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126 Apartments for rent in Topeka, KS

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Last updated December 11 at 8:05am UTC
715 Southwest Tyler Street
Topeka, KS
Updated December 11 at 6:33am UTC
1 Bedroom
Kensington Park
2937 Southwest Mcclure Road
Topeka, KS
Updated December 11 at 6:04am UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
Washburn North
1516 Southwest 17th Street
Topeka, KS
Updated December 11 at 7:00am UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
Raintree Apartments
3708 SW 29th St
Topeka, KS
Updated December 11 at 12:45am UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
4231 SW Emland Dr
Topeka, KS
Updated December 11 at 7:27am UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
Washburn Arms
1926 Southwest Washburn Avenue
Topeka, KS
Updated December 11 at 6:20am UTC
1 Bedroom
Embassy Eldorado Apartments
2940 SW Gage Blvd
Topeka, KS
Updated December 11 at 6:21am UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
3 Bedrooms
Library Park
1037 Southwest Garfield Avenue
Topeka, KS
Updated December 11 at 6:19am UTC
1 Bedroom
University Heights
1510 Southwest Lane Street
Topeka, KS
Updated December 11 at 8:05am UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
4843 Southwest 17th Street
Topeka, KS
Updated December 11 at 6:09am UTC
2 Bedrooms
Washburn on the Hill
2045 SW MacVicar Ave
Topeka, KS
Updated December 11 at 7:03am UTC
2 Bedrooms
Village at Old Towne
822 Southwest 8th Avenue
Topeka, KS
Updated December 11 at 1:37am UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
3 Bedrooms
City Guide

Some of the finer privileges of life in Topeka include:

You can build up your bankroll: The cost of living in the city is 15 percentage points lower than the national average, while 1BR and even 2BR units rarely cost more than 600-700 bucks.

Capital security: Unlike neighboring cities who must constantly be wary of local businesses packing up shop and heading for supposedly sunnier pastures, Topekans may rest assured that their biggest employer – the State of Kansas capital building – is here for good. Topeka stands as one of the Midwest’s more economically stable communities.

Say goodbye to gridlock: Topeka residents spend on average a mere 18 minutes trekking to and from work each day and enjoy one of the state’s more reliable public transportation systems. With 15 stops throughout the area and charging as little as $22 for a monthly pass, the Topeka Metro has become an increasingly savvy choice for commuters.

Entertainment: For those who prefer their fun in the sun, Topeka serves up plenty of parks, lakes, museums, a motor sports complex, and a pretty cool zoo.

Some Tidbits for Tenants

If you’re still reading, it means you’re ready to find yourself a killer pad. A few pointers to help make your apartment hunting experience silky-smooth:

Be a bargain shopper: The types of renting specials you’ll come across are pretty much unheard-of in other parts of the Midwest, as even 3 BR units in Topeka are available in the $800 range. Studios rarely go for over $400 and quality 1BR and 2 BR units rarely exceed $600-$700. And because the number of rental properties outnumbers the number of renters by far, you’ll come across no shortage of leasing options. Don’t settle on anything until you’re sure it’s the perfect fit for you.

Don’t waste away on waiting lists: Topeka isn’t the kind of city that sees a large turnover of residents, so if (in the very rare case) you have to get on a waiting list before moving into a place, just shrug it off and walk away. A ton of other landlords will practically beg you to move in immediately.

Consider the alternatives: Apartments aren’t your only renting options in Topeka. Why not look into leasing a single-family detached home, instead? Plenty are available, and the cost for a multi-BR home is often comparable to that of an apartment.

Arm yourself with credentials… it’s worth it: You’ll need (obvious statement alert!) proper I.D. to rent a place in Topeka, as well as proof of income and (sometimes) proof of rental history. What you’ll get in exchange for this minor inconvenience is, among other things, plenty of room to kick your feet up. Topeka is a spacious, spread out city, and its apartments are no different: Most multi-BR units are at least 1200 square feet, and even studio units typically offer 600-plus square feet of living space.

The Lay of the Land

Generally, the further west/southwest you travel in Topeka, the more you’ll find the bulk of the city’s shopping centers, banks, and eateries, while the more urban-minded domiciles are centered closer to downtown. Be sure to scout out not only your potential nesting place but also your overall neighborhood before relocating to Topeka. If you want to live in the greater metro area just outside city limits, districts like Jefferson West, Seaman, and Auburn-Washburn offer viable rental options as well, although they come at a slightly more elevated price (usually closer to a grand).

Some Completely Irrelevant Information

In the Kansa Native American tongue, Topeka means “a place to grow good potatoes.” So take that, Idaho!

The city unofficially renamed itself “Google, Kansas” for a month in 2010 in an attempt to sway the technology giant to choose Topeka as the site for a massive fiber optics experiment. Sadly, Google picked neighboring Kansas City, Kansas instead. Gee, thanks, Google.

Finally, Topeka is a frequent player in Stephen King novels (but is not as nearly as creepy as the author makes it sound).

Need-to-know information? Of course not! We just thought you’d like to have something to chat about.

In any case, welcome to Topeka and happy hunting!

December 2018 Topeka Rent Report

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

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Rent Report

December 2018 Topeka Rent Report

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

Topeka rents increased significantly over the past month

Topeka rents have increased 0.4% over the past month, and have increased slightly by 1.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Topeka stand at $590 for a one-bedroom apartment and $770 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in September. Topeka's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.1%, but is in line with the national average of 1.3%.

Rents rising across cities in Kansas

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Topeka, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Kansas, 8 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.1% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, Overland Park is the most expensive of all Kansas' major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,180; of the 10 largest cities in Kansas that we have data for, Junction City and Manhattan, where two-bedrooms go for $770 and $750, are the only two major cities in the state to see rents fall year-over-year (-1.4% and -0.6%).
  • Shawnee, Overland Park, and Kansas City have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (4.4%, 2.0%, and 1.6%, respectively).

Topeka rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

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

  • Topeka's median two-bedroom rent of $770 is below the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.3% over the past year, which matches the increase in Topeka.
  • While Topeka's rents rose slightly over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 0.4%.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Topeka than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,100, which is nearly four times the price in Topeka.

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.


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.