New Residents

Urbana Plans to Welcome Delegation from Zomba, Malawi

The City of Urbana and the Urbana Sister Cities Committee is pleased to announce a delegation of six individuals from Zomba, Malawi will visit Urbana from March 23-29, 2013.

The visit is part of the international exchange made possible by the Sino-African Initiative grant, which was awarded to the Urbana/Zomba Sister Cities partnership by Sister Cities International, a citizen diplomacy organization founded in the 1950’s to foster world peace and understanding. The focus of this grant is to develop efficient community solid waste management practices and organic waste composting programs in Zomba, Malawi.

The delegation will be visiting several local waste processing and recycling facilities, city offices, health organizations, schools, and departments at the University of Illinois.

“This week-long visit is a wonderful opportunity to meet our Sister Cities partners from Zomba, Malawi, and to make personal connections with these exceptional people,” notes Dennis Roberts, Urbana Sister Cities Committee Chairman and Ward #5 Alderman. “This is the very heart and soul of the Urbana Sister Cities program.”

Welcome Students!

The City of Urbana warmly welcomes new and returning University of Illinois students to the community.  We want you to enjoy our very livable city and make the most of your new home.

Visit our New and Returning Student Information page.

One of the greatest characteristics of this area is the outstanding quality of life and low cost of living. Urbana is a great place to live. In recent years, Urbana has been cited by the National Home Builders Association as one of the top ten most affordable housing markets in the United States.

If you enjoy dining out, you will appreciate the wide variety and number of restaurants that rank Urbana (along with its twin city, Champaign) as one of the number one places in the United States for dining pleasure.  Download the brochure below for details on where in Urbana you can eat, play, shop and stay!

UPTV Open House & Membership Meeting Thursday 12/29 4:30p - 6:00p!

Date: 
December 29, 2011 -
4:30pm to 6:30pm


The public is cordially invited to visit their public television station this Thursday, December 29th, from 4:30pm to 6 pm, as Urbana Public Television hosts an Open House and Membership Meeting. Come see where we are and what we do! There will be light refreshments, tours and socializing in the Urbana City Council Chambers beginning at 4:30pm, and a short business meeting at 5:30pm, which will include an update on the new website and a brainstorming session. Please join us!


IDOT to Perform Bridge Work on Interstate 74

Date: 
August 29, 2011 - 9:00pm to September 12, 2011 - 6:00am

Paris, Illinois--The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that, weather permitting, night work is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 29, 2011 for sealing of bridge decks on Interstate 74 from University Avenue (Exit 185) in Urbana, Illinois to Interstate 57 (Exits 179 A-B) in Champaign County, Illinois. 


This project will include the application of a protective sealer on the concrete bridge decks.  One lane will be closed to traffic in each direction.  Work will be done between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday for approximately two weeks. 


Please observe all traffic control signs during this project.  Motorists are advised to slow down and drive carefully through this and all work zones. 


The contractor for this $543,000 project is Stark Excavating.


For more information, contact  the IDOT representative, Josh Kauffman at 217.558.0517 or Guy Tridgell at 312.814.4693.