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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Depending on where you decide to live for off-campus housing varies how I would rate them. St. James Apartments are unfurnished, decent to live in, and close to campus, but they cost almost just as much Main Street Commons which is brand new with a lot more amenities.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus yet but I hear its very affordable and there are several options that are mostly in close proximity to campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: My friend is paying $600 a month at St. James, with three other roommates. So, it can be expensive, especially if you don't have a job.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off-campus. I know Main-Street Commons is pricey, but I've heard it's worth it, since it's roughly the same price as the dorms and you get your own room and bathroom and everything.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There seem to be a lot of options for living off campus, whether you go to St. James Apartments or get a house,

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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
34%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
8%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,050
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 39 responses

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

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 38 responses

  • 21% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 68% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 8% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 38 responses

  • 18% Extremely helpful.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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