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Last updated October 26 at 2:09 PM

529 Short-term Apartments for rent in Des Moines, IA

Finding a short-term apartment in Des Moines takes some leg work to find the right location, price point, and lease terms. You may need to rent a short-term apartment due to a... Read Guide >
Rocket Transfer Lofts Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
Rocket Transfer Lofts
320 Southwest 7th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Downtown Des Moines
2 Bedrooms
$1,425
915 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 2:09 PM
Rocket Transfer Lofts is a former Hawkeye Transfer Company warehouse that was constructed in 1902 and converted into renovated loft apartments in 2013. All 1 and 2-bedroom floor plans feature modern finishes, walk-in closets, and original architectural elements such as exposed brick and ductwork to create a unique reminder of the building’s warehouse roots. Our convenient location is only moments away from several downtown Des Moines employers, Principal Park, and a variety of local shops and eateries. Our community amenities include a fitness center, business center, and rooftop terrace with 360-degree views of the Des Moines skyline and surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a personalized tour!
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The Edge at Gray's Landing Photo Gallery 1
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5 Units Available
The Edge at Gray's Landing
406 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Downtown Des Moines
Studio
$890
439 sqft
1 Bedroom
$976
663 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,162
842 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 2:08 PM
Located in the downtown area. Onsite amenities include a coffee bar, outdoor grill area, fitness center, and community garden. Homes offer large windows, beautiful cabinetry, low flow toilets, and energy efficiency throughout.
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R & T Lofts Photo Gallery 1
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14 Units Available
R & T Lofts
717 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Downtown Des Moines
Studio
$925
717 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,175
988 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,425
1157 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 12:03 PM
Loft-style apartments with 18- to 20-foot ceilings in historic Register and Tribune building. Walking distance to the Des Moines Civic Center or Iowa Events Center in Downtown Des Moines, with nearby public transit options.
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The Residences at River View Photo Gallery 1
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17 Units Available
The Residences at River View
1405 Southeast 1st Street, Des Moines, IA 50315
McKinley School - Columbus Park
1 Bedroom
$1,058
625 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,422
910 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 11:54 AM
Welcome to The Residences at River View, an apartment community where you can take in the beauty of nature and the beauty of the downtown Des Moines, all in the same breath. Whether you're riding your bike along the iconic Des Moines River Trail, sipping a cocktail along Locust Street or grilling out on our gorgeous rooftop deck, you will find the life you deserve at The Residences at River View! Our modern apartment homes offer sleek lines and cozy finishes. From the wood-plank flooring to the black stainless apliances and oversized closets, each of our 1- and 2-bedrom apartments was created with you in mind! Find your perfect fit today, and apply online to start living your life at River View.
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Rowat Lofts Photo Gallery 1
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18 Units Available
Rowat Lofts
601 E Vine Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Studio
$1,000
476 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,123
544 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,576
778 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 11:51 AM
NEW EAST VILLAGE APARTMENTS! Housed on the former site of the Rowat Cut Stone and Marble Factory, Rowat Lofts celebrates the tradition and innovation unique to Des Moines' East Village. Here, ambitious trendsetters enjoy bright open-concept apartments. Modern-industrial common spaces include rooftop decks, a fitness center, and an outdoor courtyard. Rowat's central location offers walkable access to entertainment and nightlife, award-winning restaurants, and riverfront events. Come dwell on the edge at Rowat Lofts.
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Confluence on 3rd Photo Gallery 1
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15 Units Available
Confluence on 3rd
103 SW 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Downtown Des Moines
1 Bedroom
$1,081
555 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,629
1018 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 11:49 AM
Conveniently located next to Des Moines passenger depot. Luxurious resort-style community features 24-hour gym, car wash area, parking, and pool. Well-appointed units include dishwasher, garbage disposal, and hardwood floors.
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Soll Photo Gallery 1
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4 Units Available
Soll
2301 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
Woodland Heights
1 Bedroom
$887
498 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,380
792 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 11:47 AM
Community has bike storage, electric car charging, and outdoor pool. Apartments feature large closets, quartz countertops, and nine-foot ceilings. Close to the Raccoon River and Chamberlain Park.
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Flux Photo Gallery 1
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3 Units Available
Flux
1400 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Downtown Des Moines
1 Bedroom
$1,271
659 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 11:47 AM
This newly constructed community features open layouts, nine-foot ceilings, and lots of storage. Cool, modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances. On-site rooftop lounge, outdoor courtyard, and stunning views of the city.
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The Scott at East Village Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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11 Units Available
The Scott at East Village Apartments
700 E 5th St, Des Moines, IA 50309
East Village
Studio
$714
357 sqft
1 Bedroom
$853
525 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$797
723 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 11:46 AM
A charming community near I-235 and Downtown Des Moines. Open-concept apartments with larger kitchens and on-site laundry. Newly renovated. Walk to area shopping and dining. Smart home tech packages available.
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Prairie Winds Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
Prairie Winds
2207 E Park Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320
River Woods
2 Bedrooms
$839
800 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 11:45 AM
A beautiful community with a great management team, only minutes away from Downtown at a fraction of the price! Our 2 bedroom apartments feature walk-in closets, spacious living areas, in-home washer & dryer (select homes), a walkout patio or balcony & more. All of our apartment homes include free heat and Wi-Fi. Our location can't be beat as we are conveniently located on the South East side of Des Moines, within walking distance to River Hills Elementary School! Prairie Winds is the place you'll love to call home. *Prairie Winds participates in an affordable housing program. Household income & student status limitations apply. Please call for more details.
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Results within 10 miles of Des Moines
The 31st Street Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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3 Units Available
The 31st Street Apartments
500 31st St, Des Moines, IA 50312
Arbor Peak
1 Bedroom
$870
828 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 11:42 AM
A charming home near the downtown area and several universities. Large balconies and spacious layouts provided. On-site parking and laundry facilities. Pet-friendly. Near entertainment and shops.
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Ingersoll Towers Photo Gallery 1
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2 Units Available
Ingersoll Towers
3662 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
North of Grand
2 Bedrooms
$1,110
1070 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 11:42 AM
A beautiful community near the area's best dining and shopping. On-site amenities include an outdoor pool, sundeck and clubhouse. Apartments feature a private balcony and patio, large kitchen and updated appliances.
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The Village at Westchester Photo Gallery 1
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16 Units Available
The Village at Westchester
5413 Aurora Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310
Beaverdale
1 Bedroom
$755
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$790
792 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 11:42 AM
A unique space on 23 acres of park-like land. Onsite amenities include a pool and sundeck. Fireplaces available. Within the Johnston School District. Apartments offer large closets and spacious layouts.
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Weston Park Apartments Photo Gallery 1
Verified
9 Units Available
Weston Park Apartments
4200 Park Ave, Des Moines, IA 50321
Southwestern Hills
1 Bedroom
$718
638 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$865
1012 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 11:41 AM
**We are currently operating with a heightened sensitivity to social distancing. We would still very much love to show you our community and discuss available options for touring. Please contact us to learn more.**Welcome home to Weston Park Apartments in Des Moines, Iowa! Our ideal Southwest Des Moines location is perfect for people who enjoy a short commute to downtown Des Moines, but still treasure a quiet, comfortable atmosphere. Weston Park is less than a ten-minute drive to the metro, historic Valley Junction and The Des Moines International Airport.Weston Park offers newly renovated one, two and three bedroom apartments with granite countertops, black appliances, private patios or balconies and microwaves. Our community amenities including a 24-hour fitness center, two relaxing swimming pools, picnic areas, playground, bark park, basketball court and garages are well maintained throughout the year.
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The Randolph Photo Gallery 1
Verified
3 Units Available
The Randolph
200 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Downtown Des Moines
Studio
$873
327 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,074
658 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 8:15 AM
A restored historical building. Onsite amenities include a fitness center, WiFi community spaces, and a grand restored lobby. Apartments offer in-unit washer and dryers, black appliances, large historic windows, and designer cabinetry.
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The Drake Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
The Drake
1260 34th Street #1101, Des Moines, IA 50311
Drake
1 Bedroom
$716
625 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 8:08 AM
The Drake Apartments is Des Moines, Iowa’s choice for convenient living. We offer a wide choice of rental options including one, two, three and four bedroom floor plans. We even have individual rooms that can be leased separately in select four bedroom units. The Drake Apartments are conveniently located within walking distance to campus. Shopping and entertainment choices are nearby. We are close to interstates and located on a bus line. We have responsive on-site management and our own maintenance team. Our community has shared amenities like a community pool, sun deck and picnic area. The Drake offers secure package receiving and an on-site laundry. We have off-street parking and have optional garages available for covered parking or additional storage. Each apartment is cable-ready and comes with window coverings. We accept secure, online rent payments in a selection of payment option. We offer flexible leases, depending on circumstances, and encourage you to contact us with your questions. If you are interested in becoming a resident of The Drake Apartments, schedule a visit or fill out an application today. We look forward to assisting you in finding the right apartment for you.
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LINC Photo Gallery 1
Verified
65 Units Available
LINC
210 Southwest 11th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Downtown Des Moines
1 Bedroom
$1,257
775 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
1085 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,311
1375 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 8:08 AM
Welcome to LINC at Gray's Station, the beautiful apartment community in downtown Des Moines' newest neighborhood. Connected to everything the city has to offer, our 1-3 bedroom floor plans will make you feel right at home!
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The Parker at Seventh Photo Gallery 1
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6 Units Available
The Parker at Seventh
615 Park St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Downtown Des Moines
Studio
$775
495 sqft
1 Bedroom
$799
525 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$960
727 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 8:08 AM
Downtown apartments with views of the Des Moines skyline. Stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and microwaves. Cable television included. Community area with Wi-Fi. Close to public transportation.
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Ingersoll Square Photo Gallery 1
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5 Units Available
Ingersoll Square
1900 High Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Sherman Hill
Studio
$975
520 sqft
1 Bedroom
$950
662 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,575
1050 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 8:08 AM
The Village at Grey's Lake Photo Gallery 1
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9 Units Available
The Village at Grey's Lake
2270 Bell Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50321
Southwestern Hills
Studio
$1,300
1 Bedroom
$999
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
800 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 8:07 AM
Legacy Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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5 Units Available
Legacy Apartments
3610 Twana Dr, Des Moines, IA 50310
Lower Beaver
Studio
$675
500 sqft
1 Bedroom
$705
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$875
800 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 8:07 AM
Windsor Square by Broadmoor Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
Windsor Square by Broadmoor
900 65th St, Windsor Heights, IA 50324
Windsor Heights
1 Bedroom
$990
720 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 11:40 AM
Tucked away in one of Des Moines' most attractive neighborhoods, Windsor Square by Broadmoor puts you just minutes to everything: Drake and Des Moines Universities, shopping, entertainment, restaurants and I-235. For successful professionals, on-the-go students and empty nesters alike, Windsor Square is the place to be. With a sparkling pool and clubhouse, spacious floor plans, super-sized closets and a washer and dryer in every apartment, Windsor Square offers all the amenities of home — and more — without the headaches of homeownership. And thanks to the big trees, shady sidewalks and surrounding parks, you can enjoy a real sense of community and privacy in your new neighborhood.
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Country Club Village
1200 Office Park Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265
1 Bedroom
$770
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$780
800 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,120
900 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 8:19 AM
Apartments and townhouse with full appliance packages, heat and air, fireplaces, and eat-in kitchens. Close to Sacred Heart and Dowling Catholic High School. Pool with sundeck for residents.
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Redwood Ankeny
1370 SW Radcliffe Lane, Ankeny, IA 50023
2 Bedrooms
$1,574
1343 sqft
Last updated October 26 at 12:27 PM
Apartments just off State Street near Westside Park and Saylorville Lake. Pet-friendly units with attached garages, full-size washer and dryer connections, and large walk-in closets.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is rent for a short-term apartment in Des Moines?

Rental prices for short-term apartments in Des Moines range from $650 to $2,600 per month.

How many short-term apartments are available for rent in Des Moines?

Currently, there are 21 short-term apartments available for rent in Des Moines.

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What to keep in mind when looking for short-term apartments in Des Moines, IA

Finding a short-term apartment in Des Moines takes some leg work to find the right location, price point, and lease terms. You may need to rent a short-term apartment due to a new job, a relationship change, or to explore a new city before committing to staying. Whatever the reason, short-term apartments can provide the flexibility that traditional leases don’t.

Before signing a rental agreement or short-term apartment lease, study all of the details thoroughly. Renters usually have more restrictions and rules to follow when renting a short-term apartment. For starters, you usually can’t make modifications like painting or hanging pictures.

Short-term apartments are ideal for flexibility, but also don’t protect the renter long-term. You could face the possibility of rent increases on a monthly basis. The landlord could also decline to renew your lease and leave you looking for another short-term rental.

If your main priority is flexibility, a short-term apartment is an ideal situation. However, ensure that you fully understand the rental agreement terms before signing.