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Last updated December 9 2022 at 1:43 PM

694 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 >
The Vue Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
8 Units Available
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,395
1020 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,695
1194 sqft
Find your new apartment home at VUE. Our variety of spacious 1, 2, or 3 bedroom floor plans are a perfect fit for all lifestyles. Connected to everything downtown Des Moines, our excellent location and modern apartments will give you exactly what you're looking for.
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7th St Brownstones Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
3 Units Available
3 Bedrooms
$1,895
1559 sqft
Income Restricted - Rumely Lofts Photo Gallery 1
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Affordable Housing
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$887
1099 sqft
A historically charming building near area amenities. Onsite amenities include a fitness center, media center, and community room. Spacious, updated interiors with large windows, high ceilings, and stained concrete flooring.
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Rosemont Place Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$695
702 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$715
913 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Velocity Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
15 Units Available
Studio
$1,003
483 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,337
779 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,696
1110 sqft
Welcome to Velocity, our community of gorgeous apartments in the East Village neighborhood of Des Moines, IA. Between our studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, there’s a floor plan tailored just for you. We’ve designed our apartments with large windows - perfect for checking out the city views and letting in a plethora of natural light.
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Sutton Hill Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
4 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$675
572 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$660
748 sqft
Sutton Hill has one- and two-bedroom apartment homes ready for you. Sutton Hill is located just south of downtown Des Moines and our spacious floor plans make our community unique from the rest. And we have a variety of amenities that set our community apart from the rest - you get access to our great community room, swimming pool, basketball court, tennis court, playground, and much more!
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The Randolph Photo Gallery 1
1 of 34
Verified
3 Units Available
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,564
706 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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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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Somerset Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$790
672 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$835
806 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,076
1055 sqft
With one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments available, we have a layout perfect for both individuals and families of all sizes. Enjoy an abundance of natural light and new appliances in select units. Take some time to relax or exercise in our swimming pool and 24/7 fitness center. You’ll also love the benefit of having laundry facilities on every floor and a playground for the kids to enjoy.
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Cityville on 9th Photo Gallery 1
1 of 47
Verified
13 Units Available
Studio
$974
472 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,295
638 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,575
1211 sqft
With quick access to hot spots like Gray’s Lake and Principal Park, Cityville on 9th is your premium choice of Des Moines apartments. Each of our studio, 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments puts the energy of Des Moines right at your front door without making you sacrifice the space or amenities you’d find in the suburbs. Set up a tour today to see how Cityville fits into your lifestyle.
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The Edge at Gray's Landing Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
1 Unit Available
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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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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5Fifty5 Photo Gallery 1
1 of 44
Verified
1 Unit Available
2 Bedrooms
$1,995
1590 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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When you live at 5Fifty5 Executive Townhomes, it is like bringing the energy of downtown right into your home. Step out onto your rooftop patio and you are overlooking the Raccoon River and have a front seat view of the fireworks over Principal Park after the Iowa Cubs finish one of their Friday night games. If that isn't enough to reel you in, easy access to the bike trails and our 9 foot ceilings will make these luxury rental townhomes a must-have for anyone wanting to live in a downtown Des Moines apartment.
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LINC Photo Gallery 1
1 of 36
Verified
23 Units Available
Studio
$1,015
500 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,395
875 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,495
1400 sqft
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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R & T Lofts Photo Gallery 1
1 of 22
Verified
39 Units Available
Studio
$875
590 sqft
1 Bedroom
$985
887 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,420
1166 sqft
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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Rocket Transfer Lofts Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,110
721 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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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 duct work to create a unique reminder of the buildings 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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Canary Lofts Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$875
330 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Experience modern living in the brand new Canary Lofts, located at the heart of the energetic Drake neighborhood. Based on a design-led aesthetic and commitment to modern simplicity, our apartments are functional, luxurious and bathed in natural light. Surrounded by great bars, restaurants and retail, Canary Lofts is more than a place to call home. Our convenient location has something for everyone, with dining, unique shops and entertainment just a short walk away.
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The Residences at River View Photo Gallery 1
1 of 39
Verified
10 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$995
625 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,378
910 sqft
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
1 of 80
Verified
16 Units Available
Studio
$990
476 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,040
538 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,651
984 sqft
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
1 of 40
Verified
17 Units Available
Studio
$1,035
492 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,179
555 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,663
1018 sqft
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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The Scott at East Village Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$736
357 sqft
1 Bedroom
$982
525 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$796
723 sqft
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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2 Bedrooms
$867
800 sqft
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, an 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 of River Woods 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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The 31st Street Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$835
649 sqft
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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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$955
901 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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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 4220 Grand Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$900
890 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Near parks and the Des Moines Art Center. This community features a green area with ample space, a sun deck and a pool. Located near universities and dining. A patio or balcony provided.
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The Village at Westchester Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$770
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$780
748 sqft
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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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 $2,450 per month.

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

Currently, there are 27 short-term apartments available for rent in Des Moines.

How can I find a cheap apartment in Des Moines?

You can find the lowest-priced apartments in Des Moines by using the cheap apartments filter or you can search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
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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.