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Hotels in Normal near Illinois State University

Illinois State University Introduction

Founded in 1857 as a training school for teachers, the Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois is the oldest public university in the state and one of the top teaching universities in the US. On campus is the Hancock Stadium, the 13,000-seater home ground of the Redbirds football team, and the Redbird Track athletics arena. It's also 9 minutes' walk from the college bars and diners on East Beaufort Street, near Uptown Station. Normal is twinned with the neighboring city of Bloomington, 1.4 miles south, where you can catch a basketball match or concert at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

Hotels near Illinois State University

There's a variety of hotels within easy reach of the Illinois State University, including corporate hotels on campus. These 3-star and 4-star properties have indoor pools and restaurants, plus free perks like airport shuttles or breakfast. There are several budget and mid-range options a little further from campus, which offer no-frills rooms, free parking and breakfast; some have outdoor pools. Term time runs from August until May, when Normal is at its busiest. Summer is a also popular time to visit the twin cities, so for the best room rates, come in winter, when you'll find the best hotel deals.

Where to stay near Illinois State University

The Illinois State University is in downtown Normal, the liveliest area of this quiet university city. You'll find many college bars and low-key diners around the East Beaufort Street area, as well as the university theater, cafes and shops between North Street and Broadway Avenue. Another popular area to stay is close to the Shoppes at College Hills, a modern shopping mall east of downtown. There are many high street stores and well-known chains, plus coffee shops, bars and restaurants. A more affordable area is Bloomington Heights, 4 miles southwest of campus, which attracts the budget-conscious traveler.

Things to see near Illinois State University

Catch a football match at the Hancock Stadium, a 2-minute walk from campus, or a baseball game at Duffy Bass Field, which is 10 minutes' away by foot. The Weibring Golf Club is a 16-minute walk, or you can stroll 15 minutes to the Children's Discovery Museum, which has interactive exhibits for kids of all ages. You'll find many popular high street stores in the Shoppes of College Hills mall, 2.3 miles west of campus. In Bloomington, book tickets to a live gig or a basketball game at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, an 8,000-seater arena 1.4 miles south of the university.

How to get to Illinois State University

The Illinois State University is accessible from all of central Illinois. It's 1.4 miles from both I-55 and I-74, the main routes which circumnavigate the twin cities. The nearest Amtrak service arrives at Uptown Station, less than 10 minutes' stroll from campus. The university is also 6 miles west of Central Illinois Regional Airport, which has daily flights to Atlanta, Florida and Dallas-Fort Worth. Getting around both cities is easy. There's an extensive bus network which connects the cities, as well as a campus shuttle, the Redbird Express, which operates during term time.