A Top College Town

Get to Know Champaign-Urbana

The twin cities of Champaign and Urbana combine to form a vibrant, innovative community in which our campus is the heart. As you explore the many perks of big-city living in this affordable, micro-urban location, you'll quickly discover why we earn regular honors as a top college town.

U.S. college town
(Best College Reviews)

Midwest food town (Midwest Living)

A Top
inclusive city for the LGBTQ+ community (Municipal Equality Index)

parks & green spaces

Where We're Located

With a total population of 128,000, C-U is located in east central Illinois, just two hours south of Chicago.

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About Town

Living local is the culture in C-U, with three distinct spaces—campustown, downtown Champaign, and downtown Urbana—to enhance your experience.

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Things to Do

Here's a list of things you can do in C-U to distract you from homework as necessary.

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Upcoming Events

See what's happening in C-U right now, from festivals to live music to exhibits and more!

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Keep Exploring

Learn even more about what our amazing community has to offer you.

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