Life in Champaign


champaign Urbana downtown at night


A micro-urban community in the heartland.

Parkland College’s location in Champaign, Illinois, provides the amenities and excitement of a larger city with small-town conveniences. We are the fastest growing city in Illinois, with a long list of opportunities for our residents and short commute times. In Champaign, you are not just one of the crowd, but part of a thriving and growing community.

Parkland is No. 1 in student transfers to the University of Illinois, a top research university located in our backyard. A major benefit to living near the University of Illinois is the access to Big 10 sporting events and world-class entertainment at venues such as Memorial Stadium, State Farm Center, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Our twin cities have distinct, thriving downtown business districts that offer delicious eats, nightlife, coffee shops (study spots!), and shopping. Champaign-Urbana was even named the Greatest Midwest Food Town by Midwest Living Magazine and for good reason. Local restaurants as well as regional favorites like Portillo’s are all on the menu.

We offer a number of recreational and cultural events throughout the year as well. You won’t want to miss Ebertfest, Pygmalion Festival, CU Days, or Streetfest, just to name a few. We also have award-winning parks to enjoy when you’re not in class or studying. 

There’s a place for you here at Parkland College and in the Champaign-Urbana community. So, what are you waiting for?

As a Parkland student, you will not only have the opportunity to become part of our vibrant campus community but of our community as a whole. A wide range of housing options are available to you, from historic apartments to brand-new high rises. We even have apartment complexes located adjacent to campus, if you like to hit the snooze button but want to make it to campus on time.

Get to know Champaign-Urbana