62 Cheap Apartments for rent in Washington, DC

Last updated September 23 at 10:46AM
2100 Channing St NE
Brentwood - Langdon
Washington, DC
Updated September 23 at 9:22AM
1 Bedroom
$1,195
601 24TH STREET NORTHWEST
Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
Washington, DC
Updated September 18 at 2:00AM
Studio
$260
742 Brandywine St SE
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated September 21 at 5:41PM
2 Bedrooms
$1,282
1924 BENNING ROAD NORTHEAST
Trinidad - Langston
Washington, DC
Updated August 30 at 3:33AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,250
1934 I STREET NORTHEAST
Trinidad - Langston
Washington, DC
Updated September 23 at 10:46AM
1 Bedroom
$1,150
47 FORRESTER STREET SOUTHWEST
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated September 2 at 2:12AM
1 Bedroom
$1,100
721 BRANDYWINE STREET SOUTHEAST
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated September 7 at 7:25PM
1 Bedroom
$1,300
3908 7TH STREET NORTHEAST
Brookland
Washington, DC
Updated September 23 at 10:45AM
1 Bedroom
$1,300
2817 Buena Vista Terrace SE
Randle Heights
Washington, DC
Updated September 23 at 10:02AM
Studio
$850
738 LONGFELLOW STREET NORTHWEST
16th Street Heights - Crestwood - Brightwood Park
Washington, DC
Updated September 23 at 10:45AM
1 Bedroom
$1,300
1522 V St SE
Anacostia
Washington, DC
Updated September 23 at 10:01AM
1 Bedroom
$1,167
3415 5TH STREET SOUTHEAST
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated September 23 at 10:46AM
1 Bedroom
$1,250
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Rent Report
Washington

September 2017 Washington, DC Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2017 Washington, DC Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the DC rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro and nation.

DC rents increased moderately over the past month

DC rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, but are down marginally by 0.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in DC stand at $1,340 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,550 for a two-bedroom. This is the seventh 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 3.0%.

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.

  • Over the past year, Waldorf has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 3.9%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,930, while one-bedrooms go for $1,670.
  • Rockville has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.7%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,000, while one-bedrooms go for $1,730.
  • Frederick has the least expensive rents in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,490; rents went down 0.3% over the past month but rose 1.5% over the past year.
  • Bethesda has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,400; rents decreased 0.2% over the past month and 0.9% over the past year.

Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to DC

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

  • DC's median two-bedroom rent of $1,550 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 3.0% over the past year compared to the 0.5% decline in DC.
  • While rents in DC fell over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Seattle (+5.4%), Los Angeles (+5.0%), and Chicago (+3.8%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in DC than most comparable 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 $1,340 $1,550 0.3% -0.5%
Arlington $1,780 $2,060 0.1% 0.0%
Alexandria $1,570 $1,820 -0.2% 0.7%
Germantown $1,670 $1,920 -0.0% 2.5%
Silver Spring $1,510 $1,740 0.7% 1.0%
Centreville $1,630 $1,880 -1.5% 2.5%
Waldorf $1,670 $1,930 -0.1% -3.9%
Frederick $1,290 $1,490 -0.3% 1.5%
Rockville $1,730 $2,000 -0.0% 2.7%
Bethesda $2,070 $2,400 -0.2% -0.9%
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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.