Moving to Champaign-Urbana IL: Relocation Guide

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Moving to Champaign-Urbana IL: Relocation Guide

Downtown Urbana ILChampaign-Urbana, Illinois is the collective name of two dynamic college towns (Champaign and Urbana) which form one greater location. Each city maintains its own, separate government, but each houses a portion of the widely-known University of Illinois. Champaign-Urbana attracts a truly diverse population and is proud to be thriving both culturally AND agriculturally.

The narrative below will be presented as an overview and brief intro to Champaign-Urbana with links to other, more detailed blogs I've written. Simply click on the links within each section to read more about that topic.


About Champaign-Urbana IL

Moving to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois? Here's what you can look forward to... This article explores many of the pros of living in this area, and might just help you feel at ease, even get you excited, about your decision to move here.

Planning Your Visit to Champaign-Urbana

Of course, you may be planning a visit here before you actually make the move. Here are some tips to help you plan your visit to Champaign-Urbana. Naturally, there are many hotels in a variety of price ranges to choose from. But if you're looking to splurge just a little, consider a stay at The Avenue Bed & Breakfast in Champaign, IL. It's one of my personal favorites.

Champaign-Urbana IL Real Estate

Neighborhoods: Perhaps one of the toughest decisions to make when moving someplace new is figuring out in which neighborhood you want to live. Here in Champaign-Urbana we have everything from historical districts within walking distance of everything to brand-new construction in the countryside. The following link will take you to a page on my personal website where you can navigate to explore the neighborhoods in Champaign-Urbana IL. Each neighborhood page includes a description, pictures and a search for homes for sale in that area.

Average Home Prices: You may also be wondering how much you would have to spend to purchase a home here. The average price of a home in Champaign-Urbana IL is right around $150,000, give or take. With a budget of $150,000 here's some information on what you could afford to buy. It's possible to purchase a house for considerably less than that, and we do have homes that go up to the million dollar range, but this article is designed simply to give you a feel for the average real estate purchase.

School Systems

Besides being home to the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana boasts top-rated public school systems, as well as a number of private schools and a support system for homeschoolers. Read more about Champaign-Urbana IL schooling options.


If you don't have a job lined up yet, you may enjoy a glance at this article which highlights the top employers in Champaign-Urbana IL.

The Quad, University of Illinois Champaign UrbanaThings to Do in and around Champaign-Urbana

Over the summer I wrote a series of ten things to do in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Here's all ten of 'em:

University of Illinois Arboretum

Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve

Krannert UnCorked

Farmers Markets

Curtis Orchard

A Walk in the Park(s)

Alto Vineyards Wine Tasting

Tour the University of Illinois

Virginia Theatre

Explore Downtown

Champaign-Urbana IL Restaurants

If you're like most people, you enjoy eating out from time to time. But when you move to a new place, it can be tricky trying to find the town's best restaurants. Here are a few Champaign-Urbana favorites to get you started:

  • Papa Del's Pizza is THE place to go for Chicago-style deep dish pizza in Champaign-Urbana.
  • Do you enjoy Thai cuisine? If so, try Siam Terrace in Urbana.
  • My favorite part of every meal is dessert :) Cakes on Walnut (recently renamed "Cream & Flutter") is a chic spot in downtown Champaign specializing in cupcakes!

Further Information about Champaign-Urbana IL

For more information about our local governments, crime statistics, property records, and more, you can check out these bookmarked links for Champaign-Urbana.

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Shannon Lewis is a Realtor® and broker at Beringer Realty located in Urbana, Illinois. She and her partner, Debbie Hensleigh, help home buyers and sellers in Urbana, Champaign, Savoy, and many other surrounding communities.

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