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Champaign, IL

Population: 84,008
Photo: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Champaign, IL, offers college students their own section of town for shopping and entertainment. But you don't have to take classes to enjoy the scene in Campustown, a district located near the University of Illinois campus. The city and surrounding area are loaded with things to do including lots of outdoor activities, live music venues and museums. One of the best things about this area is the low cost of living, which is about seven percent less than the national average.

Champaign and its twin city of Urbana share a mass transit system that makes getting around easy. The city also has a selection of Zipcars that can be rented by the hour or day. The nearby Willard Airport and Illinois Terminal, which is located downtown, provide air, bus and train travel.

Students and the general public can enjoy performances at the university's Krannert Center, symposiums on campus and the Spurlock Museum, which features 40,000 artifacts. The college is heavily involved in community building programs and has partnerships with a variety of organizations across the twin cities. The collaborations include a music library, animal clinics, educational services and art classes.


City Population (2010 Census): 81,055

Student Population: 50,000

College(s): University of Illinois, Parkland College

Don't Miss: The Blind Pig Brewery for drinks, The High Dive for live music and dancing, Li'l Porgy's for barbecue

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