Peoria, IL
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3 College Freshman

Parking: So far I have not used the parking spots on campus because I do not have my own car there, but we do have two parking garages and other parking spots around campus. The parking places are very close to classes and dorms, so you will never have a problem with being on time because of parking. I feel like students never have a big problem finding a parking spot around campus. There are many spots available, but to get an excellent one you might want to leave early to win the spot over.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Though I do not own a car on campus, I feel I have a decent view of the quality of parking. Parking permits are cheap and are easy to get if you are a sophomore or older on campus. You can get one with a decent reason as a freshmen, though freshmen are not supposed to have cars in normal situations. Also, there is a parking lot that is right between the the dorms and education facilities and is very convenient. Yet, it is not large. The alternative is a parking garage that is not a close as the parking lot but is still only a five minute walk to classes. Parking is not an issue at Bradley.

3 College Freshman

Parking: This semester so far I have not had a car on campus but have talked to upper classmen about their cars and the parking

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking is usually residential parking. There are two parking decks on either side of campus. I have never needed to buy a parking pass since I have attended school.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I wish there were more spots right by my dorm.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 233rd
    Best Parking Availability
  • 651st
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 775th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin Wood
Peoria, Ill.
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If there's one thing about Bradley that people agree on, it's that parking is a nightmare. Even if students buy a pass for the school year, they're not guaranteed a spot, and they spend a lot of time looking for one. Commuters have to get to campus early if they want to get to class on time. There are strict color-coded spaces that match up with colored stickers—which have to be positioned perfectly on the left side of cars' back windows, by the way. However, the parking line colors don't match the parking permit stickers, so it's not as easy as it seems. For example, commuter students have to have a gold parking sticker to park between the white lines of one parking lot. But that parking lot also has light blue lines for faculty, and if someone who has a gold permit parks between the light blue lines, which look almost white, he'll get a ticket. There's definitely a learning curve to this process, but the parking department deserves some credit for attempting to explain it when students buy their permits.

Though parking is bad, commuter students don't have to deal with it on a daily basis. Campus is small, and everything is a quick walk. Taking a car from one side of campus to the other would be ridiculous, so getting to class without parking is easy for those who live in the dorms or nearby neighborhoods.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are different permits for different lots. Commuter students can park almost anywhere in the Elmwood parking lots or in the commuter parking lot next to Heuser Art Center. They can also park in the lot next to the police station on Duryea. There are a few other smaller lots, but those are the main ones for commuters. Students who live in the dorms have to park in the parking deck on Duryea or in the lot behind the Student Apartment Complex. Students who live in St. James Apartment Complex can only park in the lots at St. James and not on campus.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshman students are not allowed to park a vehicle on campus unless the student is commuting.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
Parking in a reserved area: $15
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • There are no best places to find a parking spot. The parking situation is miserable and complicated.
  • If you get to campus just as classes are getting out, you can usually find a spot from someone who is leaving or you can come early and give yourself some time.
  • You can park in Campustown across the street if you're really desperate, but police sometimes ticket there, too, so it's a lose-lose situation.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • The lot that fills up the quickest is the one on Elmwood, which basically runs the length of campus.
  • You probably won't find a spot anywhere near your class unless you give yourself a lot of time. You will likely have to walk, so get used to the exercise.
Getting a Parking Permit
It's a lot easier to get a parking permit than it is to actually find a parking spot. All you have to do is go online to register for a permit. That colored sticker basically brands you to certain parking lots, so don't try to park just anywhere. Know your territory, and give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.
Parking Services
Conference Facilities/Parking
Michel Student Center
915 N. Elmwood
(309) 677-2227

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 29 responses

  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 24% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 41% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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