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Postdoc Life at Illinois

Living in Champaign-Urbana

Champaign-Urbana is a vibrant community located in central Illinois. Learn more about the region and area resources.

Housing Options

Champaign-Urbana offers a variety of housing options in different price ranges. When researching options, consider transportation options to campus since campus parking is often limited.

University Housing

University Housing provides options for faculty and staff in addition to students. Family & Graduate Housing has three apartment communities at Orchard Downs, Goodwin-Green and Ashton Woods. The staff at these family-friendly communities offers programming and resources for residents of all ages.

Leases begin throughout the year. If you have questions or need assistance, contact Family & Graduate Housing at (217) 333-5656 or

Privately Owned Housing

Apartments and houses are also available to rent from many other landlords. The Champaign-Urbana Tenant Union can assist with finding an apartment and provide information about tenants’ rights and landlords’ complaint records. Resources for finding housing include the city newspaper, The News-Gazette, and the campus newspaper, The Daily IlliniMany postdocs also find housing through Craigslist, Trulia, Zillow, and Realtor.comThis information is provided as a resource and does not constitute endorsement for postings. If you are looking at privately owned housing, be sure to check out the Tenant Union's resources above for information about rates, checklists, lease review, tenant's rights, and more.

Health and Wellness

Understand the health care and wellness resources available as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Illinois.

Children and Family

Many postdoctoral scholars arrive in Champaign-Urbana with their families. Find resources including parenting, childcare and school information.

Getting Around Campus

The main area of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign includes 316 buildings over a 2.3 square mile area. To help you find your way around campus, refer to the online or pdf maps of campus. Learn more about campus transportation options.