Off-campus housing is an adventure that many people try, and there are plenty of options. While students need a University ID to swipe into the St. James Apartment Complex, it's owned by Cambridge Property Management and is farther from campus than many off-campus houses. It's a popular choice for upperclassmen because it's a modern complex comfortably close to campus and open to Bradley students only.
Some students want complete independence from Bradley, and that's an easy goal to attain. Campus is in Peoria's West Bluff, which is home to some of Peoria's oldest houses. Local investors have bought many of the homes over the years, renovated them, and now lease them to Bradley students. Some of the houses are rented in their entirety, and others have been broken up into apartments and are leased in sections. Landlords, quality, and prices vary, but there are plenty of gems out there that students can get their hands on—but they have to start looking early if they want to get a quality place that's close to campus. There are other apartment complexes scattered throughout the city, but most students prefer St. James apartments and nearby houses. Either way, few people stay in the dorms after sophomore year because other options are closer, more affordable, bigger, and offer more freedom. But students talk about rundown houses and shady landlords, so it's a flip of the coin sometimes.