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172 Apartments for rent in Tempe, AZ

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Check out 172 verified apartments for rent in Tempe, AZ with rents starting as low as $450. Some apartments for rent in Tempe might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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12 Units Available
Lakeside Drive by Mark-Taylor
500 West First Street
Tempe, AZ
Studio
$1,299
624 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,400
859 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,870
1170 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:50 PM
Luxury community features a lounge and pool house, fitness center and community study room. Modern apartments have gourmet kitchens with gas cooktops, Energy Star Appliance package and tile backsplashes.
Verified
25 Units Available
San Marino
600 West Grove Pkwy
Tempe, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,235
797 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,425
1105 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 07:53 PM
Upscale living with style. Apartments feature dramatic ceilings, a luxurious Roman bath and recently upgraded carpet and decor. Community amenities wow: steam rooms, lighted tennis court, poolside Wi-Fi and more.
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14 Units Available
Mercury on Mill
5101 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ
1 Bedroom
$925
635 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,121
860 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:53 PM
Tides on Mill in Tempe, Arizona is a beautiful community offering spacious apartment homes. If you are in the market for a new place to call home, this is it.
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17 Units Available
Sonesta On University
1975 E University Dr
Tempe, AZ | Alegre
1 Bedroom
$1,103
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,172
965 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:53 PM
Recently renovated air-conditioned apartments with walk-in closets. Pet-friendly community features a dog park. Pool, business center, 24-hour laundry and game room on site. Numerous shopping options on nearby East University Drive.
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35 Units Available
Scottsdale Gateway
2100 N Scottsdale Rd
Tempe, AZ | North Tempe-College
Studio
$880
360 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,037
605 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,097
961 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:53 PM
Newly refurbished homes with energy-saving appliances in kitchens, hardwood floors and covered parking. Community amenities include a heated swimming pool, play area and business center. Freeways 101 and 202 are close by.
Verified
16 Units Available
Riverside
625 W 1st St
Tempe, AZ | Riverside
Studio
$925
400 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,145
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,275
850 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:53 PM
Convenient location in the heart of Tempe, Arizona. Luxury community features 24-hour gym, carport, and pool. Residents enjoy units with dishwasher, extra storage, air conditioning and washer-dryer hookup.
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83 Units Available
Nexa
1221 E Apache Blvd
Tempe, AZ
Studio
$1,269
624 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,262
678 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,605
1000 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:53 PM
This sophisticated, spa-inspired community features a resort-style pool and a fire pit. Open-concept apartments have high ceilings and accent lighting. Located near Hudson Park and multiple restaurants.
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16 Units Available
Solaire on Scottsdale
801 E McKellips Rd
Tempe, AZ | North Tempe-College
2 Bedrooms
$1,249
837 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:53 PM
We are temporarily ceasing in-person tours with prospective residents. Virtual tours are available.
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24 Units Available
Camden Tempe
800 E Curry Rd
Tempe, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,369
805 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,589
1178 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 07:53 PM
Luxurious community features fire pit, pool, pool table, shuffleboard and valet service. Residents enjoy units with hardwood floors, patio/balcony, laundry and dishwasher. Great location in Tempe, close to parks, restaurants and shopping.
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4 Units Available
Parkside Apartments
1801 S Cutler Dr
Tempe, AZ | Holdeman
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$835
690 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 06:52 PM
Air-conditioned and upgraded units come ready for cable. Complex offers swimming pool, fitness center, laundry center and covered parking. On-site maintenance. Less than 20 minutes to downtown Phoenix.
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17 Units Available
San Palmilla
750 W Baseline Rd
Tempe, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,190
932 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,365
1157 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,750
1446 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:52 PM
Arizona Mills, Danelle Plaza and Harkins Theatres are all within minutes of this property. The pet-friendly property offers a fitness center, heated pools and luxurious clubhouse. Units have French doors and private balconies or patios.
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26 Units Available
Avana Tempe
30 W Carter Dr
Tempe, AZ
Studio
$929
408 sqft
1 Bedroom
$893
587 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,217
835 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:19 PM
Bright, modern kitchens, extra storage, and hardwood floors. Three pools - including a year-round, heated one, a 24-hour gym, and bike storage. The gated, pet-friendly community is moments from the 60 Freeway.
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19 Units Available
Emerson Mill Avenue by Mark-Taylor
101 W 5th St
Tempe, AZ | Downtown Tempe
Studio
$1,191
519 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,289
778 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,805
1158 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:15 PM
Downtown Tempe location within walking distance to shops, dining and entertainment. 1-2 bedroom apartments with garbage disposal, large closets and granite counters. Community has large pool, internet cafe and 24-hour gym. Pet-friendly.
Verified
9 Units Available
The Rev
3409 S Rural Rd
Tempe, AZ
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,095
680 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,395
959 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:31 PM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at The Rev in Tempe. View photos, descriptions and more!
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22 Units Available
San Capella by Mark-Taylor
1155 W Elliot Rd
Tempe, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,225
912 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,494
1331 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 06:12 PM
Luxurious units feature dining room, spacious closets, and crown molding. Community offers fitness center, pool, and sundeck. Close to major freeways and Sky Harbor Airport.
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62 Units Available
Tempe Metro by Mark-Taylor
1811 E Apache Blvd
Tempe, AZ
Studio
$1,064
514 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,064
752 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,664
974 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:36 PM
Great location for commuters, just off light rail. Luxurious community offers hot tub, parking, pool, and clubhouse. Units feature in-unit laundry, dishwasher, extra storage, and garbage disposal.
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47 Units Available
The Palms on Scottsdale
1535 N Scottsdale Rd
Tempe, AZ | North Tempe-Indian Bend
1 Bedroom
$1,075
815 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,250
1100 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,575
1289 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:05 PM
Remodeled apartments in this green community boast extra space with walk-in closets and added storage. Complex contains a community garden, courtyard and bike storage. Numerous shops and restaurant line nearby North Scottsdale Road.
Verified
23 Units Available
The Porter
1532 S Price Rd
Tempe, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,050
625 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,120
725 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:55 PM
Lifes too short to have an ordinary place. Welcome to The Porter, a newly-renovated gem in the heart of Tempe. Each of our spacious apartments are a renters dream, with sleek interiors, modern kitchens and baths and full-size washers/dryers.
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16 Units Available
The Hyve by Mark-Taylor
1260 E University Dr
Tempe, AZ
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,286
804 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,621
1145 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:36 PM
A luxury community with many features, including a resort-like pool and sundeck, large clubhouse, fitness center, and outdoor fire pit. Apartments feature tech packages with NEST thermostats, vinyl plank flooring and granite countertops.
Verified
8 Units Available
La Cresenta
1025 E Orange St
Tempe, AZ
Studio
$925
426 sqft
1 Bedroom
$995
670 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,175
780 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:12 PM
Multiple floor plans to match your lifestyle. Utilities included. Smoke-free community with swimming pool, clubhouse, study areas and laundry service. Pet-friendly. Walking distance to Light Rail station.
Verified
4 Units Available
Talavera
3501 S McClintock Dr
Tempe, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,303
722 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,485
1129 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:03 PM
Amenities in units include granite counters, hardwood floors, laundry and patio/balcony. Community features 24-hour maintenance, parking and pool. Convenient location close to schools, dining and shopping.
Verified
22 Units Available
Willowcreek
2020 E Broadway Rd
Tempe, AZ
1 Bedroom
$945
640 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,155
875 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:53 PM
Willow Creek apartments in Tempe, AZ enjoys easy access to Loop 101 and is in the locality of the Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium. Homes come with in-unit laundry and ceiling fan as standard.
Verified
12 Units Available
The Local Apartments by Mark-Taylor
750 S. Ash Ave
Tempe, AZ | Downtown Tempe
1 Bedroom
$1,599
730 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,384
1191 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,529
1563 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:15 PM
Warm Welcomes. Native Soul. The Local celebrates everything special about the city we love: Tempe's history, culture, music and people. It's home to thoughtful amenities and a warm, welcoming spirit.
Verified
12 Units Available
San Sonoma by Mark-Taylor
9010 S Priest Dr
Tempe, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,425
843 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,705
1200 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 06:42 PM
Residents stay fit in this community's yoga studio, spin bike room, pool and 24-hour gym. Units feature granite countertops, walk-in closets and stainless steel appliances. Shopping is convenient thanks to the Shoppes at Casa Paloma.
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How much is rent in Tempe?
In Tempe, the median rent is $809 for a studio, $983 for a 1-bedroom, $1,225 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,784 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Tempe, check out our monthly Tempe Rent Report.
How much is rent in Tempe?
In Tempe, the median rent is $809 for a studio, $983 for a 1-bedroom, $1,225 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,784 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Tempe, check out our monthly Tempe Rent Report.
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How can I find a cheap apartment in Tempe?
You can filter cheap apartments in Tempe by price: under $900, under $800, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Tempe?
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You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Tempe apartments that allow pets.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Tempe properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Tempe properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How much should I pay for rent in Tempe?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Tempe.
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How can I find off-campus housing in Tempe?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Tempe. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Arizona State University-Tempe, Rio Salado College, GateWay Community College, Mesa Community College, and Paradise Valley Community College.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Tempe. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Arizona State University-Tempe, Rio Salado College, GateWay Community College, Mesa Community College, and Paradise Valley Community College.

Median Rent in Tempe

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Tempe is $983, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,225.
Studio
$809
1 Bed
$983
2 Beds
$1,225
3+ Beds
$1,784
City GuideTempe
Greetings! A little birdie (or was it a grinning, pitchfork-wielding Sun Devil?) told us you were looking for a place to call home in the Phoenix, AZ suburb of Tempe. Good call. Journey on, and we can help you find a primo pad in the city that puts the "fun" in the Valley of the Sun in no time (It’s in there somewhere, trust us).
Greetings! A little birdie (or was it a grinning, pitchfork-wielding Sun Devil?) told us you were looking for a place to call home in the Phoenix, AZ suburb of Tempe. Good call. Journey on, and we can help you find a primo pad in the city that puts the "fun" in the Valley of the Sun in no time (It’s in there somewhere, trust us).

Having trouble with Craigslist Tempe? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Tempe at a Glance

Before packing up your sun tan lotion and heading down to the Grand Canyon State, there are a few things you should know about life in Tempe:

No shortage of nightlife. The city has plenty to offer in the way of after-hours fun. Whether you prefer the elbow-to-elbow night club scene, live music venues featuring local acts and quasi-renowned indie rockers, or froth-friendly sports bars, you’ll find plenty of options in Tempe. There’s no shortage of theater productions or art festivals, either.

Not just fun and games. There is plenty to do before the sun goes down. Tempe is home to some of the Valley’s most scenic and walker/cyclist-friendly parks, and strolling the Mill Avenue corridor, with its plethora of street performers, is an entertaining endeavor any time of day.

The good, the bad, and the ugly: Public transit, parking, and traffic. Tempe lays claim to the Valley’s best public transportation system, although it’s a bit pricier than some commuters might be used to. One-way rides currently cost $1.75, while an all-day pass goes for $5.25 and monthly fares are available for $55. Public transit also conveniently connects Tempe to its mother city, Phoenix.

Parking, meanwhile, can be a bit of a hassle in the downtown area, although plenty of off-street garages offer complimentary one-hour parking. Downtown apartment dwellers with vehicles are well-advised to make sure their landlords provide tenant parking. Otherwise, get ready to feed the meter around the clock or watch those pretty pink parking tickets pile up.

Hot, hot, hot. Temperatures routinely climb above 105 degrees, sending all but the boldest Tempians scurrying for the cool comforts of the air-conditioned indoors. It means that if you find a landlord willing to pick up your utilities tab, don’t hesitate to seal the deal.

Tempe at a Glance
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Before packing up your sun tan lotion and heading down to the Grand Canyon State, there are a few things you should know about life in Tempe:

No shortage of nightlife. The city has plenty to offer in the way of after-hours fun. Whether you prefer the elbow-to-elbow night club scene, live music venues featuring local acts and quasi-renowned indie rockers, or froth-friendly sports bars, you’ll find plenty of options in Tempe. There’s no shortage of theater productions or art festivals, either.

Not just fun and games. There is plenty to do before the sun goes down. Tempe is home to some of the Valley’s most scenic and walker/cyclist-friendly parks, and strolling the Mill Avenue corridor, with its plethora of street performers, is an entertaining endeavor any time of day.

The good, the bad, and the ugly: Public transit, parking, and traffic. Tempe lays claim to the Valley’s best public transportation system, although it’s a bit pricier than some commuters might be used to. One-way rides currently cost $1.75, while an all-day pass goes for $5.25 and monthly fares are available for $55. Public transit also conveniently connects Tempe to its mother city, Phoenix.

Parking, meanwhile, can be a bit of a hassle in the downtown area, although plenty of off-street garages offer complimentary one-hour parking. Downtown apartment dwellers with vehicles are well-advised to make sure their landlords provide tenant parking. Otherwise, get ready to feed the meter around the clock or watch those pretty pink parking tickets pile up.

Hot, hot, hot. Temperatures routinely climb above 105 degrees, sending all but the boldest Tempians scurrying for the cool comforts of the air-conditioned indoors. It means that if you find a landlord willing to pick up your utilities tab, don’t hesitate to seal the deal.

Apartment Hunting 101

Now that you have a basic idea of what life in Tempe is like, it’s time for the fun part: finding you the perfect pad. Here are some obvious (and not so obvious) pointers you may want to consider before signing that dotted line.

Location is key. Much of Tempe is densely populated, but other neighborhoods (in the eastern and western sectors, mostly) are simply sprawling. Choose your location carefully, or you might find yourself severed from the thick of things.

Scout it out. The apartment buildings, lofts, and high-rises in Tempe range from archaic clunkers to modern, state-of-the-art luxury units. Often times, you will find these buildings in close proximity, so pay close attention to just what kind of bang you’re really getting for your buck.

Shop around (sort of). Tempe is a renter-friendly community, with nearly half the population opting to lease rather than buy, and renters rarely find themselves on those pesky waiting lists. Apartment seekers who wait around too long before signing a lease may be left out in the cold (heat is more like it!) and be forced to abandon their first choice of dwellings for a second-rate unit. Word to the wise renter: Be on the lookout for move-in specials that often pop up during non-peak times of the year (October through May).

Never fear, newbie. Many Tempe tenants are first-timers, just be sure to bring along a respectable co-signer and be ready to present proof of income (if available), identification, and banking info when you turn in your leasing application.

Apartment Hunting 101
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Now that you have a basic idea of what life in Tempe is like, it’s time for the fun part: finding you the perfect pad. Here are some obvious (and not so obvious) pointers you may want to consider before signing that dotted line.

Location is key. Much of Tempe is densely populated, but other neighborhoods (in the eastern and western sectors, mostly) are simply sprawling. Choose your location carefully, or you might find yourself severed from the thick of things.

Scout it out. The apartment buildings, lofts, and high-rises in Tempe range from archaic clunkers to modern, state-of-the-art luxury units. Often times, you will find these buildings in close proximity, so pay close attention to just what kind of bang you’re really getting for your buck.

Shop around (sort of). Tempe is a renter-friendly community, with nearly half the population opting to lease rather than buy, and renters rarely find themselves on those pesky waiting lists. Apartment seekers who wait around too long before signing a lease may be left out in the cold (heat is more like it!) and be forced to abandon their first choice of dwellings for a second-rate unit. Word to the wise renter: Be on the lookout for move-in specials that often pop up during non-peak times of the year (October through May).

Never fear, newbie. Many Tempe tenants are first-timers, just be sure to bring along a respectable co-signer and be ready to present proof of income (if available), identification, and banking info when you turn in your leasing application.

The Lay of the Land: Choosing the Right Neighborhood

If you want to be where the action is, picking the right neighborhood in Tempe is a no-brainer:

North Tempe is also where you’ll find the most assorted selection of rentals. They range from cheap ($600 or less for a 1 BR) to steep ($1600-plus for 3 BR condo), so you can probably find something in North Tempe that fits your style and budget.

The Mill Avenue District, located downtown, currently boasts 15 medium-to-large-sized rental properties and puts tenants within stumbling distance of numerous bars (understatement alert!), bistros, bookstores, and coffeehouses. Apartment hunters will find a variety of living options on and around Mill Avenue, from basic box units (currently going in the upper $500 range) to luxury lofts costing $3,000-$4,000.

The downtown life isn’t for everyone, of course, and one person’s idea of exhilarating is another’s idea of downright exhausting. For leasers who desire more laid-back, take a peek at what the ‘hoods of southern Tempe have to offer. Just beware that luxury homes outnumber apartments by far, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a rental property for less than $1300.

The Lay of the Land: Choosing the Right Neighborhood
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If you want to be where the action is, picking the right neighborhood in Tempe is a no-brainer:

North Tempe is also where you’ll find the most assorted selection of rentals. They range from cheap ($600 or less for a 1 BR) to steep ($1600-plus for 3 BR condo), so you can probably find something in North Tempe that fits your style and budget.

The Mill Avenue District, located downtown, currently boasts 15 medium-to-large-sized rental properties and puts tenants within stumbling distance of numerous bars (understatement alert!), bistros, bookstores, and coffeehouses. Apartment hunters will find a variety of living options on and around Mill Avenue, from basic box units (currently going in the upper $500 range) to luxury lofts costing $3,000-$4,000.

The downtown life isn’t for everyone, of course, and one person’s idea of exhilarating is another’s idea of downright exhausting. For leasers who desire more laid-back, take a peek at what the ‘hoods of southern Tempe have to offer. Just beware that luxury homes outnumber apartments by far, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a rental property for less than $1300.

Final Piece of Advice

We do have one last piece of advice before sending you on your merry apartment-hunting way:

You’ll find more than 50 neighborhoods in Tempe, all with their own special identities, charms, and drawbacks. So before you commit to a rental property in any of them, make sure to spend plenty of time in the Valley of the Sun exploring your options. And don’t be surprised if your 12-month lease turns into something more permanent.

Final Piece of Advice
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We do have one last piece of advice before sending you on your merry apartment-hunting way:

You’ll find more than 50 neighborhoods in Tempe, all with their own special identities, charms, and drawbacks. So before you commit to a rental property in any of them, make sure to spend plenty of time in the Valley of the Sun exploring your options. And don’t be surprised if your 12-month lease turns into something more permanent.

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City GuideTempe
Greetings! A little birdie (or was it a grinning, pitchfork-wielding Sun Devil?) told us you were looking for a place to call home in the Phoenix, AZ suburb of Tempe. Good call. Journey on, and we can help you find a primo pad in the city that puts the "fun" in the Valley of the Sun in no time (It’s in there somewhere, trust us).
Greetings! A little birdie (or was it a grinning, pitchfork-wielding Sun Devil?) told us you were looking for a place to call home in the Phoenix, AZ suburb of Tempe. Good call. Journey on, and we can help you find a primo pad in the city that puts the "fun" in the Valley of the Sun in no time (It’s in there somewhere, trust us).

Having trouble with Craigslist Tempe? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Tempe at a Glance

Before packing up your sun tan lotion and heading down to the Grand Canyon State, there are a few things you should know about life in Tempe:

No shortage of nightlife. The city has plenty to offer in the way of after-hours fun. Whether you prefer the elbow-to-elbow night club scene, live music venues featuring local acts and quasi-renowned indie rockers, or froth-friendly sports bars, you’ll find plenty of options in Tempe. There’s no shortage of theater productions or art festivals, either.

Not just fun and games. There is plenty to do before the sun goes down. Tempe is home to some of the Valley’s most scenic and walker/cyclist-friendly parks, and strolling the Mill Avenue corridor, with its plethora of street performers, is an entertaining endeavor any time of day.

The good, the bad, and the ugly: Public transit, parking, and traffic. Tempe lays claim to the Valley’s best public transportation system, although it’s a bit pricier than some commuters might be used to. One-way rides currently cost $1.75, while an all-day pass goes for $5.25 and monthly fares are available for $55. Public transit also conveniently connects Tempe to its mother city, Phoenix.

Parking, meanwhile, can be a bit of a hassle in the downtown area, although plenty of off-street garages offer complimentary one-hour parking. Downtown apartment dwellers with vehicles are well-advised to make sure their landlords provide tenant parking. Otherwise, get ready to feed the meter around the clock or watch those pretty pink parking tickets pile up.

Hot, hot, hot. Temperatures routinely climb above 105 degrees, sending all but the boldest Tempians scurrying for the cool comforts of the air-conditioned indoors. It means that if you find a landlord willing to pick up your utilities tab, don’t hesitate to seal the deal.

Tempe at a Glance
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Before packing up your sun tan lotion and heading down to the Grand Canyon State, there are a few things you should know about life in Tempe:

No shortage of nightlife. The city has plenty to offer in the way of after-hours fun. Whether you prefer the elbow-to-elbow night club scene, live music venues featuring local acts and quasi-renowned indie rockers, or froth-friendly sports bars, you’ll find plenty of options in Tempe. There’s no shortage of theater productions or art festivals, either.

Not just fun and games. There is plenty to do before the sun goes down. Tempe is home to some of the Valley’s most scenic and walker/cyclist-friendly parks, and strolling the Mill Avenue corridor, with its plethora of street performers, is an entertaining endeavor any time of day.

The good, the bad, and the ugly: Public transit, parking, and traffic. Tempe lays claim to the Valley’s best public transportation system, although it’s a bit pricier than some commuters might be used to. One-way rides currently cost $1.75, while an all-day pass goes for $5.25 and monthly fares are available for $55. Public transit also conveniently connects Tempe to its mother city, Phoenix.

Parking, meanwhile, can be a bit of a hassle in the downtown area, although plenty of off-street garages offer complimentary one-hour parking. Downtown apartment dwellers with vehicles are well-advised to make sure their landlords provide tenant parking. Otherwise, get ready to feed the meter around the clock or watch those pretty pink parking tickets pile up.

Hot, hot, hot. Temperatures routinely climb above 105 degrees, sending all but the boldest Tempians scurrying for the cool comforts of the air-conditioned indoors. It means that if you find a landlord willing to pick up your utilities tab, don’t hesitate to seal the deal.

Apartment Hunting 101

Now that you have a basic idea of what life in Tempe is like, it’s time for the fun part: finding you the perfect pad. Here are some obvious (and not so obvious) pointers you may want to consider before signing that dotted line.

Location is key. Much of Tempe is densely populated, but other neighborhoods (in the eastern and western sectors, mostly) are simply sprawling. Choose your location carefully, or you might find yourself severed from the thick of things.

Scout it out. The apartment buildings, lofts, and high-rises in Tempe range from archaic clunkers to modern, state-of-the-art luxury units. Often times, you will find these buildings in close proximity, so pay close attention to just what kind of bang you’re really getting for your buck.

Shop around (sort of). Tempe is a renter-friendly community, with nearly half the population opting to lease rather than buy, and renters rarely find themselves on those pesky waiting lists. Apartment seekers who wait around too long before signing a lease may be left out in the cold (heat is more like it!) and be forced to abandon their first choice of dwellings for a second-rate unit. Word to the wise renter: Be on the lookout for move-in specials that often pop up during non-peak times of the year (October through May).

Never fear, newbie. Many Tempe tenants are first-timers, just be sure to bring along a respectable co-signer and be ready to present proof of income (if available), identification, and banking info when you turn in your leasing application.

Apartment Hunting 101
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Now that you have a basic idea of what life in Tempe is like, it’s time for the fun part: finding you the perfect pad. Here are some obvious (and not so obvious) pointers you may want to consider before signing that dotted line.

Location is key. Much of Tempe is densely populated, but other neighborhoods (in the eastern and western sectors, mostly) are simply sprawling. Choose your location carefully, or you might find yourself severed from the thick of things.

Scout it out. The apartment buildings, lofts, and high-rises in Tempe range from archaic clunkers to modern, state-of-the-art luxury units. Often times, you will find these buildings in close proximity, so pay close attention to just what kind of bang you’re really getting for your buck.

Shop around (sort of). Tempe is a renter-friendly community, with nearly half the population opting to lease rather than buy, and renters rarely find themselves on those pesky waiting lists. Apartment seekers who wait around too long before signing a lease may be left out in the cold (heat is more like it!) and be forced to abandon their first choice of dwellings for a second-rate unit. Word to the wise renter: Be on the lookout for move-in specials that often pop up during non-peak times of the year (October through May).

Never fear, newbie. Many Tempe tenants are first-timers, just be sure to bring along a respectable co-signer and be ready to present proof of income (if available), identification, and banking info when you turn in your leasing application.

The Lay of the Land: Choosing the Right Neighborhood

If you want to be where the action is, picking the right neighborhood in Tempe is a no-brainer:

North Tempe is also where you’ll find the most assorted selection of rentals. They range from cheap ($600 or less for a 1 BR) to steep ($1600-plus for 3 BR condo), so you can probably find something in North Tempe that fits your style and budget.

The Mill Avenue District, located downtown, currently boasts 15 medium-to-large-sized rental properties and puts tenants within stumbling distance of numerous bars (understatement alert!), bistros, bookstores, and coffeehouses. Apartment hunters will find a variety of living options on and around Mill Avenue, from basic box units (currently going in the upper $500 range) to luxury lofts costing $3,000-$4,000.

The downtown life isn’t for everyone, of course, and one person’s idea of exhilarating is another’s idea of downright exhausting. For leasers who desire more laid-back, take a peek at what the ‘hoods of southern Tempe have to offer. Just beware that luxury homes outnumber apartments by far, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a rental property for less than $1300.

The Lay of the Land: Choosing the Right Neighborhood
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If you want to be where the action is, picking the right neighborhood in Tempe is a no-brainer:

North Tempe is also where you’ll find the most assorted selection of rentals. They range from cheap ($600 or less for a 1 BR) to steep ($1600-plus for 3 BR condo), so you can probably find something in North Tempe that fits your style and budget.

The Mill Avenue District, located downtown, currently boasts 15 medium-to-large-sized rental properties and puts tenants within stumbling distance of numerous bars (understatement alert!), bistros, bookstores, and coffeehouses. Apartment hunters will find a variety of living options on and around Mill Avenue, from basic box units (currently going in the upper $500 range) to luxury lofts costing $3,000-$4,000.

The downtown life isn’t for everyone, of course, and one person’s idea of exhilarating is another’s idea of downright exhausting. For leasers who desire more laid-back, take a peek at what the ‘hoods of southern Tempe have to offer. Just beware that luxury homes outnumber apartments by far, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a rental property for less than $1300.

Final Piece of Advice

We do have one last piece of advice before sending you on your merry apartment-hunting way:

You’ll find more than 50 neighborhoods in Tempe, all with their own special identities, charms, and drawbacks. So before you commit to a rental property in any of them, make sure to spend plenty of time in the Valley of the Sun exploring your options. And don’t be surprised if your 12-month lease turns into something more permanent.

Final Piece of Advice
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We do have one last piece of advice before sending you on your merry apartment-hunting way:

You’ll find more than 50 neighborhoods in Tempe, all with their own special identities, charms, and drawbacks. So before you commit to a rental property in any of them, make sure to spend plenty of time in the Valley of the Sun exploring your options. And don’t be surprised if your 12-month lease turns into something more permanent.

Rent Report
Tempe

September 2020 Tempe Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 Tempe Rent Report. Tempe rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Tempe rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Tempe rents increase sharply over the past month

Tempe rents have increased 0.8% over the past month, but have decreased slightly by 0.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Tempe stand at $984 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,226 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in June. Tempe's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.7%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents rising across the Phoenix Metro

    While rent prices have decreased in Tempe over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 8 of the largest 10 cities in the Phoenix metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Gilbert has the most expensive rents in the Phoenix metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,558; the city has also seen rent growth of 4.7% over the past year, the fastest in the metro.
    • Over the past year, Surprise has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,364, while one-bedrooms go for $1,095.
    • Phoenix proper has the least expensive rents in the Phoenix metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,107; rents increased 0.3% over the past month and 1.7% over the past year.

    Tempe rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

    As rents have fallen slightly in Tempe, large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Tempe is also more affordable than most large cities across the country.

    • Tempe's median two-bedroom rent of $1,226 is slightly above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in Tempe fell slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Las Vegas (+1.6%) and Albuquerque (+0.8%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Tempe than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,956, which is more than twice the price in Tempe.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Phoenix
    $890
    $1,110
    0.3%
    1.7%
    Mesa
    $930
    $1,160
    0.4%
    3.1%
    Chandler
    $1,170
    $1,460
    0.9%
    1.1%
    Glendale
    $950
    $1,190
    0.6%
    2.2%
    Scottsdale
    $1,090
    $1,360
    0.4%
    0.6%
    Gilbert
    $1,250
    $1,560
    0.8%
    4.7%
    Tempe
    $980
    $1,230
    0.8%
    -0.3%
    Peoria
    $1,190
    $1,480
    0.8%
    1.6%
    Surprise
    $1,090
    $1,360
    0.6%
    -1.5%
    Avondale
    $1,040
    $1,300
    0.7%
    3.3%
    Goodyear
    $1,200
    $1,490
    0.4%
    4.8%
    Buckeye
    $990
    $1,230
    0.1%
    1.9%
    Casa Grande
    $830
    $1,030
    0.8%
    2.6%
    Sun City
    $900
    $1,130
    1%
    0.3%
    Apache Junction
    $590
    $730
    0.1%
    1.4%
    El Mirage
    $780
    $970
    0
    0.1%
    Fountain Hills
    $1,070
    $1,330
    0.3%
    3.4%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Read More

    September 2020 Tempe Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Tempe Rent Report. Tempe rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Tempe rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 Tempe Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Tempe Rent Report. Tempe rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Tempe rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    Tempe rents increase sharply over the past month

    Tempe rents have increased 0.8% over the past month, but have decreased slightly by 0.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Tempe stand at $984 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,226 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in June. Tempe's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.7%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents rising across the Phoenix Metro

      While rent prices have decreased in Tempe over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 8 of the largest 10 cities in the Phoenix metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Gilbert has the most expensive rents in the Phoenix metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,558; the city has also seen rent growth of 4.7% over the past year, the fastest in the metro.
      • Over the past year, Surprise has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,364, while one-bedrooms go for $1,095.
      • Phoenix proper has the least expensive rents in the Phoenix metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,107; rents increased 0.3% over the past month and 1.7% over the past year.

      Tempe rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

      As rents have fallen slightly in Tempe, large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Tempe is also more affordable than most large cities across the country.

      • Tempe's median two-bedroom rent of $1,226 is slightly above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While rents in Tempe fell slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Las Vegas (+1.6%) and Albuquerque (+0.8%).
      • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Tempe than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,956, which is more than twice the price in Tempe.

      For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

      City
      Median 1BR Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Phoenix
      $890
      $1,110
      0.3%
      1.7%
      Mesa
      $930
      $1,160
      0.4%
      3.1%
      Chandler
      $1,170
      $1,460
      0.9%
      1.1%
      Glendale
      $950
      $1,190
      0.6%
      2.2%
      Scottsdale
      $1,090
      $1,360
      0.4%
      0.6%
      Gilbert
      $1,250
      $1,560
      0.8%
      4.7%
      Tempe
      $980
      $1,230
      0.8%
      -0.3%
      Peoria
      $1,190
      $1,480
      0.8%
      1.6%
      Surprise
      $1,090
      $1,360
      0.6%
      -1.5%
      Avondale
      $1,040
      $1,300
      0.7%
      3.3%
      Goodyear
      $1,200
      $1,490
      0.4%
      4.8%
      Buckeye
      $990
      $1,230
      0.1%
      1.9%
      Casa Grande
      $830
      $1,030
      0.8%
      2.6%
      Sun City
      $900
      $1,130
      1%
      0.3%
      Apache Junction
      $590
      $730
      0.1%
      1.4%
      El Mirage
      $780
      $970
      0
      0.1%
      Fountain Hills
      $1,070
      $1,330
      0.3%
      3.4%
      See More

      Methodology - Recent Updates:

      Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

      Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

      Methodology:

      Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

      Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

      Read more about our methodology here.

      About Rent Reports:

      Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

      We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

      Tempe Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how Tempe ranks on:

      A-
      Overall satisfaction
      B
      Safety and crime rate
      A
      Jobs and career opportunities
      A+
      Recreational activities
      B
      Affordability
      B
      Quality of schools
      A
      Social Life
      B+
      Weather
      B+
      Commute time
      B
      State and local taxes
      A
      Public transit
      A-
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Tempe’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

      "Tempe renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "They gave most categories above average scores."

      Key findings in Tempe include the following:

      • Tempe renters gave their city an A- overall.
      • The highest-rated categories were recreational activities (A+), jobs and career opportunities (A), public transit (A) and social life (A).
      • The areas of concern to Tempe renters are safety and crime rate, state and local taxes, quality of local schools and affordability, which all received B grades.
      • Millennial renters are moderately satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of B.
      • Tempe did relatively well compared to other cities in Arizona, including Phoenix (B-), Tucson (D) and Mesa (C+).
      • Tempe did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Portland, OR (B), Los Angeles, CA (C+) and New York, NY (C+).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "I love the cost of living in Tempe and how close it is to all the shopping I need. I wish it was closer to Phoenix, where a lot of the jobs are." – Laura H.
      • "Tempe is full of young people with energy and positive mental attitudes. Shopping is good. But buses are scarce and a lot of landlords take advantage of the student population with high rent and poor maintenance." – Margo S.
      • "I love that it’s busy but not overwhelming." – Alexandra M.
      • "It’s a little too hot in the summer, but the weather is great the rest of the year. Public transportation is excellent with a free bus system and a light rail that extends through most of the city." – Walter J.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.
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      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released Tempe’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

      "Tempe renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "They g...

      View full Tempe Renter Survey

      Here’s how Tempe ranks on:

      A-
      Overall satisfaction
      B
      Safety and crime rate
      A
      Jobs and career opportunities
      A+
      Recreational activities
      B
      Affordability
      B
      Quality of schools
      A
      Social Life
      B+
      Weather
      B+
      Commute time
      B
      State and local taxes
      A
      Public transit
      A-
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Tempe’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

      "Tempe renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "They gave most categories above average scores."

      Key findings in Tempe include the following:

      • Tempe renters gave their city an A- overall.
      • The highest-rated categories were recreational activities (A+), jobs and career opportunities (A), public transit (A) and social life (A).
      • The areas of concern to Tempe renters are safety and crime rate, state and local taxes, quality of local schools and affordability, which all received B grades.
      • Millennial renters are moderately satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of B.
      • Tempe did relatively well compared to other cities in Arizona, including Phoenix (B-), Tucson (D) and Mesa (C+).
      • Tempe did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Portland, OR (B), Los Angeles, CA (C+) and New York, NY (C+).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "I love the cost of living in Tempe and how close it is to all the shopping I need. I wish it was closer to Phoenix, where a lot of the jobs are." – Laura H.
      • "Tempe is full of young people with energy and positive mental attitudes. Shopping is good. But buses are scarce and a lot of landlords take advantage of the student population with high rent and poor maintenance." – Margo S.
      • "I love that it’s busy but not overwhelming." – Alexandra M.
      • "It’s a little too hot in the summer, but the weather is great the rest of the year. Public transportation is excellent with a free bus system and a light rail that extends through most of the city." – Walter J.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.