swipes. If you want use a meal on someone else you have to use limited cafe credits instead of a meal swipe

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The cost is relatively high in comparison to amenities, quality and location

5 College Junior

Greek Life: We have a diverse system that can fit anyone. It is a great way to meet people and get involved on campus.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We have so many great restaurants with a nice variety for when we venture off campus

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: Bars at 19? We have the best nightlife. Go to Kam's. If you have that or are in Greek life, you're set to have an amazing college experience. It's like the movies.

4 College Junior

Administration: I think that for the most part, the school is average on how strict they are. Sometimes it can be ridiculous that students get in trouble for drinking when there are others doing worse things around campus.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I use the GI Bill for financial aid, but did not receive any directly from the school.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: The ike has great options that can please almost anyone

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The university housing itself is generally small, but well done. They are working to fix the buildings one by one and have added air conditioning units that make a big difference.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food was really good the first two weeks of school. Now it is terrible.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great because it ti close to class, however, I do not like the dorms. The dorm room are really small and expensive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: its good at first but you get really tired of dorm food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: there are too many people to connect with and its great.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I'd personally stick to Green St.

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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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