Kent, OH Read Guide >
Kent is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area, which means that for all its small town charm, you’re close enough to a larger city to enjoy all the amenities without the hassle. In fact, most Kent residents will drive the 10-miles to the Chapel Hill Mall area in Akron for a lot of shopping, dining, and entertainment. However, Kent State University keeps the city itself young and lively.
Let’s talk neighborhoods. For the most part, Kent is really divided between the students and the townies. Though these borders may seem stringent to the new resident, long-term Kent residents have taken pains to avoid some of the hassles of college town life.
Let’s start with the college student. Kent State campus occupies a large portion of the southeast region of town. Here you’ll find tons of cheap apartments with flexible options—including studio apartments, furnished apartments, and short term lease options. However, be prepared to deal with all the trappings of college life, including noise problems and petty crime. Two bedroom apartments for rent here tend to range from $500-700.
Farther to the west, past the city center, you’ll find a mix of apartments available for both students and residents alike. Here, new construction mixes with older buildings, and rentals can be found in townhomes and condominiums with amenities such as a gym, swimming pool, and clubhouse. Two bedroom apartments for rent in this region generally range from $600-800.
If you’d like to live as far from the campus as possible, while still maintaining a Kent zip code, check to the northwest neighborhoods around Smith Park and Lease Park. Here, you can find spacious rental homes and apartments in quiet, urban, family-oriented neighborhoods great for the new townie. Two bedroom rental properties in this region range from $600-800.
Farther outside of town you’ll find great, quiet communities that range from rural to suburban. To the south, the Brimfield community offers plenty of apartments for rent in suburban developments that will put you within close proximity to Akron area shopping. The eastern community of Ravenna has similar rentals in a more rural setting. Two bedrooms in these areas range from $600-800.
Though many Kent area apartments are pet friendly, finding a home for your four-legged friend near campus may be a bit difficult. For the most part, cat and dog friendly rentals cater to more established residents living in the family-oriented portions of town. If you’re moving with a pet, you may need to make some concessions in terms of location.
So welcome to Kent! Student or family, you’ll be sure to find an apartment rental that suits your needs.