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Whether you are here for just a few semesters or a few years, your surroundings should support your goals. Do you prefer  cushy comfort or a more austere and functional space?  First-floor entry or an elevator? A low noise level? Practice space for music or dance? Reserved parking? No matter what your preference, Champaign-Urbana has ample housing options to suit your needs.

On campus and in area neighborhoods, housing comes in numerous lifestyle, architectural, and geographic options—wood floors or chrome and glass, high-rise or prairie-flat. Choose the place that suits your tastes, needs, and budget while making Illinois your academic home.

University Housing

Family & Graduate Housing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a variety of living options for graduate students. Three uniquely different apartment communities are available – University Apartments at Orchard Downs, Goodwin-Green, and Ashton Woods.  

Advantages to living on campus are many:
  • A variety of apartment options are available, including efficiency, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments (both furnished and unfurnished).
  • University apartments are located in safe communities with affordable rates.
  • Cable television, high-speed internet, 24-hour emergency maintenance service, water, trash, and sewer costs are included in residents’ monthly rent.
  • On-site, lighted parking and on-site laundry facilities are available in all communities.
  • Our residents enjoy convenient access to free bus service.
  • Friendly, knowledgeable, and professional staff offers hundreds of community programs (social, educational and cultural) each year.
It’s easy to apply! Submit an online application   — there’s no commitment or fee involved. You can decide to accept or decline the lease offer online when it is emailed to you. 
If you have questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Family & Graduate Housing at (217) 333-5656.  

Off-Campus Housing

For those preferring off-campus living arrangements, privately owned housing is plentiful in Champaign and Urbana. Anyone unfamiliar with standard leasing practices should visit the Tenant Union to learn more about lease agreements.

  • Tenant Union: The Tenant Union can help incoming graduate students find housing once they are accepted at the University of Illinois. See the the Tenant Union's Quick Guide for renting apartments.

  • Private Certified Housing in Champaign-Urbana: The Housing Information Office maintains information on Private Certified Housing in Champaign-Urbana and certifies these privately owned units.

  • Privately Owned Housing: Students seeking privately owned housing are urged to visit the campus as early as possible, because arrangements for this type of accommodation usually are made in person. Resources for finding off-campus rentals in the area include The News-Gazette and The Daily Illini. Many students also find housing through Craigslist, Trulia, Zillow, and* If you are looking at privately owned housing, be sure to check out the Tenant Union's resources above for information about rates, checklists, lease review, tenant's rights, and more.

*This information is provided as a resource and does not constitute endorsement for postings.