Housing is at Presby Hall, a private dorm conveniently located four blocks from the University Library and one block from the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center. Center staff will make reservations at Presby Hall; they will not be responsible for making reservations at other venues. Associates with housing grants will be placed three to a three-four bedroom suite, unless otherwise indicated on the application; those desiring a private (single) suite are responsible for the extra housing costs.

Presby Hall and the Center will make every effort to place guests in rooms they have requested, as well as keeping guests on the same and/or adjoining floors. However, this may not always be possible, and Presby Hall reserves the right to change rooms and floors prior to the program dates, if necessary.

Check-in time at Presby Hall is 10 AM – 8 PM. If you need to check in before 10 AM or after 8 PM, please make special arrangements in advance with the Center by email (reeec-srl@illinois.edu) or phone (217-333-1244). If you will need to arrive after 11:30 PM, please call Presby Hall at 217-344-0102 to let the night clerk know.


  • $45 per person per night for a shared three-bedroom suite, with two bathrooms.
  • $90 per person per night for a shared two-bedroom suite, with two bathrooms.


Presby Hall has three-four bedroom suites with a shared bathroom, living room, washer and dryer, internet, desk with chair and full kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, 1 pot, 1 pan, coffeemaker, and electric range with oven. Plates, cups, and utensils for 3-4 people (depending on the size of the suite) will be provided. Bed linens and towels are also provided. Linens are changed on a weekly basis; bath towels daily. If needed, coat hangers can be provided. Apartments are vacuumed and bathrooms cleaned on a weekly basis.

  • Phone: Phones are provided for each apartment. Local calls are free, long distance calls are the responsibility of the occupant.
  • Fax: There is a fax machine at the front desk. The charge is $1 per page to send or receive faxes. If a guest requires more than ten pages to be faxed, special arrangements should be made in advance.
  • Laundry Facilities: There is a free washer and dryer in each room. Soap is not provided.
  • Handicap Accessible

Items to Bring or Buy:

The following items will not be provided at Presby Hall. Please bring these items with you or you can purchase them at Walgreens (407 E. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820; 2 blocks from Presby) or County Market (331 E. Stoughton St., Champaign, IL 61820; a 10-minute walk from Presby)

  • Soap
  • Paper products (paper towels, napkins, Kleenex)
  • Toiletries
  • Blow dryer
  • We have recently had associates recommend bringing a small desk lamp, if possible, to help light the work space.

Food Service:

Each suite has a kitchen with 1 pot and 1 pan, where guests can prepare their own meals. Presby Hall does not provide ready-to-eat meals or a dining hall during the summer. Groceries can be purchased at the Campustown Target (603 E Green St., Champaign, IL 61820) or County Market (331 E. Stoughton St., Champaign, IL 61820).

Other Housing Options:

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Airbnb Champaign or Airbnb Urbana