67 Cheap Apartments for rent in Washington, DC

Last updated November 23 at 8:07pm UTC
The Normandie
6817 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC
Updated November 22 at 4:07am UTC
Studio
$1,250
1 Bedroom
$1,400
2001 Fort Davis St SE
Hillcrest - Fairfax Village
Washington, DC
Updated November 12 at 1:25am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,300
1800 SHEPHERD STREET NE
Michigan Park
Washington, DC
Updated November 23 at 12:11pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,100
126 JOLIET STREET SW
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated November 11 at 2:33am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,282
718 Brandywine St SE
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated November 19 at 10:19am UTC
Studio
$850
601 24TH STREET NW
Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
Washington, DC
Updated November 23 at 8:03pm UTC
Studio
$225
4453 B St SE
Fort Dupont
Washington, DC
Updated November 21 at 6:11pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$750
1106 7TH STREET NE
H Street-NoMa
Washington, DC
Updated November 23 at 8:04pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,275
4330 HALLEY TERRACE SE
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated November 11 at 2:23am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,021
92 GALVESTON PLACE SW
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated November 11 at 2:24am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,200
1934 I STREET NE
Trinidad - Langston
Washington, DC
Updated November 23 at 8:07pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,150
721 BRANDYWINE STREET SE
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated November 2 at 6:38pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,300
4009 9TH STREET NE
Brookland
Washington, DC
Updated November 22 at 9:51am UTC
1 Bedroom
$950
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November 2017 Washington, DC Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Washington, DC Rent Report. DC rents declined 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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November 2017 Washington, DC Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Washington, DC Rent Report. DC rents declined 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 declined significantly over the past month

DC rents have declined 0.5% over the past month, and are down moderately by 0.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in DC stand at $1,340 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,540 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. DC's year-over-year rent growth lags the national average of 2.7%.

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 6 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.

  • Frederick has the least expensive rents in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,480; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.4%.
  • Over the past year, Waldorf has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.3%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,960, while one-bedrooms go for $1,700.
  • Bethesda has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,390; rents went down 0.5% over the past month and 0.4% over the past year.

Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to DC

As rents have fallen moderately 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 $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 0.6% decline in DC.
  • While rents in DC fell moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Seattle (+4.2%), Los Angeles (+3.9%), and Atlanta (+2.4%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in DC than most other large cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,160.

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 $1,340 $1,540 -0.5% -0.6%
Arlington $1,760 $2,030 -0.9% 0.6%
Alexandria $1,560 $1,800 -0.4% 0.1%
Germantown $1,640 $1,890 -0.8% 0.1%
Silver Spring $1,500 $1,740 -0.8% 0.4%
Centreville $1,590 $1,840 -1.5% -1.2%
Waldorf $1,700 $1,960 0.7% -1.3%
Frederick $1,290 $1,480 -0.1% 2.4%
Rockville $1,710 $1,970 -0.6% 1.3%
Bethesda $2,070 $2,390 -0.5% -0.4%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

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

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

Methodology:

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

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

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

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

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