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146 Units Available
The Julian
171 W Julian Street
San Jose, CA | Downtown San Jose
Studio
$2,099
561 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,532
647 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,236
910 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:15 PM
So much more than just a place to live, The Julian draws inspiration and authenticity from its natural setting with its modern mission interiors and welcoming spaces.
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7 Units Available
Alterra Apartment Homes
1640 La Rossa Cir
San Jose, CA | Alma-Almaden
2 Bedrooms
$2,195
825 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:15 PM
Situated at the center of Silicon Valley, these spacious apartments come fully furnished with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and pendant lighting. Community with 24-maintenance, Internet access and gym. Close to VTA Tamien Station.
Verified
20 Units Available
Domain Apartments
1 Vista Montana
San Jose, CA | Renaissance
1 Bedroom
$2,753
950 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,697
1089 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,448
1433 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:15 PM
Within walking distance to Champion Station. Also close to SR-237. Apartments feature eat-in kitchens with dishwashers and microwaves. On-site bocce ball court, heated pool, and rooftop deck. Guaranteed 48-hour completion of routine service requests.
Verified
2 Units Available
Sparq
5 East Reed Street
San Jose, CA | Downtown San Jose
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,427
731 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 27 at 11:15 PM
Artistic living in downtown San Jose's SoFA District, Sparq is an architectural work of art that caters to those who enjoy having comfortable cafes, restaurants, arts, and entertainment in their backyard.
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10 Units Available
Silver Apartments
333 Sunol Street
San Jose, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,101
774 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,690
1077 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:15 PM
Silver Apartments, an LEED Certified Property in San Jose's Midtown district, is a community of brand new apartment homes with luxury on-site amenities and services in an exceptional Silicon Valley location.
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8 Units Available
121 Tasman
121 E Tasman Dr
San Jose, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,338
785 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,119
1115 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:14 PM
Located in San Jose's Renaissance neighborhood, near Cisco, Samsung and other tech companies. One- and two-bedroom apartments with built-in tech docks and patios or balconies. Community amenities include a dog park, pool and guest suite.
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8 Units Available
Levare
377 Santana Row
San Jose, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,641
813 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,408
1385 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:14 PM
Close to Santana Row mall. Boutique community of flats and townhomes with floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood laminate floors, and quality appliances. Select homes feature roof decks. On-site entertainment lounge and courtyard with picnic areas.
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2 Units Available
Livorno Square
3101 Magliocco Dr
San Jose, CA | Magliocco-Huff
1 Bedroom
$1,679
896 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,625
1229 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 27 at 11:14 PM
Located in the heart of the city. On-site cooking pavilion, resort-style heated pool, outdoor fireplace, and a fitness center. Large kitchens with granite countertops and steel appliances.
Verified
2 Units Available
51 Glen Eyrie Ave
51 Glen Eyrie Ave
San Jose, CA | Willow Glen
1 Bedroom
$2,095
559 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 27 at 11:14 PM
A pet-friendly apartment community within walking distance of downtown Willow Glen. On-site laundry facilities and optional covered parking are a few of the amenities available for the one- and two-bedroom apartment homes.
Verified
22 Units Available
Woodland Meadow
1600 Whitewood Dr
San Jose, CA | McKay-Ringwood
1 Bedroom
$2,594
836 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,550
1120 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 27 at 11:14 PM
Fabulous location with landscaped courtyards. Modern interiors and floor plans. On-site grill area, pool, and hot tub. Pets welcomed. 24-hour maintenance. Private patios and balconies provided.
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3 Units Available
Villa Torino
29 W Julian St
San Jose, CA | Downtown San Jose
1 Bedroom
$1,899
864 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,684
1113 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 27 at 11:14 PM
Exquisite homes with a fireplace, hardwood floors and patio/balcony. Enjoy the gym, pool or hot tub during free time. Near the light rail station. Close to St. James Park and San Jose Museum of Art.
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2 Units Available
Fairway Glen
448 Toyon Ave
San Jose, CA | Toyon
1 Bedroom
$2,088
710 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,727
916 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:14 PM
One- and two-bedroom luxury apartment homes with gourmet kitchens, brand-name appliances, spacious closets and large private patios. Community has a BBQ area, sparkling pool and renovated fitness center.
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8 Units Available
One Pearl Place
5230 Terner Way
San Jose, CA | Erikson
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,451
763 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,319
1082 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 07:19 PM
Welcome to a world of refinement. One Pearl Place offers personalized service and unsurpassed attention to detail. Here, California living is showcased by linking the harmony of nature in a relaxing setting of Northern European design.
Verified
9 Units Available
Shadow Creek
2474 S Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA | Dry Creek
1 Bedroom
$2,050
758 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,450
990 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:14 PM
The pet-friendly community offers a resort-like pool, fitness center, and barbecue grills. One- and two-bedroom apartment interiors have spacious closets, patios or decks, and well-equipped kitchens. In quaint, small-town Campbell south of San Jose.
Verified
7 Units Available
Pebble Creek
3685 S Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA | Farnam
1 Bedroom
$1,965
647 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,455
935 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:14 PM
Pet-friendly community with light-filled 1-2 bedroom apartment homes. Modern kitchens with dishwashers and stoves, in-unit washer/dryer and huge closets. Amenities include resort-style swimming pool and spa and outdoor BBQ/grill.
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29 Units Available
One South Market
1 S Market St
San Jose, CA | Downtown San Jose
1 Bedroom
$1,860
763 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,395
1321 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 27 at 10:51 PM
Located in Downtown San Jose and minutes from the Grand Century Shopping Mall, this community provides residents with a WiFi lounge, concierge service and fitness center. Apartments include gourmet kitchens, private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Verified
7 Units Available
Museum Park
465 W San Carlos St
San Jose, CA | Park-Lorraine
1 Bedroom
$2,294
946 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,042
1190 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 27 at 10:51 PM
Apartments feature air conditioning, dishwasher, and washer and dryer. Community offers residents a relaxing spa, covered parking, and fitness center. Commuters enjoy close proximity to highways 280, 101, 87, and 85.
Verified
23 Units Available
Sofi Waterford Park
4000 Ellmar Oaks Drive
San Jose, CA | Parkview
1 Bedroom
$2,029
664 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,618
986 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,124
1016 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 10:51 PM
Located in the Downtown San Jose area, this community offers residents three pools, two hot tubs and a modern fitness center. In-unit amenities include full kitchens with updated appliances and private balconies.
Verified
23 Units Available
Village of Taxco
1324 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose, CA | Castlemont
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,740
649 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,635
995 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 10:51 PM
Conveniently located close to Starbucks, Rite Aid and a Light Rail Station. Units include granite counters, microwave, patio or balcony. Community features gym, hot tub, and pool.
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41 Units Available
Duo
6670 Emergent Way
San Jose, CA
Studio
$2,337
561 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,350
825 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,850
1213 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 10:51 PM
When two unique elements combine to create something entirely new, you know they were meant to be.
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42 Units Available
Terra House Apartments
4501 Snell Ave
San Jose, CA | Parkview
Studio
$1,898
458 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,090
668 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,761
979 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 10:51 PM
Set in Silicon Valley, Terra House Apartments is your ticket to modern living. We are currently in the process of changing our name from Avana Skyway to Terra House.
Verified
1 Unit Available
Los Gatos Creek
1029 Meridian Ave
San Jose, CA | Willow Glen
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,005
916 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 27 at 10:51 PM
Excellent location, minutes from downtown Campbell. Residents enjoy on-site laundry, parking, and gym. Units include walk in closets, air conditioning, patio or balcony, and ceiling fans.
Verified
20 Units Available
Cannery Park by Windsor
415 E Taylor St
San Jose, CA | Downtown San Jose
Studio
$2,180
554 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,590
731 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,805
1096 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 10:51 PM
Great location in Silicon Valley, close to U.S. 101, I-280 and I-880. Units feature luxurious touches like a gourmet kitchen, spa-inspired bathroom and soaring ceilings. Community has shared outdoor space, courtyards and private Triangle Park.
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18 Units Available
LINQ
1700 Newbury Park Dr
San Jose, CA
Studio
$1,960
531 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,150
777 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,270
1089 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 10:51 PM
Perfect location, close to the new Berryessa BART, and Highways 101 and 680 for easy access to the Bay Area. Luxurious living with Skydeck, pool and spa, billiards, yoga center and outdoor courtyard.

Median Rent in San Jose

Last updated Jan. 2021
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Jose is $1,716, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,038.
Studio
$1,514
1 Bed
$1,716
2 Beds
$2,038
3+ Beds
$2,475
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much is rent in San Jose?
In San Jose, the median rent is $1,514 for a studio, $1,716 for a 1-bedroom, $2,038 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,475 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in San Jose, check out our monthly San Jose Rent Report.
How much is rent in San Jose?
In San Jose, the median rent is $1,514 for a studio, $1,716 for a 1-bedroom, $2,038 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,475 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in San Jose, check out our monthly San Jose Rent Report.
How can I find a cheap apartment in San Jose?
You can filter cheap apartments in San Jose by price: under $2,000, under $1,800, under $1,600, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a cheap apartment in San Jose?
You can filter cheap apartments in San Jose by price: under $2,000, under $1,800, under $1,600, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in San Jose?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find San Jose apartments that allow pets.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in San Jose?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find San Jose apartments that allow pets.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some San Jose 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 San Jose 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 San Jose?
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 San Jose.
How much should I pay for rent in San Jose?
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 San Jose.
How can I find off-campus housing in San Jose?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around San Jose. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include College of Alameda, Samuel Merritt University, San Jose City College, San Jose State University, and Laney College.
How can I find off-campus housing in San Jose?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around San Jose. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include College of Alameda, Samuel Merritt University, San Jose City College, San Jose State University, and Laney College.

Median Rent in San Jose

Last updated Jan. 2021
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Jose is $1,716, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,038.
Studio
$1,514
1 Bed
$1,716
2 Beds
$2,038
3+ Beds
$2,475

City Guide

San Jose
Do you know the way to San Jose? I've been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my way. Do you know the way to San Jose? I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose." (Burt Bacharach - Do You Know The Way").
Do you know the way to San Jose? I've been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my way. Do you know the way to San Jose? I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose." (Burt Bacharach - Do You Know The Way").

It doesn’t take a Google search to find a crazy-cool city to call home in this state. Just pick a place that begins with San (you won’t be disappointed by any of ‘em), pack your bags (must-haves include sunscreen and a Diccionario Inglés-Español), and come on down. Arguably the sultriest San of all, the so-called “capital of Silicon Valley” is primo living for Left Coast leasers aiming to join one of Cali’s most diverse and eclectic mega-communities. Sound like your cup ‘o’ tea? Then stick with us. We’ll have you ballin’ in the south Bay in two shakes of a high-tech stick.

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The Skinny on SJ

Perched on the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay and circumscribed by the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains, San Jose is unarguably one of NoCal’s most aesthetically pleasing stomping grounds. But life in the hub of the Silicon Valley is about more than postcard-perfect vistas. A few facts about SJ life that might help make your migration easy breezy include the following:

Brains: High-tech engineering and computing conglomerates (hence, the chemical moniker “silicon”) dominate the economy as well as conversation, so brush up on your geek-speak before arriving. Also, bring your entrepreneur’s hat: San Jose witnesses more U.S. patent applications than any other American city, and the proximity of such genius-factories as Stanford and Berkeley only serves to further qualify this corridor as one of the smartest regions in the world.

Fun-ness: Sister-city San Francisco may be the City that Knows How, but when it comes to entertainment, San Jose is no slouch. Can you say… “Parks and gardens”? How about “trails”? “Festival grounds”? “Sporting events”? Shopping centers? Sidewalk-surfing hotspots? Museums? Theaters? Nightlife venues? Okay you get it: even those for whom “bored to death” is a frequent tweet aren’t likely to suffer from SJ-induced ennui. The bottom line here is to make sure you have a disposable income (and some tight pants).

Apartments: This housing market’s got its junk together. That means you ought to expect standardized options, such as lease length (6 months to a year), deposit ($350 and up, according to montly rent), pet-friendliness (small-uns, sure; big-uns, not usually), an application criteria (credit report, references, etc.; do yourself a favor and make an archive of copies of these documents to hand out at open houses).

Logistics-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named: Harry Potter XVI isn’t the only blockbuster with one of these in the cast list. One by one:

  • Do you need a car? Yes, unless you attend SJSU and don’t plan on leaving campus or downtown except to go to San Fran. Expect to pay for parking at an apartment complex in the downtown/SJSU areas.

- What if I don’t own a car and actually enjoy looking down on all you fossil-fuel-enslaved suckas? The City of San Jose has a passable bus system and CalTrain gets you anywhere along the Bay. We hear the crowded bus platform, particularly as you heave your month’s worth of Trader Joe’s groceries onto it, is a fabulous place to practice nose-snubbing.

  • Is SJ “affordable”? For the nearsighted in the crowd, those are quotations. Around the word affordable. Why? Because the cost of living is relative. SJ is inexpensive compared to Beverly Hills, but expensive compared to Duluth, Minnesota. Expect to pay Northern California prices and taxes. ‘Nuff said.
  • How likely is an earthquake? Puh-leeease. You know the answer to that one. Earthquake-preparedness is gauged not in likelihood, but in possibility. You might need renter’s insurance, depending on the complex. You’ll certainly need a “go bag,” which contains essentials such as a headlamp or flashlight, bottled water, first-aid kit, pocket knife, local map, and other emergency items. (If you really want to get crazy, the City of San Francisco has created a helpful website with heaps more info.
The Skinny on SJ
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Perched on the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay and circumscribed by the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains, San Jose is unarguably one of NoCal’s most aesthetically pleasing stomping grounds. But life in the hub of the Silicon Valley is about more than postcard-perfect vistas. A few facts about SJ life that might help make your migration easy breezy include the following:

Brains: High-tech engineering and computing conglomerates (hence, the chemical moniker “silicon”) dominate the economy as well as conversation, so brush up on your geek-speak before arriving. Also, bring your entrepreneur’s hat: San Jose witnesses more U.S. patent applications than any other American city, and the proximity of such genius-factories as Stanford and Berkeley only serves to further qualify this corridor as one of the smartest regions in the world.

Fun-ness: Sister-city San Francisco may be the City that Knows How, but when it comes to entertainment, San Jose is no slouch. Can you say… “Parks and gardens”? How about “trails”? “Festival grounds”? “Sporting events”? Shopping centers? Sidewalk-surfing hotspots? Museums? Theaters? Nightlife venues? Okay you get it: even those for whom “bored to death” is a frequent tweet aren’t likely to suffer from SJ-induced ennui. The bottom line here is to make sure you have a disposable income (and some tight pants).

Apartments: This housing market’s got its junk together. That means you ought to expect standardized options, such as lease length (6 months to a year), deposit ($350 and up, according to montly rent), pet-friendliness (small-uns, sure; big-uns, not usually), an application criteria (credit report, references, etc.; do yourself a favor and make an archive of copies of these documents to hand out at open houses).

Logistics-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named: Harry Potter XVI isn’t the only blockbuster with one of these in the cast list. One by one:

  • Do you need a car? Yes, unless you attend SJSU and don’t plan on leaving campus or downtown except to go to San Fran. Expect to pay for parking at an apartment complex in the downtown/SJSU areas.

- What if I don’t own a car and actually enjoy looking down on all you fossil-fuel-enslaved suckas? The City of San Jose has a passable bus system and CalTrain gets you anywhere along the Bay. We hear the crowded bus platform, particularly as you heave your month’s worth of Trader Joe’s groceries onto it, is a fabulous place to practice nose-snubbing.

  • Is SJ “affordable”? For the nearsighted in the crowd, those are quotations. Around the word affordable. Why? Because the cost of living is relative. SJ is inexpensive compared to Beverly Hills, but expensive compared to Duluth, Minnesota. Expect to pay Northern California prices and taxes. ‘Nuff said.
  • How likely is an earthquake? Puh-leeease. You know the answer to that one. Earthquake-preparedness is gauged not in likelihood, but in possibility. You might need renter’s insurance, depending on the complex. You’ll certainly need a “go bag,” which contains essentials such as a headlamp or flashlight, bottled water, first-aid kit, pocket knife, local map, and other emergency items. (If you really want to get crazy, the City of San Francisco has created a helpful website with heaps more info.
A Seafarer’s Guide to South Bay Barrios

Ahoy, mateskis! In SJ, neighborhoods are like sea creatures. (Wasn’t that a line from Shrek?) Regardless, climb on into the SeaGazer 3000, our patented vehicular contraption for examining the curious sea life of the San Francisco Bay—and the worth-checking-out locales of SJ.

Behold, the mighty octopus! Downtown San Jose is a multi-faceted area, combining a studenty university feel with an urban skyline vibe. You may get inked after 3am on a weekend, but if you play nice this neighborhood will awe your friends and keep you in style. Rent range in this sector is just as eight-sided as its cultural appeal: luxury condos can start at $1500/month, but one might also find a room share in a student house for under $600/month. (It all depends on how you define “spacious.”)

Next, ladies and gents, cast your attention toward the elegant swordfish. Luna Park & Hyde Park present sophisticated alternatives to downtown residency. Commute times from these neighborhoods are as slim as the swordfish’s muzzle (and cocktail lounges as curvy as its… fins?). Heaps of townhouses and vintage buildings glut this market with 2BRs, which drives the prices down (expect around $1200/month for a 2BR townhome) if you’re into roommates. If you’re not into roommates, expect to drop $1400/month on a (luxury) single.

Perhaps the most eclectic area in SJ is Midtown. It ranges from the prickly blowfish district of Burbank to the old wealth neighborhood Willow Glen, akin to those elderly sea turtles from Finding Nemo (classic, but surfer dudes at core). If you’re keen on the scene, you’ll likely gravitate toward Burbank. That said, studios and 1BRs near Santana Row will still cost ya over $1000/month. On the other hand, if you love that polished look (check out the decorations on Lincoln Ave. at Christmastime if you need a refresher), settle in a 2BR/1BA brick townhome for between $1400 and $1800/month.

Folks love to ooh and ahh at the deepwater sea urchins. “Further out” San Jose usually means no further than Campbell, a cute, family-oriented district on the Los Gatos Creek bike path. One is more likely to purchase rather than rent in this corner of the South Bay, but young professionals can still find decent apartment living in “West SJ.” House shares run around $600-800/month and 1BRs over $1000/month. Beware that most of your neighbor urchins spend their workweek commuting to shallower waters, so finding community on Monday-Thursday might mean getting tea with the housekeepers. Watch yer fingers as we chug-a-lug back to the dock here, folks. Thanks for joining us on our brief voyage—we hope something caught your fancy. If not, strap on them flippers and snorkel about on your own. There’s no better way to find an apartment than to remember that adage your granny taught you: “Search the interwebs, silly!”

A Seafarer’s Guide to South Bay Barrios
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Ahoy, mateskis! In SJ, neighborhoods are like sea creatures. (Wasn’t that a line from Shrek?) Regardless, climb on into the SeaGazer 3000, our patented vehicular contraption for examining the curious sea life of the San Francisco Bay—and the worth-checking-out locales of SJ.

Behold, the mighty octopus! Downtown San Jose is a multi-faceted area, combining a studenty university feel with an urban skyline vibe. You may get inked after 3am on a weekend, but if you play nice this neighborhood will awe your friends and keep you in style. Rent range in this sector is just as eight-sided as its cultural appeal: luxury condos can start at $1500/month, but one might also find a room share in a student house for under $600/month. (It all depends on how you define “spacious.”)

Next, ladies and gents, cast your attention toward the elegant swordfish. Luna Park & Hyde Park present sophisticated alternatives to downtown residency. Commute times from these neighborhoods are as slim as the swordfish’s muzzle (and cocktail lounges as curvy as its… fins?). Heaps of townhouses and vintage buildings glut this market with 2BRs, which drives the prices down (expect around $1200/month for a 2BR townhome) if you’re into roommates. If you’re not into roommates, expect to drop $1400/month on a (luxury) single.

Perhaps the most eclectic area in SJ is Midtown. It ranges from the prickly blowfish district of Burbank to the old wealth neighborhood Willow Glen, akin to those elderly sea turtles from Finding Nemo (classic, but surfer dudes at core). If you’re keen on the scene, you’ll likely gravitate toward Burbank. That said, studios and 1BRs near Santana Row will still cost ya over $1000/month. On the other hand, if you love that polished look (check out the decorations on Lincoln Ave. at Christmastime if you need a refresher), settle in a 2BR/1BA brick townhome for between $1400 and $1800/month.

Folks love to ooh and ahh at the deepwater sea urchins. “Further out” San Jose usually means no further than Campbell, a cute, family-oriented district on the Los Gatos Creek bike path. One is more likely to purchase rather than rent in this corner of the South Bay, but young professionals can still find decent apartment living in “West SJ.” House shares run around $600-800/month and 1BRs over $1000/month. Beware that most of your neighbor urchins spend their workweek commuting to shallower waters, so finding community on Monday-Thursday might mean getting tea with the housekeepers. Watch yer fingers as we chug-a-lug back to the dock here, folks. Thanks for joining us on our brief voyage—we hope something caught your fancy. If not, strap on them flippers and snorkel about on your own. There’s no better way to find an apartment than to remember that adage your granny taught you: “Search the interwebs, silly!”

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San Jose
Do you know the way to San Jose? I've been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my way. Do you know the way to San Jose? I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose." (Burt Bacharach - Do You Know The Way").
Do you know the way to San Jose? I've been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my way. Do you know the way to San Jose? I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose." (Burt Bacharach - Do You Know The Way").

It doesn’t take a Google search to find a crazy-cool city to call home in this state. Just pick a place that begins with San (you won’t be disappointed by any of ‘em), pack your bags (must-haves include sunscreen and a Diccionario Inglés-Español), and come on down. Arguably the sultriest San of all, the so-called “capital of Silicon Valley” is primo living for Left Coast leasers aiming to join one of Cali’s most diverse and eclectic mega-communities. Sound like your cup ‘o’ tea? Then stick with us. We’ll have you ballin’ in the south Bay in two shakes of a high-tech stick.

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Downtown San Jose

The Skinny on SJ

Perched on the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay and circumscribed by the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains, San Jose is unarguably one of NoCal’s most aesthetically pleasing stomping grounds. But life in the hub of the Silicon Valley is about more than postcard-perfect vistas. A few facts about SJ life that might help make your migration easy breezy include the following:

Brains: High-tech engineering and computing conglomerates (hence, the chemical moniker “silicon”) dominate the economy as well as conversation, so brush up on your geek-speak before arriving. Also, bring your entrepreneur’s hat: San Jose witnesses more U.S. patent applications than any other American city, and the proximity of such genius-factories as Stanford and Berkeley only serves to further qualify this corridor as one of the smartest regions in the world.

Fun-ness: Sister-city San Francisco may be the City that Knows How, but when it comes to entertainment, San Jose is no slouch. Can you say… “Parks and gardens”? How about “trails”? “Festival grounds”? “Sporting events”? Shopping centers? Sidewalk-surfing hotspots? Museums? Theaters? Nightlife venues? Okay you get it: even those for whom “bored to death” is a frequent tweet aren’t likely to suffer from SJ-induced ennui. The bottom line here is to make sure you have a disposable income (and some tight pants).

Apartments: This housing market’s got its junk together. That means you ought to expect standardized options, such as lease length (6 months to a year), deposit ($350 and up, according to montly rent), pet-friendliness (small-uns, sure; big-uns, not usually), an application criteria (credit report, references, etc.; do yourself a favor and make an archive of copies of these documents to hand out at open houses).

Logistics-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named: Harry Potter XVI isn’t the only blockbuster with one of these in the cast list. One by one:

  • Do you need a car? Yes, unless you attend SJSU and don’t plan on leaving campus or downtown except to go to San Fran. Expect to pay for parking at an apartment complex in the downtown/SJSU areas.

- What if I don’t own a car and actually enjoy looking down on all you fossil-fuel-enslaved suckas? The City of San Jose has a passable bus system and CalTrain gets you anywhere along the Bay. We hear the crowded bus platform, particularly as you heave your month’s worth of Trader Joe’s groceries onto it, is a fabulous place to practice nose-snubbing.

  • Is SJ “affordable”? For the nearsighted in the crowd, those are quotations. Around the word affordable. Why? Because the cost of living is relative. SJ is inexpensive compared to Beverly Hills, but expensive compared to Duluth, Minnesota. Expect to pay Northern California prices and taxes. ‘Nuff said.
  • How likely is an earthquake? Puh-leeease. You know the answer to that one. Earthquake-preparedness is gauged not in likelihood, but in possibility. You might need renter’s insurance, depending on the complex. You’ll certainly need a “go bag,” which contains essentials such as a headlamp or flashlight, bottled water, first-aid kit, pocket knife, local map, and other emergency items. (If you really want to get crazy, the City of San Francisco has created a helpful website with heaps more info.
The Skinny on SJ
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Perched on the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay and circumscribed by the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains, San Jose is unarguably one of NoCal’s most aesthetically pleasing stomping grounds. But life in the hub of the Silicon Valley is about more than postcard-perfect vistas. A few facts about SJ life that might help make your migration easy breezy include the following:

Brains: High-tech engineering and computing conglomerates (hence, the chemical moniker “silicon”) dominate the economy as well as conversation, so brush up on your geek-speak before arriving. Also, bring your entrepreneur’s hat: San Jose witnesses more U.S. patent applications than any other American city, and the proximity of such genius-factories as Stanford and Berkeley only serves to further qualify this corridor as one of the smartest regions in the world.

Fun-ness: Sister-city San Francisco may be the City that Knows How, but when it comes to entertainment, San Jose is no slouch. Can you say… “Parks and gardens”? How about “trails”? “Festival grounds”? “Sporting events”? Shopping centers? Sidewalk-surfing hotspots? Museums? Theaters? Nightlife venues? Okay you get it: even those for whom “bored to death” is a frequent tweet aren’t likely to suffer from SJ-induced ennui. The bottom line here is to make sure you have a disposable income (and some tight pants).

Apartments: This housing market’s got its junk together. That means you ought to expect standardized options, such as lease length (6 months to a year), deposit ($350 and up, according to montly rent), pet-friendliness (small-uns, sure; big-uns, not usually), an application criteria (credit report, references, etc.; do yourself a favor and make an archive of copies of these documents to hand out at open houses).

Logistics-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named: Harry Potter XVI isn’t the only blockbuster with one of these in the cast list. One by one:

  • Do you need a car? Yes, unless you attend SJSU and don’t plan on leaving campus or downtown except to go to San Fran. Expect to pay for parking at an apartment complex in the downtown/SJSU areas.

- What if I don’t own a car and actually enjoy looking down on all you fossil-fuel-enslaved suckas? The City of San Jose has a passable bus system and CalTrain gets you anywhere along the Bay. We hear the crowded bus platform, particularly as you heave your month’s worth of Trader Joe’s groceries onto it, is a fabulous place to practice nose-snubbing.

  • Is SJ “affordable”? For the nearsighted in the crowd, those are quotations. Around the word affordable. Why? Because the cost of living is relative. SJ is inexpensive compared to Beverly Hills, but expensive compared to Duluth, Minnesota. Expect to pay Northern California prices and taxes. ‘Nuff said.
  • How likely is an earthquake? Puh-leeease. You know the answer to that one. Earthquake-preparedness is gauged not in likelihood, but in possibility. You might need renter’s insurance, depending on the complex. You’ll certainly need a “go bag,” which contains essentials such as a headlamp or flashlight, bottled water, first-aid kit, pocket knife, local map, and other emergency items. (If you really want to get crazy, the City of San Francisco has created a helpful website with heaps more info.
A Seafarer’s Guide to South Bay Barrios

Ahoy, mateskis! In SJ, neighborhoods are like sea creatures. (Wasn’t that a line from Shrek?) Regardless, climb on into the SeaGazer 3000, our patented vehicular contraption for examining the curious sea life of the San Francisco Bay—and the worth-checking-out locales of SJ.

Behold, the mighty octopus! Downtown San Jose is a multi-faceted area, combining a studenty university feel with an urban skyline vibe. You may get inked after 3am on a weekend, but if you play nice this neighborhood will awe your friends and keep you in style. Rent range in this sector is just as eight-sided as its cultural appeal: luxury condos can start at $1500/month, but one might also find a room share in a student house for under $600/month. (It all depends on how you define “spacious.”)

Next, ladies and gents, cast your attention toward the elegant swordfish. Luna Park & Hyde Park present sophisticated alternatives to downtown residency. Commute times from these neighborhoods are as slim as the swordfish’s muzzle (and cocktail lounges as curvy as its… fins?). Heaps of townhouses and vintage buildings glut this market with 2BRs, which drives the prices down (expect around $1200/month for a 2BR townhome) if you’re into roommates. If you’re not into roommates, expect to drop $1400/month on a (luxury) single.

Perhaps the most eclectic area in SJ is Midtown. It ranges from the prickly blowfish district of Burbank to the old wealth neighborhood Willow Glen, akin to those elderly sea turtles from Finding Nemo (classic, but surfer dudes at core). If you’re keen on the scene, you’ll likely gravitate toward Burbank. That said, studios and 1BRs near Santana Row will still cost ya over $1000/month. On the other hand, if you love that polished look (check out the decorations on Lincoln Ave. at Christmastime if you need a refresher), settle in a 2BR/1BA brick townhome for between $1400 and $1800/month.

Folks love to ooh and ahh at the deepwater sea urchins. “Further out” San Jose usually means no further than Campbell, a cute, family-oriented district on the Los Gatos Creek bike path. One is more likely to purchase rather than rent in this corner of the South Bay, but young professionals can still find decent apartment living in “West SJ.” House shares run around $600-800/month and 1BRs over $1000/month. Beware that most of your neighbor urchins spend their workweek commuting to shallower waters, so finding community on Monday-Thursday might mean getting tea with the housekeepers. Watch yer fingers as we chug-a-lug back to the dock here, folks. Thanks for joining us on our brief voyage—we hope something caught your fancy. If not, strap on them flippers and snorkel about on your own. There’s no better way to find an apartment than to remember that adage your granny taught you: “Search the interwebs, silly!”

A Seafarer’s Guide to South Bay Barrios
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Ahoy, mateskis! In SJ, neighborhoods are like sea creatures. (Wasn’t that a line from Shrek?) Regardless, climb on into the SeaGazer 3000, our patented vehicular contraption for examining the curious sea life of the San Francisco Bay—and the worth-checking-out locales of SJ.

Behold, the mighty octopus! Downtown San Jose is a multi-faceted area, combining a studenty university feel with an urban skyline vibe. You may get inked after 3am on a weekend, but if you play nice this neighborhood will awe your friends and keep you in style. Rent range in this sector is just as eight-sided as its cultural appeal: luxury condos can start at $1500/month, but one might also find a room share in a student house for under $600/month. (It all depends on how you define “spacious.”)

Next, ladies and gents, cast your attention toward the elegant swordfish. Luna Park & Hyde Park present sophisticated alternatives to downtown residency. Commute times from these neighborhoods are as slim as the swordfish’s muzzle (and cocktail lounges as curvy as its… fins?). Heaps of townhouses and vintage buildings glut this market with 2BRs, which drives the prices down (expect around $1200/month for a 2BR townhome) if you’re into roommates. If you’re not into roommates, expect to drop $1400/month on a (luxury) single.

Perhaps the most eclectic area in SJ is Midtown. It ranges from the prickly blowfish district of Burbank to the old wealth neighborhood Willow Glen, akin to those elderly sea turtles from Finding Nemo (classic, but surfer dudes at core). If you’re keen on the scene, you’ll likely gravitate toward Burbank. That said, studios and 1BRs near Santana Row will still cost ya over $1000/month. On the other hand, if you love that polished look (check out the decorations on Lincoln Ave. at Christmastime if you need a refresher), settle in a 2BR/1BA brick townhome for between $1400 and $1800/month.

Folks love to ooh and ahh at the deepwater sea urchins. “Further out” San Jose usually means no further than Campbell, a cute, family-oriented district on the Los Gatos Creek bike path. One is more likely to purchase rather than rent in this corner of the South Bay, but young professionals can still find decent apartment living in “West SJ.” House shares run around $600-800/month and 1BRs over $1000/month. Beware that most of your neighbor urchins spend their workweek commuting to shallower waters, so finding community on Monday-Thursday might mean getting tea with the housekeepers. Watch yer fingers as we chug-a-lug back to the dock here, folks. Thanks for joining us on our brief voyage—we hope something caught your fancy. If not, strap on them flippers and snorkel about on your own. There’s no better way to find an apartment than to remember that adage your granny taught you: “Search the interwebs, silly!”

Rent Report
San Jose

February 2021 San Jose Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2021 San Jose Rent Report. San Jose rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Jose rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

San Jose rents held steady over the past month

San Jose rents have increased 0.1% over the past month, but are down sharply by 12.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Jose stand at $1,716 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,038 for a two-bedroom. San Jose's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -5.2%, as well as the national average of -1.2%.

    Rents steady across cities in California

    While rent decreases have been occurring in the city of San Jose over the past year, trends across other cities in the state have varied. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in California, half have seen prices drop while others are seeing them rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of -5.2% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

    • Looking throughout the state, San Francisco is the most expensive of all California's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $2,294; of the 10 largest California cities that we have data for, 5 have seen rents fall year-over-year, with San Francisco experiencing the fastest decline (-27.0%).
    • Fresno, Bakersfield, and Sacramento have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (10.8%, 8.3%, and 4.4%, respectively).

    Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Jose

    As rents have fallen sharply in San Jose, a few other large cities nationwide have also seen prices fall, in some cases substantially. Compared to most similar cities across the country, San Jose is less affordable for renters.

    • San Jose's median two-bedroom rent of $2,038 is above the national average of $1,092. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.2% over the past year compared to the 12.5% decline in San Jose.
    • While rents in San Jose fell sharply over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw decreases, including New York (-21.2%), Seattle (-20.0%), and Boston (-19.4%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Jose than most other large cities. For example, Dallas has a median 2BR rent of $1,174, where San Jose is more than one-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.

    City
    Median 1BR Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    San Jose
    $1,720
    $2,040
    0.1%
    -12.5%
    Sunnyvale
    $2,000
    $2,250
    1.9%
    -19%
    Santa Clara
    $2,070
    $2,450
    0.2%
    -15.3%
    Mountain View
    $1,880
    $2,410
    0.1%
    -22.2%
    Milpitas
    $2,000
    $2,280
    0.2%
    -10.9%
    Cupertino
    $2,730
    $3,080
    1.1%
    -19%
    Campbell
    $1,930
    $2,240
    -1.3%
    -11%
    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 about the methodology on our blog.

    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.

    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

    February 2021 San Jose Rent Report

    Welcome to the February 2021 San Jose Rent Report. San Jose rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Jose rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

    View full Rent Report

    February 2021 San Jose Rent Report

    Welcome to the February 2021 San Jose Rent Report. San Jose rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Jose rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

    San Jose rents held steady over the past month

    San Jose rents have increased 0.1% over the past month, but are down sharply by 12.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Jose stand at $1,716 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,038 for a two-bedroom. San Jose's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -5.2%, as well as the national average of -1.2%.

      Rents steady across cities in California

      While rent decreases have been occurring in the city of San Jose over the past year, trends across other cities in the state have varied. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in California, half have seen prices drop while others are seeing them rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of -5.2% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

      • Looking throughout the state, San Francisco is the most expensive of all California's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $2,294; of the 10 largest California cities that we have data for, 5 have seen rents fall year-over-year, with San Francisco experiencing the fastest decline (-27.0%).
      • Fresno, Bakersfield, and Sacramento have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (10.8%, 8.3%, and 4.4%, respectively).

      Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Jose

      As rents have fallen sharply in San Jose, a few other large cities nationwide have also seen prices fall, in some cases substantially. Compared to most similar cities across the country, San Jose is less affordable for renters.

      • San Jose's median two-bedroom rent of $2,038 is above the national average of $1,092. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.2% over the past year compared to the 12.5% decline in San Jose.
      • While rents in San Jose fell sharply over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw decreases, including New York (-21.2%), Seattle (-20.0%), and Boston (-19.4%).
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Jose than most other large cities. For example, Dallas has a median 2BR rent of $1,174, where San Jose is more than one-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.

      City
      Median 1BR Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      San Jose
      $1,720
      $2,040
      0.1%
      -12.5%
      Sunnyvale
      $2,000
      $2,250
      1.9%
      -19%
      Santa Clara
      $2,070
      $2,450
      0.2%
      -15.3%
      Mountain View
      $1,880
      $2,410
      0.1%
      -22.2%
      Milpitas
      $2,000
      $2,280
      0.2%
      -10.9%
      Cupertino
      $2,730
      $3,080
      1.1%
      -19%
      Campbell
      $1,930
      $2,240
      -1.3%
      -11%
      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 about the methodology on our blog.

      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.

      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.

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

      Here’s how San Jose ranks on:

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

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released San Jose’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.

      "San Jose renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "Some categories received average scores, and many received below average scores."

      Key findings in San Jose include the following:

      • San Jose renters gave their city a C overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for San Jose were weather (A) and jobs and career opportunities (B).
      • The areas of concern to San Jose renters are commute time and affordability, which both received F grades.
      • Millennial renters are very unsatisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of F.
      • San Jose did comparably to other cities in California, including Sacramento and Anaheim, which both received C grades.
      • San Jose earned similar scores to Baltimore, MD, Albuquerque, NM and Orlando, FL, which all received C grades.
      • 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 parks and restaurants in downtown San Jose. I hate that many apartments aren’t pet-friendly and most don’t have air conditioning. It gets hot in San Jose!" – Meghan M.
      • "I love the diversity but hate how expensive it is to live here." – Jessica B.
      • "It’s easy to get around and there are lots of things to do, but it’s not very affordable." - Anna A.
      • "San Jose is still one of the safest cities to live in, but the cost of living is a joke" – Andrea H.

      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.
      Read More

      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released San Jose’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.

      "San Jose renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment Lis...

      View full San Jose Renter Survey

      Here’s how San Jose ranks on:

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

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released San Jose’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.

      "San Jose renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "Some categories received average scores, and many received below average scores."

      Key findings in San Jose include the following:

      • San Jose renters gave their city a C overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for San Jose were weather (A) and jobs and career opportunities (B).
      • The areas of concern to San Jose renters are commute time and affordability, which both received F grades.
      • Millennial renters are very unsatisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of F.
      • San Jose did comparably to other cities in California, including Sacramento and Anaheim, which both received C grades.
      • San Jose earned similar scores to Baltimore, MD, Albuquerque, NM and Orlando, FL, which all received C grades.
      • 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 parks and restaurants in downtown San Jose. I hate that many apartments aren’t pet-friendly and most don’t have air conditioning. It gets hot in San Jose!" – Meghan M.
      • "I love the diversity but hate how expensive it is to live here." – Jessica B.
      • "It’s easy to get around and there are lots of things to do, but it’s not very affordable." - Anna A.
      • "San Jose is still one of the safest cities to live in, but the cost of living is a joke" – Andrea H.

      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.