Making new friends
at the Welcome Picnic.
American student
learning about a new culture
Have fun with friends
as you learn new games.
Winter fun playing
in the snow with friends!
"What You Need to Know"
workshop presented
during welcome week
at Armory House
Listening to authentic
Chinese instruments
during the Lunar Year
Get your game on
as you play volleyball
in the park.
Say Goodbye
to family and friends
as you begin

Welcome to Armory House – your home at Illinois!

As an International Student you have decided to begin the exciting adventure of attending college at the University of Illinois. Your Next Decision:  Where to make your home on campus? The Answer:  Where you can meet and make friends with American students, enjoy social activities, and share your culture — ARMORY HOUSE.

As you explore our website, be sure to check out the page “Friends from Around the World” to see how living at Armory House can open the door to lifelong friendships. We understand the unique challenges International students face and we provide the support you need for college and career success.

Special Programs at ARMORY HOUSE:

International Welcome Activities:   To help you feel at home on campus

  • Shopping trips to local stores to help you get settled – We will send you a list of what to bring to campus but if you forget something we have arranged shopping trips to local stores (please check schedule upon arrival) 
  • Tours of campus – We will help orient you to campus and how to best get around  

Opportunities to Make new Friends:  Informal, fun activities to meet other residents

  • Picnics and Volleyball in the park outside our back door
  • Movie and Game Nights in the lounge 
  • Sports (basketball, volleyball, tennis, ice skating) and activities at the ARC (Activities and Recreation Center) only 2 blocks from Armory House 
  • Cultural events such as Lunar New Year and Holiday Craft Nights 
  • 3 Student Kitchens to create your own meals or share with other residents 

 Support for College and Career Success:

  • Language Tables  Would you like the opportunity to practice your conversational English? Have fun and make new friends while doing so at our Language Tables.  
  • Cross-cultural workshops – Would you like to learn more about American culture and share your own?  Increasing your cross-cultural communication skills will help you both in college and in your future career.  
  • Quiet Hours, 24-Hour Study Lounge, and Study Groups  

 Break Housing:

  • Armory House closes during Official University break periods. These periods are not included in the Contract and if the Student desires to remain at Armory House over an Official University break period, he may do so only with written consent of the Proprietor. A separate Break Housing Contract and additional fee may be required. (See FAQ for more details).

We look forward to welcoming you to campus with special programs and activities designed with your needs in mind, and with many opportunities to make new friends from the U.S. and around the world. 

International Students

Comments from Sophie Du

 Armory House Q & A with Jay and Isaac 

Jay and Isaac discuss the cross-cultural benefits of living at Armory House.

As an International Study Abroad student from Sydney, Australia, I would like to thank Armory House for everything they have contributed to my experience in the U.S. Armory House organizes functions, from social to educational / cultural to intramural sports. There is never a dull moment, and always something that you can do to meet new people or just hang out with your friends
David, Resident from Australia - College of Engineering