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EIU Office of Admissions

Traveling to EIU

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 Old Main (the castle), on Lincoln Avenue. Turn right (south) on Seventh Street and enter the circle drive on the east end of Old Main if you need to pick up a parking permit. (Parking permits are available in the Office of Admissions in Old Main.) Otherwise, proceed to the visitor parking lot on the west side of Seventh Street.

Campus Map


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.

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Lodging & Overnight Travel

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!

View the Lodging List

Things To Do in Charleston

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.


Area Restaurants

Charleston restaurants can be found here. Mattoon restaurants can be found here.

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Contact Information

Undergraduate Admissions

1230 Old Main
600 Lincoln Ave. Charleston, IL 61920

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