Campus Services and Resources

Bus Service 

The Mass Transit District (MTD), a local bus service, serves Champaign-Urbana with a variety of routes covering the cities, including campus. Students and staff at the University only need to show their University ID card to ride the bus. No additional bus fare or fee is required. Fare information for non-students may be obtained by calling the MTD office  at 217-384-8188.

People 65 years and older, as well as Medicare card holders and people having significant difficulty boarding or alighting from an MTD bus, may be eligible to ride for free for three years by obtaining a Dash Pass at the Illinois Terminal.

For more information, please contact the MTD office at  217-384-8188.

Bus shelters and stops are located in Orchard Downs along Orchard Street. At Ashton Woods the closest bus  stop is located on the corner of Gerty Drive and Griffith Drive, north and west of the apartments. Goodwin-Green residents can access the bus at a variety of nearby locations. Check the routes and schedules booklet for details, visit the MTD website at www.cumtd.com or call MTD at 217-384-8188.

If you are unfamiliar with the way the bus system operates in Urbana-Champaign, here is some helpful information and a few suggestions:

  1. The bus routes are differentiated by color. If you want to take a bus, you have to know (a) the specific color line that will get you to your destination; and (b) the location of the bus stops for a particular color line. Remember to wait at the designated location for the route you want to ride.
  2. Check the direction you want to go and wait for the bus at the appropriate stop.
  3. It is suggested that you have the exact fare ready for when you board the bus. When riding the bus after 7 p.m., you must have the exact fare. This is a fixed fare to travel from point A to point B, and is the same regardless of the distance of your journey or bus line. You may request a transfer to another bus line at the time of boarding the bus. Students and staff with a valid University of Illinois Student Identification card ride for free.
  4. Generally, the buses operate on schedule. It is best to arrive at the bus stop a few minutes early.

If you have any questions about bus routes, schedules, etc., call the Mass Transit District (MTD) at 217-384-8188 or visit their website at www.cumtd.com. You can also obtain schedules on any bus or at the MTD office, 801 East University Avenue, Urbana. You can also obtain information about semester and yearly passes from the MTD office.

Campus ID Center 

The campus ID Center is located in the Illini Union Bookstore, at 809 S. Wright Street in Champaign. It is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. The i-card is your official University of Illinois identification. Bring a form of photo identification (such as a driver’s license, visa, or passport) to have your i-card produced or replaced. All students, faculty, and staff are required to obtain an i-card. You can contact the ID Center at  217-244-0135.

Child Care 

The Child Care Resource Service can be reached by calling 217-333-3252 or 1-800-325-5516. This service helps parents find child care by searching their database of child care providers and matching the needs of the parents with the providers. The Child Care Resource Service will provide a list of suggested child care providers. They also offer payment subsidy for child care to those who qualify.

Counseling Center 

The Counseling Center staff provides a variety of services to help students understand their problems and themselves, achieve satisfying relationships, improve their academic performance, and make effective and satisfying career and life choices. The Center is located at the Student Services Building, 610 E. John St., Champaign, phone 217-333-3704.

Faculty/Staff Assistance Program 

Faculty/Staff Assistance Program is designed to provide personal, professional, confidential assistance to all faculty, staff, academic professionals, and their household members who are experiencing problems that interfere with their ability to work or their well being. The Faculty/Staff Assistance Program is available to help clarify issues, identify resources, and offer follow-up assistance as needed. Located at 1011 West University Avenue, Urbana. Phone: 217-244-5312. 24-Hour Crisis Line: 217-244-7739.

International Student and Scholar Services 

The International Student and Scholar Service (ISSS) is a campus office devoted to international students. ISSS can provide assistance with:

  • General adjustment into the academic environment
  • Understanding U.S. government regulations concerning employment
  • Understanding immigration and tax laws
  • Understanding University regulations
  • Understanding currency exchange, travel documents, finances, etc.
  • Information about local and University resources

Located at 400 Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign. Phone: 217-333-1303 

Libraries 

In Champaign-Urbana, there are two wonderful public libraries for residents to enjoy. The libraries have thousands of books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and music resources. In addition, the library offers wonderful programs for families. All individuals can apply for a library card to utilize these services. Residents will need a photo identification card and proof of residence to apply for a card. A proof of residence letter which lists your name, the names of any family members residing with you, apartment address, and monthly rent can be requested at the Family & Graduate Housing office.

Urbana Free Library: 210 W. Green Street, Urbana, phone:  217-367-4057

Champaign Public Library: 505 S. Randolph Street, Champaign, phone:  217-403-2000

McKinley Health Center 

McKinley Health Center serves students of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, providing medical services and health education. McKinley offers a wide range of medical services including a pharmacy and health education. McKinley Wellness has eight health educators specializing in alcohol use/abuse, athletic injury, cultural issues, fitness, sexuality, sports nutrition, general nutrition, stress management, and wellness. All of the educators provide a wide variety of services tailored toward their areas of expertise. Spouses of students can purchase the service. Contact McKinley for detailed information.

McKinley Mental Health

McKinley’s staff of mental health professionals includes psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. The Mental Health Department at McKinley provides evaluation and consultation for a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties. Short-term psychotherapy and medication treatment are provided, when indicated.

McKinley Health Center is located at 1109 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, phone 217-333-2701, www.mckinley.illinois.edu.

Office for Student Conflict Resolution 

The Office for Student Conflict Resolution provides mediation, adjudication and referral services to students in support of the educational mission of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. These services are designed to:

• Maintain an environment conducive to academic success
• Provide opportunities for personal growth and development
• Develop responsible leaders and thoughtful citizens
• Encourage students to assume personal responsibility for their decisions
• Value the rights of all persons
• Enhance decision making skills
• Develop conflict resolution skills
• Advance ethical values development

Located at 409 Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, phone number 217-333-3680

Private Schools

For private (religious-affiliated) schools and pre-schools, look in the yellow pages of the phone book under “Schools.” Tuition varies at private schools.

Schools 

The Orchard Downs and Goodwin-Green apartment communities are in the Urbana School District (#116). The District Central Office is located at 205 N. Race Street, Urbana. You can call the Urbana School District Administrative Office with questions at  217-384-3600.

The Ashton Woods apartment community is in the Champaign School District (Unit 4). The district administrative office is located at 703 South New Street, Champaign. You can call the district administrative office with questions at 217-351-3800.

Student Insurance 

The University requires all eligible students be covered by health insurance and provides a plan for which the fee is automatically assessed along with student tuition and fees. Spouse and dependents can receive this health coverage for a fee. Coverage under the plan is worldwide. Located at Illini Bookstore, 807 S. Wright Street, Suite 480, Champaign, IL; phone  217-333-0165