Although I have recently decided to attend a school rather than Illinois, I feel that I have to tell all you guys that it is really not that bad of a place to live for a few years. I am currently a senior here at UIUC, and it is really a fine place to live for a while. It gets a bad rap sometimes. There is basically everything to do that anyone our age (~22-30?) would have the needs, or means, to do. So don't let people tell you otherwise because Chicago is not that far away and life is cheap in central IL. Anyways, I saw some people on this thread talking about housing and I thought I would chip in, giving my inside look at the campus. So here it is...DO NOT live on any on-campus housing if you have a car. That means anything on Locust, John, Daniel, Armory, Oak, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Chalmers, S.Lincoln, and possibly a few others I may be forgetting. It is outrageously priced for it's amenities. I recommend 88 west in Champaign or that place in Savoy that was mentioned earlier in this thread. The places on-campus are neglected to shit and completely over-priced. You will receive a much better value off-campus. Off campus housing is reasonable and fairly priced. Also, there are nice bars in downtown Champaign. Do not go to campus bars unless you are planning on getting on some 19 year old UG (because 19 yr. olds are let into bars legally in Champaign if you did not know that already). The bars in downtown Champaign serve as a better place for law students to hang out. I can't think of anything else to tell, but if you guys have any questions feel free to ask.