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288 Apartments for rent in San Jose, CA

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19 Units Available
One Pearl Place
5230 Terner Way
San Jose, CA | Erikson
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,439
763 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,914
1087 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:36 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.
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15 Units Available
Cherrywood Apartments
4951 Cherry Ave
San Jose, CA | Muir
Studio
$1,965
432 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,205
675 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,745
950 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:36 PM
Welcome to Cherrywood, a unique community of San Jose apartment homes in a park-like landscaped setting. Make yourself at home within a tranquil enclave of comfortable homes, with a choice of floor plans to match your lifestyle.
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66 Units Available
Modera San Pedro Square
28 N Almaden Ave
San Jose, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,200
630 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,275
964 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:32 PM
Located in the heart of San Joses premier district, Modera San Pedro Square is filled with excitement and features one- and two-bedroom apartment homes amid a stunning array of amenities.
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Hamilton Manor Apartments
3915 Hamilton Ave #16
San Jose, CA | West Campbell
1 Bedroom
$1,910
575 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 06:31 PM
Hamilton Manor is a pleasant apartment community near San Tomas Expressway, on the border between San Jose and Campbell. It offers 1 and 2 bedroom units with an emphasis on comfort, value, and convenience, at reasonable rates.
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15 Units Available
Modera the Alameda
787 the Alameda
San Jose, CA | Garden Alameda
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,980
801 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,617
1103 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:26 PM
Prime location close to theater venues, restaurants and the CalTrain. modern apartments have industrial design with high ceilings and wood-plank floors. Community has parking and a restaurant space.
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1 Unit Available
Marlboro Manor Apartments
2065 Marlboro Court, #8
San Jose, CA | Del Mar
1 Bedroom
$1,695
450 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:22 PM
Marlboro Manor offers a comfortable and convenient apartment community in a peaceful San Jose setting. The two-story building is nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac with trees, foliage, and blossoming flowers surrounding the central courtyard.
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3 Units Available
Chestnut and Hedding Apartments
911 Chestnut Street
San Jose, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,675
400 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:21 PM
Chestnut & Hedding Apartments is located in a prime area near Silicon Valley companies and the Coleman Avenue shopping area. The apartments are just minutes from San Jose International Airport, Downtown San Jose, and the 101 and 17 freeways.
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20 Units Available
Avana Almaden
1070 Foxchase Dr
San Jose, CA | Foxchase-Sanchez
1 Bedroom
$2,028
706 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,468
940 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:17 PM
Expansive closet space, in-home washers and dryers, and warmly designed kitchens. Pet-friendly community with a gym, pool, hot tub and dog park. In the heart of Silicon Valley just off the Almaden Freeway.
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44 Units Available
Park Kiely
355 Kiely Blvd
San Jose, CA | Loma Linda
Studio
$1,713
375 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,639
669 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,273
1114 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:17 PM
Located close to the Bay Area, with easy access to I-280, these newly renovated units have hardwood floors, private patios and walk-in closets. Residents have access to a basketball court and a swimming pool.
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42 Units Available
The Woods Apartments
4300 The Woods Dr
San Jose, CA | The Woods
Studio
$1,945
486 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,345
847 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,735
1123 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:14 PM
The Woods offers you a choice of six villages and a total of 51 luxurious floor plans within a park-like setting of mature trees, formal landscaped gardens, greenbelts and tranquil ponds maintained to award-winning standards.
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75 Units Available
Lynhaven
919 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose, CA | Lynhaven
1 Bedroom
$2,344
834 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,410
1159 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:12 PM
FLEXIBLE TOURING OPTIONS NOW AVAILABLEWelcome to Lynhaven Apartments: a tranquil sanctuary, in the heart of San Jose.
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1 Unit Available
Monte Vista Gardens
2601 Nuestra Castillo Ct
San Jose, CA | Sierra
1 Bedroom
$768
879 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,250
969 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,198
1195 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:10 PM
Monte Vista Gardens is Jamborees second project in the City of San Jose and the fifth joint venture with Community Preservation Partners, the development arm of WNC & Associates.
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2 Units Available
Boynton Gardens
975 Boynton Avenue
San Jose, CA | Blackford
1 Bedroom
$1,995
680 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,400
860 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:10 PM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Boynton Gardens in San Jose. View photos, descriptions and more!
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10 Units Available
Avana San Jose
995 Tully Rd
San Jose, CA | Summerside
1 Bedroom
$1,939
612 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,298
819 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:12 PM
Park-like serenity, fast access to Silicon Valley via Hwy 101. Close to Eastridge Mall, Kelley Park and Lake Cunningham. Lush foliage and grounds with swimming pool. 1-2 bedroom units feature fireplace and walk-in closets.
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3 Units Available
Park Holiday Apartments
1980 Park Avenue #13
San Jose, CA | Rose Garden
1 Bedroom
$1,825
594 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:05 PM
Park Holiday is an attractive apartment community located in the historic, tree-lined Rose Garden neighborhood of San Jose. The extra-large 1 bedroom apartments boast breakfast nooks, extra-spacious bedrooms, double-pane windows, and ceiling fans.
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37 Units Available
One South Market
1 S Market St
San Jose, CA | Downtown San Jose
1 Bedroom
$2,425
763 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,146
1125 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,359
1359 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:32 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.
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20 Units Available
Museum Park
465 W San Carlos St
San Jose, CA | Park-Lorraine
1 Bedroom
$2,723
946 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,418
1190 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,898
1396 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:32 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.
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18 Units Available
Sofi Waterford Park
4000 Ellmar Oaks Drive
San Jose, CA | Parkview
1 Bedroom
$2,251
664 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,683
986 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,651
1016 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:32 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.
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23 Units Available
Village of Taxco
1324 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose, CA | Castlemont
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,040
649 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,635
995 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:32 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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53 Units Available
Duo
6670 Emergent Way
San Jose, CA
Studio
$2,265
561 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,490
825 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,110
1230 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:32 PM
When two unique elements combine to create something entirely new, you know they were meant to be.
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14 Units Available
Los Gatos Creek
1029 Meridian Ave
San Jose, CA | Willow Glen
1 Bedroom
$2,405
610 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,805
916 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 04:32 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.
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40 Units Available
Terra House Apartments
4501 Snell Ave
San Jose, CA | Parkview
Studio
$2,178
458 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,151
668 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,632
979 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:32 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.
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30 Units Available
Cannery Park by Windsor
415 E Taylor St
San Jose, CA | Downtown San Jose
Studio
$2,065
554 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,280
731 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,020
1096 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:32 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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15 Units Available
LINQ
1700 Newbury Park Dr
San Jose, CA
Studio
$1,746
531 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,116
783 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,814
1089 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:32 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.
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How much is rent in San Jose?
In San Jose, the median rent is $1,771 for a studio, $2,081 for a 1-bedroom, $2,609 for a 2-bedroom, and $3,621 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 $1,771 for a studio, $2,081 for a 1-bedroom, $2,609 for a 2-bedroom, and $3,621 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.
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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 San Jose City College, San Jose State University, California College of the Arts, University of California-Hastings College of Law, and California State University-East Bay.
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 San Jose City College, San Jose State University, California College of the Arts, University of California-Hastings College of Law, and California State University-East Bay.

Median Rent in San Jose

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Jose is $2,081, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,609.
Studio
$1,771
1 Bed
$2,081
2 Beds
$2,609
3+ Beds
$3,621
City GuideSan 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!”

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City GuideSan 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.

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

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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!”

Rent Report
San Jose

September 2020 San Jose Rent Report

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

San Jose rents decline sharply over the past month

San Jose rents have declined 0.6% over the past month, and are down significantly by 2.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Jose stand at $2,082 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,609 for a two-bedroom. This is the fifth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in March. San Jose's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.1%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents falling across the San Jose Metro

    Rent prices have been decreasing not just in San Jose over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the San Jose metro for which we have data, 7 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Gilroy has the least expensive rents in the San Jose metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,400; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 1.8%.
    • Cupertino has the most expensive rents in the San Jose metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,936; however, the city has also seen rents fall by 7.4% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro.

    Comparable cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Jose

    As rents have fallen significantly 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.

    • Although rents across cities in California have been marginally on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.0% in San Diego.
    • San Jose's median two-bedroom rent of $2,609 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in San Jose fell significantly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw decreases, including New York (-3.3%), Boston (-3.1%), and DC (-2.2%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Jose than most other large cities. For example, Dallas has a median 2BR rent of $1,130, where San Jose is more than twice 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 Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    San Jose
    $2,080
    $2,610
    -0.6%
    -2.5%
    Sunnyvale
    $2,270
    $2,840
    -0.9%
    -4%
    Santa Clara
    $2,200
    $2,760
    -0.7%
    -3%
    Mountain View
    $2,070
    $2,600
    -1.7%
    -5.4%
    Milpitas
    $2,390
    $3,000
    -0.8%
    -0.6%
    Palo Alto
    $2,540
    $3,180
    -0.9%
    0.1%
    Cupertino
    $3,940
    $4,940
    -1%
    -7.4%
    Gilroy
    $1,910
    $2,400
    0.1%
    1.8%
    Campbell
    $1,930
    $2,420
    -0.3%
    -0.5%
    Los Gatos
    $2,060
    $2,590
    -0.1%
    0.8%
    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.

    Read More

    September 2020 San Jose Rent Report

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

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 San Jose Rent Report

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

    San Jose rents decline sharply over the past month

    San Jose rents have declined 0.6% over the past month, and are down significantly by 2.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Jose stand at $2,082 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,609 for a two-bedroom. This is the fifth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in March. San Jose's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.1%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents falling across the San Jose Metro

      Rent prices have been decreasing not just in San Jose over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the San Jose metro for which we have data, 7 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Gilroy has the least expensive rents in the San Jose metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,400; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 1.8%.
      • Cupertino has the most expensive rents in the San Jose metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,936; however, the city has also seen rents fall by 7.4% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro.

      Comparable cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Jose

      As rents have fallen significantly 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.

      • Although rents across cities in California have been marginally on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.0% in San Diego.
      • San Jose's median two-bedroom rent of $2,609 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While rents in San Jose fell significantly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw decreases, including New York (-3.3%), Boston (-3.1%), and DC (-2.2%).
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Jose than most other large cities. For example, Dallas has a median 2BR rent of $1,130, where San Jose is more than twice 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 Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      San Jose
      $2,080
      $2,610
      -0.6%
      -2.5%
      Sunnyvale
      $2,270
      $2,840
      -0.9%
      -4%
      Santa Clara
      $2,200
      $2,760
      -0.7%
      -3%
      Mountain View
      $2,070
      $2,600
      -1.7%
      -5.4%
      Milpitas
      $2,390
      $3,000
      -0.8%
      -0.6%
      Palo Alto
      $2,540
      $3,180
      -0.9%
      0.1%
      Cupertino
      $3,940
      $4,940
      -1%
      -7.4%
      Gilroy
      $1,910
      $2,400
      0.1%
      1.8%
      Campbell
      $1,930
      $2,420
      -0.3%
      -0.5%
      Los Gatos
      $2,060
      $2,590
      -0.1%
      0.8%
      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.

      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.
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      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.