168 Cheap Apartments for rent in Washington, DC

Last updated July 18 at 10:41pm UTC
1405 H STREET NE
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC
Updated July 18 at 10:41pm UTC
Studio
$1,300
1224 RAUM STREET NE
Trinidad - Langston
Washington, DC
Updated July 18 at 10:41pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,275
1800 SHEPHERD STREET NE
Michigan Park
Washington, DC
Updated July 18 at 10:40pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,200
1213 RAUM STREET NE
Trinidad - Langston
Washington, DC
Updated July 18 at 10:11am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,300
3113 NAYLOR ROAD SE
Randle Heights
Washington, DC
Updated July 17 at 10:31am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,300
302 12TH STREET SE
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC
Updated July 16 at 10:58pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,200
3101 NAYLOR ROAD SE
Randle Heights
Washington, DC
Updated July 16 at 2:49pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,200
4332 HALLEY TERRACE SE
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated July 6 at 7:07pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,248
4216 Benning Rd NE
Benning
Washington, DC
Updated July 18 at 5:37pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,025
803 48th Place NE
Deanwood
Washington, DC
Updated July 18 at 10:19am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,100
3810 W St SE
Hillcrest - Fairfax Village
Washington, DC
Updated July 18 at 9:16am UTC
1 Bedroom
$625
301 63rd St NE
Marshall Heights - Lincoln Heights
Washington, DC
Updated July 17 at 5:25pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$989
5628 Kansas Ave NW
Brightwood - Manor Park
Washington, DC
Updated July 14 at 9:17am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,000
903 Monroe St NW
Columbia Heights
Washington, DC
Updated July 12 at 9:22am UTC
Studio
$1,160
4213 Brooks St NE
Benning
Washington, DC
Updated July 11 at 9:46am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,273

July 2018 Washington, DC Rent Report

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

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July 2018 Washington, DC Rent Report

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

DC rents increased significantly over the past month

DC rents have increased 0.5% over the past month, but are down slightly by 0.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in DC stand at $1,330 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,540 for a two-bedroom. This is the fifth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in January. DC's year-over-year rent growth lags the national average of 1.4%.

Rents rising across the DC Metro

While rent prices have decreased in DC over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 7 of the largest 10 cities in the DC metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Waldorf has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,000, while one-bedrooms go for $1,730.
  • Over the past year, Centreville has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 3.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,860, while one-bedrooms go for $1,610.
  • DC proper has the least expensive rents in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,540; rents increased 0.5% over the past month but fell 0.1% over the past year.
  • Bethesda has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,450; rents were up 0.8% over the past month and 2.3% over the past year.

Comparable cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to DC

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

  • DC's median two-bedroom rent of $1,540 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 0.1% decline in DC.
  • While rents in DC fell slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Atlanta (+1.9%), Miami (+1.8%), and New York (+1.7%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in DC than most other large cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,170.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Washington, DC $1,330 $1,540 0.5% -0.1%
Arlington $1,790 $2,070 1.2% 1.0%
Alexandria $1,580 $1,830 0.8% 0.8%
Germantown $1,690 $1,950 1.2% 2.3%
Silver Spring $1,510 $1,750 -0.3% 1.8%
Centreville $1,610 $1,860 0.1% -3.5%
Waldorf $1,730 $2,000 0.7% 4.4%
Frederick $1,330 $1,540 0.6% 3.1%
Rockville $1,710 $1,980 -0.1% -0.9%
Bethesda $2,120 $2,450 0.8% 2.3%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.