Transfer Housing Options

Now that you’ve been admitted to Illinois, it’s time to find somewhere to live! Depending upon how many credit hours you transfer to the university, you will have several different housing options from which to choose. If you have more than 30 credit hours or have lived on campus for a full academic year at another institution, you will not be required to live on campus. Transfer students who have fewer than 30 credit hours and have not lived on another campus yet will be required to live in on-campus housing for at least one semester. If you are unsure if you meet the on-campus housing requirement, feel free to contact us!

Now that you know whether or not you’re required to live on campus, here are some options for housing both on-campus and off-campus.

University Housing: There are 24 University Housing Residence Halls, and they are all owned by the university. You have a lot of options to choose from, including the popular Transfer Community in Scott Hall. There are a lot of benefits to living in University Housing! First of all, you have to opportunity to live with and meet new people. Within the residence halls, you can also find a lot of great resources including computer labs, exercise rooms, libraries, and fun programs, like movies and game nights. You will have easy access to your University Housing Dining Hall. Plus, you can use your meal plan at any of the University Housing Dining Halls on campus! There are also 11 unique Living-Learning Communities that offer in-hall courses and specialized programs.

Private Certified Housing: Each of the 14 Private Certified Housing Residence Halls offers unique amenities and resources for your living experience. These residence halls have been approved by the university for students to live in, but they are privately owned, giving you the opportunity to find on-campus housing that fits your individual living requirements. If you want to live on campus and are looking for a unique housing experience, you can explore each of the Private Certified Housing Residence Halls.

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of off-campus housing options in the Champaign-Urbana area, including houses and apartments. The Tenant Union at Illinois can assist you in the off-campus housing search process. To ensure that you are finding the best place for you, the Tenant Union can also assist by reviewing leases, ensuring fairness in landlord-tenant relationships, and preventing any rental problems.

Fraternity and Sorority Housing: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is home to 91 social fraternities and sororities, many with University-recognized houses. These organizations offer an opportunity for students to get involved on campus, while offering training and skill development in the areas of leadership, safety, wellness, personal development, inclusion, cultural competence, service, civic engagement, and membership recruitment. For more information about how to join one of these chapters, you can contact Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.

Every student is different, and you should choose that housing option that best fits you. No matter which option you choose, I am confident you will make friends and fit in with your new Illini family.



Transfer Recruitment Coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions
I help transfer students navigate our application and admission process. I have a background not only in admissions but also in financial aid. I'm originally from southeastern Michigan.