mattviphky wrote:what DO you recommend for living?
i think the best choice would be to find an apartment south of wright street but not too far south. i think this would be considered the engineering campus which is where I think the law school is ( correct if im wrong). There is plenty of off campus housing which is cheaper also, but some of the places that come to mind would be too far off campus for me to consider living there.
Wright street runs north/south. The engineering campus is north of green st, between wright st and lincoln ave. The law school is 7 blocks south and 1 block west of the engineering campus.
Off campus housing would be better IMO. Campus town is loud every night of the week all school-year long because of 1. the extensive fraternity and sorority system and 2. the bar legal age of 19 in Urbana and Champaign.
Urbana is great if you like it quiet because residents need permits to throw loud parties there and everyone heads to party at the bars and apartments near green st. between wright and 4th. Additionally, housing in downtown Champaign is pretty nice. Its its own environment, separate from campus town (green st.). The people there are pleasant and mature. And there are quite a few eats and lounges there. There are also housing options south of campus but there are a lot of cornfields separating you from the law school. Additionally, a very efficient and exhaustive bus system (http://www.cuMTD.com
) connecting downtown Champaign, all of campus, and downtown Urbana in case you would prefer not to use a car. They also run until 3 am I think.
And I second Ludovico Technique's advice of checking the tenant union for ratings on landlords. Some are great and some are terrible (avoid PPM at all costs).