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Lake Charleston


The area around Eastern Illinois has many places that students and locals love. We asked our graduate students to share some of their favorite locations.

Places to study

Jackson Avenue Coffee: "There's always something going on at the Jac, and many of their events raise money to benefit the local and student community. It's also just a really eclectic, interesting place to work on homework, relax, or enjoy some great coffee. "

-Becky, Weller Hall

County Market: "County Market is by far my favorite place to study! It's never too busy, has free wi-fi, large tables to work on & it's always quiet. I love it!"

-Tori, Facilities & Residential Life

Places to eat

Los Potrillos have the best customer service in town and a lot of room to sit and talk for a while. They have good prices, too!

-Josie, Douglas Hall

Lincoln Garden is a good place to have brunch or an early morning hangout. They have a good variety of diner eats and endless coffee!

-Nora, University Court

Things to do

Fox Ridge: "As someone who loves the outdoors, it's so nice to be able to drive a few miles away and feel like you are in a forest! I love going during the fall when all of the leaves are changing and going for a hike."

-Hayley Hanger, University Court

Charleston Lake: "The lake is a great place to disconnect from campus and get into nature. I always find comfort and feel reenergized when I hike the lake."

-Katie Noah, Lincoln Hall 

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Contact Information

Housing & Dining Services

MLK Jr., University Union,
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6489

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