University of Illinois Student & Parent Resources

Congratulations on joining the Illini family!

The greater Champaign County area is a better place to live, work, and visit because of the University of Illinois and the students and faculty that make it Outside of Ordinary.

For parents, we know how difficult it is to send your students to a new community to be on their own. Students, our staff has also been in your shoes, coming to the University of Illinois for their studies and learning about the community they now call home. We're here to provide you with the resources you need to make your time in Champaign-Urbana feel like home. 

Stay tuned to our social media channels so you can stay up-to-date on all that's happening in your new home! Use #OutsideOfOrdinary to share your experiences with us.
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For any additional information or questions, contact us at 217-351-4133 or We're here to help! was developed to maintain the safety and well-being of our communities and to share information and resources with businesses in Champaign County. The site will serve as a hub for Champaign County businesses to access resources, including re-opening guidelines, sample signage, PPE suppliers, local cleaning companies, local printers and more.

Businesses are also asked to take the Champaign County Safe Pledge. Businesses can complete the pledge online and upon review, will be added to a

comprehensive list of pledged businesses that the public can review. Businesses can then post their signed pledge in their windows to show their commitment to the health and safety of employees and customers.

Students can view which local businesses have taken the pledge to ensure their safety.


Print & Digital Resources



Champaign County Area Experience Guide 

This comprehensive guide will give you an inside look into what makes this community Outside of Ordinary, from live music to local foods.

The annual publication is published annually in August and is digital only for 2020-2021.


Seasonal Checklists 
Contains information on top events, community facts & rankings, top spots for food & drink, selfie stops, and volunteer opportunities.


Virtual Experiences











Helpful Tips for Parents

In an effort to make visiting your student at their new home as easy as possible, we have a few helpful tips to make it less stressful:

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