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124 S Morgan St
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Grady Square
2615 N Grady Ave
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3 Bed
Bowery Bayside
6301 S West Shore Blvd
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Lexington Park at Westchase
12201 Lexington Park Dr
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2 Bed
3 Bed
Camden Bay
11302 W Hillsborough Ave
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3 Bed
500 Harbour Island
500 Knights Run Ave
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Post Rocky Point
3101 N Rocky Point Dr E
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3 Bed
Bell Channelside
1120 E Twiggs St
1 Bed
2 Bed
3 Bed
Infinity Westshore
4800 S West Shore Blvd
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2 Bed
Post Harbour Place
800 Harbour Post Dr
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2 Bed
Skyhouse Channelside
112 N 12th St
1 Bed
2 Bed
3 Bed
Crescent Westshore
2202 N Lois Ave
1 Bed
2 Bed
Lodge at LakeCrest
10420 N McKinley Dr
1 Bed
2 Bed
3 Bed
Pierhouse at Channelside
1226 E Cumberland Ave
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2 Bed
The Slade
1190 E Washington St
1 Bed
2 Bed
Preserve at Tampa Palms
17220 Heart of Palms Dr
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2 Bed
3 Bed
Camden Westchase Park
12112 Sugarloaf Key St
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2 Bed
3 Bed
Legend Oaks
4714 N Habana Ave
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2 Bed
Varela Westshore
2002 N Lois Ave
1 Bed
2 Bed
Camden Visconti
2302 Visconti Blvd
1 Bed
2 Bed
3 Bed
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City Guide
Renting in Tampa

The recession and housing market collapse of the late 2000s undeniably smacked Tampa hard. Tens of thousands of jobs were lost over 2008 and 2009, and that led to thousands of foreclosures and vacancies. There are ample apartments and condos for the picking here, so you’ll probably have a tougher time deciding on a place rather than finding one.

How much will it cost?

The cost of living in Tampa is slightly less than the national average, and a spring 2011 survey of 93,000 rental units in Tampa showed the average monthly price for a 1 bedroom/1 bathroom was about $730, with 2 BR units averaging out at $925 a month.

Make a radius

Grab a map, find your job, and determine how far from your place of employment you want to live. Lots of people in the Tampa Bay area live in one city but work in another, and they pay the price for that. If you’re the type of person who wants to keep your travel time in the range of say, five mind-numbing Top 40 songs as opposed to 10, choose your location carefully.

More old, less new

Florida’s nonstop, rabbit-on-Viagra-like growth slammed into a brick wall when the recession hit. That trend has carried over to apartments as well. A check of 31,000 rental units in Tampa shows 23,000 of them are at least 30 years old, while just 8,000 were built within the last five years. If you like your apartments with fewer ghosts within its walls, do your homework to find a newer place.

Tampa Neighborhoods

In many ways, Tampa is like a big cluster of small towns. Clusters, when they’re made of nuts and honey, are often delicious in cereal, but in a city? That’s up to you to decide.

Downtown Tampa: Chock full of business, the downtown area is also emerging as a rental area with newer condos and construction. Much of the city’s culture can be found here at places like the Tampa Theater, St. Pete Times Forum and the University of Tampa. Ybor City, the famous Cigar-inspired neighborhood, is just northeast of downtown and home to a few thousand Tampa residents. Westshore is Tampa’s core business center, but some rentals are here as well.

New Tampa: This area is home to a lot of renters, and has seen a lot of growth over the past two decades. There’s a good chance you’ll have a few places from New Tampa on your short list.

North Tampa: While the neighborhood of North Tampa itself is sparsely populated, it’s also adjacent to the University area which is home to the University of South Florida and plenty of apartments.

South Tampa: Home to MacDill Air Force Base and thousands of its employees, South Tampa is a more prosperous area. Lots of nice rentals are available in this desirable region.

West Tampa: Cultures converge here as a large Hispanic population calls this area home. There are both newer and older rental options here.

Life in Tampa

Tampa offers some of everything that’s great about Florida. You’ve got warm weather in the winter, the inviting Gulf of Mexico, theme parks; but this city also has some of its drawbacks.

Dude, where’s my job?

As we’ve mentioned, the recession hit Tampa hard. The unemployment rate has been mired in the double digits for a few years now, and the economic recovery here has been slow. Even if you’re kicking butt at your job now, it’s still wise to have a Plan B stashed somewhere in the back of that cerebellum of yours.

The lightning, not the Lightning, strikes

Considered by many to be the lightning strike capital of the world, Tampa promises lots of heat, humidity and yes, flashy bolts of organic electricity firing down from the sky. While that can be dangerous, or a nuisance, or just pretty cool, we can thankfully report that Lightning strikes – meaning actual assaults by members of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team on unsuspecting civilians – are on the decline. The summers are quite hot and humid here, and hurricanes are also an occasional concern.

If the idea of hot summer and warm winters, ocean access, and big league sports appeals to you, Tampa will be a great place to call home. Good luck!

Rent Report
January 2017 Tampa Rent Report

Tampa rent prices decreased over the past month

In Tampa, rents decreased by 0.2% this past month, and rent prices are now 1.8% higher than last year. 1-bedrooms in Tampa have a median rent of $1,000, while 2-bedrooms cost $1,200.

Tampa is the 5th most expensive city for renters

  • Miami: Once again, Miami is the most expensive city for renters in Florida. A 2-bedroom in Miami rents for $2,330, and 1-beds cost $1,900. Miami rents decreased by 1.4% over the past year.
  • Pembroke Pines: Despite a 0.5% decrease in rents this past month, Pembroke Pines has the 3rd highest rent prices in the state. 2-bedrooms in Pembroke Pines run $1,680, and 1-bedrooms have a median price of $1,350.
  • St. Petersburg: In St. Petersburg, median rent prices are at $1,270 for 2-bedrooms and $900 for 1-bedrooms. Rent prices stayed flat over the past month.

Port St. Lucie shows the fastest-growing rents

  • Port St. Lucie: With rent prices 2.9% higher than last year, Port St. Lucie shows the most year-over-year rent growth in Florida. A 2-bedroom there has a median rent of $1,200, and 1-bedrooms run $940.
  • Orlando: In Orlando, rents grew by 2.8% over the past year, and prices are up 0.1% over last month. 1- and 2-bedrooms in Orlando rent for $1,030 and $1,200, respectively.
  • Cape Coral: Cape Coral rent prices increased by 1.6% over the past year. A 2-bedroom in Cape Coral runs $1,050, and 1-beds go for $700.

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 1 BR price Median 2 BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Miami $1900 $2330 0.2% -1.4%
Fort Lauderdale $1400 $1800 -0.3% -0.7%
Pembroke Pines $1350 $1680 -0.5% 2.6%
St. Petersburg $900 $1270 0.0% 1.6%
Tampa $1000 $1200 -0.2% 1.8%
Orlando $1030 $1200 0.1% 2.8%
Port St. Lucie $940 $1200 0.2% 2.9%
Cape Coral $700 $1050 0.2% 1.6%
Jacksonville $850 $960 0.1% 1.3%
Tallahassee $660 $780 -0.5% 0.2%

Tampa Neighborhood Price Map


Apartment List Rent Report data is drawn monthly from the millions of listings on our site. 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rents are calculated as the median for units available in the specified size and time period. Price changes are calculated using a “same unit” methodology similar to the Case-Shiller “repeat sales” home prices methodology, taking the average price change for units available across both time periods.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List’s Rent Reports cover rental pricing data in major cities, their suburbs, and their neighborhoods. We provide valuable leading indicators of rental price trends, highlight data on top cities, and identify the key facts renters should know. As always, our goal is to provide price transparency to America’s 105 million renters to help them make the best possible decisions in choosing a place to call home.

Tampa Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Tampa ranks on:
C+ Overall satisfaction
C+ Safety and crime rate
B Jobs and career opportunities
B- Recreational activities
B Affordability
B Quality of schools
A Weather
C Commute time
A State and local taxes
C- Public transit
B- Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Tampa from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Orlando renters are generally satisfied with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Most renters gave average or above average scores across the board.”

Key findings in Tampa include the following:

  • Tampa renters give their city a C+ overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Tampa were weather (A) and state and local taxes (A).
  • Renters here are also relatively satisfied with local jobs and career opportunities (B), affordability/cost of living (B), and quality of local schools (B)
  • Sources for dissatisfaction in Tampa renters included safety (C+), commute times (C), and access to public transportation (C-).
  • Millennial renters in Tampa are relatively satisfied with the city, giving it a score of B-.
  • Compared to other Floridian cities, Tampa’s renters are more satisfied than those in Miami (C-). However, renters here are less satisfied with their city than those in Orlando (B) and Jacksonville (A-).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.

Renters say:

  • “[Tampa is] pet friendly, with lots of parks and entertainment. Have access to public transit, and my rent isn't too bad.” —Sarah K.
  • “I love the weather & the variety of outdoor things to do. Tampa has great access to many local beaches, and downtown has many things to do, such as museums, theatres, and restaurants. Traffic is a monster, especially during traditional rush hours, so be prepared for that.” —Anon.
  • “I love how quickly the city is growing, especially for young professionals. The areas of South Tampa, Downtown, Channelside and Seminole Heights are experiencing rapid growth. I hate the traffic in Tampa, however. There is ongoing construction on the highways and it doesn't seem to end. It causes backups and terrible traffic slowdowns. I am also dissatisfied with the public transit system. Tampa is a city where you absolutely need a car to get around comfortably. Things are not close by, and the only public transit system is in the form of bus. The bus system is not convenient and, as a woman, I would not feel safe walking from the bus stop to my destination or back home, as Tampa does not have many pedestrians.” —Emillie D.
  • “I hate the traffic. It takes me over an hour to get to work when it should be 15 minutes. It is very frustrating, and I do not see it getting better. On another note, I love the weather here. Other than the traffic everything else is good.” —Linda P.