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Waltham Apartments
Last updated February 5 2023 at 7:51 PM

1,410 Apartments in Waltham, Massachusetts

Waltham Apartment Renter's Guide

Overview


Population: 62,495
Population Density: 4,904.1 people/sq mile

What locals are saying

Waltham made its name in the watch business. Also in the brass automobile business when car (called motocycles then) fittings were still old fashioned (like the big bug-eyed lamps used as headlights). Motocycles are long gone, but Waltham is still home to bug-eyed incoming freshman of Brandeis and Bentley – and a city that has seen a massive transformation as a dining and cultural escape – even for nearby Bostonians.

With its roots deeply set in the industrial revolution, Waltham developed as an urban center outside the metropolitan Boston area

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Waltham made its name in the watch business. Also in the brass automobile business when car (called motocycles then) fittings were still old fashioned (like the big bug-eyed lamps used as headlights). Motocycles are long gone, but Waltham is still home to bug-eyed incoming freshman of Brandeis and Bentley – and a city that has seen a massive transformation as a dining and cultural escape – even for nearby Bostonians.

Waltham, a City and a Suburb All in One

With its roots deeply set in the industrial revolution, Waltham developed as an urban center outside the metropolitan Boston area. This history can be seen today in Waltham’s exceptionally diverse population with a multi-pronged urban feel, particularly in the downtown area. A high-tech relocation boom has been partly responsible for Waltham's current demographics.

For one, you will never get bored with Waltham dining. Moroccan Monday, Thai Tuesday and Welsh Wednesday (Shepard's Pie, Welsh Rarebit) will keep your palate interested in all that the city has to offer. If Sunday dropped the S, you could even enjoy a Ugandan feast every Unday. Of course, as Waltham is a bit of a college town, there's plenty of passable pizza options for those feeling like they've had there fill of Matooke (Ugandan plantain dish). Additionally, Waltham’s downtown is thriving and walkable, with lots of shops, bars, and nightlife.

As mentioned, Waltham is home to Brandeis University (editor's alma mater – Roll Deis Roll) and Bentley College, both of which keep the city enriched with cultural events and a youthful population. Though Waltham is less family-oriented than other Metro West area cities, settling in certain neighborhoods will keep away from the hustle and bustle of the single student life – although both colleges are considered small – around 4,000 undergraduates each. Additionally, the downtown Riverwalk and several of the city’s parks will provide plenty of outdoor recreation for you and your family.

Neighborhoods

Downtown

Downtown Waltham is sui generis among college towns. With some of the area’s best options for dining and nightlife – including some of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in New England – pretty tough competition, downtown manages a kind of Aspen like vibe appreciated by a working class and academia equally. Moody Street in downtown, or “Restaurant Row,” says it all. This is some feat considering 20 years ago Moody Street was aptly named – it put everyone in a bad mood.

Downtown is a densely packed urban area, thus possessing some drawbacks associated with lots of people in a small space – no, not bunkbeds. Safety and space may be a concern in this area. Generally, the most desirable and safest rentals downtown are found in the new developments along the Riverwalk. Riverwalk apartments are costly, with two bedrooms around $2500.

Collegiate Living

Bentley and Brandeis are located on opposite sides of the downtown, with Brandeis nestled in the southwest and Bentley in the northeast. These large college campuses dominate the rental market in the surrounding neighborhoods. However, each of these universities has their own distinct feel.

Generally, most Waltham residents will tell you that Brandeis has more of a party culture than Bentley. Though both areas have instances of noise and petty theft, Bentley is a bit quieter than its southwestern counterpart. The area surrounding Brandeis, however, does have a lot of single-family homes that have been divided into apartments, some located on quieter streets. Two bedrooms in the Brandies and Bentley areas go for $1600-$1800.

North Waltham and the Tech Belt

In a densely packed city with two college campuses, it may seem difficult to locate a quiet suburban complex to your liking. This part of the city developed alongside the technology companies setting up home offices in north Waltham in the late 1980s. Because of this, several rental complexes and nice, suburban homes were also developed.

In the Tech Belt, you’ll find new rentals with tons of amenities like gyms and swimming pools, along with a quieter lifestyle and a more family-friendly vibe. This region has the added benefit of being close to community centers like the Waltham YMCA. Additionally, you’ll have access to more large commercial shopping centers and chain stores. Two bedrooms in this area generally fall between $1800-2000.

Rental Tips

If you want newer, upscale developments along the Riverwalk or in the Tech Belt, your best bet is to go directly through the management companies that rent the properties.

Outside of newer developments, there are a plethora of rentals available via online apartment searches (hey-ohhh). Additionally, the Bentley and Brandeis campuses have a lot of rentals and room shares with flexible or no lease options.

Be prepared to spend up to $50 for background and credit checks to secure your preferred apartment. Deposits in Waltham are generally equivalent to one-month rent. If you’re a student, with lack of discernible earnings or credit history, you may need a co-signer for many of the campus-area apartment, but many landlords are used to this – some like the idea of more solvent mom & dad on the hook for the rent when you blow it all on funnels and Pink Floyd posters.

Getting Around

While the commute from Waltham into Boston isn’t necessarily the most pleasant during rush hour, with drive time on this 10-mile stretch sometimes taking as much as 40 minutes, the city has some advantages over other Metro West suburbs. For instance, the city is located right on I-95 and the Massachusetts Pike, which means you won’t need to drive far to get to Boston’s main artery.

Waltham is also home to two MBTA rapid-transit stops—the Waltham stop downtown and the Brandeis/Roberts stop on campus. Many farther flung and larger apartment complexes frequently offer residents free shuttle service to one of these stations. Both stations have park-and-ride lots, though parking is generally easier and more plentiful at the Brandeis stop. There are also several local and express buses operating into Boston and neighboring Metro West cities.

Welcome to Waltham – a place that once considered ethnic dining ordering a pizza with an Orangina. Now, the pizza has arugula, crème fraiche, and butter-poached monkfish and the Orangina – well, that's still Orangina because it is delicious.

Waltham Crime


Overall Crime

Low
Overall crime in Waltham is low in comparison to the national average.

Violent Crime

Low
The level of violent crime in Waltham is low compared to the national average violent crime rate.

Property Crime

Low
The level of property crime in Waltham is low compared to the national average property crime rate.

Top Schools in Waltham


Elementary Schools

6 /10
James Fitzgerald Elementary School
Public
K-5
Public
K-5
438 Students
3 Reviews
438
Students
3 Reviews
5 /10
Douglas Macarthur Elementary School
Public
K-5
Public
K-5
440 Students
6 Reviews
440
Students
6 Reviews
5 /10
Henry Whittemore Elementary School
Public
K-5
Public
K-5
433 Students
4 Reviews
433
Students
4 Reviews

Middle Schools

6 /10
John F Kennedy Middle School
Public
6-8
Public
6-8
512 Students
3 Reviews
512
Students
3 Reviews
5 /10
John W. Mcdevitt Middle School
Public
6-8
Public
6-8
631 Students
3 Reviews
631
Students
3 Reviews

High Schools

3 /10
Waltham Sr High School
Public
9-12
Public
9-12
1,620 Students
3 Reviews
1,620
Students
3 Reviews

What Renters Say about Waltham


Apartment List has released the results for Waltham from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.
78%
Safety and Crime Rate
75%
Commute Time
72%
Parks and Outdoor Activities
71%
Public Transit
70%
Pet Friendliness
64%
Social Life
61%
Quality of Schools
60%
Jobs and Career Opportunities
54%
Weather
32%
Affordability
25%
State and Local Taxes
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Cronin's Landing Photo Gallery 1
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13 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,570
861 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,865
1000 sqft
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Longview Place Photo Gallery 1
1 of 44
Verified
13 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,560
775 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,865
1141 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,995
1518 sqft
Community is located only blocks from the Charles River and all the parks that line it. Community features include garage parking, game room, 24-hour gym and coffee bar. Units are recently renovated and furnished.
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The Wright Photo Gallery 1
1 of 9
Verified
75 Units Available
Studio
$2,374
558 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,460
618 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,454
1070 sqft
The Wright redefines suburban living for the sophisticated renter who seeks modern design combined with convenient location. Picture yourself working from the pool courtyard, jogging around the nearby reservoir, or giving your pup a quick wash in the dog-wash room. The Wright offers you all the amenities you need, right at home.
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Edison on the Charles by Windsor Photo Gallery 1
1 of 57
Studio
$2,720
738 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,855
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,280
1122 sqft
Be one of the first to experience reinvented, modern living on the banks of the Charles River. Our brand new, luxury apartments are ready for you to call them home. Choose from a diverse collection of studio, one and two-bedroom floor plans, each designed to the highest standard of quality and comfort. Our Waltham apartments are excellently located on the Charles Riverbank, filled to the brim with luxurious finishes and fixtures, and enhanced by our dedicated services and resort-inspired amenities. Thanks to our excellent address on Cooper Street, living at Edison on the Charles by Windsor means having fast access to Boston, Cambridge, Harvard University, and the popular Waltham Restaurant Row.
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Average rent in Waltham, Massachusetts

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The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Waltham is $2,679, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,360. Rent rates updated 4 days ago
* Averages are based on the rental prices of properties listed on Apartment List
The Merc at Moody and Main Photo Gallery 1
1 of 44
Studio
$2,735
628 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,870
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,160
1082 sqft
Beautiful community located on the Waltham Common, just a short walk from shopping and dining. Luxury apartments offer garbage disposal, in-unit laundry, and patio or balcony. Community has parking, 24-hour maintenance and BBQ area.
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Windsor Village at Waltham Photo Gallery 1
1 of 40
1 Bedroom
$2,230
885 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,925
1030 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,490
1350 sqft
Just nine miles outside of the Downtown Boston area. Spacious apartments with up to three bedrooms. All feature designer finishes and private entrances. On-site amenities include a fitness center, private resident lounge, and sundecks.
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The Ridge Photo Gallery 1
1 of 18
Verified
7 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,332
786 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,337
1186 sqft
Just minutes from Hardy's Pond and Waltham Overlook. Luxury apartments featuring private balconies/patios, walk-in closets, fireplaces and in-unit laundry facilities. Gym, pool and business center available to residents.
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Watch Factory Lofts Photo Gallery 1
1 of 35
1 Bedroom
$2,875
833 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,349
1019 sqft
Must-see luxury apartments at the original home of the Waltham Watch Factory! This new development has apartment homes of exceptional quality and attention to detail. Fitness center on-site, Pets welcome, Innovative unit designs including historic brick walls and authentic wood beams. One, two, and three bedroom residences. Many two-level living options are available. Washer/Dryer in each apartment! Half a mile from Waltham MBTA Station Access to Charles River walking and bike paths. Scenic views of the Charles River and unique historic architecture will make Watch Factory Lofts an unparalleled space to inhabit and enjoy. These Lofts are the perfect place to take advantage of Boston and all it has to offer!
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Currents on the Charles Photo Gallery 1
1 of 73
Verified
17 Units Available
Studio
$2,099
609 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,339
649 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,984
1078 sqft
Pet-friendly with open kitchens, hardwood floors, in-unit laundry and patio/balcony. Walk to city transit, shopping, dining. Brand new 1-2 bedroom apartments with amenities like fitness center, pool, cyber cafe, sundeck and River Club.
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Avalon at Bedford Center Photo Gallery 1
1 of 26
2 Bedrooms
$3,285
1104 sqft
Close to Boston with easy access to Minute Man National Historic Park and Burlington Mall. Huge floor plans, big closets, gourmet kitchens and W/D. 24-hour fitness center, outdoor heated swimming pool and common areas.
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Avalon Bear Hill Photo Gallery 1
1 of 37
Verified
10 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,849
955 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,754
1303 sqft
Thoughtfully designed homes with bay windows, garden bathtubs and private patios. Community features include a resort-style swimming pool and business center. Easy access to I-95. Near Prospect Hill Park.
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Avalon Natick Photo Gallery 1
1 of 28
Verified
19 Units Available
Studio
$2,415
634 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,695
731 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,300
1024 sqft
This high-rise community offers everything from studios to penthouse apartments and beautiful views of Lake Cochituate and Cochituate Park. Community features media room, gym, trash valet and clubhouse. Cable included in rent.
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165 Chestnut Photo Gallery 1
1 of 25
3 Bedrooms
$2,800
1100 sqft
VIRTUAL TOUR AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST!!! Beautiful RENOVATED THREE bedroom, one bathroom apartment in prime South Waltham location. Close proximity to shops, store, parks and good commuter location. One parking, possibly two parking spot included right outside the unit. Gleaming hardwood floors, with UPDATED kitchen and bathroom refreshed. Custom built in in the living room make this an attractive place to move right in. The walls and ceilings have been recently painted and plastered. Pets are negotiable . ( See firm remarks)
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63 South Street Photo Gallery 1
1 of 30
3 Bedrooms
$2,975
1400 sqft
BRIGHT AND SUNNY extremely LARGE TWO- LEVEL freshly painted apartment with gleaming hardwood floors & new electrical fixtures throughout This stunning unit offers THREE bedrooms PLUS an extra multi-purpose room for an in-home office or family room!! HUGE NEWLY renovated E/I kitchen with stainless steel appliances. NEWLY renovated bathroom with large linen closet. Beautiful multi -windowed sun-room brings the outdoors inside & offers a large, light bonus space. Located in extremely desirable & convenient downtown locale! Nestled between Brandeis University, Boston Children’s hospital and Downtown. Easy access to major routes, commuter rails, bus lines and walking distance to heart of Waltham. Off street two car parking provided behind the residence In-unit laundry and HUGE attic room. This unit wont last!! Pet friendly!! Come take a look and make it yours, great location
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47 Cedar St Photo Gallery 1
1 of 16
3 Bedrooms
$3,500
1200 sqft
Amazing rental, feels like a single family - Spacious and sunny meticulously maintained home. Main level features an eat in kitchen with pantry and new dishwasher, wall oven, and wonderful cabinet space. Off the kitchen is a sun filled bonus room or den with large windows overlooking the backyard. A formal dining room, large living room with oversized windows and decorative fireplace. Primary suite with tile shower, 2 additional good size bedrooms and additional full bath. Laundry is private for tenant use only. Fabulous tree lined street on the Newton /Waltham line. Easy access to major highways for easy commuting. Lovely landscaped yard. Good credit and references are a must. No pets please. Rental includes parking for 2 cars in driveway.
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262 Brown Street Photo Gallery 1
1 of 28
2 Bedrooms
$3,200
1400 sqft
Fantastic open floor plan, offered in this updated ,bright and sunny 2nd floor apartment near highly desired Moody Street with private deck off the Kitchen. Easy access to Commuter Train, Mass Pike, Route 20, bike path, & all that the South Side Waltham has to offer. This 2 bedroom plus bonus room for office or whatever you desire features a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel, energy efficient appliances and soft-closing cabinets. Open floor plan Living Room & Dining Room., lead to the spectacular kitchen and the deck off the kitchen makes eating and entertaining outside a breeze. Hardwood floors and recessed lighting throughout, IN UNIT front loading washer and dryer!! 2 FULL modernized bathrooms with granite counters and tile. CENTRAL AC and much more! 2 off street parking spaces INCLUDING A GARAGE space are assigned to this unit. Tastefully painted with neutral colors ands an amazing layout!! All it needs is your personal touch. This unit is a beauty & wont last!
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260 Brown Street Photo Gallery 1
1 of 30
2 Bedrooms
$3,200
1400 sqft
Fantastic open floor plan, offered in this updated ,bright and sunny 1st floor apartment near highly desired Moody Street with private deck off the Kitchen. Easy access to Commuter Train, Mass Pike, Route 20, bike path, & all that the South Side Waltham has to offer. This 2 bedroom plus bonus room for office or whatever you desire features a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel, energy efficient appliances and soft-closing cabinets. Open floor plan Living Room & Dining Room., lead to the spectacular kitchen and the deck off the kitchen makes eating and entertaining outside a breeze. Hardwood floors and recessed lighting throughout, IN UNIT front loading washer and dryer!! 2 FULL modernized bathrooms with granite counters and tile. CENTRAL AC and much more! 2 off street parking spaces INCLUDING A GARAGE space are assigned to this unit. Tastefully painted with neutral colors ands an amazing layout!! All it needs is your personal touch. This unit is a beauty & wont last!
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70 Guinan Photo Gallery 1
1 of 14
2 Bedrooms
$2,600
1000 sqft
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19 Banks St. Photo Gallery 1
1 of 17
3 Bedrooms
$3,200
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46 South St. Photo Gallery 1
1 of 9
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
APL59672046 - In an unbeatable location in Waltham! This property is nestled in a sought after area of Waltham, a great community with suburban feel but just minutes to Boston! Convenient to Bentley University, Boston College, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Brandeis University, parks along the Charles River, Regis College, many country clubs & golf courses, outdoor recreation, quaint local shopping and dining, bars & nightlife, and many major employers in nearby office parks! An easy commuting location with many major MBTA bus routes nearby as well as 2 commuter rail stops (Waltham and Brandeis/Roberts stations). Close to highways I90 & I95 too! A wonderful place to call home with the peace of suburban living but a quick commute to Boston attractions!
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80 Robbins St. Photo Gallery 1
1 of 7
1 Bedroom
$1,825
APL59523080 - Charming 1 bedroom in Waltham Heat and hot water included Wall to wall carpet Dishwasher New kitchen and bath Steps to Moody Street Street Parking No Broker Fee Professionally managed 24 hour maintenance Close to grocery store, restaurants and major highways Call Catherine to view
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15 Sharon Photo Gallery 1
1 of 15
3 Bedrooms
$2,850
APL59522866 - Renovated two level 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, town home style apartment in Waltham. This apartment was gut renovated in 2019 and features a modern eat in kitchen with stainless steel appliances and stone counters. All new flooring on the first floor and freshly buffed hardwood flooring on the second floor. Both first and second floor bathrooms are renovated as well. Apartment features high ceilings with ceiling fans in most rooms, generous closet space in all three bedrooms (upstairs). There's a full bathroom on each floor and a large office space off the dining room. Laundry is in the basement and there is private driveway parking for up to 3 cars. Heating, hot water and cooking are all by gas and the responsibility of the Tenants. Conveniently located within 1/2 mile to Brandeis University and .7 miles to the commuter rail at Moody St. and a 1/2 mile to Restaurant Row on Moody St. No smoking and No Pets! Move in costs are First & Last months rent and one month Brokers fee. Good credit required.
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47 Dorchester St. Photo Gallery 1
1 of 23
4 Bedrooms
$3,450
1800 sqft
APL52858506 - Single family home on a quiet dead end street. 1.2 miles away from Brandies and easy access to Route 128 and the Mass Pike. This residence offers 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, gas heat, central air conditioning and washer/dryer. The first level has a large living room with fireplace, spacious dining room, fully equipped eat in kitchen and outdoor deck. There is also a bonus room that could be used an office or 4th bedroom. Lower level is a walk out with full bath and extra living space and storage. Five dedicated parking spaces in the front of the house are included.
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662 Moody St. Photo Gallery 1
1 of 31
4 Bedrooms
$3,300
1300 sqft
APL55107254 - Spacious four bedroom on two floors of living space! The entire place has been renovated with new flooring, new electric, new lighting, new paint job, new marble bath, and the kitchen is remodeled with stainless steel appliances, new cabinets, new stove, dishwasher and granite counters! private washer and dryer in unit! Parking available (3-4 cars) behind the home Easy commutes to 90/95/128/16/20/30/60/9 and Newtonville, Harvard Square, Boston University, MIT, West Newton, Chestnut Hill, Auburndale, Cambridge, Watertown Square, Waltham, Belmont, Arlington, Wellesley, Needham, Brookline, Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Back Bay, Copley, Allston, Brighton, Oak Square, etc To Save 10% on any broker fee: http://www.club-realty.com/roommates
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How much is rent in Waltham?

In Waltham, the average rent is $2,466 for a studio, $2,679 for a 1-bedroom, $3,360 for a 2-bedroom, and $4,297 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Waltham, check out our monthly Waltham Rent Report.

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How can I find off-campus housing in Waltham?

You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Waltham. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Berklee College of Music, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network.

Average rent in Waltham, Massachusetts

City Guide
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Waltham is $2,679, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,360. Rent rates updated 4 days ago
* Averages are based on the rental prices of properties listed on Apartment List