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2,434 Short-term Apartments for rent in Columbia, MD

Finding a short-term apartment in Columbia takes some leg work to find the right location, price point, and lease terms. You may need to rent a short-term apartment due to a new... Read Guide >
Preserve at Cradlerock Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
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5 Units Available
Preserve at Cradlerock Apartment Homes
6531 Quiet Hours, Columbia, MD 21045
Owen Brown
1 Bedroom
$1,405
814 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
1127 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 5:14 AM
Apartments feature a private patio or balcony, all appliances, air conditioning and in-unit laundry, plus on-site laundry facilities. Wheelchair accessible, carport, BBQ area, playground, courtyard and coffee bar. Dogs and cats allowed.
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Clarys Crossing Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
6 Units Available
Clarys Crossing
11311 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044
Hickory Ridge
1 Bedroom
$1,488
823 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,061
1100 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,446
1486 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 5:13 AM
Close to The Mall in Columbia. Open-concept floor plans featuring private patios. Wood-burning fireplace, walk-in closets and black appliances in every apartment. On-site Wi-Fi lounge, coffee bar, fitness center and outdoor swimming pool.
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Juniper Photo Gallery 1
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40 Units Available
Juniper
6000 Merriweather Drive, Columbia, MD 21044
Downtown Columbia
Studio
$1,772
608 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,149
640 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,804
1107 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 5:09 AM
Introducing Juniper. The centerpiece of the new Merriweather District. Studios, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments available.
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The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia Photo Gallery 1
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25 Units Available
The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia
10000 Town Center Avenue, Columbia, MD 21044
Downtown Columbia
1 Bedroom
$1,942
663 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,518
1191 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,114
1340 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 5:07 AM
The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia is Silver LEED Certified and its interiors are as modern as you expect in an urban home. Wood-style flooring with updated kitchens.
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The Gramercy at Town Center Photo Gallery 1
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9 Units Available
The Gramercy at Town Center
10601 Gramercy Pl, Columbia, MD 21044
Downtown Columbia
1 Bedroom
$1,834
777 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,326
1013 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,521
1401 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 5:05 AM
Located across the street from the Mall in Columbia. Residence offers seven different floor plans, ranging from one- to three-bedroom apartments. Some units have lofts and nine-foot ceilings. All include air conditioning and in-unit laundry.
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Alister Columbia Photo Gallery 1
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12 Units Available
Alister Columbia
8909 Early April Way, Columbia, MD 21046
Kings Contrivance
1 Bedroom
$1,814
735 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,947
966 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 5:05 AM
Luxury features abound: recently renovated with quartz counters, unique wood flooring, elegant lighting and cozy fireplaces. Minutes from I-95 and exclusive resident access to 24-hour gym, refreshing pool, clubhouse and car wash.
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The Timbers at Long Reach Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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8 Units Available
The Timbers at Long Reach Apartments
8782 Cloudleap Ct, Columbia, MD 21045
Long Reach
1 Bedroom
$1,441
810 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,788
978 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,000
1196 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 4:09 AM
Close to Rouse Parkway. Patio or balcony overlooking a beautifully landscaped courtyard. Units include all appliances, granite countertops and laundry facilities. Community amenities include a playground, volleyball court, BBQ area and dog park.
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The Elms at Kendall Ridge Photo Gallery 1
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4 Units Available
The Elms at Kendall Ridge
8399 Tamar Dr, Columbia, MD 21045
Long Reach
1 Bedroom
$1,662
750 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,078
1090 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 4:08 AM
This stunning community sits in a tree-lined street area near shopping and dining. On-site amenities include a resort-style pool and lighted tennis court. Updated interiors feature lots of functional space and a patio or balcony.
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10X Living Columbia Town Center Photo Gallery 1
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18 Units Available
10X Living Columbia Town Center
10360 Swift Stream Pl, Columbia, MD 21044
Downtown Columbia
1 Bedroom
$1,940
732 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,240
1042 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,015
1403 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 4:08 AM
The Symphony Woods park and The Mall in Columbia are both just minutes from this property. The green community offers a clubhouse and 24-hour gym for residents to enjoy. Units feature stainless steel appliances.
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3 Units Available
Beech's Farm
7260 Eden Brook Dr, Columbia, MD 21046
Kings Contrivance
1 Bedroom
$1,765
735 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,096
994 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 4:07 AM
We are now accepting in-person tours via scheduled appointments only. Our virtual tours are also available. Please call or email to schedule today!Nestled in a lush wooded setting, Beech's Farm provides residents with a peaceful and luxurious living experience in the heart of Columbia, MD. Our apartments near Village of Kings Contrivance features a unique selection of one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes with thoughtful amenities throughout each unit. Residents love the warmth that hard surface wood-inspired flooring brings to each room. Cozy up to the charm of a wood burning fireplace (in select units). Make a meal in our highly-appointed kitchens with stainless-steel appliances fit for a chef. Every one of our Columbia, MD apartments is spacious enough to accommodate a full-sized washer and dryer, as well as large closets. Enjoy the outdoors on your very own patio or deck at our Kings Contrivance apartments. Beech's Farm also features excellent community amenities such as walking and jogging trails that connect to public parks, a business center, and an on-site playground. Our pet-friendly apartments in Columbia, MD even have a dog park for your pet to roam.
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Poplar Glen Photo Gallery 1
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7 Units Available
Poplar Glen
11608 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044
Hickory Ridge
1 Bedroom
$1,695
792 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,987
1070 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 4:07 AM
Just a short distance away from the Mall of Columbia, shopping, and dining. Newly renovated units feature hardwood floors, fireplace, and patio/balcony. Resident have access to pool, clubhouse, 24-hour gym, media room. Pet friendly.
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Harpers Forest Photo Gallery 1
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5 Units Available
Harpers Forest
5980 Turnabout Ln, Columbia, MD 21044
Harpers Choice
1 Bedroom
$1,504
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,729
850 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,954
1200 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 1:18 AM
Pet-friendly complex with on-site laundry, playground, 24-hour maintenance, and ample parking. Air-conditioned units boast energy-efficient appliances and wall-to-wall carpeting. Close to Highway 29, I-70, and I-95.
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Alister Town Center Photo Gallery 1
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6 Units Available
Alister Town Center
5331 Columbia Rd, Columbia, MD 21044
Fairway Hills
1 Bedroom
$1,676
713 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,973
983 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,653
1107 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 1:16 AM
The Mall in Columbia and Town Center Village are easily accessible from this property. Residents can play a round at Fairway Hills Golf Course. Units have fireplaces and walk-in closets. Onsite clubhouse and gym provided.
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Cedar Place Photo Gallery 1
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12 Units Available
Cedar Place
5458 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD 21044
Harpers Choice
1 Bedroom
$1,508
815 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,698
1056 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,642
1156 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 1:14 AM
Recently renovated apartments with extra storage and private laundry. Community has a dog park and sparkling pool. Just minutes from Harper's Choice and the local skate park.
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eaves Columbia Town Center Photo Gallery 1
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24 Units Available
eaves Columbia Town Center
10300 Hickory Ridge Rd, Columbia, MD 21044
Hickory Ridge
1 Bedroom
$1,593
780 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,960
1050 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,770
1582 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 1:13 AM
Adjacent to Symphony Woods and near Route 29 in Columbia. Units have real wood cabinets, in-unit laundry and air conditioning. Plenty of parking and pets are allowed.
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The Madison at Eden Brook Photo Gallery 1
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8 Units Available
The Madison at Eden Brook
7310 Eden Brook Dr, Columbia, MD 21046
Kings Contrivance
1 Bedroom
$1,688
695 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,895
933 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 1:12 AM
Convenient to Columbia between Washington and Baltimore, this apartment home community boasts a 24-hour gym, a pool and fitness trails. Interior features include intrusion alarms, wood-burning fireplaces and in-home laundry.
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Columbia Pointe Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
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16 Units Available
Columbia Pointe Apartment Homes
5764 Stevens Forest Rd, Columbia, MD 21045
Oakland Mills
1 Bedroom
$1,500
576 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,850
1062 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,070
1237 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 1:10 AM
Recently renovated units with an elegant kitchen including all appliances and in-unit laundry. Patio or balcony. Swimming pool, playground, 24-hour gym, 24-hour maintenance, parking and elevator. Pet friendly.
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TENm.flats Photo Gallery 1
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22 Units Available
TENm.flats
10101 Twin Rivers Rd, Columbia, MD 21044
Wilde Lake
1 Bedroom
$2,109
708 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,589
1109 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 1:10 AM
Modern apartments located right in the heart of Downtown Columbia close to shops and dining. Choose from a variety of floor plans and enjoy the large swimming pool and business cyber center.
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Hamilton at Kings Place Photo Gallery 1
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10 Units Available
Hamilton at Kings Place
7525 Murray Hill Rd, Columbia, MD 21009
Kings Contrivance
1 Bedroom
$1,465
755 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,975
1100 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 1:09 AM
Conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington, DC, this apartment community features a dog park, fitness trails and a grilling area. The garden-style homes boast upgraded kitchens, intrusion alarms and closets with built-in organizers.
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24 Units Available
Avalon at Fairway Hills
5441 Columbia Rd, Columbia, MD 21044
Fairway Hills
1 Bedroom
$1,645
715 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,890
1049 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,505
1274 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 1:07 AM
Located a short drive from Route 29 and on the edge of the Fairway Hills Golf Course. Apartments have a fireplace, dishwasher and private laundry facilities. Community includes racquetball court, pool and tennis court.
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Tamar Meadow Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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10 Units Available
Tamar Meadow Apartments
8600 Cobblefield Dr, Columbia, MD 21045
Long Reach
1 Bedroom
$1,653
858 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,032
1108 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,607
1322 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 1:02 AM
Sophisticated colonial style in a complex next to Long Reach High School and Long Reach Park. Recently renovated units have washers and dryers, as well as fireplaces and extra storage. Pool and 24-hour gym.
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1 Unit Available
Bluffs at Hawthorn
10401 Hickory Ridge Rd, Columbia, MD 21044
Hickory Ridge
1 Bedroom
$1,272
680 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 1:02 AM
Pricing and availability subject to change\n\nWe offer one, two bedroom, and three bedroom apartments for rent. Each of our apartments has a window in the kitchen and a pass-through breakfast bar, many of which have been renovated with the features that are important to you. At the Bluffs at Clarys Forest and Hawthorne, we have what you need to live comfortably.
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Bluffs at Clarys Forest Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
Bluffs at Clarys Forest
12100 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044
Hickory Ridge
2 Bedrooms
$1,400
851 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 1:02 AM
Pricing and availability subject to change\n\nWe offer one, two bedroom, and three bedroom apartments for rent. Each of our apartments has a window in the kitchen and a pass-through breakfast bar, many of which have been renovated with the features that are important to you. At the Bluffs at Clarys Forest and Hawthorne, we have what you need to live comfortably.
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22 Units Available
Brompton House
7691 Mandrake Ct, Elkridge, MD 21075
1 Bedroom
$1,820
702 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,141
1086 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,236
1628 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 5:09 AM
Smoke-free community offers 1-2 bedroom apartments with modern kitchens, granite counters, wine rooms, fireplaces, hardwoods, in-unit laundry and walk-in closets. Pet-friendly community with pool, playground, gym and conference room. Easy access to public transit.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is rent for a short-term apartment in Columbia?

Rental prices for short-term apartments in Columbia range from $1,250 to $4,000 per month.

How many short-term apartments are available for rent in Columbia?

Currently, there are 23 short-term apartments available for rent in Columbia.

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You can filter cheap apartments in Columbia by price: under $1,100, under $1,200, under $1,400, under $1,500, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
City Guide for Columbia, MD

"One may wonder why a city only 40 years old needs a history, but Columbia, Maryland, is no ordinary place." (-- Joseph Rocco Mitchell and David L. Stebenne, "New City Upon a Hill: A History of Columbia")

The planned community of Columbia, Maryland began with a vision. Today, Columbia is Maryland's second most popular community with 10 distinct villages comprising a population of nearly 100,000. Columbia has for the most part lived up to the promising vision of its celebrated founder, James Rouse: the city consistently holds a place on Money Magazines list of "Top Ten Places to Live," most recently appearing in 2012 in the 8th slot. So come on over!

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What to keep in mind when looking for short-term apartments in Columbia, MD

Finding a short-term apartment in Columbia takes some leg work to find the right location, price point, and lease terms. You may need to rent a short-term apartment due to a new job, a relationship change, or to explore a new city before committing to staying. Whatever the reason, short-term apartments can provide the flexibility that traditional leases don’t.

Before signing a rental agreement or short-term apartment lease, study all of the details thoroughly. Renters usually have more restrictions and rules to follow when renting a short-term apartment. For starters, you usually can’t make modifications like painting or hanging pictures.

Short-term apartments are ideal for flexibility, but also don’t protect the renter long-term. You could face the possibility of rent increases on a monthly basis. The landlord could also decline to renew your lease and leave you looking for another short-term rental.

If your main priority is flexibility, a short-term apartment is an ideal situation. However, ensure that you fully understand the rental agreement terms before signing.