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219 apartments for rent in Bloomington, IN

Last updated April 25 at 12:21AM
531 E Smith Avenue
Elm Heights
Bloomington, IN
Updated April 21 at 10:12PM
2 Bedrooms
1113 N Indiana Avenue
Garden Hill
Bloomington, IN
Updated March 28 at 11:16AM
5 Bedrooms
2624 E 7th Street
Green Acres
Bloomington, IN
Updated April 21 at 10:13AM
3 Bedrooms
624 East Moody
Bloomington, IN
Updated March 23 at 10:48AM
3 Bedrooms
601 S. Park Square Drive
Highland Village
Bloomington, IN
Updated April 8 at 10:27AM
3 Bedrooms
608 N. Dunn St.
Old Northeast
Bloomington, IN
Updated April 24 at 9:29AM
3 Bedrooms
203 E. 14th Street
Garden Hill
Bloomington, IN
Updated March 17 at 4:09PM
2 Bedrooms
216 N. Lincoln Street
Old Northeast
Bloomington, IN
Updated March 23 at 10:46AM
4 Bedrooms
205 E. 14th Street
Garden Hill
Bloomington, IN
Updated March 27 at 9:51AM
4 Bedrooms
424 N. Lincoln Street
Old Northeast
Bloomington, IN
Updated April 18 at 3:11AM
5 Bedrooms
202 E 20th
Bloomington, IN
Updated April 21 at 10:12PM
4 Bedrooms
431 E. 10th Street
Old Northeast
Bloomington, IN
Updated April 15 at 10:39AM
5 Bedrooms
1523 S Piazza Drive
Bloomington, IN
Updated April 21 at 10:14AM
2 Bedrooms
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City Guide
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!

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.