Over the 2014 Summer, the University of Illinois Springfield upgraded the system that distributes the channels around campus to digital, providing the campus with improved picture quality, better integration with the RAVE emergency notification system, and improved our space saving and energy saving efforts.
In order to take full advantage of this all-digital system including high-definition channels, please be sure to bring a digital TV with QAM tuner for use on campus. A QAM tuner enables your digital TV to receive digital cable channels directly without a set top box. If you are unsure if your TV has a QAM tuner, please check with your TV’s manufacturer.
If you still have an analog TV (tube TV) you can continue to use it by purchasing a converter box.
HBO GO / MAX GO
Students living on campus can now watch HBO and Cinemax whenever (and wherever) you want on your laptop, phone, and other devices – on or off campus. Game of Thrones, Girls, The Knick, movies, sports and tons more—they’re all available.
The best part? HBO GO and MAX GO are already included with your housing so it’s super easy to activate your account:
- Go to www.hbogo.com or www.maxgo.com or download the apps
- Scroll down to select “U of I – Springfield” from the ‘Sign In’ menu
- Follow the login instructions to start watching
For assistance with setting up your TV, or for more information on the upgrade, visit the ITS Cable Television page for assistance and important information.
Data connections are available in all units, which allow residents to directly connect to the campus computer network and the Internet. These data connections are made available to aid and enhance residents’ educational experience through the use of a broad variety of online resources and tools.
In addition to the wired data connections, Wireless Internet access is available in all academic and administrative buildings, all student apartments and residence halls, in recreational facilities, and in outdoor “gathering spots”.
Mail and Packages
Standard United States Postal Services are provided to all students on campus via apartment or room mail boxes. All mail boxes in the apartments and townhouse are located on the exterior of your areas laundry facility with the exception of Larkspur, Bluebell, and Clover Court. Larkspur, Bluebell, and Clover mail boxes are located inside the main entrance of Homer Butler Housing Commons (HCOM). Residence hall mail boxes are located by the front desk of both LRH and FH. For packages or mail that is too large to fit in standard mailboxes, please refer to your area’s front desk. East and West campus packages reside in Homer Butler Housing Commons (HCOM). It is important that you put your designated mailing address down so that it is delivered to Homer Butler Housing Commons (HCOM). If you place the Homer Butler Housing Commons (HCOM) address as your shipping address it will be sent to the campus central shipping and receiving first which will delay the process of you receiving your package. Please know that if you are not the designated resident of a room, apartment, or townhouse, you can not receive packages or mail on campus unless you are the domestic partner, child, or spouse of a family housing resident.
Package Pick Up
Important Things to Remember
- You will receive an email notification from the Department of Residence Life (DRL) when your package is ready!
- Even if you receive a delivery notice from a third party, the package must be processed by DRL staff first.
- We attempt to process all packages on the day of delivery.
- ICard is required for package pick up.
- You MUST pick up your package in person. You CANNOT send a friend to retrieve your package.
- Cars: A parking hang tag must be purchased to park your automobile on-campus in designated residential areas. These tags are also inclusive of colors coordinating an individual to a particular style of Housing (Apartments, Townhouses, Residence Halls). No additional decal is needed for parking in Housing.
- Bus: The Springfield Mass Transit District provides bus service between downtown (Seventh and Capitol), the main campus, housing, and Lincoln Land Community College.
- Shopping Shuttle: The Shopping Shuttle is a service provided by Harmony Limousine and is sponsored by the UIS Student Affairs Division. The Shopping Shuttle has two departure locations: Founders Residence Hall and Residence Life Office (Homer Butler Housing Commons). The Shopping Shuttle runs hourly to the White Oaks Mall, Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Walgreen and Target on Sundays and Wednesdays. Please see the schedule below. Shopping Carts are available for check-out at both departure locations on campus.
- Sundays: 12pm to 5pm
- Wednesdays: 6pm to 10pm
- Gracious Cab Company: (217-685-9900) Gracious Cab Co. offers discounted rides to UIS students. If your student is in need of transportation to and from Urgent Care providers in Springfield for non-medical emergency incidents, students can contact their Resident Director or Residence Life Administrative Staff on Duty to get a Gracious Cab pass for free transportation. Additionally, they provide free transportation to AMTRAK Train Station and the Springfield Airport at the beginning of each semester and during Holiday Breaks. Please check with Residence Life or Student Affairs for dates and times.