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195 Apartments for rent in Elgin, IL

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Last updated March 22 at 1:46pm UTC
1251 Lawrence Ave
Elgin, IL
Updated March 22 at 1:46pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
248 Waverly Drive
Elgin, IL
Updated March 22 at 5:49am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1755 Maple Ln
North Country Knolls
Elgin, IL
Updated March 22 at 1:54am UTC
2 Bedrooms
255 North Spring Street
Northeast Elgin
Elgin, IL
Updated March 22 at 1:41am UTC
2 Bedrooms
334 North Airlite Street
Valley Creek Southwest
Elgin, IL
Updated March 22 at 1:40am UTC
2 Bedrooms
416 Hopkins Avenue
Elgin, IL
Updated March 21 at 12:24pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
377 South Commonwealth Avenue
Sunset Park
Elgin, IL
Updated March 21 at 3:02am UTC
1 Bedroom
Elgin, IL
Updated March 20 at 1:38am UTC
2 Bedrooms
19 SHERIDAN Street
Elgin, IL
Updated March 20 at 1:38am UTC
2 Bedrooms
2490 Amber Lane
Elgin, IL
Updated March 18 at 3:06am UTC
3 Bedrooms
313 South Hawthorne Street
College Park McIntosh
Elgin, IL
Updated March 16 at 10:47am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1268 Bradley Circle
Elgin, IL
Updated March 16 at 10:46am UTC
3 Bedrooms
252 Jefferson ave 2
Northeast Elgin
Elgin, IL
Updated March 16 at 10:23am UTC
2 Bedrooms
50 S Grove Ave
Downtown Elgin
Elgin, IL
Updated March 16 at 2:01am UTC
2 Bedrooms
6 S Union St
Elgin, IL
Updated March 16 at 2:01am UTC
1 Bedroom
657 Wing Street
Grant Park
Elgin, IL
Updated March 15 at 5:24pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
55 Park Row
Gifford Park
Elgin, IL
Updated March 14 at 11:05am UTC
338 Moseley St Unit 2
Southwest Elgin
Elgin, IL
Updated March 14 at 11:03am UTC
1 Bedroom
119 Fountain Grass Circle
Elgin, IL
Updated March 14 at 2:53am UTC
3 Bedrooms
52 N Crystal Ave
Grant Park
Elgin, IL
Updated March 22 at 9:54am UTC
1 Bedroom
100 E Chicago St
Downtown Elgin
Elgin, IL
Updated March 22 at 9:43am UTC
2 Bedrooms
100 E Chicago St
Downtown Elgin
Elgin, IL
Updated March 22 at 9:43am UTC
1 Bedroom
573 Locust Street
Near West Elgin
Elgin, IL
Updated March 16 at 1:45am UTC
2 Bedrooms
3130 Gansett Parkway
Elgin, IL
Updated March 14 at 10:49am UTC
4 Bedrooms
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City Guide
What’s so special about Elgin, anyway?

There’s a reason Elgin is one of Illinois’ fastest growing communities: The city boasts a mixture of ornate Victorian homes, newly-constructed estates, and rental units of all varieties for remarkably affordable prices. 1-BR rentals usually go for between $700 and $900, while lucky leasers can often find spacious luxury units for under a grand.

Is it easy to find an apartment there?

Yep. Waiting lists are nearly unheard of in Elgin, and plenty of complexes have vacant units year-round. Whether you’re in the market for a basic studio unit, a lavish condominium, an ultramodern downtown loft, or any other type of crash pad, you’ll find a variety of options in Elgin. Just arm yourself with proof of income, banking statements, and a list of previous addresses, and you’ll be living it up in Elgin!

How about entertainment? Am I going to be bored in Elgin?

The city is dotted with parks, equestrian paths, biking and hiking trails, as well as a petting zoo, symphony orchestra, and sports complex. The downtown area serves up a handful of chic lounges, pubs, and club. The Grand Victoria Casino downtown features live bands, karaoke, national comedy acts, and a variety of dining options.

Where are the best places to rent in Elgin?

Downtown Elgin has undergone a renaissance in the past couple decades and now boasts an assortment of chic lofts and spacious condos, most of which are available for under a grand. The various rental properties in South and West Elgin has a more suburban vibe. Featuring tons of newly-constructed homes and apartments replete with all kinds of bells and whistles.

What’s my best option for bumming around town?

The Metra rail service, which runs daily routes between the Elgin and Chicago. The PACE city bus, meanwhile, is a viable option for bumming around Elgin alone, but your best bet for navigating the streets of Chicagoland is via your own set of wheels. Elgin’s attractions, businesses, shopping centers, banks, and restaurants are so spread out that the only way to work and play conveniently is with your own vehicle.

Any other tips for renting in Elgin?

Just be sure to read your lease carefully and give your new pad a solid inspection before settling in. Make sure your appliances function properly, your pipes and sinks don’t leak, your toilets flush, and your walls, floors, and ceilings are blemish-free. Keep in mind that it’s always easier to get management to fix things up before you’ve moved in than after, so ensure that your new place is in tip-top shape from day one.

And now, we’re happy to say, you’re ready to begin your bold apartment hunting adventures! So welcome to Elgin, and happy hunting!

Rent Report

March 2018 Elgin Rent Report

Welcome to the March 2018 Elgin Rent Report. Elgin rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Elgin rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Elgin rents declined over the past month

Elgin rents have declined 0.7% over the past month, but have increased slightly by 1.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Elgin stand at $1,000 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,180 for a two-bedroom. Elgin's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.0%, but trails the national average of 2.3%.

Rents rising across the Chicago Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Elgin, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Chicago metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Elgin has seen rents fall by 0.7% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro. It also has the least expensive rents in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,180.
  • Schaumburg has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,580, while one-bedrooms go for $1,350.
  • Naperville has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,730; rents decreased 0.5% over the past month but were up 2.9% over the past year.

Elgin rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased slightly in Elgin, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Elgin is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Elgin's median two-bedroom rent of $1,180 is slightly above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.3% over the past year compared to the 1.8% increase in Elgin.
  • While Elgin's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including Houston (+2.7%), Denver (+2.1%), and Columbus (+2.0%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Elgin than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,040, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in Elgin.

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
Chicago $1,070 $1,260 0.2% 0.8%
Aurora $1,110 $1,300 -0.1% 2.9%
Joliet $1,020 $1,200 -0.5% 2.4%
Naperville $1,470 $1,730 -0.5% 2.9%
Elgin $1,000 $1,180 -0.7% 1.8%
Arlington Heights $1,220 $1,430 -0.1% -1.6%
Evanston $1,270 $1,490 -0.1% 0.6%
Schaumburg $1,350 $1,580 -0.3% 3.0%
Bolingbrook $1,270 $1,490 2.3%
Palatine $1,120 $1,320 -0.0% 1.8%
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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.


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.