Peoria isn't a college town, and Bradley is, by no means, the focal point of the city, which can be a good and bad thing. Peoria isn't accommodating to Bradley students in some aspects. There aren't tons of nearby attractions, and the neighborhoods that surround campus aren't the cleanest or the safest. On the other hand, it's nice to leave college life sometimes and pretend to be a real, functioning Peorian because the city has a lot to offer. Students from Chicago—and there are a lot of them—yawn at Peoria because it doesn't have all the draws of a hopping metropolis. However, Bradley attracts "farm kids" from all over who marvel at the fact that Bradley isn't even close to being in the middle of a cornfield. There's always something to do—no one dies of boredom or has to resort to cow tipping for lack of better entertainment.
Peoria has the attractions of a big city, with several malls, movie theaters, bowling alleys, bars, clubs, golf courses, parks, museums, and festivals. But as a mid-sized Midwestern city, the traffic is reasonable, and there are still good old-fashioned outdoor activities to enjoy in some of Peoria's scenic areas. Students can pick their own pumpkins and apples in the fall at local orchards and hit downtown clubs afterward. Many students appreciate Peoria's mix of small-town traditions and big-city attractions, but the lack of transportation to off-campus destinations is frustrating to those without cars. A lot of people find things to do on campus, but popping "the Bradley Bubble" and venturing outside is definitely worth the effort.