Bradley University Housing & Apartments

Ideal Rentals: Peoria’s Apartment Rental Company

Peoria is the city we've called home for over 35 years, and we've had the privilege of watching college students come through and grow over the course of each year. 


Renting apartments shouldn’t be difficult, so we make it easy. We have over 100 houses and apartments available for rent, so feel free to look through our available listings until you find the right place to spend the year. Once you find it, don’t wait too long -- get it before someone else does.


Why Rent From Ideal Rentals?

  • Walking distance from Bradley University
  • Student Only Housing
  • 24-hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • The Largest Selection of Houses and Apartments


Within walking distance:

  • One World Cafe
  • Avantis
  • Subway
  • Steak And Fries



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Safe Student Housing


For parents of soon-to-be college students, the safety of your son or daughter is a top priority. Each of our student rentals has a variety of procedures and resources in place to promote safety and security. Safety is all of our responsibility, and our individual actions are our best preventive measure.


Safe and Conveniently Located


Our houses and apartments for rent are located within walking distance of popular Peoria attractions like the Peoria Civic Center, the Peoria Riverfront Museum, and places like Giant Oak Park and Dozer Park. Our apartments are also within walking distance of the Dollar Tree, which all college students know is a lifesaver. While it may sound too good to be true, our Peoria apartments are safe and conveniently located -- it’s not a matter of choosing one or the other.


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Benefits of Bradley University Housing


Off-campus houses are often cheaper than living in university residence halls; one of the main differences is that the payments are divided into monthly segments, as opposed to a larger payment usually combined with a student’s loans. So, while renting may in fact be cheaper, students need to be prepared for a monthly payment. Students do also have the option of using their loans to make their rent payments, which will then allow them to save money in the long run.


In addition to saving money, off-campus apartments also give Bradley students valuable real world experience. Students will have to learn to share a space with someone else, in addition to gaining valuable skills like money management, cooking, cleaning, and communication with their landlord, among other things. Renting will give students a glimpse of what home ownership might look like, something that residence halls can’t quite offer.


Living in off-campus housing does come with additional responsibilities, including cooking, cleaning, and paying bills each month. Students may be responsible for contacting an internet and cable provider, in addition to car insurance payments and loan payments once they’ve graduated. Students will be responsible for providing food for themselves, an invaluable lesson as they grow older. They’ll also have more options for food, especially if there are any special dietary requirements.


Of course, renting an off-campus apartment does give students a bit more freedom and independence, which will help them as they eventually move into their career. New students are used to following certain rules and expectations, but living in off-campus housing allows students to set up their own schedule and create standards that work for them. Living off-campus encourages students to grow and mature as they pursue their degree.


First Time Renting A Student Apartment? Things To Know


Can underclassmen (freshmen, sophomores) at Bradley live in off campus housing?


All full-time freshmen and sophomore Bradley students are required to live in the residence halls, aside from members of fraternities and sororities living in a house. Other exceptions: veterans, students who are 21 years of age by September 1st of the current school year, students who live with immediate relatives within a 40-mile radius of campus, as well as cases involving documented medical exceptions.


For more tips involving signing a lease, picking an apartment, and other aspects of off-campus housing at Bradley University, feel free to browse our additional resources below.


Furnishing Your Bradley University Apartment


Once you’ve committed to Bradley, you’ll need to start getting ready to pack and furnish your apartment. If you’ve never done so before, it can be intimidating, but we’ve included a few tips for finding furniture and other necessities for your unit.


Once you’ve figured out who you’ll live with, compare notes with them to see if they already own furniture or other furnishings they can bring. Do this before you buy any new furniture. Remember that eventually, you or your roommates will move out. When that happens, it might be hard to decide who gets to keep what, or how to split one piece of furniture between two people.


Maybe your parents are planning on parting with that old couch. Ask your grandparents or other relatives if they want to part with any furnishings. Shop at local garage sales or yard sales. You can always haggle for the price you are willing to pay. Tip: sleepers and futons are excellent for first apartments. Consider indoor/outdoor rugs because they are pretty stain resistant and can be cleaned up easily.



Nearby Our Bradley University Apartments:


Within walking distance:


Dollar Tree

1200 W Main St


Open Monday - Sunday, 9am - 9pm


Broken Tree Cafe

700 W Main St

(309) 648-1439

Open Tuesday - Saturday, 4-10 pm


Habitat For Humanity Restore

804 W Main St

(309) 676-8402

Open Tuesday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm


The Lock Shop

404 N Western Ave

(309) 676-9670

Open Sunday - Saturday, 24/7 (emergency lockout service)


Within driving distance:


Peoria Civic Center

201 SW Jefferson Ave

(309) 673-8900

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Peoria Riverfront Museum

222 SW Washington St

(309) 686-7000

Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 5pm


Peoria Public Library

107 NE Monroe St

(309) 497-2000

Open Monday - Saturday, 9am - 6pm


United States Postal Service

95 State St

(800) 275-8777

Open Monday - Saturday, 7:30 am - 6 pm


At Ideal Rentals, it is our mission to provide safe student housing with access to popular attractions and necessary utilities. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to pick a house or apartment that has everything you need nearby, especially if you don’t have access to a car.


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No matter how many times you’ve rented an apartment, there are questions you should always make it a point to ask. Below, we’ve listed important questions you should ask before signing the lease.


Questions You Should Ask Before Leasing or Renting an Apartment:

  • Are pets allowed?

  • Is it affordable?

  • Are they furnished?

  • Will student loans cover housing?

  • Can students claim housing benefit?

  • Can student nurses get housing benefit?

  • Is smoking allowed?

  • Student housing for married couples?

  • Student housing loans without cosigner?

  • Can you lease an apartment with no job?

  • Will student loans affect renting an apartment?

  • Renting an apartment for the first time?

  • How to budget for renting an apartment?

  • Checklist for renting an apartment?

  • What are the benefits of off-campus student housing?

  • What is the difference between student housing and student apartments?


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About Bradley University


Bradley University is a medium sized university that has long-time roots in the city of Peoria IL. With over 5000 students coming in every year, there is a definite need for safe, affordable housing here in town. Ideal Rentals strives to be Peoria’s trusted provider of Bradley university housing.





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