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Transfer Housing Choices

Congratulations! You’ve been admitted to Illinois, and now it’s time to find a place to live. Depending on how many credit hours you transfer to the university, there are many options for you to choose from! 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. If you have fewer than 30 credit hours and have not lived on another campus yet, you 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 admissions or the housing department!

Now that you know our requirements, here are some different on-campus and off-campus housing options!

University Housing

There are 24 University Housing residence halls, and these 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, you have the opportunity to meet and live with new people. Within the residence halls, you can also find a lot of great resources such as 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

Offering unique amenities and resources, Private Certified Housing gives you the opportunity to find on-campus housing that fits your individual living needs. All 14 of these residence halls have been approved by the university, but they are privately owned. 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 
Off-Campus Community Living resource can assist you in your off-campus housing search process. To ensure you are finding the best place for you, Off-Campus Community Living 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 90 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.

I hope you found this information helpful. If you have any questions about the housing process, please feel free to contact our office by phone at (217) 333-0302 or by email at With so many options available to transfer students, I have no doubt that you will find the perfect place to call home!



Admissions Counselor
I graduated from Joliet Junior College with an Associate of Arts and from Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Leadership and Education. I'm currently pursuing my Master of Education in Higher Education. I grew up on a small livestock and grain farm in Central Illinois.

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