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192 Apartments for rent in Berkeley, CA

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Last updated April 21 at 10:41am UTC
1850 Grand View Dr
Hiller Highlands
Berkeley, CA
Updated April 21 at 10:41am UTC
3 Bedrooms
2028 Bancroft 1
Downtown Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated April 21 at 10:01am UTC
1 Bedroom
2028 Bancroft #6
Downtown Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated April 21 at 10:01am UTC
1 Bedroom
3380 Adeline St
Lorrin District
Berkeley, CA
Updated April 21 at 10:00am UTC
2 Bedrooms
2555 Le Conte Ave
Berkeley, CA
Updated April 21 at 9:59am UTC
1 Bedroom
460 Vassar Ave
Berkeley, CA
Updated April 20 at 5:09am UTC
4 Bedrooms
1628 Ashby Ave
Lorrin District
Berkeley, CA
Updated April 20 at 1:43am UTC
2 Bedrooms
2777 9th St
West Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated April 18 at 11:00am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1101 Fifth Street
West Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated April 19 at 2:08am UTC
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Sixth Street
West Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Updated April 20 at 7:30am UTC
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City Guide
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!

Rent Report

April 2018 Berkeley Rent Report

Welcome to the April 2018 Berkeley Rent Report. Berkeley rents remained steady 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 held steady over the past month

Berkeley rents have remained steady over the past month, but are down sharply by 4.1% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Berkeley stand at $2,020 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,540 for a two-bedroom. Berkeley's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.9%, as well as the national average of 2.0%.

Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

While rent prices have decreased in Berkeley over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 9 of the largest 10 cities in the San Francisco metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,270; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 6.6%.
  • Over the past year, Berkeley is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 4.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,540, while one-bedrooms go for $2,020.
  • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,330; rents were up 1.3% over the past month and 1.9% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Berkeley

As rents have fallen sharply in Berkeley, many large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Berkeley is less affordable for renters.

  • Other cities across the state have seen rents significantly increase, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 2.9% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.1% in Los Angeles, 3.1% in San Jose, and 2.8% in San Diego.
  • Berkeley's median two-bedroom rent of $2,540 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.0% over the past year compared to the 4.1% decline in Berkeley.
  • While rents in Berkeley fell sharply over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Phoenix (+2.9%), Dallas (+1.8%), and Seattle (+1.3%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Berkeley than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,030, 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 $2,440 $3,060 0.8% 1.4%
Oakland $1,810 $2,270 0.5% 6.6%
Fremont $2,880 $3,620 0.5% 4.3%
Hayward $2,230 $2,810 0.0% 1.3%
Concord $2,420 $3,050 2.3% 4.0%
Berkeley $2,020 $2,540 0.0% -4.1%
Richmond $2,100 $2,640 0.6% 5.1%
Antioch $2,870 $3,600 0.7% 5.0%
Daly City $2,420 $3,040 0.1% 2.3%
San Mateo $3,450 $4,330 1.3% 1.9%
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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.


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.

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.