College Housing & Apartments Peoria IL

100+ housing options for students at Bradley, Midstate College, Methodist College, and more

Plain and simple: Ideal Rentals make it easy for college students to find and rent apartments in Peoria IL. For students at Bradley, Midstate College, and Methodist College, as well as those attending community college at Illinois Central College or cosmetology schools in the area, our apartments present the best combination of safety, affordability, and convenience.


Ideal Rentals is the top provider of houses in Peoria, and we are excited to work with students. We have 100+ houses and apartments available for rent, so we encourage you to take a look through our listings until you find one. Once you do, don’t wait -- someone else might sign on first!


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Apartments for rent near Bradley University


Home to several different schools and universities, as well as a distinct culture and identity, the city of Peoria has been our home for over 35 years.


We have apartments for rent on practically all sides of Bradley's campus, and most if not all of them are within walking distance of Main St (depending, of course, on your definition of walking distance). Even if your house is a bit farther from campus than you’d hoped, at least you’ll get your steps in for the day.


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We have 100+ college housing options, with various square footage and rooming options. Whether you’re looking for a place to yourself or a place to share with your squad, we’re confident that our selection of college apartments will help you find the apartment you’ve dreamed about.



Questions About Student Rentals


There are a few questions you should ask before committing to a student rental, and we’ve included some of the most important questions below.


Rent-Related Questions

  • What’s included in the rent?

  • Are any utilities included within the rent?

  • What’s the typical monthly cost of each of the utilities?


Pet-Related Questions

  • Are pets allowed?

  • If so, is there an additional fee?

  • Is the fee the same for both dogs and cats?


Questions Regarding Amenities

  • Does the house/apartment have air conditioning?

  • What is the laundry situation?

  • Where are the machines located?

  • Are they shared by the entire building?


See before you sign: never sign a lease without visiting the property first. When it comes to student rentals, you want to make certain that you have all your Ts crossed and dotted. You don’t want to unknowingly put yourself on the hook for something you aren’t prepared for.


First College Apartment? What To Bring


Off the top of our heads, we put together a supplies list for your college apartment in Peoria IL. Depending on how much you plan to cook for yourself, you may discover that you don’t use or need some of these supplies, and, conversely, you may find that you need additional items to these on the list. At any rate, this list will help you get started, especially if this is your first time moving out of your parent's house or out of the dorms. Make your new house your own with these college housing tips.


  • Pots and pans

  • Dishes and bowls

  • Cutlery

  • Serving utensils

  • Serving dishes

  • Blender

  • Dish towels

  • Coffeemaker

  • Broom/dustpan

  • Dish soap

  • Dish drying rack

  • Microwave

  • A toaster and/or toaster oven

  • Mugs

  • Paper towels

  • Garbage bags

  • Tupperware

  • Sponges

  • Plastic wrap

  • Aluminum foil

  • Knife set

  • Bath towels

  • Hand towels

  • Bath mat

  • Shower curtain

  • Coffee table


  • Rug

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Scale

  • Air freshener

  • Shower organizers

  • Toilet plunger

  • Toilet paper

  • Toiletries

  • Bed

  • Comforter

  • Several sets of sheets

  • End table or nightstand

  • Hangers

  • Closet organizers

  • Shoe rack

  • Under-the-bed box

  • Storage boxes

  • Over-the-door storage units

  • Desk and chair

  • Full-length mirror

  • Dressers

  • Alarm clock

  • Curtains or blinds

  • Couch

  • Chairs


  • TV Stand

  • Area rug

  • Curtains or blinds

  • Hamper and/or laundry bags

  • Drying rack

  • Ironing board

  • Iron

  • Garment bag

  • TV

  • Computer/laptop

  • Wireless Internet router

  • Flashlight for emergencies

  • Emergency/First Aid kit

  • Batteries

  • Carbon monoxide detector

  • Extension cords

  • Surge protectors

  • Fan or air conditioner

  • Doormat

  • Bookcases

  • Basic tools such as a screwdriver and hammer

  • Nails

  • Adhesive hooks

  • Shelving


We hope this list proves sufficient for stocking your college apartment, but if you have questions or discover that you need something not mentioned here, let us know so we can update our list! You can contact us any time.


Furnishing Your College Apartment


Once you’ve committed to college, you’ll need to start getting ready to pack and furnish your apartment. If you’ve never done so before, we’ve included a few tips to find furniture and other necessities for your unit.


Tips For Furnishing Your Apartment


When are leases due for college apartments?


The average lease for a college apartment will start in August and continue through May, though depending on how busy the area is you may need to apply for it in September of the previous year. If it’s a busy area with high demand, you may need to join a waiting list for an apartment.


Once you’ve got an idea of how long you’ll have to wait before you can move into your apartment, start looking around about a month or two before the lease would start. Make a list of your top three favorite apartments and don’t delay when the opportunity arises.


One of the advantages of applying for a college apartment from Ideal Rentals is that there is never an application fee. Our student houses and apartments offer safe, student-only living, with on-site laundry facilities, and 24-hour emergency maintenance, and most of our apartments offer free Wi-Fi.


Our professional staff keeps up regular maintenance on our student rentals, which means you don't have to worry about upkeep around the house. We do the mowing and weeding in the summer and gutter cleaning in the fall. We also take care of any minor or major repairs requested by the tenant.



Ideal Rentals

1102 N University St, Peoria, IL 61606

(309) 637-5515