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277 Apartments for rent in Bloomington, IN

Last updated September 23 at 11:58AM
415 S Mitchell St
Eastside
Bloomington, IN
Updated September 23 at 10:55AM
5 Bedrooms
$2,800
417 N. Clark
Green Acres
Bloomington, IN
Updated September 9 at 9:46AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,400
2100 E. 5th St.
Green Acres
Bloomington, IN
Updated September 10 at 9:26AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,110
516 S Washington St
Elm Heights
Bloomington, IN
Updated September 21 at 11:20AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,500
819 W Kirkwood Avenue
Prospect Hill
Bloomington, IN
Updated September 20 at 6:29PM
3 Bedrooms
$1,800
711 S. Grant
Bryan Park
Bloomington, IN
Updated September 23 at 11:11AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,195
500 S Mitchell Street
Eastside
Bloomington, IN
Updated September 1 at 3:09AM
3 Bedrooms
$2,250
2533 E Eastgate Ln
Bloomington
Bloomington, IN
Updated September 9 at 9:26AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,625
218 Hillsdale Ct
Green Acres
Bloomington, IN
Updated September 2 at 10:39AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,785
317 East 15th Street
Garden Hill
Bloomington, IN
Updated September 23 at 11:12AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,450
2327 E. 7th Street
Green Acres
Bloomington, IN
Updated September 21 at 10:33AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,150
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City Guide
Bloomington
It’s coming up roses in Bloomington

Aloha and welcome to the virtual nerve center for your Bloomington, Indiana apartment-finding scavenger hunt! Situated on the scenic, rolling hills of southern Indiana, B-Town is one of the American Heartland’s most eclectic and energetic communities. Looking to score a primo pad in Bloomington? Then stick with us, ladies and gents, because the perfect apartment for you is just a few clicks away…

The B-Town Vibe

Unlike much of the great state of Indiana, which is flat, rural, and just a tad sleepy, Bloomington is defined by rolling hills, an assortment of cultural offerings and a vibrant nightlife scene. There’s a high-energy atmosphere to B-Town, and the streets are dotted with galleries, museums, Broadway-style theaters, cafes, restaurants, bookstores, shops, and live music venues. The city is also home to a lively “folk punk” scene. Numerous pubs and clubs, most of which are elbow-to-elbow every night of the week, are situated near downtown, and many of them feature a wide variety of live music performances.

Bloomington also features Indy’s widest inland lake, numerous beaches, parks, trails, and golf courses, a sprawling National Forest, a pair of wineries, and a bounty of fishing, biking, spelunking, kayaking, and hiking destinations. It’s a cornucopia of fun!

The Lay of the Land

Bloomington can be classified into two general areas: the 2-3 mile radius surrounding the downtown area, and the outlying rural areas. If you travel more than a handful of miles in any direction from the city’s inner core, you’ll find yourself surrounded by dairy farms.

Numerous neighborhoods in Bloomington, including the historic Near Westside area, Prospect Hill, Bryan Park, and Elm Heights are located within easy walking/biking distance of downtown. These areas offer an array of living quarters ranging from basic studios to spacious multi-BR units. If you want to live among the hustle, bustle, and charm of the city’s urban core, check out one of the coveted lofts and apartments downtown.

Tips and Tricks for Apartment Scavengers

A few things to keep in mind when scouring the listings for the perfect apartment:

  • There is a definite “renting season” in Bloomington. Most leases commence in August and last for a full year, and most landlords require tenants to renew their leases for the upcoming year by March. In other words, you should begin your apartment hunt no later than March, because apartments tend to fill up quickly.

  • If you show up in town during a non-peak time of the renting year, be prepared to either settle for a second-best apartment or spend some time on one of those tedious waiting lists.

  • Renting requirements aren’t too strict in Bloomington, but you’ll still need proof of income and a positive renting/credit history to score a place of your own. Those with no renting history, no income, and no bank account will obviously need a co-signer to sign the dotted line for them.

  • Be sure to give your new place a solid inspection before moving in. More than 60 percent of residents are temporary rather than permanent fixtures in B-Town, and apartments turn over constantly. Take the time to make sure the previous tenants didn’t leave any unwanted surprises behind them, like stains or blemishes on the walls, ceilings, or floors, faulty appliances, or a three-piece folk punk band playing Minutemen cover songs in the bedroom.

Bumming around Bloomington

It’s quite possible to survive in Bloomington without a vehicle of their own, but we don’t recommend it. Most city streets include bike paths and are largely walker-friendly, but keep in mind that winters in the Midwest can be brutal with temperatures from November through March frequently dropping below freezing, and you might not enjoy pedaling through the streets in six inches of snow. The city does offer a serviceable bus system, but routes run only 1-2 times an hour, making the need for your own set of wheels that much greater. Fortunately, traffic is minimal and even the gridlock is child’s play compared to big-city traffic jams.

And now it’s time for the fun part – finding you some dynamite dwellings in Southern Indiana’s most cherished city! So welcome to B-Town and happy hunting!

Rent Report
Bloomington

September 2017 Bloomington Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2017 Bloomington Rent Report. Bloomington rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Bloomington rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Bloomington rent trends were flat over the past month

Bloomington rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased slightly by 1.9% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Bloomington stand at $720 for a one-bedroom apartment and $920 for a two-bedroom. Bloomington's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.0%, as well as the national average of 3.0%.

Bloomington rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

Rent growth in Bloomington has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Bloomington is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Bloomington's median two-bedroom rent of $920 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 3.0% over the past year compared to the 1.9% increase in Bloomington.
  • While rents in Bloomington remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Seattle (+5.4%), Phoenix (+4.9%), and Denver (+3.0%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,710, $1,020, and $1,350 respectively.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Bloomington than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,070, which is more than three times the price in Bloomington.

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.

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.

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

Apartment List has released results for Bloomington 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.

“Renters in Bloomington are very satisfied with their city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave average and above-average scores to almost every category.”

Key findings in Bloomington include the following:

  • Bloomington renters give their city an A- overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Bloomington were its local job and career opportunities, commute times, access to public transit, and access to parks and community events, which all received an A+ score.
  • According to our results, renters were also satisfied with the quality of local schools (A), affordability (A), and state and local taxes (A-).
  • Some areas of slight concern for Bloomington renters included safety (B) and weather (B-).
  • Compared to nearby cities like Evansville, IN (A+), Dayton, OH (A-), and Champaign, IL (C+), Bloomington did relatively well.
  • 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.