Category - Campus Life

College is more than a degree. It’s your life for 4 years, and a lot can happen in that time! That’s why our students so often talk about their everyday lives. We hope you enjoy their stories, both big and small.

We Asked 101 Students: What Makes UIUC Special?

If you’ve spent any time at all exploring UIUC, you know we have something unique to offer that no other university can match. But you don’t have to take our word for it; we asked 101 University of Illinois Urbana...

The Best UIUC RSOs You’ve Never Heard Of

You expect intramural sports and study groups when you go to college; that’s your standard college extracurricular experience. But what about robot fights? Opportunities to go rollerblading past midnight? Quidditch...

How to Find a College Club for You

You’ve made it to campus. Your schedule is set, you’ve moved into your residence hall, had an awkward conversation about sharing the mini fridge with your roommate, and you’re ready to make the most of your semester...

Professional and Service Fraternities at UIUC

If you’ve looked into UIUC before you know that there are literally thousands of organizations that you can join on campus. There are so many different clubs and groups that you can associate with on campus...

Top Campus Coffee Shop Vibes

As finals season approaches, you might find yourself wanting to study or relax away from your room. If you’re looking for a little treat and a cozy vibe, look no further! Here’s my personal ranking of the...

Things to Do in Champaign-Urbana

Whether you’re an incoming student who grew up across the world or on the other side of University Ave., you’ll find things to do in Champaign-Urbana to keep you busy year-round and distract you from your homework as...

Here’s Your Much-Needed Semester Check-In

How are you feeling? It’s that point of the semester where everything is starting to move at a fast pace. Honestly, it’s only going to move faster after Thanksgiving break because it will go straight into...

Best Places to Visit Around C-U!

It’s almost Fall Break and it can seem lonely to be in Champaign if all your friends are going home for the week. What do you do on a college campus that’s nearly empty? Here is a list of 4 scenic places around...

Let’s Get Festive on Campus!

Get excited, it’s the holiday season! Yet, you’re probably still swamped with schoolwork and midterms. The season can definitely feel much different on campus than at home. All the traditions you grew up doing with your...

Tips for Traveling Around Campus

Now that the weather is cooling off, walking everywhere is not going to be ideal. The good news is that students can ride on the Champaign-Urbana MTD for free! Here are some tips to make your ride as smooth as possible...

Adjusting to Life on Campus as a Sophomore

Ever wonder what college is actually like when you’re a sophomore and spent your first year online? All I can say is that I feel like a freshman more than last year and for those of you feeling like this...

Dear Freshman-Year Me…

As I embark on my senior year here at Illinois, I can’t help but reflect on the wild journey I’ve had thus far. Freshman year was completely normal, and so was sophomore year, for the most part. Second semester...

Soundtracking Your Year

One of my favorite things in High School was to make a playlist every single year according to what grade I was in. I am a huge fan of music, so I thought it would be interesting to document music throughout my year...

A Peek into Alma’s Closet

She’s iconic, beloved, welcoming, motherly. Anyone who has stepped foot on the UIUC campus has seen her, always standing at the corner of Green and Wright. I mean how could you miss her? She’s 13 feet tall, 10,000...

Freshman Year: The Sequel

Coming onto campus this year as a sophomore, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what life on campus was like. I know my way around pretty well, couldn’t wait to revisit all of my favorite spots I had missed, and was...

Favorite Memories From Freshman Year

My freshman year at Illinois will always be a period in my life that I’ll remember fondly. Having participated in the RISE program over the summer (a new student program to help prepare incoming students for their time...