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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Average quality but need more parking and keeping random people from walking around

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are Greek life houses, Main Street Commons, St. James Apartments, Student Apartment Complexes, as well as nearby apartments and houses always for rent. Usually, the cost is not too much different than the cost of room and board. They are fairly close to campus. There are parking garages/lots for each type of housing. The area in general is very secure.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm not friends with many people off campus. I'm acquainted with a few, and I hear they're nice, but price is a little high.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most houses are old and pretty gross, but that doesn't seem to affect most people's choice to move in there. Some places are nicer than others. There are several apartment choices which are much nicer than an off campus house.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Close to campus but hard to get.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin Wood
Peoria, Ill.
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
October of the year before you want to live off campus
Popular Areas
The neighborhoods and streets right off campus
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 3 BR: $900
Did You Know?
The best way to find a place is to ask students who already live off campus about how they got their houses. Also, the student newspaper, The Scout, has a classifieds section and often has separate ads from the big-time landlords who own lots of houses. The Peoria Journal Star has a classifieds section, too, which is in print and online.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 28 responses

  • 29% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 28 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 71% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 14% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
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