Life in Champaign-Urbana

Part of what makes Illinois a great place is our location in a great place to live. With a combined population of 120,000, Champaign-Urbana is large enough to support cultural, athletic, and entertainment opportunities usually associated with major metropolitan areas, yet small enough to maintain its identity as a friendly, Midwestern community.

And Champaign-Urbana has spunk, with everything from lively nightlife, funky festivals, and an international flair. There are great restaurants, a wealth of recreational opportunities, unique museums, and great theatre.

Did You Know?

Culture & Arts


Local Schools

  • Over 100 AP/Dual Credit classesoffered in Champaign County
  • Our school districts rank in the top 5% nationwide for districts our size
  • The Wall Street Journal listed local public high school as one of the best in the country


  • We have an award-winning mass transit system that is free with your campus ID
  • The university’s regional airport is just minutes away, and provides an easy connection to any destination
  • Amtrak offers multiple daily trips to Chicago
  • In three hours or less you can drive to the major metropolitan areas of Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis

Recreational Opportunities