Where To Find Springfield MO Apartments
When looking for Springfield apartments, it is important to become familiar with the different neighborhoods in Springfield to help determine which neighborhood will be the best fit for you, along with knowing how far your commute to the Missouri State University campus will be.
We have put together a list of neighborhoods that house and surround Missouri State University students. The neighborhoods listed below are the most popular choices for students living in Springfield apartments that attend MSU. Each of these neighborhoods are within walking distance to campus, or just a short bike, car, or bus ride way.
Phelps Grove/University Heights
Know for its central location in Springfield, the Phelps Grove/University Heights neighborhood is just south of the Missouri State University. Due to its close distance to almost anywhere in Springfield, and moderate rental prices, this neighborhood is great for students looking for off-campus housing in Springfield. The neighborhood was developed in the early 1900s so many of the houses are older bungalow style homes surrounded by trees. Don’t let the historic old charm fool you though, the neighborhood is active and alive and throughout the day you’ll see residents strolling around the streets, jogging, biking, and skateboarding.
Due to the high population of college kids that host insane weekend parties, have couches on their house rooftops, and blast loud music this area is oftentimes referred to as the “Student Ghetto,” and is more frat than family. Some highlights of Phelps Grove is the Springfield Art Museum and Phelps Grove Park, “making cultural and recreational activities within easy walking distance for residents.” Just make sure when visiting Phelps Grove Park you don’t run into the rumored ghost bride who died there on her wedding night and is still haunting the grounds!
Home to the Missouri State University campus is the Downtown area of Springfield. Here you’ll find several luxury loft-style Springfield apartments and many of the off-campus student apartments in Springfield. Residents will have tons of dining options from cozy cafes to upscale restaurants to choose from. From antique shops, boutique stores, art galleries, and a big variety of happening nightlife spots, Downtown Springfield has a wide range of activities for anyone to get into.
Downtown has a big music scene and the popular Gillioz Theater has several events to check out year round. Every first Friday of each month hundreds upon hundreds of Springfield residents gather to for the First Friday Art Walk. People walk throughout the Downtown Arts District soaking up all the demonstrations, performances, music, and displays at several different galleries. If you come car-less, MSU is an easy walk and wherever you are downtown you’ll easily be able to find a bus to catch.
Just east of Downtown and the Missouri State University campus is the buzzing, historic Rountree neighborhood. Rountree is located smack dab in the middle of center-city and houses many of the MSU students, and a wide range of diverse families. There might now be much in Rountree but due to the location, nearly anything you need to get to is walkable. The area has large historic homes and small bungalows where you’ll see many people sitting outside on their porches, people walking their pups, and students jogging down the streets.
Walnut Street runs through Rountree and its one the largest historic streets. Here you’ll see a mix of the 19th-century remains of brick walls, carriage houses, and stained glass windows mixed in with the newer merchants, restaurants, and an award winning bed and breakfast called the Walnut Street Inn. Rountree is also a very, popular spot for Halloween lovers. Each year the neighborhood goes all out decorating and hosts a big spooky Halloween parade. In May there is Artfest and in September you have Cider Days.
The Midtown neighborhood of Springfield is just north of Downtown and MSU. Midtown is Springfield’s largest historic district and the residents do a lot to keep the old world charm alive. Streets are lined with large historic homes and over the years a diverse variety of residents have moved into the neighborhood. Each year, the people in Midtown hold several different events that bring all of Springfield together. Some of these events include the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade and Celebration and Victorian Christmas Homes Tour where residents dress up from that era and take people on tours through the old homes.
The popular Washington Park is also in Midtown where residents can gather weekly for free concerts at “Music in the Park.” Midtown also has popular landmarks like the Bentley House and Stone Chapel for history buffs to visit and tour. Nearly anywhere in Springfield is easily accessible so the commute for students is convenient. If you want some historic charm mixed in with all that Springfield has to offer, Midtown is a good place to start.
To recap, here are some helpful tips/reminders:
All housing in each neighborhood surrounding MSU is in walking distance to campus
Most students living off-campus live Downtown
Housing in different areas may require a car or bus transportation
Make sure your new place is easily accessible to shopping and grocery stores for running errands
- Use Google Maps to determine the distance of a property you are considering to the MSU campus
Springfield Crime Statistics:
The State of Missouri held a very low and constant theft crime rate from 2010 to 2014. The City of Springfield has held a theft crime rate well above the State of Missouri with a slight decrease in 2014. The theft crime rate is reported by a combination of various types of property damage and burglaries.
The State of Missouri has held a violent crime rate at a constant rate below the City of Springfield from 2010 to 2014. The City of Springfield experienced an increasing violent crime rate from 2011 into 2014.