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The MSPE Program provides its incoming students, upon their arrival, complimentary transportation from the Champaign airport/bus station/train station to their predetermined housing. It will also assist them with finding permanent housing.

The University of Illinois is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (C-U) in east-central Illinois. C-U is situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 miles west of Indianapolis, and 180 miles northeast of St. Louis.

Travel Options to Champaign-Urbana



  • AMTRAK has service between downtown Chicago and Champaign


Note that the train and most bus/shuttle services arrive at the Illinois Terminal, located at 45 East University Avenue in downtown Champaign (about one mile from campus).