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!

Agenda

You can view a detailed description of your day on campus by revisiting our visit program page. First-year visits provide an immersive look into the UIUC student experience, while transfer visits include a combination of admissions and student life information. If you're a prospective first-year student looking for insight on our admissions process, we also encourage you to explore our website or sign up for a virtual application workshop.

Additional Options

Academic Meetings, Info Sessions, & Tours

Our academic communities also offer a variety of visit options. If your visit doesn't already include time with them, explore your options and sign up! If you have questions regarding an academic visit you've signed up for, make sure to reach out directly to that academic community prior to your visit.

Housing Tours

The general 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 (excluding holidays and university breaks). 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.

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. Please note that no free parking is available on weekdays. Unless specified otherwise, you must pay electronically to park on campus; this includes visitor lots near our programs. We recommend downloading the MobileMeter, ParkMobile, or PayByPhone app before your visit.

Google map of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and its surrounding area
view of the Illini Union on a beautiful, fall day

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.

a hotel room

More Locations

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

COVID-19 Guidelines

Prior to attending an admissions-related event, please be aware of our current COVID-19 guidelines. Note that these guidelines apply to events held on campus and at the Illini Center in Chicago, home to our Chicago Satellite Office:

  • There are no COVID-19 vaccination/testing requirements for visitors. However, visitors from outside the campus community are encouraged to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if able to do so.
  • Masks are not currently required at our events, although you're still more than welcome to wear one. Masks will also be available on-site to all visitors.

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

Questions?

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!

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