As you might guess, based on population statistics, Murray is a bit of a college town. Murray State University, which educates a little over 10,000 students each year, contributes quite a few folks to the city’s population of 17,000 people. Because of the large student population, there is plenty to do in terms of shopping, dining, and entertainment, particularly for a city of its size. Close to campus you’ll find locally owned restaurants and bars, while farther out into the suburbs you’ll have convenient access to large box stores.

I’ve got great news for the new resident! Murray has a pretty low cost of living and a fairly decent safety record. This means that you should be able to find tons of cheap apartments throughout many of the city’s safe and desirable neighborhoods.

Most of the best and most rental properties will be found just northwest of the city center in the area surrounding Murray State. While this area does have the higher crime statistics associated with a college campus, many of the apartment rentals here are quite safe and offer a variety of amenities, such as a clubhouse and swimming pool. Additionally, you can find everything from studio apartments to three bedrooms to furnished apartments for rent, and many of these rentals also offer short-term lease deals. Two bedrooms here generally range from $450 to $600.

The area south of campus and the city center feels more settled and family-oriented. Though most of the rental properties in this area are owner-occupied, you can occasionally find houses and duplexes for rent. There are also a handful of small, older apartment complexes that offer rentals of varying sizes and quality. Two bedrooms in this area range from $500 to $650.

Good news for pet-lovers! Many of Murray’s best rental properties are both cat and dog friendly. Though some rental homes or campus-area apartments may have breed or size limitations, the city is overall quite pet friendly. Two paws up!

So welcome to Murray! Enjoy all that this small, friendly college town has to offer!

-By Kera Zacuto

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