My wife and I just went through this in April because the Boise State student housing wanted them out in early May. Even though Craigslist can be shady, we used it and got a lot of leads. I just saw this post today, or I would have responded earlier…nobody on CC ever discusses much about Boise State.
The neighborhoods I would recommend are the Bench and the North End. The North End is super trendy and nice, but they had affordable places. However, these factors make it very competitive. My D and her roommate tried for one by the co-op, but didn’t get it. They ultimately ended up in the Central Bench. The Bench is nowhere near as trendy as the North End, but this area is really the best “college” area that isn’t necessarily right adjacent to campus.
You might find something in the neighborhood just east of Broadway and this is real close to campus too.
As for campus housing that isn’t undergrad style, but grad style adult style apartments, those are difficult with long wait lists.
I’m not saying avoid Meridian, Nampa or Eagle, but those will be a little further out and a tougher commute. Don’t settle for that.
The city is pretty small and bike friendly, clean and relatively safe. But this is still a city, and tell your daughter to avoid the Greenbelt at night alone.
As people in the thread have already noted, the Boise real estate market is white hot and has been for years.
Boise is a great town if you like the outdoors, friendly people and can handle the winter cold.