Living on Campus

Smart. Innovative. Micro-Urban.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a welcoming and inclusive crossroad of cultures. People from more than 120 nations call us home and their presence adds to our diversity in ideas, attitudes, food, and art. Our campus consists of nearly 300 main buildings on 1,400 acres. Our high quality academic programs, outstanding facilities, and abundant resources have earned Illinois the reputation as an institution of international stature, and we are ranked annually among the top universities in the world.

Diverse student group

Urbana-Champaign is on an accelerated development track, emerging as a leading example of a “micro-urban” community—a population center of less than 250,000 with a set of highly desirable attributes commonly found in larger cities. Our vibrant arts/culture/nightlife scene, internationally diverse population, strong technology base, and commitment to societal issues coupled with a world-class university make this community a destination for professionals of all kinds.

With a combined population of about 180,000, Urbana and Champaign feature top-notch restaurants, concert venues, and parks and recreation facilities. People come to the University of Illinois for outstanding career opportunities. But they stay here because they find a community that makes it easy to balance work with family, and achievement with satisfaction. It doesn’t take long to realize that Urbana-Champaign is a wonderful place to call home.

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