Preparing to Visit

We're giving you everything you need to plan your trip to UIUC. We can't wait to see you on campus soon!

COVID-19 Guidelines

Prior to your arrival on campus, please be aware of the following guidelines for all visits hosted through our office:

  • We encourage you to be fully vaccinated or to have a recent negative test prior to your visit.
  • Because seating capacity is currently limited, you may only bring up to two guests total. In order to adhere to our safety guidelines, no exceptions can be made.
  • You're required to wear a face covering, both in indoor campus spaces and during outdoor tours, regardless of your vaccination status.
  • We allow limited access to academic buildings. On the day of your visit, you must have your visit itinerary email on hand for entry into buildings included in your schedule.

For additional information related to current campus guidelines, visit our COVID-19 website.

Directions & Parking

If you plan to drive, I-72, I-74, and I-57 all lead directly to Champaign-Urbana. You can also arrive by train or bus at the Illinois Terminal , which is two miles away from campus, or you can fly to Champaign's Willard Airport , which is five miles away from campus. Visitor parking for Admissions programs is available at meters on campus. We recommend downloading the MobileMeter app before your visit. Please note that no free parking is available on weekdays.

Google map of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and its surrounding area

Visit Itinerary

After signing up for a visit, you'll receive an itinerary outlining your day on campus.

Admissions Info Sessions & Campus Tours

Check-in will begin 30 minutes before the start of our program. We'll kick things off with a 45-minute presentation, including time for questions. Next, you'll have a chance to ask current students your questions during a 15-minute student panel. A student will then lead you on an hour-and-a-half walking tour through the heart of campus, so be sure to wear good walking shoes and come prepared for all weather conditions!

Academic Meetings, Tours, & More

Academic program details vary by academic community. You can view a description of each program on our sign-up page. If you have questions regarding an academic program you've signed up for, don't hesitate to reach out directly to that academic community prior to your visit.

Housing Tours

The Admissions campus tour includes a housing tour of our Illinois Street Residence (ISR) Halls. Additional housing tours are offered from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. every weekday. Walk-in tours offered through University Housing include Nugent Hall or a more in-depth look at Illinois Street Residence (ISR) Halls. You can also pre-arrange a Private Certified Housing tour directly with the facility of your choice.

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Making the Most of Your Visit

If you're heading to Champaign-Urbana, you’re going to want to make the most of your time here! We have some tips to help make your trip worthwhile.

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Where to Stay

Illini Union

Illini Union Hotel

The Illini Union Hotel sits in the heart of campus, offering beautiful Quad views, free parking, and complimentary breakfast vouchers for its on-site Starbucks and other national restaurants. The Illini Union hosts many university events and supports student programming. To reserve a room, visit their website or call 217-333-1241.

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More Locations

Review a comprehensive listing of places to stay in the Champaign-Urbana area.


There’s no shortage of things to do in the C-U area, no matter what time of the year you're visiting. If you have some downtime, make sure to check out our vibrant, microurban community.

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If you still have questions prior to making the trip, check out our visit FAQ. If you don't see what you're looking for, you can also reach out to our office directly. We're here to help!