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Eastern Illinois University is located off Interstate 57, about 50 miles south of Champaign and about 40 miles north of Effingham. Once you get into Charleston, you will see our main landmark Old Main, on Lincoln Avenue. Turn right (south) on Seventh Street and enter the circle drive on the east end of Old Main. Parking permits are available in the Office of Admissions, located at 1230 Old Main. Parking is available in the X lot located on the west side of Seventh Street. Map it!
During our bigger events, the best place to park is the Visitor Lot or the J Lot near Lantz Arena. After signing up to attend one of our events, watch your email for specific parking instructions.
Rest peacefully in one of our many hotels in the Charleston area and find your favorite restaurants in town. Keep this list handy! You might want it for family weekend next year!
Have some time to spare? You’ll find that getting around Charleston is convenient and easy. We have everything from coffee shops to trails and hiking. Our campus and community work together to make the most out of our beautiful city.