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348 Apartments for rent in Berkeley, CA

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Last updated December 11 at 5:55am UTC
1122U
1122 University Ave
Berkeley, CA
Updated December 11 at 12:45am UTC
Studio
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2 Bedrooms
$3,193
3 Bedrooms
$3,975
1223 Masonic Avenue
West Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated December 11 at 4:35am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,195
1940 Hearst Avenue
Downtown Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated December 11 at 3:05am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
3 Bedrooms
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2028 Bancroft Way 4
Downtown Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated December 10 at 12:05pm UTC
8 Bedrooms
$1,175
1519 Walnut St Apt 6
North Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated December 10 at 12:04pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,999
2442 Piedmont Ave
Southside
Berkeley, CA
Updated December 10 at 9:42am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,995
2732 Haste St
Southside
Berkeley, CA
Updated December 10 at 9:42am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,995
1940 Hearst Ave
Downtown Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated December 9 at 10:21am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
1807 Francisco St
Central Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated December 9 at 8:30am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,300
1235 Ashby Ave
West Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated December 9 at 8:30am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,725
2139 Grant Street
Central Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated December 10 at 11:50pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,095
2028 Bancroft 3
Downtown Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated December 10 at 11:58am UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,925
2028 Bancroft 5
Downtown Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated December 10 at 11:58am UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,350
City Guide
Berkeley
What’s so special about Berkeley, anyway?

The streets of Berkeley are dotted with museums, bookstores, bistros, coffee houses, live music haunts, vinyl record shops (yes, those still exist), art galleries, parks, botanical gardens, theaters, and a variety of low-budget, mid-priced, and high-end eateries.

Bottom line: Berkeley has something for everyone, and you could live there for years before discovering every last attraction the city has to offer.

How much is the rent?

A studio unit or modest 1-BR pad is likely to cost $1200 or more unless you come across a killer move-in special (which is rare). If you want a place with a little extra leg room (800 square feet or more), be prepared to buck up between $2100 and $3500.

What can I expect out of a Berkeley apartment?

The city has plenty of quality lodgings, but it’s important to realize that you’ll be paying as much for the atmosphere outside your walls in Berkeley as you will for your actual apartment. If you prefer spaciousness and solitude over hustle and bustle, concentrate on the Berkeley Hills neighborhoods further from the city center. As far as amenities like tenant parking, washer/dryer availability go, they differ from place to place, so scope out a residence carefully before signing the dotted line.

Are apartments hard to come by?

It all depends. The further you go from the city center, the more likely you are to come across available rentals. In the more laid-back North Berkeley and Berkeley Hills neighborhoods, for example, apartments, townhouses, and freestanding houses are easier to come by. Our advice is this: If possible, begin your apartment search during the renting “offseason,” mid-March to early April, when many renters are nearing the ends of their leases. Move-in specials aren’t exactly abundant during these months, but at least your selection pool will be a bit wider.

What will I need to score my crazy-cool California crash pad?

Just like apartment managers everywhere, landlords/property managers in Berkeley require some basic documentation from prospective leasers, including a list of previous residences, a certified check that covers your move-in/good faith deposit, and banking/income verification. Most apartments will run credit and background checks on you. So, you may need a co-signer to cover you in case you conveniently forget to pay the piper one month.

Also, you should approach your leasing application like a job interview. Expect apartment managers in Berkeley to toss you some questions that landlords in other cities won’t. What hours do you keep? What kind of music do you listen to? How often do you have company? What kind of, um, extracurricular activities are you into? Keep in mind that Berkeley is a seller’s market, and landlords generally have no trouble filling their rooms, so they can afford to be choosy.

What’s the best way to bum around town?

Instead of relying on your own set of wheels, you may want to take advantage of the city bus or the BART subway, which hauls commuters not only around Berkeley but also to San Francisco and Oakland. The inner city is also extremely biker and walker-friendly, and most streets are equipped with sidewalks and bike paths.

Got it? Good! Enjoy your apartment hunting adventures and welcome to Berkeley!

December 2018 Berkeley Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2018 Berkeley Rent Report. Berkeley rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Berkeley rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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Rent Report
Berkeley

December 2018 Berkeley Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2018 Berkeley Rent Report. Berkeley rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Berkeley rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Berkeley rents increase sharply over the past month

Berkeley rents have increased 0.9% over the past month, and have increased moderately by 3.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Berkeley stand at $2,080 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,610 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in September. Berkeley's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.4%, as well as the national average of 1.3%.

Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Berkeley, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Francisco metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • San Mateo has the most expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,430; the city has also seen rent growth of 4.4% over the past year, the fastest in the metro.
  • Over the past month, Concord has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $3,040, while one-bedrooms go for $2,420.
  • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,220; rents went down 1.2% over the past month but rose 2.8% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Berkeley

As rents have increased moderately in Berkeley, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Berkeley is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.4% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.2% in San Jose, 1.5% in Los Angeles, and 1.0% in San Diego.
  • Berkeley's median two-bedroom rent of $2,610 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 3.0% increase in Berkeley.
  • While Berkeley's rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 0.4%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Berkeley than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,060, where Berkeley is nearly two-and-a-half times that price.

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 price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
San Francisco $2,460 $3,100 -0.3% 1.8%
Oakland $1,770 $2,220 -1.2% 2.8%
Fremont $2,970 $3,730 0.5% 4.3%
Hayward $2,300 $2,880 0.2% 3.0%
Concord $2,420 $3,040 -1.5% 1.4%
Berkeley $2,080 $2,610 0.9% 3.0%
Richmond $2,110 $2,660 -1.0% 3.3%
Antioch $2,850 $3,590 -0.5% -0.6%
Daly City $2,480 $3,110 0.0% 3.8%
San Mateo $3,520 $4,430 -0.0% 4.4%
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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.

Renter Confidence Survey

Apartment List has released results for Berkeley 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.

“Renters in Berkeley are fairly well satisfied with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave many categories above-average scores.”

Key findings ...

View full Berkeley Renter Confidence Survey
Berkeley Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how Berkeley ranks on:
A- Overall satisfaction
C+ Safety and crime rate
A- Jobs and career opportunities
B Recreational activities
F Affordability
B Quality of schools
A Weather
B- Commute time
C- State and local taxes
A+ Public transit
C Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Berkeley 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.

“Renters in Berkeley are fairly well satisfied with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave many categories above-average scores.”

Key findings in Berkeley include the following:

  • Berkeley renters give their city an A- overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated category for Berkeley was its access to public transit, which received an A+.
  • Other well-rated categories in Berkeley were weather (A) and local job and career opportunities (A-).
  • Renters seemed somewhat concerned with the quality of local schools (B) and safety and low crime rates (C+).
  • The greatest cause of dissatisfaction in Berkeley was affordability/cost of living, which received an F score from renters.
  • Renter satisfaction in Berkeley is slightly lower than nearby Walnut Creek (A+) and much higher than Oakland (F). Renters here are just as satisfied as renters in San Francisco, which also received an A-.
  • 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.