A great way to feel like a true part of the Illinois community is to live on campus.
One special option is the Transfer Community, a dedicated space in Ikenberry Commons on the fourth floor of Scott Hall and the first floor of Bousfield Hall (for students who are sophomore and above) developed specifically to meet the needs of transfer students. The staff in both areas focus on the interests and needs of transfer students to assist their transition to Illinois.
In addition to the Transfer Community, transfer students are welcome in any of our hall communities (both undergraduate and graduate upper-division). And if you're ready for an apartment, consider the Ashton Woods community.