67 Cheap Apartments for rent in Washington, DC

Last updated January 22 at 2:03am UTC
2022 Naylor Rd SE
Anacostia
Washington, DC
Updated January 20 at 2:23am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,100
4438 B St SE
Fort Dupont
Washington, DC
Updated January 20 at 11:48am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,178
450 CONDON TERRACE SE
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated January 3 at 12:01pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,021
4453 B St SE
Fort Dupont
Washington, DC
Updated January 22 at 1:48am UTC
Studio
$750
101 Wayne Pl SE
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 11:14am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,327
111 Trenton Pl SE
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated January 20 at 2:22am UTC
1 Bedroom
$975
92 GALVESTON PLACE SW
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated January 17 at 9:51am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,250
337 54th St. NE Unit B
Marshall Heights - Lincoln Heights
Washington, DC
Updated January 10 at 12:33pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,100
47 FORRESTER STREET SW
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated January 3 at 12:00pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,050
5 BARNEY CIRCLE SE
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC
Updated January 22 at 1:37am UTC
Studio
$1,250
601 24TH STREET NW
Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
Washington, DC
Updated January 3 at 12:01pm UTC
Studio
$225
4453 B St SE
Fort Dupont
Washington, DC
Updated January 15 at 5:51pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$750
2100 Channing St NE
Brentwood - Langdon
Washington, DC
Updated January 20 at 11:27am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,100
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January 2018 Washington, DC Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2018 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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January 2018 Washington, DC Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2018 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 over the past month

DC rents have declined 0.8% over the past month, and are down slightly by 0.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in DC stand at $1,310 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,520 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth 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 2.8%.

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.

  • Waldorf has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,040, while one-bedrooms go for $1,770.
  • Over the past year, Rockville has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,930, while one-bedrooms go for $1,670.
  • 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 0.6% over the past month but rose 0.5% over the past year.
  • Frederick has the least expensive rents in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,470; rents decreased 0.8% over the past month but were up 1.6% over the past year.

Other large 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 $1,520 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 0.3% decline in DC.
  • While rents in DC fell slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Los Angeles (+5.4%), Seattle (+3.0%), and Atlanta (+2.2%).
  • 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 $1,310 $1,520 -0.8% -0.3%
Arlington $1,720 $1,990 -0.9% 0.9%
Alexandria $1,550 $1,790 -0.6% 0.4%
Germantown $1,630 $1,880 -0.4% -0.1%
Silver Spring $1,500 $1,740 -0.5% 1.4%
Centreville $1,570 $1,810 -1.0% -0.8%
Waldorf $1,770 $2,040 1.5% 5.0%
Frederick $1,270 $1,470 -0.8% 1.6%
Rockville $1,670 $1,930 -1.3% -1.1%
Bethesda $2,070 $2,390 -0.6% 0.5%
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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.