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Why Urbana-Champaign?

A micro-urban community, Urbana-Champaign combines a friendly small-town atmosphere with big city amenities like Big10 Division I sports, marquee theatrical and musical performances, and top-rated health and recreational facilities. We’re centrally located between Chicago (140 miles north of us), Indianapolis (125 miles east), and St. Louis (170 miles to the southwest).

You’ll love how everything is more affordable here, too. C-U’s cost of living is less than cities like Atlanta (10% higher), Berkeley (92% higher), Palo Alto (140% higher), and Boston (60% higher).*

Here are some other reasons you’ll love Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois:

Here’s additional information about the Urbana-Champaign area and the University of Illinois campus.

*Sperling’s Best Places cost of living calculator