The microurban twin cities of Champaign and Urbana combine to form a vibrant, innovative community in which our campus is the heart. Offering the many perks of big-city living in a relaxed setting, we earn regular honors as a top college town.
The Quad stands in the center of campus as one of the most quintessential fixtures of the university. It's a great place to soak up some sun and hang out with friends between classes.
Each fall before classes begin, new Illini attend Quad Day to explore many of our over 1,000 student groups and sign up for the ones they're interested in.
Located on the north end of the Quad, the Illini Union is the hub of student life at UIUC. It welcomes students, families, alumni, and faculty to the heart of campus.
The Illini Union houses countless study spaces, a café, a food court, a tech store, a bowling alley and billiard room, a hotel, and a whole lot more.
Foellinger Auditorium, the largest lecture hall on campus, is located on the south end of the Quad. The pineapple that sits atop the building is a universal symbol of welcome.
Nearly all Illini experience at least one class in Foellinger. The stately auditorium also hosts concerts and special events.
Redone in 2012 to become one of the nation's greenest and most wired academic buildings, Lincoln Hall is a memorial to Abraham Lincoln.
Need a little bit of luck before your next exam? Stop by Lincoln Hall's bust of Honest Abe; supposedly, rubbing its nose will bring you good fortune!
The English Building houses the departments of English and Creative Writing, as well as the Center for Writing Studies. Just outside stands the Eternal Flame, which promises lasting love for anyone who kisses beneath it.
Altgeld Hall is home to the Math and Actuarial Science Department, the Mathematics Library, a bell tower, and even a post office. You'll hear its chimes mark the time across campus each day.
Symbolizing the UIUC motto "Learning and Labor," the Alma Mater statue stands on the northwest side of the Quad to welcome students with open arms.
As the main road running through Campustown, Green Street is a diverse hot spot featuring a variety of restaurants, specialty shops, apartments, and more.
Don't let its name fool you: The Illini Union Bookstore is filled with more than textbooks. It's also a great place to grab some new Illini gear!
The Career Center provides numerous services to give you an edge when pursuing your dream job and preparing for your professional career.
The Main Library is home to a number of specialized libraries as well as the Main Stacks, which house over 5 million items of the library's collection.
Our university library system has one of the largest public university library collections in the world with over 14 million volumes.
The Undergraduate Library gives you all the resources you need to study: a writing help center, technology checkout, and a coffee shop!
As the oldest experimental field in the Western Hemisphere, the Morrow Plots are the most valuable cornfields in the world.
On the South Quad, the McFarland Memorial Bell Tower rings in unison with (and sometimes echoes) the chimes of Altgeld Hall.
One of the best places to study on the South Quad, the Funk (ACES) Library was built to integrate traditional information sources with new learning and information technologies.
Made possible through the philanthropy of Herman and Ellnora Krannert, the Krannert Art Museum is connected to the School of Art and Design and acts as a refuge for its students.
Temple Hoyne Buell Hall was designed to encourage interdisciplinary teaching among the schools of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning.
Welcome to our business students' home away from home, the Business Instructional Facility (BIF). It was one of the first green buildings built on campus!
BIF's state-of-the-art, collaborative space includes the Illinois MakerLab, which was the world's first business school 3D-printing center, and the Margolis Market Information Lab, which provides students with the same financial tools used by globe-leading firms.
Approximately 75% of first-year students live in University Housing, forming tight-knit communities to help transition to campus life. Many options are available, including 11 Living-Learning Communities.
One of the newest residence halls on campus, Bousfield Hall offers suite-style rooms and is home to upper-division undergraduates and our transfer community.
With a bronze-level certification as a bike-friendly university and bike racks at every university and residential building, you can easily get out of bed late and get to class on time.
The Student Dining and Residential Programs (SDRP) building houses many resources for students, including Ikenberry Dining Center. With restaurant-style and self-serve stations galore, whatever you're craving, you'll find it at Ike!
Is your stomach grumbling? Our dining halls, specialty restaurants, á la carte locations, and food trucks have plenty of delicious options no matter your dietary restrictions.
Over 20% of UIUC undergrads are part of a fraternity or sorority. We have 90 chapters to choose from!
The Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) is one of the nation's largest on-campus recreation centers. The fitness possibilities are endless when you have 340,000 square feet to work with!
The ARC includes hundreds of machines and weights, multiple gyms, racquetball and squash courts, swimming pools, an indoor track, an instructional kitchen, and even a 35-foot climbing wall!
Approximately 10 to 15 intramural sports are available each semester, and the fields on the southwest side of campus are open for their use.
Home to the Fighting Illini football team since 1923, Memorial Stadium is the place to show your school spirit and cheer on one of our 21 NCAA Division I teams.
Fans of the Orange and Blue have witnessed many unforgettable victories over the years, including this famous Homecoming upset over No. 6-ranked Wisconsin in 2019.
The State Farm Center is home to the Fighting Illini basketball team and its student cheering section, Orange Krush.
I-L-L, I-N-I! The Fighting Illini are part of the legendary Big Ten Conference, and there's nothing like experiencing your first game as a UIUC student.
Research Park, located on the south end of campus, is home to over 120 companies and employs more than 800 student interns at any given time.
The university's South Farms encompass over 1,000 acres of land used for research by the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES).
Surrounded by a Japanese tea garden, a Zen-style rock garden, and the university's arboretum, the Japan House instructs and shares Japanese culture with the community.
The Arboretum's Idea Garden was conceived as an educational tool to promote environmentally responsible gardening practices. This planted space offers something new and exciting every year!
Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE), located on the east side of campus, will fulfill all of your fitness needs. Check out the indoor pool that includes a hot tub, volleyball net, and slide!
One of many cultural and resource centers at UIUC, the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC) helps to promote the individual, social, cultural, and academic well-being of Black students on campus.
The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, a 300,000-square-foot performing arts and academic facility, is home to over 350 performances and 180 productions each year.
Located within the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Foellinger Great Hall is said to be one of the world's premier acoustic environments.
The Spurlock Museum showcases approximately 45,000 culture-related artifacts spanning 1,000,000 years and 6 continents.
The Alice Campbell Alumni Center is home to a network of 490,000 living alumni and provides them with valuable benefits, services, and resources.
Originally part of the sandstone portal of New Main University Hall in 1871, the Hallene Gateway is now on display on the northeast side of campus.
Also known as the Bardeen Quad or the North Quad, the Engineering Quad is home to one of the university's most prestigious colleges, The Grainger College of Engineering.
One of the oldest buildings on campus, Engineering Hall houses the administrative offices for Grainger Engineering. Its scenic backyard includes the Boneyard Creek and Engineering Quad.
Grainger Library is the largest and most technologically advanced engineering library in the world (and therefore also one of the nicest places on campus to study!).
Designed to be an interactive computing habitat, the Siebel Center serves as a laboratory for exploring and evaluating 21st-century computing environments.
Our Electrical and Computer Engineering Building was created with the goal of net-zero energy use, meaning that it supplies all of its own energy. It provides approximately 230,000 square feet of labs, classrooms, and facilities.
One of the first interdisciplinary research facilities in the world when it opened in 1989, the Beckman Institute is the largest research facility on campus.
Just outside Campustown, students can explore the thriving downtowns of Champaign and Urbana. With access to local shops, music venues, an art theater, and various eateries, you'll never be bored!
With many overnight routes, arrivals every 10 minutes, and bus stops throughout campus and across town, our Mass Transit District (MTD) provides unlimited transportation access to all students.
One of the largest and most diverse farmers' markets in the state of Illinois, Urbana's Market at the Square is held every Saturday morning, May through November, right next door to campus.