Category Archives: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign: The Top 10 Landlords In Urbana-Champaign

If you’ve ever looked for off-campus housing, we’re sure you know how exhausting, overwhelming and tedious of a task it is. Between your everyday routine, classes, work, and trying to maintain a social life, we know you don’t want to pile yet another thing on your plate—especially one as draining as searching for off-campus housing at UIUC.

To help lighten your load, we at College Pads have done the dirty work for you. We’ve searched high and low to find UIUC students the best landlords around the Urbana-Champaign area. After reading through tons of reviews, we leave you with our picks for the top ten landlords for students attending the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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5 Best Amenities In Apartments Near UIUC

Gone are the days when stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and sports courts were enough to attract UIUC students and entice them to sign a lease—off-campus housing just isn’t what it used to be. Across the nation, we have seen increased development of high-end, luxurious student housing complexes, and these apartments have been popping up all over the Urbana-Champaign area. In order to edge out the competition, they offer some of the sweetest amenities known to students. Totally necessary? Not always, but these guys sure take student housing to a new level! 

Looking for off-campus housing near UIUC but want the best of the best? Check out our list of the five best apartment amenities near the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus! 

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5 Things to Do on the UIUC Campus for Less Than $5

I found five dollars!

Being a college student can be exhausting, between cramming for exams and writing what seems like your 100th term paper, it’s safe to say once in awhile you’ve earned yourself a well deserved break from the stressors of school. It’s no secret that most college students are broke, so we’ve come up with a list of 5 things (besides looking for your perfect UIUC off-campus housing rental, of course) you can do on the UIUC campus that won’t break the bank and will have you feel like you’re ballin’ on a budget!

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10 Campuses With SUPER HIGH Rents for Students

After doing a year or two of hard time in the medium security correctional facility commonly referred to as “on-campus living”, students are itching for the freedom of living off-campus. No rules. No RA’s. No more shuffling down the hall in a towel to your room after a shower. Just freedom. But that freedom comes at a price: Rent.

While living off-campus is traditionally cheaper than living on-campus, that doesn’t mean that by choosing to live off-campus you’ll suddenly be paying thousands less in living expenses and start living like someone from Fancy Living Digest. What it actually means is that you’ll be paying a little less than you would in the dorms, but you’ll have more freedoms (and responsibilities).

Unfortunately for students across the nation, the cost of college is rising 8 times faster than the cost of wages (yikes) which makes paying for rent increasingly more difficult. Sure, there are a ton of ways to make sure you don’t end up having to sell a kidney (or two) to pay for next semester’s rent, like keeping what’s important in mind when you’re looking for your next place – I.e., lazy rivers, 24-hour fitness centers, indoor something-ball courts, and personal masseuses are not necessary amenities to have in your next rental.

However, when you attend any of our 10 campuses with super high rents, you’re going to be stuck.

  1. California State, Long Beach
  2. California State, Fullerton
  3. Rutgers University
  4. University of Michigan
  5. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  6. Cornell University
  7. University of Delaware
  8. Western Washington University
  9. University of Arizona
  10. Penn State University 

While there are hundreds of different factors leading up to why these schools have the most expensive average rent prices for student renters, the main factors that affect the cost of rent include: Enrollment, Luxury Apartments, School Prestige, and Vacancy Rate. So let’s dive into the reasons why each campus is so expensive.

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UIUC’s Campustown: A Student Development Success

Champaign, IL Campustown development

The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign’s 2023 class pushed university enrollment over 50,000 students for the first time in school history. It’s an exciting time for the state of Illinois’ flagship university. But if you’re a current student, such growth means something else: finding a place to live becomes harder. Competition is more intense and while new apartments have popped up around campus year after year recently, it’s still going to be tougher this year to find a place that’s near campus and everything you want.  Continue reading

UIUC International Student Housing Tips

Moving to another country isn’t an easy decision. Of course, if you’re about to be an international student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, you know that. You know there’s a lot of planning involved, and even after you’ve got all your paperwork figured out, bought your plane tickets and registered for classes, you’re still going to need to find apartments near UIUC. Thankfully, Rent College Pads is an expert at all things housing-related, so read on to learn more about the best ways to find off-campus housing at UIUC.

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How To Avoid An Identity Crisis at Urbana-Champaign

When people ask where you live, you hesitate and say “Chambana.” You forget on a daily basis that your university’s name is hyphenated. You can already hear your grandparents asking you about it at Thanksgiving: “So, is it two towns in one, or is it one town with two names?” In a place like the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, it might seem pretty impossible to avoid having an identity crisis. Of course, you could always just find apartments near UIUC and declare your membership to one team or the other.

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Best Bars and Pubs at Urbana-Champaign

After an exhausting day of classes, homework, work-study and intramurals at UIUC, you’re going to want a break from time to time. Why not drop by your favorite bar for a drink? With so many great choices near campus, finding the best bars can be just as hard as finding apartments near UIUC.

But don’t panic just yet, because Rent College Pads is here to help with that, too! Check out our list of bars you don’t want to miss during your time at Urbana-Champaign.

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University of Illinois: 10 Top Rated Urbana-Champaign Landlords

Between taking classes, being involved in extracurriculars, and going to Illini football games, the last thing you need on your plate is having to research the perfect place to live next year. We get it; you’re a college student with more than enough to do.

Have no fear; Rent College Pads is here! We’ve done all of the digging and weeding it takes to find the best possible places for students. We’ve poked through hundreds of reviews and gathered the top 10 landlords in Urbana-Champaign for apartments near UIUC for students.

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