More than 1,000 companies and individuals rent apartments and houses in Champaign-Urbana. Knowing the nature of any complaints, as well as how, if at all, each of the complaints was resolved, is the best way for you to evaluate a prospective landlord. Contact the University of Illinois Tenant Union (for University of Illinois current and incoming students only) or the Champaign - Urbana Tenant Union (for non-students) while you are shopping for apartments in the Champaign - Urbana area. The Tenant Union can provide you with a list of renter complaints and how they were resolved for individual Champaign-Urbana property management firms as well as other information that may be helpful, especially for first time renters.
Renter's insurance is meant for people who do not own their physical structure. It is meant to protect your personal property against fire, theft and vandalism. There are many companies who offer this type of insurance and all renters should consider carrying this type of insurance. Three popular carriers of renter's insurance in the area are: State Farm, Allstate, and Geico.
No. In your lease, you will find the agreed upon date for your rent payment. The deposit you place with your landlord is meant to cover damages or cleaning expenses your landlord may incur after you move out of your apartment. Unless the landlord agrees in writing to apply your deposit to your last month's rent, you are required to pay the last month's rent and wait for a refund of your damage deposit.
Travelling inside Champaign-Urbana, the Mass Transit District for Champaign Urbana offers an annual pass for $60 effective July 2009. The regular fare is $1 per ride or one token per ride. Transfers are free. Six tokens can be purchased for $5.00 from any bus operator prior to 7:00 pm. All University of Illinois students, faculty and staff have unlimited access to all routes and services at all times simply by presenting a valid i-card to the operator. Bike paths are available throughout campus and this is a very popular transportation alternative. There are numerous bike shops in the area that provide excellent service and parts. Travelling outside the Champaign-Urbana area, Megabus offers service to and from 16 cities in the mid-west: Champaign, IL; Columbia, MO; Madison, WI; Memphis, TN; Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; Bloomington/Normal, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Columbus, OH; Detroit, MI; Indianapolis, IN; Kansas City, MO; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO and Toledo, OH. Tickets are only available online along with fares and schedules. Another bus service for UIUC is the Suburban Express which provides direct weekend bus service to Chicago suburbs. AMTRAK has a station in downtown Champaign and offers a very reasonable transportation alternative. Travellers can connect with Chicago and travel throughout the country. Travelling by plane? Champaign Urbana's central location provides easy access to several airports. Willard Airport is located just south of Champaign Urbana and provides non-stop service to Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit. In addition to Willard Airport, there is relatively close access to: Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington-Normal, Indianapolis International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Chicago's Midway Airport, and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Contact Illinois American Water to turn on the water in your apartment. To turn on your power you will need to contact Ameren.
Comcast provides digital cable and internet services (including internet phones) for the Champaign-Urbana area. AT&T can provide you with DSL for your computer as well as land line service for your phone.
The News Gazette publishes both a morning paper copy and an online version. The Daily Illini offers both an online version and a free paper copy. The Daily Illini is one of the country's largest student-run newspapers and covers both international and local news. The Buzz is published every Thursday and can be picked up from several different locations throughout the Champaign Urbana area. This news magazine covers area restaurants, local events and entertainment news for the local area.

For more information and a personal showing email Bill OR Call: (217) 621-1012. All Hardwick Apartments are smoke free and keyed secure apartments. Hardwick Apartments are not animal/pet friendly.