Champaign-Urbana is a micro-urban community known for its big-city amenities yet small-town affordability, accessibility, safety, and friendliness. The twin cities are dynamic and vibrant, with a lively cultural scene, a variety of restaurants, and numerous recreational opportunities.

Where to Live

Whether you’re looking for a quiet tree-lined neighborhood or the bustle of a larger apartment complex, you’ll find an array of affordable options in Champaign-Urbana. The average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $800. While off-campus housing is most popular, there are a limited number of housing options available.


Culture and Music Scene

Hailed by Midwest Living as a “Great Midwest Food Town,” Champaign-Urbana is a foodie’s paradise. It also boasts an assortment of shopping, coffee houses, clubs, live music venues, movie theaters and athletic events. A major center for the arts, the University of Illinois attracts dozens of internationally renowned artists each year to more than 350 performances held at the widely acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Champaign is also the home of the celebrated Ebertfest, Roger Ebert’s annual film festival, and several large music festivals, including Pygmalion Festival and Folk and Roots Festival.


The state-of-the-art Activities and Recreation Center is one of the premier campus recreation facilities in the country. Champaign and Urbana have many award-winning park facilities and programs with popular sports leagues. Go camping, mountain biking, canoeing and tubing at Kickapoo State Park or explore the sandstone gorges and ravines of Turkey Run. The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon in the spring is another popular event for Illinois students.

Getting Around Town

Champaign-Urbana’s award-winning mass transit bus system covers the majority of the twin cities and is free to students. With a convenient schedule to and from Carle Illinois facilities, it’s a great option and very popular. Pedestrian-friendly and bike-friendly, Champaign-Urbana has a growing number of bike lanes on shared roads. Each MTD bus is also equipped with an easy-to-use bike rack. Uber, Lyft and Zipcar are also available.