The median rent price is $344 per month statewide. Rent is very affordable, no matter where you live in the state. Apartments take on the form of multi-level buildings, renovated mansions, farmhouses, townhouses and condominiums.
I think it is important for students to acknowledge that a PhD program is a big investment on their part, but that investment should go both ways. Make sure the school and program are willing to make an equal investment in you.