6 photos
    Arbors Of Anderson
    4037 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Road, Cincinnati
    • 1 Bedroom
      $635
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $805
      +
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $975
      +
    (513) 201-8581
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    15 photos
    Quail Meadow Apts
    11046 Quailridge Ct, Forest Park
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $590
      +
    (513) 275-5786
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    16 photos
    Ferguson Woods Apartments
    2891 Four Towers Dr, Westwood
    • 1 Bedroom
      $525
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $635
      +
    (513) 334-5606
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    1 photo
    Foxwood Apartments
    3338 Alamo Ave, Oakley
    • 1 Bedroom
      $540
      +
    (513) 429-7435
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    4 photos
    Cedarwood Apartments
    2768 Townterrace Drive, Northgate
    • Studio
      $390
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $485
    (513) 612-9273
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    30 photos
    Centennial Station
    4209 Erie Avenue, Madisonville
    • Studio
      $895
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,095
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,495
      +
    (513) 234-5022
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    2 photos
    Maplewood
    812, 814, 820 Clough Pike, Cincinnati
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $475
      +
    (567) 342-0134
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    25 photos
    Boulevard at Oakley Station, The
    3225 Oakley Station Blvd., Oakley
    • Studio
      $1,200
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,200
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,745
      +
    (513) 360-4619
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    4 photos
    Mears Apartments
    1809-1813 Mears, Mount Washington
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $575
      +
    (513) 360-4067
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    17 photos
    Walnut Creek Townhomes
    4042 Georgetown Road, Blue Ash
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $950
      +
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,050
      +
    (513) 268-1644
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    34 photos
    Hunters Creek
    9231 Hunters Creek Drive, Blue Ash
    • 1 Bedroom
      $750
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $850
    (513) 334-5927
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    25 photos
    Riverside Terrace
    5566 Hillside Ave, Cincinnati
    • 1 Bedroom
      $465
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $550
      +
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $675
    (513) 342-4903
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    49 photos
    Brandychase Apartments
    3969 Brandychase Way, Cincinnati
    • 1 Bedroom
      $645
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $695
      +
    (513) 456-4899
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    31 photos
    Aspen Village
    2703 Erlene Dr, Westwood
    • 1 Bedroom
      $435
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $530
      +
    (567) 384-0613
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    12 photos
    Grandin House
    2101 Grandin Rd, Hyde Park
    • Studio
      $759
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $935
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,130
      +
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,740
      +
    (513) 429-7272
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    8 photos
    Park Valley Apartments
    2992 High Forest Lane, Mount Airy
    • 1 Bedroom
      $440
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $510
      +
    (513) 655-5423
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    10 photos
    Finneytown
    9117 Winton Rd, Cincinnati
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $900
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $900
    (513) 685-9597
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    25 photos
    Panorama Apartments
    2375 Montana Ave., Westwood
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $640
      +
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $850
    (513) 206-8370
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    54 photos
    Shadow Hill Apartments & Townhouses
    4071 Sharon Park Ln, Sharonville
    • 1 Bedroom
      $640
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $690
      +
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $950
      +
    (513) 342-6114
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
    18 photos
    Lee's Crossing
    5326 Lees Crossing Drive, Monfort Heights East
    • 1 Bedroom
      $595
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $650
      +
    (513) 322-4279
    Check Availability
    Photo & Details
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 28
  6. Next

Renting in Cincinnati

Cincinnati is Ohio’s third largest city, with a population around 300,000, which is down from 500,000 in 1960. Over the last half of the 20th century there was a steady stream of middle to upper middle-class residents leaving the urban core for the outlying suburbs. There are roughly 100,000 rental units within the city limits, with the vacancy rate usually hovering around 10%, so finding a place here shouldn’t be much tougher than finding something red at a Reds game.

How much will it cost?

Good news! Cincinnati’s average rental costs are very reasonable, with 1-bedroom units ranging from $650-$700 a month. Expect to pay $850-$900 for a 2-BR, and $1300 a month should get you a single family, 2-BR home. The inexpensive cost of living means more money left over for Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati, the biggest, beeriest, brautwurstiest celebration of its kind in the country!

Rock the house

In 2009, WCPO reported that Cincinnati had the highest home vacancy rate in the country, and while there’s been notable progress on the city’s economic front since then, there are still a lot of empty houses. Keep this in mind as you search for a place, because while you may think you can only afford an apartment, Cincinnati is one city where renting a house (or an upstairs unit) might make even more sense. Plus, when you rent a house, you don’t have to worry about neighbors complaining about all the boisterous polka music. Wait, you don’t already listen to polka? That’ll probably change after your first Oktoberfest here.

Cincinnati Neighborhoods

There are 52 distinct neighborhoods here, and as we’ve mentioned, Cincinnati has really seen a mass exodus of middle and upper-class families out of the urban core and into the outlying areas. I-275 circles the city, and outside that circle is where many are choosing to live. The neighborhoods cost more and add to your commute time. Here’s a look at some of the notable neighborhoods in Cincinnati:

Central: Pricey, but pretty, Mt. Adams is loaded with shops, restaurants, parks, and a beautiful view of the city. There aren’t many vacancies here, but if you can afford it, jump on it. Over-The-Rhine is loaded with culture, history, and amazing architecture. North Avondale has earned a reputation as a diverse hidden gem located directly in the center of the city. It’s also home to Xavier University (sorry we’re not referring to the X-Men one, as awesome as that would be). Clifton is where you’ll find the University of Cincinnati, along with plenty of walkable streets and bus stops. If you have some sort of Collegiate phobia, you might want to look elsewhere.

East: Hyde Park - one of the best neighborhoods in America according to a 2010 Forbes.com survey – is clean, eclectic, trendy and educated. Rents will be higher here. With its ample space for recreation at Ault Park and quick access to the Downtown, the adjacent Mt. Lookout neighborhood is another area popular with young professionals.

Northeast: Oakley is a middle-class section that’s a step down from Hyde Park. Pleasant Ridge is a large diverse, affordable neighborhood that’s home to about 30,000 people. Just outside Cincinnati’s northeastern city limits is Indian Hill, one of the more desireable suburbs in the entire state.

North: College Hill is a popular residential neighborhood that features a mix of various incomes. This is probably your best bet in the north section of the city. Hartwell has about 6,000 middle-class residents.

West: With more than 35,000 residents, Westwood is the city’s largest neighborhood. It’s also full of apartments; so don’t worry about not getting a spot. Westwood is a mostly middle-income area with a mix of cultures and urban and suburban styling. Once a wealthy area, Price Hill (split up into the lower, east and west sections) is now mainly inhabited by working class families. Rents here are inexpensive, so your dollar will be a bit more flexible.

Living in Cincinnati

There are some issues facing anyone renting in Cincinnati. You’ve got the glowing praise about its new development and value (Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine ranked Cincinnati 10th on its 2011 Best Value Cities list). Here a few other tips for living well in Cincinnati:

Bring the wheels : Cincinnati’s public transportation system consists of spotty bus service and a few cabs, so this is definitely a city that demands a car. Some neighborhoods are excellent for walking. Parts of Hyde Park and Oakley have a great walkability. And unfortunately, while the Bengals play here, you can’t actually ride one. Only opposing teams can do that. Zing!

Sample the surprises: It’s certainly possible that one could live outside the city limits, commute to work downtown, and repeat the process for years without enjoying the elements that make this an iconic city: the German cuisine, the relatively ancient architecture, the riverfront, the hills, the valleys, and the views. If you do settle outside the city, makes sure you don’t miss out on what’s great about Cincinnati!

Now that you have a basic rundown on what to expect, we’re confident that you’ll be more than able to find yourself an awesome place to rest those soon-to-be sausage-laden bones. Don those Bengal stripes and strap on that red hat, your new Cincinnati home is waiting!

-By Kera Zacuto

About Apartment List

Apartment List is your go-to rental site for your apartment search. Browse thousands of new listings every day to give you the largest selection of cheap 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom apartments for rent in Cincinnati. Find studios, condos, townhomes, and homes in your favorite neighborhoods. You can search for all utilities paid apartments, and pet-friendly homes with the tap of a button. With more available listings than Craigslist, you're sure to find a house for rent on Apartment List.

Click where you want to live—
The map will zoom.
Feedback