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Featured Apartments in Champaign, IL
Resort style living. Resort style amenities. Free tanning. By-the-bed lease agreements. Fully furnished units available.
Champaign IL, 61822
Huge Floorplans..... Tons of Closet Space...... Located Steps From North Prospect!
Champaign IL, 61821
South Mattis Avenue Location........ Incredible Value........... Hardwood Option
Champaign IL, 61821
Security Entrances....... Corner of John and Mattis.............. Courtyard Setting
Champaign IL, 61821
Flat Rate Utilities.............. Blocks from campus, but queit neighborhood........... Covered Parking included
Champaign IL, 61820
Overview of Champaign
Even though it is home to the large University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Champaign, Ill., is much more than just a college town. There is plenty to do in this thriving community, from outdoor activities to cultural experiences. The city has a young, dynamic population, but is inclusive of every resident who chooses to call Champaign home.
Champaign apartments for rent can sometimes be competitive to find, as a large student population tends to seek out lots of apartments. However, with a little persistence, it's definitely possible to find the perfect rental in Champaign.
Living in Champaign, IL
When the Illinois Central Railroad finished laying its tracks just a few miles from neighboring Urbana in 1855, Champaign was born. The area did not see significant growth until the state decided to build the Illinois Industrial University in Champaign in 1867. The school would later develop into one of the University of Illinois campuses.
Champaign was built around the railroad and a huge university. These two elements of the area allowed it to develop into a thriving area that boasts the comforts of a big city without losing its charm. Its population of 81,291 make it just the right size for students, families and couples.
Champaign Work and Study
The most notable college in Champaign is the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. This educational institution prides itself in being a globally recognized research leader and counts Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners among its alumni. With more than 40,000 total students, one of the largest public university libraries in the world and more than 150 undergraduate programs, it's no wonder students from across the country apply to the U of I every year.
Champaign is also home to Parkland College, a local community college. The school offers two-year degrees for those who wish to obtain an associate's degree, and transfer options for those who want to continue their education at a four-year university.
Champaign's two universities also function as two of the city's largest employers. Local school district Champaign Unit 4 Schools is also near the top of the list of primary employers in the city. Large companies that function as top employers for Champaign residents include Kraft Foods, PlastiPak and Hobbico.
Rentals in Champaign, IL, and Cost of Living
Because Champaign has such a diverse population, consisting of students, young professionals, professors and families, rents in the area range widely. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that Champaign apartments can range anywhere from $450 to $1,250 per month. The same data reveals that the media gross monthly rent is $722.
In addition to a large range of rents, residents will also find that Champaign enjoys a slightly lower cost of living than the national average. This means taxes, healthcare and other necessities may be affordable in the city.
Champaign Attractions and Special Events
Champaign is full of cultural attractions for those who want to get involved in the arts. The Sousa Archives, William M. Staerkel Planetarium, Champaign County Historical Museum and Early American Museum all provide opportunities for residents to explore history and culture in the city. Those who want to experience the theatrical arts can attend productions by the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company or at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Lots of residents are also fans of the multiple University of Illinois sports teams. Many members of the Champaign community find that there is no better way to spend time than at a Fighting Illini football or basketball game.
For years, residents have enjoyed the annual Taste of Champaign-Urbana. This festival is the highlight of the summer in the area, and residents can enjoy live entertainment, browse stalls of local art and crafts, and try out the best foods the city has to offer.
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