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13 Studio Apartments for rent in Columbia, MD

Last updated September 26 at 3:16pm UTC
12345 WAKE FOREST RD
River Hill
Columbia, MD
Updated August 9 at 10:35pm UTC
Studio
$450
Results within 5 miles of Columbia, MD
8018 Pennington Dr
Laurel
Laurel, MD
Updated September 19 at 9:37am UTC
Studio
$1,950
Results within 10 miles of Columbia, MD
Jamestowne Apartments & Townhomes
5364 Jamestowne Ct
Baltimore, MD
Updated September 26 at 1:01pm UTC
Studio
$765
218 S Augusta Ave
Irvington
Baltimore, MD
Updated August 24 at 2:40am UTC
Studio
$375
1107 DORSEY RD
Glen Burnie
Glen Burnie, MD
Updated August 23 at 10:37am UTC
Studio
$3,600

September 2018 Columbia Rent Report

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

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September 2018 Columbia Rent Report

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

Columbia rents increased slightly over the past month

Columbia rents have increased 0.2% over the past month, but are down slightly by 0.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Columbia stand at $1,530 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,920 for a two-bedroom. This is the seventh straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in January. Columbia's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.6%, as well as the national average of 1.0%.

Rents rising across the Baltimore Metro

While rent prices have decreased in Columbia over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 7 of the largest 10 cities in the Baltimore metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Odenton has the most expensive rents in the Baltimore metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,290; the city has also seen rent growth of 1.0% over the past month, the fastest in the metro.
  • Over the past year, Towson has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 4.3%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,460, while one-bedrooms go for $1,170.
  • Essex has the least expensive rents in the Baltimore metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,110; rents were up 0.4% over the past month and 1.6% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Columbia

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

  • Columbia's median two-bedroom rent of $1,920 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.0% over the past year compared to the 0.2% decline in Columbia.
  • While rents in Columbia fell slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Austin (+0.8%), Detroit (+0.6%), and Boston (+0.5%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Columbia than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $890, where Columbia is more than twice 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
Baltimore $940 $1,180 -0.7% -2.1%
Columbia $1,530 $1,920 0.2% -0.2%
Glen Burnie $1,170 $1,470 -0.0% 0.7%
Ellicott City $1,490 $1,870 -0.3% 2.1%
Dundalk $940 $1,180 0.4% 1.4%
Towson $1,170 $1,460 0.3% -4.3%
Catonsville $1,110 $1,390 0.0% 1.5%
Essex $890 $1,110 0.4% 1.6%
Annapolis $1,500 $1,880 -0.7% 3.7%
Odenton $1,830 $2,290 1.0% 3.1%
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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.