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Hotels in Urbana near University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Introduction

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is regarded as one of the top 5 engineering schools in the world. Situated between the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, it's formed of 17 colleges, has 150 study programs, and is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois. It's well-known for its grand redbrick buildings and landscaped gardens, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to supporting two museums, the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, and the Spurlock Museum (world history/culture), it also hosts the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Hotels near University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

There's a variety of hotels within easy reach of campus, most of which fall into the budget and midrange categories. The hotels closest to the university feature bright, spacious rooms, indoor pools, and 24-hour fitness rooms. At the budget end of the scale, hotels offer simply furnished rooms, free breakfast, and parking. The university term runs from August until May, when Urbana-Champaign is buzzing with students. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit in June or July, when school is out, although summer still attracts premium hotel rates. For the cheapest deals, visit in November or January.

Where to stay near University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is in an area known as Campustown. Many visitors stay along Highway 45, a few blocks south of Midtown's lively karaoke clubs and bars on South Neil Street. It offers a range of affordable accommodation west of campus. Downtown Champaign is another popular area north of the university. It attracts a culture-loving crowd seeking performances at the ART Theater Co-op and the Virginia Theatre. Around North Prospect Avenue, northwest of campus and close to I-74, is where you'll find the Market Place Shopping Center, chain restaurants, and big-box retailers, plus plenty of hotels.

Things to see near University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University's Main Quad is between South Wright Street and South Mathews Avenue, a 5-minute walk from the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. It's also an 11-minute walk from Memorial Stadium, the university's historic 70,000-seat Big Ten Conference football arena. Get outdoors by taking a stroll around the landscaped gardens of the University of Illinois Arboretum or head north to Crystal Lake Park for boating, fishing, and picnicking. If you fancy a show, drive north to downtown Champaign, where you'll find the ART Theater Co-op, and Virginia Theatre, a 1920s performance venue famous for its Wurlitzer theatre organ.

How to get to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Getting to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is easy by both car and public transport. It's a block from Highway 45 and 4 miles from I-74. The University is also one of the few which has its own airport. The Willard Airport is a 10-minute drive south of campus, and offers domestic flights to a number of destinations. If you're arriving by train, the Amtrak stops at Champaign Station, a mile north of campus. The university is well-served by the Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD), a sustainable bus network which connects the twin cities.