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Old 04-15-2013, 12:27 PM   #1
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Default Possibly relocating to Urbana/Champaign for UIUC-Engineering

As of Friday April 12th, I have been accepted to UIUC for Engineering.
I have not made a decision yet, but I am really taking it into consideration.

I would like to live within a few blocks of campus and I have been checking craigslist/walkscore to find decent places.
Where are the good places to live? I like the west side of campus around Green and it seems I will be able to walk or bike wherever I want to go.


What is it like there? I have never been, but from what I can see it is pretty nice, not too big and still has enough to keep myself entertained beyond Formula SAE and classes.

How about mountain biking? I know there aren't mountains, but we have tons of trails here in Florida.

Nightlife?


Anyway, I am sure I will add more questions later!
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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As of Friday April 12th, I have been accepted to UIUC for Engineering.
I have not made a decision yet, but I am really taking it into consideration.

I would like to live within a few blocks of campus and I have been checking craigslist/walkscore to find decent places.
Where are the good places to live? I like the west side of campus around Green and it seems I will be able to walk or bike wherever I want to go.


What is it like there? I have never been, but from what I can see it is pretty nice, not too big and still has enough to keep myself entertained beyond Formula SAE and classes.

How about mountain biking? I know there aren't mountains, but we have tons of trails here in Florida.

Nightlife?


Anyway, I am sure I will add more questions later!
This thread is full of deja-vu!

I also went from Florida (central) to UIUC for engineering.

Where are the good places to live? Places to live... well first year you have to live in dorms so get ready for hot summers (unless you live in one of the more expensive new dorms opening up). West side is a good place to live, I lived on the east side since it was way cheaper. Also there is less crime in the Urbana side.

What is it like there? Its a friggin university town so theres a ton of stuff to do! You won't be bored thats for sure. Lots of bars, clubs etc.

Biking, there are trails but not too many as its surrounded by farmland.

TL;DR: Its awesome.
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:08 PM   #3
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Oh sorry I forgot to mention I am an upper class transfer so I am looking for houses or apartments.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:26 PM   #4
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Here in champaign now. Tried to pm you but inbox full
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:17 PM   #5
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Sorry, its clear now
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:24 PM   #6
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Any recommendations where to look for housing? I am looking for a 2-3 bedroom house, possibly with garage. I would be happy with a decent apartment without too many crazy college kids.

The problem is I plan to roadbike to class and don't want to be too far during winter.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:30 PM   #7
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Look for places in Urbana. It's quieter there. It's also a nicer area than surrounding Champaign area. I'm a UIUC grad (BA 00 MS 02). Look for my white 2012 WRX on football Saturdays!
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:49 PM   #8
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There is a football team?
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:36 PM   #9
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There is a football team?
you serious? We are in the big 10 bro.

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Old 04-19-2013, 03:37 PM   #10
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Look for places in Urbana. It's quieter there. It's also a nicer area than surrounding Champaign area. I'm a UIUC grad (BA 00 MS 02). Look for my white 2012 WRX on football Saturdays!
lets have a subaru meet in champaign sometime! I heard the car club has meetings on tuesdays on the top of the parking lot opposite of CRC
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:38 PM   #11
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I don't consider the Big 10 to be a tough competitor. I am from the SEC.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:10 AM   #12
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lets have a subaru meet in champaign sometime! I heard the car club has meetings on tuesdays on the top of the parking lot opposite of CRC
What happens on Saturdays at Illinois is more like high school football than Big Ten football... The Illini will be lucky to match last year's 2-win total...

I live up in the Chicago burbs now but am down there a bit in the fall for "football" and for the holidays. So, probably won't make it to a meet-up, but if its a fall weekend it's a possibility.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:27 AM   #13
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I'll also be moving up this summer. So I'm come to any meetups after early July.

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Old 04-21-2013, 11:52 AM   #14
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What happens on Saturdays at Illinois is more like high school football than Big Ten football... The Illini will be lucky to match last year's 2-win total...
lol.

I didn't expect much from a Big 10 team anyway. SEC!
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:11 PM   #15
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Well, from what you have said, you will not find a lot of properties to purchase in that area of town. Most of the buildings are rental properties designed for packing students in like sardines. Probably, you will want to look further out in the old town, west of State street if you want a single-family home, without room-mates. However the buildings are mostly around WWII vintage and need maintenance.

As far as entertaining yourself, there are a lot of bars catering to students in the "campus town area". If you are looking at sports, the U of I teams are pretty much the only fare in town.

Be careful in where you ride your bike in the morning and evening "rush hours". Between the passenger vehicles, buses and bikes, on three lane streets with center turn lanes, there is a problem of bicyclists being lost in the herd. Green street in "campus town" is now undergoing three major construction projects, which will obstruct traffic until 2015-2016 school year. Green street is the artery for access to campus, but it is three lanes. West of New it is a narrow two lane and isn't stripped for bicycle traffic.

Riding on two lane streets north of Green is OK, but watch cross traffic and stop at all signed intersections, which is generally where the Engineering campus is accessed from. Some bike riders have blown through signed and unsigned intersections in the past, and came out on the loosing end of the confrontation. In Illinois bicyclists are considered to be the legal equal of a passenger car, but they are less visible and a lot lighter in weight!
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:24 AM   #16
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I just found this thread and these are good piece of information for me too. I recently moved to Urbana-Champaign for a job from across the state line. Now I'm in a market for housing again. I cruised around east side of UIUC campus a few ago looks like all apartment building are pretty old and need some attention (from the outside and probably inside too).

BTW, Is there any Subaru group/club in this area? I like to join if there is one. I found one car club mostly college students with any kind of car in general. From my experience, Subie owner, regrading of model and year, are the best group of people to hang out with specially, when you need some tips/advice on car. If you see a 09 Grey WRX Wagon /w black Rally Armor mudflaps please wave to me

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Old 04-26-2013, 12:10 PM   #17
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Yes, the areas closest to the campus are the oldest housing and are WWII era or earlier for the most part. The new construction on Green St. and Springfield Ave. are pretty pricey. The newest buildings under contruction are going to be priced at $1500 - $1700 per month. However, a lot of the rental property even further out from the campus are still in the $900 to $1000 per month rent. The large groups of students moving into the area from other countries, Chicago and outside of the state are causing the ridiculous increase in rents. Reasonable rents are only available at 4 miles or more radius, sometimes. Definitely not an easy commute on a bicycle as the OP was looking for.

There are no specific Subaru oriented clubs in CU. The student group at Parkland is the most likely for modding vehicles. The Champaign County Sports Car Club runs or participates in monthly autocross events. The events are held at the closed Chanute AFB on the south side of Rantoul, or other venues in the region. Just Google their name and they have a calendar of events. Be warned they have some really fast hardcore members.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:51 PM   #18
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@Don Grafmyer
Thank you so much for your comment. I am really appreciate it.
I'd better keep looking out for a good housing deal...
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Is anyone going to the Corvette show this weekend or the several autocrosses next month?
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