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158 apartments for rent in Tempe, AZ

Vela
555 N. College Ave
1 Bed
$1,235
2 Bed
$1,820
Residences at Fountainhead
2520 S Plaza Dr
Studio
$1,193
1 Bed
$1,078
2 Bed
$1,518
Hanover Mill Avenue
101 W 5th St
1 Bed
$1,184
2 Bed
$1,604
Ten01 on the Lake
1001 E Playa del Norte Dr
Studio
$985
1 Bed
$1,134
2 Bed
$1,307
The Lofts at Rio Salado
1033 N Parkside Dr
Studio
$1,005
1 Bed
$1,081
2 Bed
$1,213
Cameron Creek
1975 E University Dr
1 Bed
$950
2 Bed
$1,050
Tempe Metro
1811 E Apache Blvd
Studio
$925
1 Bed
$940
2 Bed
$1,500
Scottsdale Gateway
2100 N Scottsdale Rd
Studio
$634
1 Bed
$766
2 Bed
$976
Aura on Broadway
1221 E Broadway Rd
1 Bed
Ask
2 Bed
$1,410
3 Bed
$1,599
Ravenwood Heights
647 W Baseline Rd
2 Bed
$1,500
3 Bed
$1,555
Highland Park
5038 S Hardy Dr
1 Bed
$888
2 Bed
$924
3 Bed
$1,307
Finisterra Apartment Homes
1250 West Grove Parkway
1 Bed
$854
2 Bed
$1,131
3 Bed
$1,185
Camden Hayden
800 E Curry Rd
1 Bed
$1,119
2 Bed
$1,459
3 Bed
$2,529
Villa Blanco
1820 E Bell de Mar Dr
1 Bed
Ask
2 Bed
$1,032
3 Bed
$1,462
The Enclave
3255 S Dorsey Ln
1 Bed
$989
2 Bed
$1,149
3 Bed
$1,446
Camden Sotelo
615 E Weber Dr
1 Bed
$1,399
2 Bed
$1,459
Alta Tempe
1260 E University Dr
Studio
Ask
1 Bed
$1,279
2 Bed
$1,638
Skywater At Town Lake
601 W Rio Salado Pkwy
Studio
$1,408
1 Bed
$1,146
2 Bed
$2,222
Park View Apartments
1235 W Baseline Rd
1 Bed
$755
2 Bed
$1,002
3 Bed
Ask
Willowcreek
2020 E Broadway Rd
Studio
$699
1 Bed
$803
2 Bed
$945
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City Guide
Tempe
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.

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.

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.

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.

Tempe Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Tempe ranks on:
B+ Overall satisfaction
B+ Safety and crime rate
A Jobs and career opportunities
A+ Recreational activities
A Affordability
A- Quality of schools
B+ Weather
B+ Commute time
B State and local taxes
A Public transit
B+ Pet-friendliness
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Tempe from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Tempe renters expressed general satisfaction with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave average or above-average scores across the board.”

Key findings in Tempe include the following:

  • Tempe renters give their city a B+ overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated category for Tempe was its access to parks and community events, which received an A+ score.
  • Renters also seem to be very satisfied with local job and career opportunities (A), affordability (A), and the quality of local schools (A-).
  • Other categories receiving above-average scores included safety (B+), commute times (B+), and pet friendliness (B+).
  • Tempe was right on par with Glendale (B+), but has slightly more satisfied renters than cities like Phoenix (B-) and Mesa (B-).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.