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Fuse Cambridge
165 Cambridge Park Dr
Cambridge, MA | North Cambridge
Studio
$1,983
531 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,315
748 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,270
1053 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:49 AM
Apartments come complete with access to a pool, gym and community garden. Spacious, modern unit design. Tenants are within easy reach of the Alewife Brook Reservation as well as excellent transport links to downtown Boston.
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66 Units Available
Market Central
425 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA | Area IV
Studio
$2,325
410 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,730
627 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,586
857 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:49 AM
At the intersection of Mass and Main, Market Central is a home and destination. These three residences offer a distinct urban lifestyle for all tastes. Find your luxury urban loft or flat at Watermark Central. Live the connected life at Link.
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27 Units Available
Proto
88 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA | Kendall Square
Studio
$2,026
423 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,737
598 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,311
857 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:49 AM
Now offering self-guided tours by appointment only. Call us today to schedule your self-guided or virtual tour! Here, home is the intersection of big-picture thinking and design-minded details, of innovative technology and contemporary amenities.
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4 Units Available
Charles Passage
110 Second Street
Cambridge, MA | East Cambridge
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
1159 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 06:19 AM
Experience Cambridge living at Charles Passage. The professional leasing staff is ready to show you our community. Featuring 2 to 3 bedroom apartments. At Charles Passage, you'll have access to top features and amenities.
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13 Units Available
Chester Street Apartments
15 Chester Street
Cambridge, MA | North Cambridge
Studio
$1,450
380 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:25 AM
Pet-friendly community close to city amenities but in a quiet area. On-site laundry and surface parking provided. Close to area parks and schools. Five blocks from Porter Square.
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17 Units Available
KBL
129 Franklin St
Cambridge, MA | Cambridgeport
Studio
$2,150
756 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,175
1013 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,670
1329 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:48 AM
Classic-style apartments in historic F.A. Kennedy Steam Bakery building. In MIT's University Park, convenient to restaurants, shops, nightlife and grocery store. Recently renovated with stainless steel appliances and spacious walk-in closets.
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26 Units Available
100 Landsdowne St
100 Landsdowne St
Cambridge, MA | Cambridgeport
1 Bedroom
$2,510
839 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,480
1251 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:48 AM
Community features parking, courtyard, bike storage, 24-hour concierge and internet cafe. Situated in the heart of Cambridge, with easy access to downtown Boston. Units have walk-in closets, in-unit laundry and granite counters.
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8 Units Available
The Davenport
345 Franklin Street
Cambridge, MA | Riverside
1 Bedroom
$2,700
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,700
1050 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:26 AM
Davenport Apartments is a five story multifamily apartment building with 40 rental units. Each unit is similar in design with parquet floors in the living area, carpeting in the bedrooms and hallways, and ceramic tile in the kitchens and bathrooms.
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12 Units Available
Loft 23
23 Sidney St
Cambridge, MA | Cambridgeport
1 Bedroom
$2,350
818 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 07:48 AM
In-unit laundry makes life easier, as does an ice maker and garbage disposal. Apartments located near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and across the street from the University Park Commons
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26 Units Available
91 Sidney
91 Sidney St
Cambridge, MA | Cambridgeport
1 Bedroom
$2,410
755 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,450
1194 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:48 AM
Modern, sophisticated one- and two-bedroom units just off MIT campus. Centrally located to stores, green spaces and nightlife. In-unit laundry and large walk-in closets, plus a 24-hour gym on-site.
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2 Units Available
The Wyeth
120 Rindge Ave
Cambridge, MA | North Cambridge
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,600
958 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,500
1142 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:30 AM
Spacious apartments within walking distance of shopping areas. LEED Platinum certified, organic food delivery available and private parking. On-site business and conference center. Electric car charging. Bikes available.
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58 Units Available
Luxe at Alewife
80 Cambridgepark Drive
Cambridge, MA | North Cambridge
Studio
$2,057
604 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,292
847 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,940
1153 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Live tranquilly in highly coveted Cambridge and explore the best of Luxe at Alewife. Our elegant luxury apartment community is within walking distance of MBTA's Red Line Alewife Station, taking you to downtown Boston in just 25 short minutes.
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77 Units Available
Tempo at Alewife Station
203 Concord Turnpike
Cambridge, MA | North Cambridge
Studio
$1,895
515 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,095
722 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,025
1093 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Tempo Cambridge looks forward to welcoming you home! Our proximity to Alewife Station and the red line are like no other. Ease of getting to the location of your choice-fast and easy.
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11 Units Available
Watermark Kendall East
250 Kendall St
Cambridge, MA | Kendall Square
Studio
$2,135
465 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,645
728 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,415
1073 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:47 AM
Modern apartments with stylish decor. Access to top floor sky deck with amazing views of the city. Furnishings include hardwood floors, granite counters and extra storage available. Apartments are green certified and offer concierge services.
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34 Units Available
Watermark Kendall West
350 3rd St
Cambridge, MA | Kendall Square
1 Bedroom
$2,615
768 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,830
1128 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:47 AM
Located near MIT, in Kendall Square, this property's location offers shopping, dining and entertainment only steps away from Charles River. Community amenities include gym, garage parking and concierge. Units are furnished and have in-unit laundry.
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25 Units Available
Forest Court
16 Forest St
Cambridge, MA | Aggasiz - Harvard University
1 Bedroom
$2,195
535 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,580
790 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:47 AM
Located in Porter Square, this verdant complex offers beautiful green spaces, lots of trees, and many exciting amenities. Amenities include dishwashers, extra storage, gas ranges, hardwood floors, and refrigerators.
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33 Units Available
Windsor Cambridge Park
160 Cambridge Park Dr
Cambridge, MA | North Cambridge
1 Bedroom
$1,985
842 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,595
1195 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:47 AM
An upscale community near Harvard and MIT. Apartments offer features such as gourmet kitchens, energy-efficient appliances, and stainless steel Whirlpool appliances. Resort-style pool, bike storage, and fire pits.
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3 Units Available
334 Harvard Street Trust
334 Harvard St
Cambridge, MA | Mid-Cambridge
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,485
502 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 03:47 AM
Charming apartments with fully equipped kitchens and hardwood floors. Community includes bike racks and off-street parking. Located near two Red Line stations. Near shops and restaurants in the heart of Cambridge.
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17 Units Available
Park 87
87 New St
Cambridge, MA | Neighborhood Nine
1 Bedroom
$2,425
759 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,750
943 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,900
1173 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:47 AM
Prime location in the heart of Cambridge across from Danehy Park. Apartments feature air conditioner, carpeting and dishwashers. Community has a BBQ/picnic area and parking garage, and is close to public transportation.
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21 Units Available
603 Concord
603 Concord Ave
Cambridge, MA | Cambridge Highlands
Studio
$2,150
401 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,350
559 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,350
898 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:47 AM
Luxury apartments close to grocery stores and Alewife Red Line Station. Community has a fitness center, media room and fireplace lounge. Units have extra-large windows, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors.
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10 Units Available
7 Cameron
7 Cameron Ave
Cambridge, MA | Davis Square
1 Bedroom
$2,657
727 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,482
969 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:47 AM
Sustainably built apartments feature flexible floor plans, high ceilings and light-filled rooms. Community has garage parking, landscaped courtyards, a fitness room and community room with open kitchen. Close to the Red Line.
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19 Units Available
Chroma
240 Sidney St
Cambridge, MA | Cambridgeport
Studio
$2,829
499 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,492
588 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,380
901 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:47 AM
Centrally located for easy access to downtown Boston. Each apartment features an in-unit laundry and a kitchen with recycled glass countertops. Residents' amenities include an entertainment lounge, fitness center and landscaped courtyard. Courtesy bikes available.
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23 Units Available
Vox on Two
223 Concord Turnpike Ave
Cambridge, MA | West Cambridge
Studio
$1,830
609 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,935
890 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,390
1142 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:47 AM
One- and two-bedroom homes located minutes from Alewife Train Station. Homes feature granite countertops, luxurious bathrooms, and well-equipped modern kitchens. Pet-friendly, with a modern fitness center for residents.
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77 Units Available
John Harvard
1 Langdon Street
Cambridge, MA | Neighborhood Nine
Studio
$2,050
425 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,265
603 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,860
848 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:47 AM
Prime location close to Harvard, MIT and public transportation. Units are spacious and features Energy Star appliances and free heat and hot water. Community has 24-hour maintenance and online payments available.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much is rent in Cambridge?
In Cambridge, the median rent is $1,572 for a studio, $1,793 for a 1-bedroom, $2,224 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,795 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Cambridge, check out our monthly Cambridge Rent Report.
How much is rent in Cambridge?
In Cambridge, the median rent is $1,572 for a studio, $1,793 for a 1-bedroom, $2,224 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,795 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Cambridge, check out our monthly Cambridge Rent Report.
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While some Cambridge properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Cambridge. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Hult International Business School, Harvard University, Lesley University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Becker College.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Cambridge. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Hult International Business School, Harvard University, Lesley University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Becker College.

Median Rent in Cambridge

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Cambridge is $1,793, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,224.
Studio
$1,572
1 Bed
$1,793
2 Beds
$2,224
3+ Beds
$2,795
City GuideCambridge
Do you need a helping hand scoring your dream dwellings in the Baked Bean State? Luckily, we’re here to help. All you have to do is peruse the following light reading material, and get ready to start living the high life in Cambridge…
Do you need a helping hand scoring your dream dwellings in the Baked Bean State? Luckily, we’re here to help. All you have to do is peruse the following light reading material, and get ready to start living the high life in Cambridge…
The Cambridge Life

Situated just three miles outside of Boston on the banks of the Charles River. Here are a few of the finer (and coarser) facts of life you’ll soon experience as a proud Cantabrigian (yes, that’s seriously what Cambridge folks call themselves).

  • Walkability. Cambridge is consistently ranked among the country’s most walker/biker-friendly communities. Because the city’s attractions, businesses, and residences are so densely located, it’s easy as pie to survive in Cambridge without a vehicle. Other feasible options for bumming around town include the MBTA bus system and the subway, which hauls Cantabrigians around the greater Boston area for about two bucks a pop.

  • Old school charm. Cambridge is one of America’s oldest and most historic cities, so it should come as no surprise that the city is dotted with historic homes loaded with character. These architectural gems are well-maintained, and vintage exteriors and fashionably modern interiors are pretty much standard fare for most Cambridge homesteads.

  • Culture. One cool thing about Cambridge is that the city offers a cornucopia of cultural attractions. Bookstores, museums, and galleries of all sorts line the streets.

The Cambridge Life
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Situated just three miles outside of Boston on the banks of the Charles River. Here are a few of the finer (and coarser) facts of life you’ll soon experience as a proud Cantabrigian (yes, that’s seriously what Cambridge folks call themselves).

  • Walkability. Cambridge is consistently ranked among the country’s most walker/biker-friendly communities. Because the city’s attractions, businesses, and residences are so densely located, it’s easy as pie to survive in Cambridge without a vehicle. Other feasible options for bumming around town include the MBTA bus system and the subway, which hauls Cantabrigians around the greater Boston area for about two bucks a pop.

  • Old school charm. Cambridge is one of America’s oldest and most historic cities, so it should come as no surprise that the city is dotted with historic homes loaded with character. These architectural gems are well-maintained, and vintage exteriors and fashionably modern interiors are pretty much standard fare for most Cambridge homesteads.

  • Culture. One cool thing about Cambridge is that the city offers a cornucopia of cultural attractions. Bookstores, museums, and galleries of all sorts line the streets.

A Bunch of Squares

No, we aren’t insulting you. We’re talking about the lay of the land in Cambridge, which is divided into several squares, which are basically neighborhood centers where various businesses, nighttime hotspots, and eateries are located. The good news is that whether you find your digs in the Harvard, Central, Inman, or Kendall Squares (or any of the others), you’ll be close to an assortment of businesses, housing units, and public transportation options.

A Bunch of Squares
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No, we aren’t insulting you. We’re talking about the lay of the land in Cambridge, which is divided into several squares, which are basically neighborhood centers where various businesses, nighttime hotspots, and eateries are located. The good news is that whether you find your digs in the Harvard, Central, Inman, or Kendall Squares (or any of the others), you’ll be close to an assortment of businesses, housing units, and public transportation options.

Tips for Tenants

If you are able to find a killer move-in special, though, you might want to pounce on it quick, because it won’t be available for long. A few other things to keep in mind before signing the dotted line:

  • Scope it out. It’s possible to find some relatively cheap crash pads (for Boston’s standards, anyway) in Cambridge, and it’s not completely unheard-of to find a studio or 1BR unit for $1200 or so.

As always, best of luck, and happy hunting!

Tips for Tenants
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If you are able to find a killer move-in special, though, you might want to pounce on it quick, because it won’t be available for long. A few other things to keep in mind before signing the dotted line:

  • Scope it out. It’s possible to find some relatively cheap crash pads (for Boston’s standards, anyway) in Cambridge, and it’s not completely unheard-of to find a studio or 1BR unit for $1200 or so.

As always, best of luck, and happy hunting!

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City GuideCambridge
Do you need a helping hand scoring your dream dwellings in the Baked Bean State? Luckily, we’re here to help. All you have to do is peruse the following light reading material, and get ready to start living the high life in Cambridge…
Do you need a helping hand scoring your dream dwellings in the Baked Bean State? Luckily, we’re here to help. All you have to do is peruse the following light reading material, and get ready to start living the high life in Cambridge…
The Cambridge Life

Situated just three miles outside of Boston on the banks of the Charles River. Here are a few of the finer (and coarser) facts of life you’ll soon experience as a proud Cantabrigian (yes, that’s seriously what Cambridge folks call themselves).

  • Walkability. Cambridge is consistently ranked among the country’s most walker/biker-friendly communities. Because the city’s attractions, businesses, and residences are so densely located, it’s easy as pie to survive in Cambridge without a vehicle. Other feasible options for bumming around town include the MBTA bus system and the subway, which hauls Cantabrigians around the greater Boston area for about two bucks a pop.

  • Old school charm. Cambridge is one of America’s oldest and most historic cities, so it should come as no surprise that the city is dotted with historic homes loaded with character. These architectural gems are well-maintained, and vintage exteriors and fashionably modern interiors are pretty much standard fare for most Cambridge homesteads.

  • Culture. One cool thing about Cambridge is that the city offers a cornucopia of cultural attractions. Bookstores, museums, and galleries of all sorts line the streets.

The Cambridge Life
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Situated just three miles outside of Boston on the banks of the Charles River. Here are a few of the finer (and coarser) facts of life you’ll soon experience as a proud Cantabrigian (yes, that’s seriously what Cambridge folks call themselves).

  • Walkability. Cambridge is consistently ranked among the country’s most walker/biker-friendly communities. Because the city’s attractions, businesses, and residences are so densely located, it’s easy as pie to survive in Cambridge without a vehicle. Other feasible options for bumming around town include the MBTA bus system and the subway, which hauls Cantabrigians around the greater Boston area for about two bucks a pop.

  • Old school charm. Cambridge is one of America’s oldest and most historic cities, so it should come as no surprise that the city is dotted with historic homes loaded with character. These architectural gems are well-maintained, and vintage exteriors and fashionably modern interiors are pretty much standard fare for most Cambridge homesteads.

  • Culture. One cool thing about Cambridge is that the city offers a cornucopia of cultural attractions. Bookstores, museums, and galleries of all sorts line the streets.

A Bunch of Squares

No, we aren’t insulting you. We’re talking about the lay of the land in Cambridge, which is divided into several squares, which are basically neighborhood centers where various businesses, nighttime hotspots, and eateries are located. The good news is that whether you find your digs in the Harvard, Central, Inman, or Kendall Squares (or any of the others), you’ll be close to an assortment of businesses, housing units, and public transportation options.

A Bunch of Squares
+

No, we aren’t insulting you. We’re talking about the lay of the land in Cambridge, which is divided into several squares, which are basically neighborhood centers where various businesses, nighttime hotspots, and eateries are located. The good news is that whether you find your digs in the Harvard, Central, Inman, or Kendall Squares (or any of the others), you’ll be close to an assortment of businesses, housing units, and public transportation options.

Tips for Tenants

If you are able to find a killer move-in special, though, you might want to pounce on it quick, because it won’t be available for long. A few other things to keep in mind before signing the dotted line:

  • Scope it out. It’s possible to find some relatively cheap crash pads (for Boston’s standards, anyway) in Cambridge, and it’s not completely unheard-of to find a studio or 1BR unit for $1200 or so.

As always, best of luck, and happy hunting!

Tips for Tenants
+

If you are able to find a killer move-in special, though, you might want to pounce on it quick, because it won’t be available for long. A few other things to keep in mind before signing the dotted line:

  • Scope it out. It’s possible to find some relatively cheap crash pads (for Boston’s standards, anyway) in Cambridge, and it’s not completely unheard-of to find a studio or 1BR unit for $1200 or so.

As always, best of luck, and happy hunting!

Rent Report
Cambridge

September 2020 Cambridge Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 Cambridge Rent Report. Cambridge rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Cambridge rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Cambridge rents decline sharply over the past month

Cambridge rents have declined 1.0% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 4.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Cambridge stand at $1,794 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,224 for a two-bedroom. This is the fifth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in March. Cambridge's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -1.5%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents falling across the Boston Metro

    Rent prices have been decreasing not just in Cambridge over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the Boston metro for which we have data, 7 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Over the past year, Cambridge has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 4.2%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,224, while one-bedrooms go for $1,794.
    • Lawrence has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.9%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,824, while one-bedrooms go for $1,471.
    • Newton has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,227; rents fell 0.8% over the past month and 1.0% over the past year.
    • Lowell has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,537; rents were up 0.1% over the past month but fell 1.2% over the past year.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Cambridge

    As rents have fallen sharply in Cambridge, a few large cities nationwide have also seen prices fall, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Cambridge is less affordable for renters.

    • Although rents across cities in Massachusetts have been moderately on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.0% in Worcester.
    • Cambridge's median two-bedroom rent of $2,224 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in Cambridge fell sharply over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw decreases, including San Francisco (-5.6%), New York (-3.3%), and DC (-2.2%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Cambridge than most large cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,180, where Cambridge is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

    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.

    City
    Median 1BR Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Boston
    $1,680
    $2,080
    -0.7%
    -3.1%
    Lowell
    $1,240
    $1,540
    0.1%
    -1.2%
    Cambridge
    $1,790
    $2,220
    -1%
    -4.2%
    Brockton
    $1,250
    $1,550
    0.4%
    -2.5%
    Quincy
    $1,550
    $1,920
    0
    -1.4%
    Newton
    $1,800
    $2,230
    -0.8%
    -1%
    Lawrence
    $1,470
    $1,820
    0.5%
    2.9%
    Somerville
    $1,750
    $2,170
    -1%
    0.3%
    Framingham
    $1,570
    $1,950
    0.3%
    1.1%
    Haverhill
    $1,250
    $1,550
    0.4%
    -1.3%
    Waltham
    $1,750
    $2,170
    0.5%
    -2%
    Malden
    $1,520
    $1,890
    -0.4%
    2%
    Brookline
    $2,160
    $2,680
    -0.8%
    2.2%
    Medford
    $1,670
    $2,070
    -0.9%
    -9.1%
    Revere
    $1,370
    $1,700
    0.8%
    -6%
    Peabody
    $1,570
    $1,950
    0.7%
    3.6%
    Salem
    $1,460
    $1,810
    1.2%
    1.3%
    Beverly
    $1,380
    $1,710
    0.2%
    4.9%
    Marlborough
    $1,310
    $1,640
    0.2%
    -3.7%
    Woburn
    $1,590
    $1,970
    0
    -1%
    Chelsea
    $1,640
    $2,030
    0.4%
    0
    Melrose
    $1,400
    $1,740
    1.1%
    -9.9%
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    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.

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    September 2020 Cambridge Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Cambridge Rent Report. Cambridge rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Cambridge rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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    September 2020 Cambridge Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Cambridge Rent Report. Cambridge rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Cambridge rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    Cambridge rents decline sharply over the past month

    Cambridge rents have declined 1.0% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 4.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Cambridge stand at $1,794 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,224 for a two-bedroom. This is the fifth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in March. Cambridge's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -1.5%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents falling across the Boston Metro

      Rent prices have been decreasing not just in Cambridge over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the Boston metro for which we have data, 7 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Over the past year, Cambridge has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 4.2%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,224, while one-bedrooms go for $1,794.
      • Lawrence has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.9%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,824, while one-bedrooms go for $1,471.
      • Newton has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,227; rents fell 0.8% over the past month and 1.0% over the past year.
      • Lowell has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,537; rents were up 0.1% over the past month but fell 1.2% over the past year.

      Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Cambridge

      As rents have fallen sharply in Cambridge, a few large cities nationwide have also seen prices fall, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Cambridge is less affordable for renters.

      • Although rents across cities in Massachusetts have been moderately on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.0% in Worcester.
      • Cambridge's median two-bedroom rent of $2,224 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While rents in Cambridge fell sharply over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw decreases, including San Francisco (-5.6%), New York (-3.3%), and DC (-2.2%).
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Cambridge than most large cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,180, where Cambridge is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

      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.

      City
      Median 1BR Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Boston
      $1,680
      $2,080
      -0.7%
      -3.1%
      Lowell
      $1,240
      $1,540
      0.1%
      -1.2%
      Cambridge
      $1,790
      $2,220
      -1%
      -4.2%
      Brockton
      $1,250
      $1,550
      0.4%
      -2.5%
      Quincy
      $1,550
      $1,920
      0
      -1.4%
      Newton
      $1,800
      $2,230
      -0.8%
      -1%
      Lawrence
      $1,470
      $1,820
      0.5%
      2.9%
      Somerville
      $1,750
      $2,170
      -1%
      0.3%
      Framingham
      $1,570
      $1,950
      0.3%
      1.1%
      Haverhill
      $1,250
      $1,550
      0.4%
      -1.3%
      Waltham
      $1,750
      $2,170
      0.5%
      -2%
      Malden
      $1,520
      $1,890
      -0.4%
      2%
      Brookline
      $2,160
      $2,680
      -0.8%
      2.2%
      Medford
      $1,670
      $2,070
      -0.9%
      -9.1%
      Revere
      $1,370
      $1,700
      0.8%
      -6%
      Peabody
      $1,570
      $1,950
      0.7%
      3.6%
      Salem
      $1,460
      $1,810
      1.2%
      1.3%
      Beverly
      $1,380
      $1,710
      0.2%
      4.9%
      Marlborough
      $1,310
      $1,640
      0.2%
      -3.7%
      Woburn
      $1,590
      $1,970
      0
      -1%
      Chelsea
      $1,640
      $2,030
      0.4%
      0
      Melrose
      $1,400
      $1,740
      1.1%
      -9.9%
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      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.

      Cambridge Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how Cambridge ranks on:

      A+
      Overall satisfaction
      A+
      Safety and crime rate
      A+
      Jobs and career opportunities
      A+
      Recreational activities
      A+
      Quality of schools
      A+
      Social Life
      D
      Weather
      A+
      Commute time
      C+
      State and local taxes
      A+
      Public transit
      A
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Cambridge’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

      "Cambridge renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "With expensive rents in coastal cities, it comes as no surprise that cost of living is a source of dissatisfaction in Cambridge."

      Key findings in Cambridge include the following:

      • Cambridge renters gave their city an A+ overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Cambridge were jobs and career opportunities, safety and low crime rate, quality of local schools and commute time, which all received A+ grades.
      • The areas of concern to Cambridge renters are weather (D) and affordability (F).
      • Cambridge did relatively well compared to other cities in Massachusetts, including Worcester and Springfield, which both received F grades.
      • Cambridge did relatively well compared to other cities, including San Diego, CA (A-), Austin, TX (A-) and Charlotte, NC (A-).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "Lots of cool places to eat and explore." – Ellie Z.
      • "A very accepting city for students or foreigners. A lot of good shops and restaurants are popping up." – Edith F.
      • "We love it here! It is close to work and very dog-friendly for our fur babies. But it is too expensive and there is no way I could follow the 1/3 of income rule for rent. Even a studio apartment takes most of my income." – Alison T.
      • "Cambridge is a great place to raise a family, but prices are a bit higher than average." – Aleksandra C.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.
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      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released Cambridge’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

      "Cambridge renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List....

      View full Cambridge Renter Survey

      Here’s how Cambridge ranks on:

      A+
      Overall satisfaction
      A+
      Safety and crime rate
      A+
      Jobs and career opportunities
      A+
      Recreational activities
      A+
      Quality of schools
      A+
      Social Life
      D
      Weather
      A+
      Commute time
      C+
      State and local taxes
      A+
      Public transit
      A
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Cambridge’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

      "Cambridge renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "With expensive rents in coastal cities, it comes as no surprise that cost of living is a source of dissatisfaction in Cambridge."

      Key findings in Cambridge include the following:

      • Cambridge renters gave their city an A+ overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Cambridge were jobs and career opportunities, safety and low crime rate, quality of local schools and commute time, which all received A+ grades.
      • The areas of concern to Cambridge renters are weather (D) and affordability (F).
      • Cambridge did relatively well compared to other cities in Massachusetts, including Worcester and Springfield, which both received F grades.
      • Cambridge did relatively well compared to other cities, including San Diego, CA (A-), Austin, TX (A-) and Charlotte, NC (A-).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "Lots of cool places to eat and explore." – Ellie Z.
      • "A very accepting city for students or foreigners. A lot of good shops and restaurants are popping up." – Edith F.
      • "We love it here! It is close to work and very dog-friendly for our fur babies. But it is too expensive and there is no way I could follow the 1/3 of income rule for rent. Even a studio apartment takes most of my income." – Alison T.
      • "Cambridge is a great place to raise a family, but prices are a bit higher than average." – Aleksandra C.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.