A buzzing student city, Champaign-Urbana combines small-town character with amazing live music and the best of college sports
A college town through and through, supporting UIUC’s Fighting Illini on game day is almost a requirement for living in Champaign-Urbana. In a city fuelled by students and full of potential for academic and creative fulfillment, you can’t help but feel like you’re part of something special. Become a member of the UIUC family when you sing along to the Altgeld Hall bells as they chime the university fight song, pay homage to the Alma Mater statue on Green Street, or cheer for the Illini football team at Memorial Stadium.
When you’re not busy showing your school spirit, find inspiration in Champaign-Urbana’s flourishing cultural scene. From Ludacris to REO Speedwagon, the area is known for its musical talent, while its art galleries and theaters are amongst the best in Illinois. Discover masterpieces from all over the world at Krannert Art Museum, fill up on popcorn while watching cult classics at the Art Theater, or dance the night away to the sounds of your favorite band at the Illini Union’s Courtyard Café.
When you need a break from the frenetic pace of varsity life, the area’s beautiful green spaces offer a moment of well-deserved peace and quiet. De-stress after a long week in the peaceful gardens of the university arboretum, or fire up the grill with your friends at the purpose-built BBQ areas in Illini Grove. On campus, the Quad is the place to be between classes - bring your books to study, people watch with friends or take a moment to simply lie back and relax.