Off-campus housing in the Springfield area is relatively cheap. It's not at all hard to find an apartment off campus, and the price is definitely worth it (along with the independence). Most students move off campus after their freshman year. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is around $400, but you can find apartments for around $350, too. The more roommates you have, the better the price will be!
The apartments around campus are not as nice as the ones that are a little farther from campus. Those apartments are a little bit pricier, but still reasonable. However, while the apartments are nicer, the distance from campus often makes students feel disconnected from the University.