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291 Apartments for rent in Bloomington, IN

Last updated November 18 at 3:58pm UTC
3235 S Knightridge Road
Bloomington
Bloomington, IN
Updated August 15 at 5:16am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,250
314 E. 10th Street
Old Northeast
Bloomington, IN
Updated November 17 at 10:59am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$4,250
213 S Union St
Green Acres
Bloomington, IN
Updated September 26 at 3:45am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$3,500
107 South Overhill Drive
Green Acres
Bloomington, IN
Updated October 28 at 10:40am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,700
311 E Dixie Street
Bryan Park
Bloomington, IN
Updated November 7 at 1:59am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,025
113 E 10th St
High Point
Bloomington, IN
Updated October 26 at 10:19am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$3,750
306 S Union Street
Eastside
Bloomington, IN
Updated October 28 at 2:19am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$3,000
804 E 11TH
Old Northeast
Bloomington, IN
Updated September 26 at 3:43am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$3,450
710 E 1st St
Elm Heights
Bloomington, IN
Updated November 4 at 1:08pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,870
703 S High Street
Eastside
Bloomington, IN
Updated November 14 at 1:36am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,550
615 N Lincoln Street
High Point
Bloomington, IN
Updated November 11 at 9:24am UTC
1 Bedroom
$750
795 Sherwood Hills Drive
Bloomington
Bloomington, IN
Updated November 17 at 2:10am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$900
3337 Woodhaven Drive
Bloomington
Bloomington, IN
Updated November 17 at 2:10am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,015
401 S. Village Court
Highland Village
Bloomington, IN
Updated October 4 at 1:20pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,200
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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

November 2017 Bloomington Rent Report

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

Bloomington rents increased slightly over the past month

Bloomington rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, and have increased slightly by 1.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Bloomington stand at $730 for a one-bedroom apartment and $930 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in August. Bloomington's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.7%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

Bloomington rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

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

  • Bloomington's median two-bedroom rent of $930 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 1.6% increase in Bloomington.
  • While Bloomington's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including Seattle (+4.2%), Phoenix (+4.1%), and Dallas (+2.6%).
  • 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.