76 Cheap Apartments for rent in Cambridge, MA

Last updated November 19 at 10:20am UTC
272 Sidney
Cambridgeport
Cambridge, MA
Updated October 14 at 2:21am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,800
1200 Massachusetts Ave
Riverside
Cambridge, MA
Updated November 18 at 5:47pm UTC
Studio
$1,800
Results within 1 miles of Cambridge, MA
409 Huntington Ave Apt 11
Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood
Boston, MA
Updated November 16 at 12:18pm UTC
Studio
$1,625
143 Park Dr Apt 2
Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood
Boston, MA
Updated November 4 at 1:18pm UTC
Studio
$1,750
2-4 Bayard Street
Allston
Boston, MA
Updated October 27 at 1:56am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,800
93 Partridge Ave
Magoun Square
Somerville, MA
Updated November 19 at 9:54am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,600
15 Waverly St Apt 150
North Allston
Boston, MA
Updated October 28 at 11:14am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,650
21 Avon Rd
East Watertown
Watertown Town, MA
Updated November 6 at 1:22am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,800
390 Broadway
Winter Hill
Somerville, MA
Updated November 17 at 2:10am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,795
239 Harvard Ave
Coolidge Corner
Boston, MA
Updated October 20 at 2:17am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,800
15 Aberdeen St # 401
Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood
Boston, MA
Updated October 12 at 10:32am UTC
Studio
$1,600
168 North Beacon St Apt 3
Oak Square
Boston, MA
Updated November 16 at 12:12pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,450
195 Bunker Hill
Thompson Square - Bunker Hill
Boston, MA
Updated November 14 at 1:38am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,795
137 Park Dr # 50
Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood
Boston, MA
Updated September 28 at 11:02am UTC
Studio
$1,750
501 Beacon St
Back Bay
Boston, MA
Updated November 16 at 6:09pm UTC
Studio
$1,795
46 Oliver St
East Somerville
Somerville, MA
Updated November 19 at 10:20am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,625
7 Scottfield Rd
Commonwealth
Boston, MA
Updated November 17 at 9:46am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,575
121 Salem St
North End
Boston, MA
Updated November 15 at 1:58am UTC
Studio
$1,650
352 Boston Ave.
South Medford
Medford, MA
Updated November 2 at 2:43am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,600
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November 2017 Cambridge Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 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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November 2017 Cambridge Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 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 declined over the past month

Cambridge rents have declined 1.4% over the past month, and have decreased slightly by 0.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Cambridge stand at $1,780 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,200 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. Cambridge's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.7%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

Rents rising across the Boston Metro

While rent prices have decreased in Cambridge over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 8 of the largest 10 cities in the Boston metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Brookline has seen rents fall by 0.8% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It's also the most expensive city in the Boston metro with a two-bedroom median of $2,600.
  • Haverhill has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,470; additionally, the city has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro over the past year (0.7%).

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Cambridge

As rents have fallen slightly in Cambridge, many large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Cambridge is less affordable for renters.

  • Cambridge's median two-bedroom rent of $2,200 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 0.2% decline in Cambridge.
  • While rents in Cambridge fell slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Seattle (+4.2%), Los Angeles (+3.9%), and Baltimore (+2.5%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Cambridge than most large cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,160, 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 price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Boston $1,680 $2,080 -0.4% 1.3%
Lowell $1,210 $1,500 -1.0% 1.9%
Cambridge $1,780 $2,200 -1.4% -0.2%
Quincy $1,500 $1,860 -0.3% 3.8%
Somerville $1,650 $2,050 -3.0% 3.2%
Framingham $1,500 $1,870 -0.3% 2.4%
Haverhill $1,180 $1,470 0.7% 3.7%
Waltham $1,660 $2,060 -0.8% 0.9%
Brookline $2,090 $2,600 -0.7% -0.8%
Marlborough $1,200 $1,500 -0.7% 1.1%

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.