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59 Cheap Apartments for rent in Merrillville, IN

Finding cheap apartments in Merrillville takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements... Read Guide >
4876 Cleveland Street - 1 Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
4876 Cleveland Street - 1
4876 Cleveland Place, Lake County, IN 46408
1 Bedroom
$700
700 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 4:30 PM
Spacious 1-bedroom apartment home. Features vaulted ceilings with ceiling fans, range and fridge included. On-site access to coin operated laundry room and offstreet parking. Spacious 1-bedroom apartment home. Features vaulted ceilings with ceiling fans, range and fridge included. On-site access to coin operated laundry room and offstreet parking.
2737 W 12th Ave Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
2737 W 12th Ave
2737 West 12th Avenue, Gary, IN 46404
Tolleston
2 Bedrooms
$950
900 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 7:29 AM
Beautifully updated Gary home features 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Freshly painted with new flooring throughout. Newer all white appliances. Additional costs include: Tenant benefit pkg $30/mo required. Renter liability insurance required. Zero security deposit programs available. Tenant documented monthly income must be a minimum of 3 times monthly rent. One year lease. Tenants are responsible for all utilities. First month's rent and security deposit due before occupancy. All adult applicants over 18 who will be living in the home will be subject to a $50 rental application fee. This fee will cover the background and credit checks necessary for consideration. See below for more details. We do not accept Section 8 at this time. All tenants required to carry liability insurance policy. Household pets allowed with pet screening. Additional fees will apply. Some dog breeds may require additional tenant renters insurance which lists animal. PMI charges a pet fee each month for each of your animals. The term pet fee is simply rent you will pay for the allowance of your pet to occupy the rental unit with you. Pet fees are charged on a monthly basis and are paid with your rent. The charges for pets are based on the screening criteria, and are affected by type, breed, size, weight, gender, and history, among other factors. Pet fees range from $20 to $60 per pet, per month, depending on their screening profile. All fish tanks 20 gallons and over require a $10 monthly fee. All caged animals, including guinea pigs, mice, hamsters, lizards, etc. require a $10 monthly fee. A one-time, non-refundable pet initiation fee is required at the time of the execution of a pet agreement. The FIDO score from petscreening.com will determine your fees. Dogs and Cats are $100-$200 per pet Caged animals and fish tanks are $50-$100 per cage / tank. Additional deposit will be required based on your FIDO score. These range from $150-full month rent. On average $250-$500 in additional security deposit Criminal records must contain no convictions for felonies for crimes within the past 10 years involving violence against persons, theft, damage or destruction of property, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances and no sexual offenses ever.
4346 Massachusetts St Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
4346 Massachusetts St
4346 Massachusetts Street, Gary, IN 46409
Glen Park
3 Bedrooms
$1,100
1234 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 7:13 AM
Renovated 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house in Gary. Huge upstairs bedroom and remodeled kitchen. No Utilities included. NOT pet-friendly. Garage not included in rental. Available now. $1,100/month rent. Please submit the form on this page or contact Lia at 219-712-9928 to learn more. First and last months' rent plus $365 move-in fee ($2565 total) required for move-in.
4760 Jackson St Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
4760 Jackson St
4760 Jackson Street, Gary, IN 46408
Glen Park
3 Bedrooms
$1,100
1300 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 7:13 AM
Completely remodeled 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house in Glen Park. Large new deck, hardwood floors, updated kitchen, updated bathroom, and yard. Huge upstairs bedroom. 96% efficient furnace for low NIPSCO bills. No Utilities included. No Pets. Available Now. $1,100/month rent. First and last month rent due at the time of signing the lease. $3300 minimum monthly income to qualify OR Section 8 assistance accepted. Please submit the form on this page or contact Lia at 219-712-9928.
4262 Ohio St Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
4262 Ohio St
4262 Ohio Street, Gary, IN 46409
Glen Park
4 Bedrooms
$975
Last updated September 25 at 8:49 AM
4262 Ohio St Available 10/16/21 New Fully Remodeled Home. Pictures Coming Soon! - When we say new we mean everything is new! This includes electrical, plumbing, furnace, hot water heater, fixtures, toilets, sinks, flooring, paint, etc etc. This is another beautiful very popular open floor plan extremely spacious with bonus rooms. The living room is massive, the bedrooms are large, and the basement is huge. Tons of space for anything and everyone. Want to live hassle free with no maintenance issues? What can possibly break down if everything is new? Looking to save money on utility bills? With a brand new energy saving hot water heater, brand new furnace, with double pane windows throughout, this should keep your bills to a minimum. This will give you the lowest utility bills you could possibly have. This home is conveniently located close to everything. Home is just finishing up and should be complete within 2 weeks. Pictures coming soon. Want to take advantage of this opportunity? Don't wait another minute to reply to this posting or call 219-472-6855 No Cats Allowed (RLNE6827710)
2325 Vermont St Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
2325 Vermont St
2325 Vermont Street, Gary, IN 46407
Pulaski
3 Bedrooms
$950
Last updated September 25 at 8:49 AM
RENT TO OWN-WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN OWN? - STOP THROWING MONEY AWAY ON JUST RENT! RENT TO OWN INSTEAD! Stop dealing with other landlords who ignore you and never fix anything. Own your own home! You can qualify and own this home regardless of your credit score. Everyone deserves the opportunity to own their own home and this is yours. As long as you can show a history of paying all of your bills on time then this is your chance. THIS HOME HAS BEEN RENTED, but we have several home and will have several home that fit this type of home. If you are ready for the pride of ownership rather than wasting your money every month on just rent and dealing with bad landlords. Baths: 3 Beds: 3 Lot size: 4966 Neighborhood: Ironwood Property type: Single Family Residence Year built: 1949 Roof: Asphalt Shingle 1856 sq ft go to www.beahomeowner.org to get prequalified for our agent to give you  a call and talk about our program, this home and other homes available. (RLNE6176665)
3927 Rhode Island St Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
3927 Rhode Island St
3927 Rhode Island Street, Gary, IN 46409
Glen Park
3 Bedrooms
$875
Last updated September 25 at 8:49 AM
3927 Rhode Island St Available 10/01/21 New Fully Remodeled Home. Pictures Coming Soon! - When we say new we mean everything is new! This includes electrical, plumbing, furnace, hot water heater, fixtures, toilets, sinks, flooring, paint, etc etc. This is another beautiful very popular open floor plan extremely spacious with bonus rooms. The living room is massive, the bedrooms are large, and the basement is huge. Tons of space for anything and everyone. Want to live hassle free with no maintenance issues? What can possibly break down if everything is new? Looking to save money on utility bills? With a brand new energy saving hot water heater, brand new furnace, with double pane windows throughout, this should keep your bills to a minimum. This will give you the lowest utility bills you could possibly have. This home is conveniently located close to everything. Home is just finishing up and Inside pictures coming soon. Want to take advantage of this opportunity? Don't wait another minute to reply to this posting or call 219-472-6855. No Cats Allowed (RLNE6917023)
2924 Central Drive Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
2924 Central Drive
2924 Central Drive, Gary, IN 46407
Pulaski
4 Bedrooms
$850
Last updated September 25 at 8:49 AM
2924 Central Drive Available 10/16/21 New Fully Remodeled Home. Pictures Coming Soon! - When we say new we mean everything is new! This includes electrical, plumbing, furnace, hot water heater, fixtures, toilets, sinks, flooring, paint, etc etc. This is another beautiful very popular open floor plan extremely spacious with bonus rooms. The living room is massive and the bedrooms are large. Tons of space for anything and everyone. Want to live hassle free with no maintenance issues? What can possibly break down if everything is new? Looking to save money on utility bills? With a brand new energy saving hot water heater, brand new furnace, with double pane windows throughout, this should keep your bills to a minimum. This will give you the lowest utility bills you could possibly have. This home is conveniently located close to everything. Home is just finishing up and should be complete within 2 weeks. Inside pictures coming soon. Want to take advantage of this opportunity? Don't wait another minute to reply to this posting or call 219-472-6855. No Cats Allowed (RLNE6917026)
1026 Matthews St Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
1026 Matthews St
1026 Matthews Street, Gary, IN 46406
Westside
3 Bedrooms
$775
Last updated September 25 at 8:49 AM
1026 Matthews St Available 09/26/21 FULLY REMODELED HOME BRAND NEW EVERYTHING JUST 1 YEAR AGO! - This home has been gutted and rebuilt! When we say new we mean everything was new! This includes electrical, plumbing, roof, furnace, hot water heater, dual pane windows, fixtures, toilets, sinks, cabinets, counter tops, flooring, paint, etc etc. When we say everything we mean everything! The outside is terrific as well with brand new siding and a large back yard! Plenty of room for your own enjoyment or entertaining friends or family. Looking to save money on utility bills? With a brand new energy saving hot water heater, brand new furnace, and brand new double pane windows throughout this should keep your bills to the bare minimum. Stop throwing money away on utilities when you don't have to! By they way, ever get sick and tired of things breaking down? What can break down or not work if it was replaced? Live in peace and be maintenance free! This home is also conveniently located on the west side with easy access to Chicago! Along with easy access to shopping, Railways, schools, and the expressway. Want to be the first one to ever live in and use all this new stuff? Then don't wait another minute to reply to this posting or call 219-472-6855. No Cats Allowed (RLNE4414122)
3338 Brown St Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
3338 Brown St
3338 Brown St, Portage, IN 46368
2 Bedrooms
$925
Last updated September 25 at 8:49 AM
Available 10/01/21 Duplex - Property Id: 729012 Apply at TurboTenant: http://rental.turbotenant.com/p/3338-brown-st-portage-in/729012 Property Id 729012 No Pets Allowed (RLNE6909715)
2800 Central Drive Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
2800 Central Drive
2800 Central Drive, Gary, IN 46407
Pulaski
3 Bedrooms
$775
Last updated September 25 at 8:49 AM
2800 Central Drive Available 10/04/21 BEAUTIFUL HOME CONVENIENTLY LOCATED AND RECENTLY RENOVATED JUST 2 YEARS AGO! - When we say new we mean everything is new! This includes electrical, plumbing, furnace, hot water heater, fixtures, toilets, sinks, flooring, paint, etc etc. This is a beautiful 3 bedroom 1 bath home with a great floor plan. More room then you think for a 3 bedroom home. Out back is a very large nice backyard perfect for entertaining! Want to live hassle free with no maintenance issues? What can possibly break down if everything is new? Looking to save money on utility bills? With a brand new energy saving hot water heater, brand new furnace, with double pane windows throughout, this should keep your bills to a minimum. This will give you the lowest utility bills you could possibly have. This home is conveniently located close to everything. Want to make this your next family home then don't wait another minute to reply to this posting or call 219-472-6855. No Cats Allowed (RLNE5067483)
1323 Taney St Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
1323 Taney St
1323 Taney Street, Gary, IN 46404
Tolleston
3 Bedrooms
$825
Last updated September 25 at 8:49 AM
NEWER HOME JUST COMPLETELY REMODELED 2YRS AGO! - When we say new we mean everything is new! This includes electrical, plumbing, furnace, hot water heater, fixtures, toilets, sinks, flooring, paint, etc etc. Want to be the first one to ever use all this new stuff in this beautiful home? If you can plan in advance this opportunity is for you! This is a beautiful 3 bedroom 1 bath home with completely separate dining room space. More room then you think for a 3 bedroom home! Out back is a very nice backyard perfect for entertaining family and friends! Want to live hassle free with no maintenance issues? What can possibly break down if everything is new? Looking to save money on utility bills? With a brand new energy saving hot water heater, brand new furnace, with double pane windows throughout, this should keep your bills to a minimum. This will give you the lowest utility bills you could possibly have. This home is conveniently located close to everything. Want to be the first one to ever live in and use all this new stuff? Don't wait another minute to reply to this posting or call 219-472-6855. No Cats Allowed (RLNE5132773)
4288 Ohio St Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
4288 Ohio St
4288 Ohio Street, Gary, IN 46409
Glen Park
4 Bedrooms
$950
Last updated September 25 at 8:49 AM
4288 Ohio St Available 10/01/21 BRAND NEW HOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION - When we say new we mean everything is new! This includes electrical, plumbing, furnace, hot water heater, fixtures, toilets, sinks, flooring, paint, etc etc. Want to be the first one to ever use all this new stuff in this beautiful home? If you can plan in advance this opportunity is for you! This is a beautiful very popular open floor plan 4 bedroom 1 bath home with separate laundry room! Want to live hassle free with no maintenance issues? What can possibly break down if everything is new? Looking to save money on utility bills? With a brand new energy saving hot water heater, brand new furnace, with double pane windows throughout, this should keep your bills to a minimum. This will give you the lowest utility bills you could possibly have. This home is conveniently located close to everything. Want to be the first one to ever live in and use all this new stuff? Don't wait another minute to reply to this posting or call 219-472-6855. No Cats Allowed (RLNE6827712)
1145 Polk Street Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
1145 Polk Street
1145 Polk Street, Gary, IN 46407
Midtown
3 Bedrooms
$1,050
1187 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 8:49 AM
3 Bed 1 Bath Home: Gary - Open House September 20th 4:30 -5pm. Come check out this spacious 3 bedroom home located in Gary. This home was updated with fresh paint, and cleaned carpet. Separate living room and dining room area great for family functions and entertainment purposes. Tenant will be responsible for all utilities. Appliances are tenant's responsibility. Pets will not be allowed. . Visit www.rentfromprestige.com for resident criteria and the online application. Resident Criteria All residents 18 and over must fill out an application (exceptions are dependents 18-20). Verifiable Gross Income must be 3 times the total rent. Unemployment will not be considered Debt to income ratio for all debt must be below 50% including student loans Evictions must be 5 years or older The following felonies (not misdemeanors) will disqualify an applicant Violent: murder, manslaughter, robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, bodily injury, rape, mayhem, arson, sexual offenses, burglary, domestic violence, weapon charges Drug: possession, distribution/trafficking, manufacturing No bankruptcies in the past 3 years No charge offs in past 2 years No repossessions in the past 5 years Security Deposit Amount is determined by credit score. Application Process All properties are first come first serve. A fully completed applications (docs plus online application) will be reviewed in the order they are received, including multiple applicants living together. Once offer is made, applicant will have 24 hours to submit nonrefundable deposit No Pets Allowed (RLNE6900132)
1301 Pennsylvania St 4 Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
1301 Pennsylvania St 4
1301 Pennsylvania St, Gary, IN 46407
Midtown
1 Bedroom
$750
2 Bedrooms
Ask
3 Bedrooms
Ask
Last updated September 25 at 8:49 AM
Unit 4 Available 10/01/21 Pennsylvania Street Apartments - Property Id: 610057 Discover your new place at 1301 Pennsylvania St in Gary, IN. You'll find this community on Pennsylvania St. in Gary. Featuring 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, your new place is ready for you. The leasing team is excited to help you find the perfect apartment. Experience a better way of living at 1301 Pennsylvania St. Contact us at 800-699-0952. Fees: $750 first month's rent; $750 refundable security deposit; $45 application fee for each person over 18 years of age; $300 non-refundable pet fee; $30 pet rent per month. Now accepting Section 8. Open House: Every Friday from 10 am until 2 pm. Apply at TurboTenant: http://rental.turbotenant.com/p/1301-pennsylvania-st-gary-in-unit-4/610057 Property Id 610057 (RLNE6913428)
Hills Of Aberdeen Photo Gallery 1
Verified
11 Units Available
Hills Of Aberdeen
247 Marcliffe Dr, Valparaiso, IN 46385
1 Bedroom
$1,220
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,635
1013 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,020
1399 sqft
Last updated September 26 at 3:53 AM
The Hills of Aberdeen Apartment community is nestled within the golf course of the upscale Aberdeen development, providing as close to a private home as apartment living can offer. Our community layout features numerous floor plans for 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartment homes. Each design offers direct private home entries, attached garages, abundant windows, walk-in closets, ceiling fans and more! To complement your new lifestyle with us, a sparkling swimming pool, hot tub, and complete 24-hour cardio weight training centers are available. Our onsite management and maintenance staff provide superior service and our 24-hour emergency maintenance is also available to assist you.
Lake Pointe Photo Gallery 1
Verified
10 Units Available
Lake Pointe
3471 Sunnyside Dr, Portage, IN 46368
1 Bedroom
$1,255
925 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,540
1148 sqft
3 Bedrooms
Ask
Last updated September 26 at 3:53 AM
Indiana's premiere luxury community built with you in mind... Lake Pointe Apartments is located in Portage. We are conveniently located on Highway 6, less than a mile from the IMAX Theater & Portage High School, and only 35 miles from downtown Chicago! You will find our community resting on beautifully landscaped grounds, surrounding a peaceful lake, and within minutes of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park on Lake Michigan. Our community offers scenic views and fireplaces in select apartment homes. All major kitchen appliances are included, balconies or patios with individual storage units, and full size washer and dryer connections are in every apartment. We also offer the option of private covered parking and garages on site. With extremely spacious floor plans, a sparkling pool and a clubhouse that is perfect for all of your special occasions, Lake Pointe truly is the best kept secret in Northwest Indiana.
2701 Central Avenue Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
2701 Central Avenue
2701 Central Avenue, Gary, IN 46407
Pulaski
3 Bedrooms
$1,100
980 sqft
Last updated September 26 at 4:36 AM
This house is beautifully rehabbed. New vinyl flooring, all new kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, all new completely rehabbed bathroom, with three new carpeted bedrooms. the backyard has a new fence and beautiful new siding. Please schedule a viewing today at 219-798-2737. Contact us to schedule a showing.
622 West 43rd Avenue Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
622 West 43rd Avenue
622 West 43rd Avenue, Gary, IN 46408
Glen Park
2 Bedrooms
$1,050
1250 sqft
Last updated September 26 at 4:36 AM
Newly rehabbed -This place has a large living room area and dining room with beautiful hardwood floors. Two large bedrooms upstairs with a possible extra room in the basement. Enclosed back porch/mud room area. Beautiful backyard with garage. Contact us to schedule a showing.
4240 20th Place Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
4240 20th Place
4240 West 20th Place, Gary, IN 46404
Tolleston
3 Bedrooms
$1,050
825 sqft
Last updated September 26 at 4:36 AM
Looking For a House to Rent. This beautiful 3 bedrooms 1 bath is rent ready. If you are interested in setting up a walkthrough please text Karla at 219-200-4027 or email Karla at info@olsonpropertyservices.com. The tenant is responsible for all utilities This is a 1-year lease. Business Hours Mon-Fri 8-4, call 219-888-9125 after business hours or on weekends you can TEXT 219-200-4027 or email info@olsonpropertyservices. Leave a message as to what day and time you would like to set up a showing. Contact us to schedule a showing.
2418 Diamond Street Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
2418 Diamond Street
2418 Diamond Street, Gary, IN 46407
Pulaski
2 Bedrooms
$800
1344 sqft
Last updated September 26 at 4:36 AM
Rental Terms: Rent: $800, Application Fee: $35, Security Deposit: $850, Available Now Pet Policy: Cats not allowed, Dogs not allowed This property allows self guided viewing without an appointment. Contact for details.
2717 Clay St Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
2717 Clay St
2717 Clay Street, Lake Station, IN 46405
2 Bedrooms
$1,050
1081 sqft
Last updated September 26 at 5:22 AM
Recently remodeled Lake Station home features 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Enclosed porch leading to bright living room and kitchen with brand new appliances. Spacious yard with detached 2 car garage. Additional costs include: Tenant benefit pkg $30/mo required. Renter liability insurance required. Zero security deposit programs available. Tenant documented monthly income must be a minimum of 3 times monthly rent. One year lease. Tenants are responsible for all utilities. First month's rent and security deposit due before occupancy. All adult applicants over 18 who will be living in the home will be subject to a $50 rental application fee. This fee will cover the background and credit checks necessary for consideration. See below for more details. We do not accept Section 8 at this time. All tenants required to carry liability insurance policy. Household pets allowed with pet screening. Additional fees will apply. Some dog breeds may require additional tenant renters insurance which lists animal. PMI charges a pet fee each month for each of your animals. The term pet fee is simply rent you will pay for the allowance of your pet to occupy the rental unit with you. Pet fees are charged on a monthly basis and are paid with your rent. The charges for pets are based on the screening criteria, and are affected by type, breed, size, weight, gender, and history, among other factors. Pet fees range from $20 to $60 per pet, per month, depending on their screening profile. All fish tanks 20 gallons and over require a $10 monthly fee. All caged animals, including guinea pigs, mice, hamsters, lizards, etc. require a $10 monthly fee. A one-time, non-refundable pet initiation fee is required at the time of the execution of a pet agreement. The FIDO score from petscreening.com will determine your fees. Dogs and Cats are $100-$200 per pet Caged animals and fish tanks are $50-$100 per cage / tank. Additional deposit will be required based on your FIDO score. These range from $150-full month rent. On average $250-$500 in additional security deposit Criminal records must contain no convictions for felonies for crimes within the past 10 years involving violence against persons, theft, damage or destruction of property, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances and no sexual offenses ever
3472 Pierce St Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
3472 Pierce St
3472 Pierce Street, Gary, IN 46408
Glen Park
4 Bedrooms
$1,295
1536 sqft
Last updated September 26 at 5:22 AM
Recently remodeled 4 bedroom 1 bath Gary home features 1,536 square feet of living space. Spacious living room with fireplace, bright kitchen with white cabinetry and granite countertops, new siding and nice sized yard with carport. Tenant documented monthly income must be a minimum of 3 times monthly rent. One year lease. Tenants are responsible for all utilities. First month's rent and security deposit due before occupancy. All adult applicants over 18 who will be living in the home will be subject to a $50 rental application fee. This fee will cover the background and credit checks necessary for consideration. See below for more details. We do not accept Section 8 at this time. Household pets allowed. One pet 20lbs or less with non refundable pet fee of $150. Criminal records must contain no convictions for felonies for crimes within the past 10 years involving violence against persons, theft, damage or destruction of property, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances and no sexual offenses ever
7542 Whitcomb Street Photo Gallery 1
1 Unit Available
7542 Whitcomb Street
7542 Whitcomb Street, Merrillville, IN 46410
2 Bedrooms
$1,250
940 sqft
Last updated September 26 at 5:45 AM
Newly remodeled 2 bedroom/1.5 bath two level unit in a 4-unit building. Living room, half bath, kitchen and dining on main level. Upstairs is 2 bedrooms and full bath. Patio off the kitchen. Detached car port in the back of building for parking. Washer and Dryer hook up in downstairs closet. Stove, fridge and dishwasher are included, tenants must provide their own washer/dryer!All applicants must complete the application form and provide the last two bank statements, W-2's, copy of drivers license, and 2 most recent pay stubs along with $50 non refundable credit report fee per tenant.
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Cheap apartments in Merrillville start at $1,250 per month.
City Guide for Merrillville, IN

Looking for an apartment in Merrillville? Great! We have those! Read on to get the skinny on the apartment game around here.

A shopping and dining hub, Merrillville is home to a large concentration of big-box stores, as well as one of the largest shopping malls in Indiana. Also proudly calling Merrillville home is Chicagoland's largest water park, the Deep River Waterpark. Of course, there's more to do around here than just spend money, although you wouldn't know it by just passing through. For instance, Hidden Lake Park and Independence Park are two popular spots, both big and beautiful with small lakes and a great view of the fireworks on the 4th of July. Forest Hill Park is closer to the city center and, although it’s located beneath an Interstate, is still a nice, green area to take the dog out for a run.

Rental rates vary greatly in this city. There are few studio apartments that rent for about $300. However, inexpensive apartments go fast around here, and most apartments for rent will be more than $600. There are also a few rental homes in the $600 - $800 range. Of course, you can always find a roommate and rent a much bigger apartment with more luxury amenities for about $700 to $1,200, or get a nice, big townhouse in a quiet neighborhood for $1,200+.

What kind of amenities are you looking for? If you need a swimming pool, volleyball court, tennis court, clubhouse, picnic area, laundry room, and parking, then you will be happy to know that all of these amenities come with the more affordable apartments. Things that drive prices up around here are location, size, privacy, and units with special features, such as an in-unit washer and dryer, a garage, or a fireplace. Some apartments rent at higher rates because of the access to hiking and bike trails, lakefront, or nearby shopping and entertainment. Others are just ridiculously big and feature fancy conveniences, such as apartment cleaning and on-site dry cleaning.

Looking for a pet friendly pad? Well, you’re in luck. Not only does Merrillville have plenty of pet friendly apartments, there are also pet friendly apartments with small, fenced in yards, which makes for a very dog friendly feature. Or, you could always check out the houses for rent, although there are many different landlords with many different degrees of puppy love.

So, that's the guide to renting and living in Merrillville. Enjoy!

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What to keep in mind when looking for cheap apartments in Merrillville, IN

Finding cheap apartments in Merrillville takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letters of recommendations from landlords or employers, and identification. The more proactive you are about your search, the easier it will be to score a deal.

Look for cheap apartments in Merrillville by regularly scouring listings and looking during slower renting seasons, like winter. You can still find a deal if you move during the summer months when apartment hunting is more competitive.

You may be able to find cheap apartments in Merrillville in neighborhoods that are located away from attractions, restaurants, and entertainment. You may need to look farther out than you would prefer, but access to highways or public transportation can get you into the heart of Merrillville.

The building you choose can also make a difference in finding a cheap apartment in Merrillville. Older buildings that need some updating are more likely to have better deals. Walk-up apartments without elevators, on-street parking and few amenities like on-site fitness centers can also signal affordable rents in Merrillville.