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306 Apartments for rent in Towson, MD

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Check out 306 verified apartments for rent in Towson, MD with rents starting as low as $1000. Some apartments for rent in Towson might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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The Winthrop
913 Southerly Rd
Towson, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,506
766 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,838
1105 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 21 at 01:35 AM
Green apartment community near Goucher College. Apartments feature flowing layouts with designer bathrooms and sleek kitchens. Multiple communal amenities, including a culinary lounge, game room, music practice studio, and health and fitness center.
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100 Units Available
Elan Towson
1274 East Joppa Road
Towson, MD | Ruxton
Studio
$1,390
528 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,400
760 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,030
1300 sqft
Last updated October 21 at 01:35 AM
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16 Units Available
Flats at 703
703 Washington Ave
Towson, MD
Studio
$1,399
580 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,499
841 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,795
990 sqft
Last updated October 21 at 01:35 AM
Nominated for BBJ 2018 Best In Real Estate Award 'Best In Show'! Located within walking distance to the area's hottest entertainment, cafes and restaurants, you'll find endless things to do! The Flats at 703 offers a perfectly measured mix of
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8 Units Available
The Quarters at Towson Town Center
960 Southerly Rd
Towson, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,672
797 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,734
1266 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 21 at 01:34 AM
Pet-friendly apartment community near Goucher College. One- to three-bedroom residences feature all appliances, granite countertops, walk-in closets, and air conditioning. Community amenities include clubhouse, media room, gym, business center, pool, bike storage, and much more.
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16 Units Available
Somerset at Towson
754 Camberley Cir
Towson, MD
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,310
913 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,535
1309 sqft
Last updated October 21 at 12:57 AM
Great location close to Goucher College, Towson University, and Robert E Lee Park. Units feature washers and dryers, cherry cabinets, and recent renovations. Community has park-like setting.
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2 Units Available
Versailles Apartment
111 Versailles Cir
Towson, MD | Southland Hills
1 Bedroom
$1,366
982 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,605
1232 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 21 at 12:43 AM
Enjoy climate-controlled apartment space and recently refurbished kitchens in this desirable residency close to some of the regions best schools and medical centers. Community features include 24-hour maintenance, lobby service, clubhouse and pool.
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3 Units Available
Cromwell Valley
15 Treeway Ct
Towson, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,179
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$1,787
1500 sqft
Last updated October 21 at 12:43 AM
Spacious, modern apartments with den options available. This pet-friendly community offers great community amenities like a swimming pool and tennis court. Oversized rooms and closets make living comfortable.
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5 Units Available
Ivy Hall At Kenilworth
101 Kenilworth Park Dr
Towson, MD
2 Bedrooms
$1,590
1140 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 21 at 12:43 AM
Excellent adult living community for 55+ residents. Apartments offer all the modern comforts, including in-unit laundry, newly-renovated interiors, private balconies and central air. Pool in complex. Trader Joe's across the street provides convenient grocery shopping.
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7 Units Available
Charlesgate Apartments
8436 Charles Valley Ct
Towson, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,385
995 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,479
1244 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 21 at 12:43 AM
Large units with open living spaces accented by brick exteriors and private balconies. Each apartment offers in-unit laundry. Pool located in outdoor community area. Dine and shop across the street at the Shops at Kenilworth.
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16 Units Available
The Palisades of Towson
212 Washington Ave
Towson, MD
Studio
$1,271
401 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,446
788 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,939
1201 sqft
Last updated October 21 at 12:43 AM
Upscale high-rise living in the middle of Towson. Units feature bamboo flooring, sound-resistant construction, kitchen islands and stainless steel appliances. Just minutes from Towson University and Trader Joe's.
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14 Units Available
Donnybrook Apartments
7914 Knollwood Rd
Towson, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,178
688 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,170
791 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,652
962 sqft
Last updated October 21 at 12:43 AM
Convenient to Towson University and downtown areas; close to Baltimore. Welcoming community for pet owners. Cable-ready, carpeted apartments with 24-hour maintenance service. Close to public transportation.
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17 Units Available
Kenilworth at Charles
1149 Donington Cir
Towson, MD
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,240
785 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,200
1015 sqft
Last updated October 21 at 12:43 AM
A variety of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments located near North Charles Street and Kenilworth Drive. Amenities include 24-hour maintenance, central air, a dishwasher, wall-to-wall carpeting, walk-in closets and more.
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7 Units Available
Stevenson Lane Apartments
308 Stevenson Ln
Towson, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,335
845 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,451
1014 sqft
Last updated October 21 at 12:43 AM
Near Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson University and Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Recently renovated one- and two-bedroom apartments with in-unit laundry facilities and upgraded kitchens. Small dogs and cats allowed.
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15 Units Available
Cardiff Hall
8001 York Rd
Towson, MD | Aigburth
Studio
$1,457
574 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,404
1099 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,888
1312 sqft
Last updated October 21 at 12:43 AM
Convenient community amenities include package acceptance and 24-hour maintenance service. Luxury apartments include dryers, washers and dishwashers in every unit. Close to Towson University, the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center and I-695.
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4 Units Available
Ruxton Landing
1600 Ruxton Road
Towson, MD | Ruxton
2 Bedrooms
$1,750
1417 sqft
Last updated October 21 at 12:38 AM
Location, location, location! Ruxton Landing Townhomes are conveniently located in the quaint and peaceful community of Ruxton in Towson, Maryland.
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90 Units Available
TowsonTown Place Apartments
6906 Donachie Rd
Towson, MD | Greater Glendale-Glenmont
1 Bedroom
$1,049
847 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,270
1091 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,889
1519 sqft
Last updated October 21 at 12:31 AM
TowsonTown Place Apartments in Towson, MD offer resort living right within the heart of Towson. Garden style and high rise 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartment homes available.
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125 Units Available
Avalon Towson
2 East Joppa Road
Towson, MD
Studio
$1,350
502 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,585
762 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,055
1080 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 03:48 PM
Avalon Towson, located among the highly anticipated shops and restaurants of Circle East, features studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments. These pet-friendly apartments feature stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, and washer and dryer.
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12 Units Available
Towson Promenade
707 York Rd
Towson, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,343
1013 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,298
1552 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 01:01 PM
Located in the heart of downtown Towson. Within walking distance of the shops at Towson Town Center. Sleek facility with theater room, well-equipped fitness center and manicured courtyards. Ten-foot ceilings in air-conditioned units.
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17 Units Available
The Colony at Towson
1 Bonrock Ct
Towson, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,115
736 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,350
887 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,740
1182 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 10:37 AM
Spacious residences with in-unit laundry nook. Air conditioning, ceiling fans, carpet and hardwood flooring throughout, patio or balcony and garbage disposal. Pool, 24-hour gym, clubhouse, coffee bar and dog park.
1 Unit Available
1550 Putty Hill Ave
1550 Putty Hill Avenue
Towson, MD
3 Bedrooms
$1,750
1580 sqft
Last updated October 21 at 02:39 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at 1550 Putty Hill Ave in Towson. View photos, descriptions and more!
1 Unit Available
304 Old Trail Road
304 Old Trail
Towson, MD | Rodgers Forge
3 Bedrooms
$1,749
1216 sqft
Last updated October 21 at 02:15 AM
Lovely 3 bed 1.5 bath home for rent in historic Rodgers Forge.
1 Unit Available
205 JOPPA ROAD
205 East Joppa Road
Towson, MD | Northeast Towson
1 Bedroom
$1,500
1121 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 20 at 08:42 PM
The Ridgely. Totally updated condo unit in the heart of Towson! Eat-in kitchen and bathrooms. granite counters. washer and dryer. private balcony with the most amazing view of Towns. Walking distance to the Towson Mall, Movies, and much much more.
1 Unit Available
1040 MARLEIGH CIRCLE
1040 Marleigh Circle
Towson, MD | Riderwood Hills
3 Bedrooms
$2,075
1938 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 08:42 PM
This beautiful single family home (in a very quiet neighborhood) in the heart of Towson and is available October 2020! Centrally and conveniently located in Towson, the home has 3 bedrooms (one is in the finished basement), 2 full baths with large
1 Unit Available
6036 HUNT RIDGE
6036 Hunt Ridge Road
Towson, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,425
825 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 08:42 PM
Rarely Available Terrace Level! Roland Park's Best Kept Secret! ELKRIDGE ESTATES,an award winning garden style community, offers this spacious apt, w/floor to ceiling windows,renovated kitchen,over sized balcony,24 hr security gate w/onsite
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The median rent in Towson is $1,228 for a studio, $1,292 for a one-bedroom apartment, and $1,533 for a two-bedroom apartment. If you are looking for a deal, keep an eye out for a red pulsing icon that indicates rent specials.

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How much is rent in Towson?
In Towson, the median rent is $1,228 for a studio, $1,292 for a 1-bedroom, $1,533 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,886 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Towson, check out our monthly Towson Rent Report.
How much is rent in Towson?
In Towson, the median rent is $1,228 for a studio, $1,292 for a 1-bedroom, $1,533 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,886 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Towson, check out our monthly Towson Rent Report.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Towson?
You can filter cheap apartments in Towson by price: under $1,100, under $1,200, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Towson?
You can filter cheap apartments in Towson by price: under $1,100, under $1,200, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Towson?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Towson apartments that allow pets.
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You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Towson apartments that allow pets.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Towson 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.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Towson 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.
How much should I pay for rent in Towson?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Towson.
How much should I pay for rent in Towson?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Towson.
How can I find off-campus housing in Towson?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Towson. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Towson University, Goucher College, Baltimore City Community College, University of Baltimore, and Coppin State University.
How can I find off-campus housing in Towson?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Towson. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Towson University, Goucher College, Baltimore City Community College, University of Baltimore, and Coppin State University.

Median Rent in Towson

Last updated Sep. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Towson is $1,292, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,533.
Studio
$1,228
1 Bed
$1,292
2 Beds
$1,533
3+ Beds
$1,886

City Guide

Towson
What do Olympic hero Michael Phelps, esteemed American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vice President Spiro Agnew and fussy Seinfeld character Elaine Benes all have in common? They all call Towson, Maryland, their hometown.
What do Olympic hero Michael Phelps, esteemed American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vice President Spiro Agnew and fussy Seinfeld character Elaine Benes all have in common? They all call Towson, Maryland, their hometown.

Towson may stand in the gritty shadow of its neighboring city, Baltimore, but it has a personality and culture all its own. As Baltimore's tony neighbor to the north, Towson is a popular destination for city-weary power brokers looking for a taste of life in the country as well as a mix of people from all walks of society, ranging from students to retirees. While Towson maintains a decidedly urban feel, it is much more suburb than urban jungle. It boasts about 55,000 residents as well as the 18,000 co-eds enrolled in its massive eponymous public university. Towson offers all of the charms of a typical college town--from scenic streets lined with trees to hip coffee shops and bookstores, and for those looking for more enhanced culture and entertainment opportunities, Baltimore (20 minutes), Washington (one hour) and New York City (three hours) are just a bus, car or train ride away.

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Moving to Towson

Your budget is the limit when it comes to living in Towson. Options abound for housing, ranging from small studio apartment rentals to that hilltop manse. Whether you're looking for a high-rise apartment in an urban setting, seeking the perfect family-friendly neighborhood with access to ample community resources, or looking for a private retreat with some property, Towson has it all. The challenge is to find what you want at your price point. This can take some time in this popular part of the country, so give yourself ample opportunity to see whats out there, be prepared to move quickly when you find something you love, and be willing to consider the option of a rent to own agreement if all the other pieces fit.

How Much Will It Cost?

The cost of living in Towson is slightly higher than Maryland's average and significantly higher than the national average. In return for cracking open your piggy bank, you get lower crime rates, well-rated public schools, and premier city access. Like most of the country, many Towson neighborhoods took a beating when the housing market crashed. While the market appears to be slowly rebounding, its still possible to get a great deal.

Start Looking

In this college town, the market for apartments ebbs and flows with the semesters (surprise, surprise). If you're hoping to find an apartment, avoid the peak times just before a semester begins. Also, while there are options for nearly everyone willing to look long enough, the number of homes on the market remains low because so many homeowners are locked into their mortgages by the credit crunch. In other words, it may take longer to find the home of your dreams because people just aren't budging. As housing prices continue to rebound, this looks likely to change.

What Do You Need?

There's no need to worry about any special requirements when you want to move here, but don't head out the door without the basics. This includes credit information, proof of income, references and rental history. If you show up without these basics to hand, you're practically handing the apartment rental of your dreams to some other guy (or gal).

Moving to Towson
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Your budget is the limit when it comes to living in Towson. Options abound for housing, ranging from small studio apartment rentals to that hilltop manse. Whether you're looking for a high-rise apartment in an urban setting, seeking the perfect family-friendly neighborhood with access to ample community resources, or looking for a private retreat with some property, Towson has it all. The challenge is to find what you want at your price point. This can take some time in this popular part of the country, so give yourself ample opportunity to see whats out there, be prepared to move quickly when you find something you love, and be willing to consider the option of a rent to own agreement if all the other pieces fit.

How Much Will It Cost?

The cost of living in Towson is slightly higher than Maryland's average and significantly higher than the national average. In return for cracking open your piggy bank, you get lower crime rates, well-rated public schools, and premier city access. Like most of the country, many Towson neighborhoods took a beating when the housing market crashed. While the market appears to be slowly rebounding, its still possible to get a great deal.

Start Looking

In this college town, the market for apartments ebbs and flows with the semesters (surprise, surprise). If you're hoping to find an apartment, avoid the peak times just before a semester begins. Also, while there are options for nearly everyone willing to look long enough, the number of homes on the market remains low because so many homeowners are locked into their mortgages by the credit crunch. In other words, it may take longer to find the home of your dreams because people just aren't budging. As housing prices continue to rebound, this looks likely to change.

What Do You Need?

There's no need to worry about any special requirements when you want to move here, but don't head out the door without the basics. This includes credit information, proof of income, references and rental history. If you show up without these basics to hand, you're practically handing the apartment rental of your dreams to some other guy (or gal).

Neighborhoods in Towson

Towson is big, and its housing options--from apartment rentals to houses for rent--vary wildly and depend on the neighborhood. Knowing where you want to live is just as important as knowing how you want to live. If you can identify desirable neighborhoods first, you will eliminate a lot of wasted time and energy in the long run. Here are some to consider:

Stoneleigh: This sought-after residential community on the National Register of Historic Places is full of tree-lined streets and prestigious homes. Great schools and a community pool are just a few of the amenities of living here as well as grocery stores and the popular Towson Town Center shopping mall within a five-minute drive. What's not to like? $$$$$

Loch Raven Village: Considered a great family neighborhood and home to the beloved Castle Playground, Loch Raven Village offers charming brick townhouses, a prime location, and great prices. It's a suburban haven for both renters and owners. $$$

Rodgers Forge: Residents of this vibrant community just north of the Baltimore City line consider it one of the areas best-kept secrets. With a rich history and a family-oriented community, the public schools here are some of the best around (good news for junior). Plenty of restaurants and shops are within a short drive or longer walk, and you'll also find fitness facilities, athletic fields and playgrounds. This area may be most famous for producing record-holding Olympian Michael Phelps. $$$$

West Towson: This rapidly growing, distinctive community of about 800 families stays connected through newsletters and neighborhood activities, including a spring parade, holiday decorating contest, spring picnic, Easter egg hunt and more. You'll find both single-family houses and row houses for rent. $$$

Chestnut Hill: This in-demand neighborhoods popularity is evident by its vacancy rate--one of the lowest in the country. With a reputation for offering peace, quiet and security, Chestnut Hill is known for its variety of demographics, ranging from singles to families to retirees. If you love the night life, walk on by. $$$$

Knollwood-Donnybrook: A popular home for college students and consisting of apartments and smaller homes, this area has been undergoing a period of rejuvenation. Because of its location, crime can be high here, but an active neighborhood watch and community involvement help keep people feeling safe. Can you say pepper spray?$$

Southland Hills: Bordering Towson University, this community offers premiere access to the main street Collegetown area. While the neighborhood has recently undergone changes, crime can be dodgy here, so residents take adequate caution. $$$

Anneslie: Small-town character and urban proximity make Anneslie a great destination for former hipsters who have traded nights out on the town for nights up with the baby yet still prize individuality and access.$$$$

Neighborhoods in Towson
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Towson is big, and its housing options--from apartment rentals to houses for rent--vary wildly and depend on the neighborhood. Knowing where you want to live is just as important as knowing how you want to live. If you can identify desirable neighborhoods first, you will eliminate a lot of wasted time and energy in the long run. Here are some to consider:

Stoneleigh: This sought-after residential community on the National Register of Historic Places is full of tree-lined streets and prestigious homes. Great schools and a community pool are just a few of the amenities of living here as well as grocery stores and the popular Towson Town Center shopping mall within a five-minute drive. What's not to like? $$$$$

Loch Raven Village: Considered a great family neighborhood and home to the beloved Castle Playground, Loch Raven Village offers charming brick townhouses, a prime location, and great prices. It's a suburban haven for both renters and owners. $$$

Rodgers Forge: Residents of this vibrant community just north of the Baltimore City line consider it one of the areas best-kept secrets. With a rich history and a family-oriented community, the public schools here are some of the best around (good news for junior). Plenty of restaurants and shops are within a short drive or longer walk, and you'll also find fitness facilities, athletic fields and playgrounds. This area may be most famous for producing record-holding Olympian Michael Phelps. $$$$

West Towson: This rapidly growing, distinctive community of about 800 families stays connected through newsletters and neighborhood activities, including a spring parade, holiday decorating contest, spring picnic, Easter egg hunt and more. You'll find both single-family houses and row houses for rent. $$$

Chestnut Hill: This in-demand neighborhoods popularity is evident by its vacancy rate--one of the lowest in the country. With a reputation for offering peace, quiet and security, Chestnut Hill is known for its variety of demographics, ranging from singles to families to retirees. If you love the night life, walk on by. $$$$

Knollwood-Donnybrook: A popular home for college students and consisting of apartments and smaller homes, this area has been undergoing a period of rejuvenation. Because of its location, crime can be high here, but an active neighborhood watch and community involvement help keep people feeling safe. Can you say pepper spray?$$

Southland Hills: Bordering Towson University, this community offers premiere access to the main street Collegetown area. While the neighborhood has recently undergone changes, crime can be dodgy here, so residents take adequate caution. $$$

Anneslie: Small-town character and urban proximity make Anneslie a great destination for former hipsters who have traded nights out on the town for nights up with the baby yet still prize individuality and access.$$$$

Living in Towson

For the most part, residents of Towson prize their suburban existence against the backdrop of urban amenities. But there are trade-offs, and nearly all Towson neighborhoods struggle with incidences of crime, crowds and other issues related to living in such a highly populated area.

Bring Your Car Keys

While many Towson neighborhoods are walkable within their perimeters, Towson is not a very pedestrian-friendly town because of busy traffic on the main roads. Several bus lines through the Maryland Transit Administration serve the Towson area, and there is also light rail service to downtown Baltimore and the airport as well as stops in neighboring Lutherville and Falls Road. The Collegetown Shuttle offers a popular option for students. Amtrak service is accessible at Baltimore's Penn Station while the Baltimore-Washington Airport is just over 30 minutes south of Towson. While traffic in the Towson area can be the worst kind of annoying, it's nothing like the frequent commuter snarls found further south on the Beltway.

Invest in Air Conditioning or Hit the Road

Summers in Towson can be sweltering, and "Its not the heat, its the humidity" is a common refrain throughout the months of August and July. Many residents beat the heat by heading to the shore, with Ocean City and Reho, both as popular breezy destinations. You will spare yourself some sleepless summer nights, nevertheless, by seeking out shelter with air conditioning. On the flip side, while winter weather can be relatively mild, snow storms do happen, and its not unheard of for a weeks-long dig-out to shut down the entire town.

Living in Towson may be costly, and there are some downsides related to crime and congestion in certain neighborhoods, but the trade-offs can be significant for the people who call Towson home. They include an incredible variety of housing options within a wide range of budgets, all offering unparalleled access to cultural, recreational and retail offerings. If you choose to make Towson your new home, you get everything this bustling college town and its big city neighbors have to offer--for better or for worse.

Living in Towson
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For the most part, residents of Towson prize their suburban existence against the backdrop of urban amenities. But there are trade-offs, and nearly all Towson neighborhoods struggle with incidences of crime, crowds and other issues related to living in such a highly populated area.

Bring Your Car Keys

While many Towson neighborhoods are walkable within their perimeters, Towson is not a very pedestrian-friendly town because of busy traffic on the main roads. Several bus lines through the Maryland Transit Administration serve the Towson area, and there is also light rail service to downtown Baltimore and the airport as well as stops in neighboring Lutherville and Falls Road. The Collegetown Shuttle offers a popular option for students. Amtrak service is accessible at Baltimore's Penn Station while the Baltimore-Washington Airport is just over 30 minutes south of Towson. While traffic in the Towson area can be the worst kind of annoying, it's nothing like the frequent commuter snarls found further south on the Beltway.

Invest in Air Conditioning or Hit the Road

Summers in Towson can be sweltering, and "Its not the heat, its the humidity" is a common refrain throughout the months of August and July. Many residents beat the heat by heading to the shore, with Ocean City and Reho, both as popular breezy destinations. You will spare yourself some sleepless summer nights, nevertheless, by seeking out shelter with air conditioning. On the flip side, while winter weather can be relatively mild, snow storms do happen, and its not unheard of for a weeks-long dig-out to shut down the entire town.

Living in Towson may be costly, and there are some downsides related to crime and congestion in certain neighborhoods, but the trade-offs can be significant for the people who call Towson home. They include an incredible variety of housing options within a wide range of budgets, all offering unparalleled access to cultural, recreational and retail offerings. If you choose to make Towson your new home, you get everything this bustling college town and its big city neighbors have to offer--for better or for worse.

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Towson
What do Olympic hero Michael Phelps, esteemed American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vice President Spiro Agnew and fussy Seinfeld character Elaine Benes all have in common? They all call Towson, Maryland, their hometown.
What do Olympic hero Michael Phelps, esteemed American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vice President Spiro Agnew and fussy Seinfeld character Elaine Benes all have in common? They all call Towson, Maryland, their hometown.

Towson may stand in the gritty shadow of its neighboring city, Baltimore, but it has a personality and culture all its own. As Baltimore's tony neighbor to the north, Towson is a popular destination for city-weary power brokers looking for a taste of life in the country as well as a mix of people from all walks of society, ranging from students to retirees. While Towson maintains a decidedly urban feel, it is much more suburb than urban jungle. It boasts about 55,000 residents as well as the 18,000 co-eds enrolled in its massive eponymous public university. Towson offers all of the charms of a typical college town--from scenic streets lined with trees to hip coffee shops and bookstores, and for those looking for more enhanced culture and entertainment opportunities, Baltimore (20 minutes), Washington (one hour) and New York City (three hours) are just a bus, car or train ride away.

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Moving to Towson

Your budget is the limit when it comes to living in Towson. Options abound for housing, ranging from small studio apartment rentals to that hilltop manse. Whether you're looking for a high-rise apartment in an urban setting, seeking the perfect family-friendly neighborhood with access to ample community resources, or looking for a private retreat with some property, Towson has it all. The challenge is to find what you want at your price point. This can take some time in this popular part of the country, so give yourself ample opportunity to see whats out there, be prepared to move quickly when you find something you love, and be willing to consider the option of a rent to own agreement if all the other pieces fit.

How Much Will It Cost?

The cost of living in Towson is slightly higher than Maryland's average and significantly higher than the national average. In return for cracking open your piggy bank, you get lower crime rates, well-rated public schools, and premier city access. Like most of the country, many Towson neighborhoods took a beating when the housing market crashed. While the market appears to be slowly rebounding, its still possible to get a great deal.

Start Looking

In this college town, the market for apartments ebbs and flows with the semesters (surprise, surprise). If you're hoping to find an apartment, avoid the peak times just before a semester begins. Also, while there are options for nearly everyone willing to look long enough, the number of homes on the market remains low because so many homeowners are locked into their mortgages by the credit crunch. In other words, it may take longer to find the home of your dreams because people just aren't budging. As housing prices continue to rebound, this looks likely to change.

What Do You Need?

There's no need to worry about any special requirements when you want to move here, but don't head out the door without the basics. This includes credit information, proof of income, references and rental history. If you show up without these basics to hand, you're practically handing the apartment rental of your dreams to some other guy (or gal).

Moving to Towson
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Your budget is the limit when it comes to living in Towson. Options abound for housing, ranging from small studio apartment rentals to that hilltop manse. Whether you're looking for a high-rise apartment in an urban setting, seeking the perfect family-friendly neighborhood with access to ample community resources, or looking for a private retreat with some property, Towson has it all. The challenge is to find what you want at your price point. This can take some time in this popular part of the country, so give yourself ample opportunity to see whats out there, be prepared to move quickly when you find something you love, and be willing to consider the option of a rent to own agreement if all the other pieces fit.

How Much Will It Cost?

The cost of living in Towson is slightly higher than Maryland's average and significantly higher than the national average. In return for cracking open your piggy bank, you get lower crime rates, well-rated public schools, and premier city access. Like most of the country, many Towson neighborhoods took a beating when the housing market crashed. While the market appears to be slowly rebounding, its still possible to get a great deal.

Start Looking

In this college town, the market for apartments ebbs and flows with the semesters (surprise, surprise). If you're hoping to find an apartment, avoid the peak times just before a semester begins. Also, while there are options for nearly everyone willing to look long enough, the number of homes on the market remains low because so many homeowners are locked into their mortgages by the credit crunch. In other words, it may take longer to find the home of your dreams because people just aren't budging. As housing prices continue to rebound, this looks likely to change.

What Do You Need?

There's no need to worry about any special requirements when you want to move here, but don't head out the door without the basics. This includes credit information, proof of income, references and rental history. If you show up without these basics to hand, you're practically handing the apartment rental of your dreams to some other guy (or gal).

Neighborhoods in Towson

Towson is big, and its housing options--from apartment rentals to houses for rent--vary wildly and depend on the neighborhood. Knowing where you want to live is just as important as knowing how you want to live. If you can identify desirable neighborhoods first, you will eliminate a lot of wasted time and energy in the long run. Here are some to consider:

Stoneleigh: This sought-after residential community on the National Register of Historic Places is full of tree-lined streets and prestigious homes. Great schools and a community pool are just a few of the amenities of living here as well as grocery stores and the popular Towson Town Center shopping mall within a five-minute drive. What's not to like? $$$$$

Loch Raven Village: Considered a great family neighborhood and home to the beloved Castle Playground, Loch Raven Village offers charming brick townhouses, a prime location, and great prices. It's a suburban haven for both renters and owners. $$$

Rodgers Forge: Residents of this vibrant community just north of the Baltimore City line consider it one of the areas best-kept secrets. With a rich history and a family-oriented community, the public schools here are some of the best around (good news for junior). Plenty of restaurants and shops are within a short drive or longer walk, and you'll also find fitness facilities, athletic fields and playgrounds. This area may be most famous for producing record-holding Olympian Michael Phelps. $$$$

West Towson: This rapidly growing, distinctive community of about 800 families stays connected through newsletters and neighborhood activities, including a spring parade, holiday decorating contest, spring picnic, Easter egg hunt and more. You'll find both single-family houses and row houses for rent. $$$

Chestnut Hill: This in-demand neighborhoods popularity is evident by its vacancy rate--one of the lowest in the country. With a reputation for offering peace, quiet and security, Chestnut Hill is known for its variety of demographics, ranging from singles to families to retirees. If you love the night life, walk on by. $$$$

Knollwood-Donnybrook: A popular home for college students and consisting of apartments and smaller homes, this area has been undergoing a period of rejuvenation. Because of its location, crime can be high here, but an active neighborhood watch and community involvement help keep people feeling safe. Can you say pepper spray?$$

Southland Hills: Bordering Towson University, this community offers premiere access to the main street Collegetown area. While the neighborhood has recently undergone changes, crime can be dodgy here, so residents take adequate caution. $$$

Anneslie: Small-town character and urban proximity make Anneslie a great destination for former hipsters who have traded nights out on the town for nights up with the baby yet still prize individuality and access.$$$$

Neighborhoods in Towson
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Towson is big, and its housing options--from apartment rentals to houses for rent--vary wildly and depend on the neighborhood. Knowing where you want to live is just as important as knowing how you want to live. If you can identify desirable neighborhoods first, you will eliminate a lot of wasted time and energy in the long run. Here are some to consider:

Stoneleigh: This sought-after residential community on the National Register of Historic Places is full of tree-lined streets and prestigious homes. Great schools and a community pool are just a few of the amenities of living here as well as grocery stores and the popular Towson Town Center shopping mall within a five-minute drive. What's not to like? $$$$$

Loch Raven Village: Considered a great family neighborhood and home to the beloved Castle Playground, Loch Raven Village offers charming brick townhouses, a prime location, and great prices. It's a suburban haven for both renters and owners. $$$

Rodgers Forge: Residents of this vibrant community just north of the Baltimore City line consider it one of the areas best-kept secrets. With a rich history and a family-oriented community, the public schools here are some of the best around (good news for junior). Plenty of restaurants and shops are within a short drive or longer walk, and you'll also find fitness facilities, athletic fields and playgrounds. This area may be most famous for producing record-holding Olympian Michael Phelps. $$$$

West Towson: This rapidly growing, distinctive community of about 800 families stays connected through newsletters and neighborhood activities, including a spring parade, holiday decorating contest, spring picnic, Easter egg hunt and more. You'll find both single-family houses and row houses for rent. $$$

Chestnut Hill: This in-demand neighborhoods popularity is evident by its vacancy rate--one of the lowest in the country. With a reputation for offering peace, quiet and security, Chestnut Hill is known for its variety of demographics, ranging from singles to families to retirees. If you love the night life, walk on by. $$$$

Knollwood-Donnybrook: A popular home for college students and consisting of apartments and smaller homes, this area has been undergoing a period of rejuvenation. Because of its location, crime can be high here, but an active neighborhood watch and community involvement help keep people feeling safe. Can you say pepper spray?$$

Southland Hills: Bordering Towson University, this community offers premiere access to the main street Collegetown area. While the neighborhood has recently undergone changes, crime can be dodgy here, so residents take adequate caution. $$$

Anneslie: Small-town character and urban proximity make Anneslie a great destination for former hipsters who have traded nights out on the town for nights up with the baby yet still prize individuality and access.$$$$

Living in Towson

For the most part, residents of Towson prize their suburban existence against the backdrop of urban amenities. But there are trade-offs, and nearly all Towson neighborhoods struggle with incidences of crime, crowds and other issues related to living in such a highly populated area.

Bring Your Car Keys

While many Towson neighborhoods are walkable within their perimeters, Towson is not a very pedestrian-friendly town because of busy traffic on the main roads. Several bus lines through the Maryland Transit Administration serve the Towson area, and there is also light rail service to downtown Baltimore and the airport as well as stops in neighboring Lutherville and Falls Road. The Collegetown Shuttle offers a popular option for students. Amtrak service is accessible at Baltimore's Penn Station while the Baltimore-Washington Airport is just over 30 minutes south of Towson. While traffic in the Towson area can be the worst kind of annoying, it's nothing like the frequent commuter snarls found further south on the Beltway.

Invest in Air Conditioning or Hit the Road

Summers in Towson can be sweltering, and "Its not the heat, its the humidity" is a common refrain throughout the months of August and July. Many residents beat the heat by heading to the shore, with Ocean City and Reho, both as popular breezy destinations. You will spare yourself some sleepless summer nights, nevertheless, by seeking out shelter with air conditioning. On the flip side, while winter weather can be relatively mild, snow storms do happen, and its not unheard of for a weeks-long dig-out to shut down the entire town.

Living in Towson may be costly, and there are some downsides related to crime and congestion in certain neighborhoods, but the trade-offs can be significant for the people who call Towson home. They include an incredible variety of housing options within a wide range of budgets, all offering unparalleled access to cultural, recreational and retail offerings. If you choose to make Towson your new home, you get everything this bustling college town and its big city neighbors have to offer--for better or for worse.

Living in Towson
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For the most part, residents of Towson prize their suburban existence against the backdrop of urban amenities. But there are trade-offs, and nearly all Towson neighborhoods struggle with incidences of crime, crowds and other issues related to living in such a highly populated area.

Bring Your Car Keys

While many Towson neighborhoods are walkable within their perimeters, Towson is not a very pedestrian-friendly town because of busy traffic on the main roads. Several bus lines through the Maryland Transit Administration serve the Towson area, and there is also light rail service to downtown Baltimore and the airport as well as stops in neighboring Lutherville and Falls Road. The Collegetown Shuttle offers a popular option for students. Amtrak service is accessible at Baltimore's Penn Station while the Baltimore-Washington Airport is just over 30 minutes south of Towson. While traffic in the Towson area can be the worst kind of annoying, it's nothing like the frequent commuter snarls found further south on the Beltway.

Invest in Air Conditioning or Hit the Road

Summers in Towson can be sweltering, and "Its not the heat, its the humidity" is a common refrain throughout the months of August and July. Many residents beat the heat by heading to the shore, with Ocean City and Reho, both as popular breezy destinations. You will spare yourself some sleepless summer nights, nevertheless, by seeking out shelter with air conditioning. On the flip side, while winter weather can be relatively mild, snow storms do happen, and its not unheard of for a weeks-long dig-out to shut down the entire town.

Living in Towson may be costly, and there are some downsides related to crime and congestion in certain neighborhoods, but the trade-offs can be significant for the people who call Towson home. They include an incredible variety of housing options within a wide range of budgets, all offering unparalleled access to cultural, recreational and retail offerings. If you choose to make Towson your new home, you get everything this bustling college town and its big city neighbors have to offer--for better or for worse.

Rent Report
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October 2020 Towson Rent Report

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

Towson rents declined slightly over the past month

Towson rents have declined 0.2% over the past month, but have remained steady at 0.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Towson stand at $1,293 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,534 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in July. Towson's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.0%, as well as the national average of -1.4%.

    Rents falling across the Baltimore Metro

    While rents have remained steady in the city of Towson throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have fallen in 6 of 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.

    • Baltimore proper has seen rents fall by 2.5% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It also has the least expensive rents in the Baltimore metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,204.
    • Glen Burnie has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,586, while one-bedrooms go for $1,286.
    • Odenton has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Baltimore metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,076; rents increased 0.7% over the past month but fell 0.7% over the past year.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Towson

    Rent growth in Towson has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Compared to most large cities across the country, Towson is less affordable for renters.

    • Towson's median two-bedroom rent of $1,534 is above the national average of $1,106. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Towson.
    • While rents in Towson remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Columbus (+3.6%), Detroit (+1.6%), Pittsburgh (+-0.9%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,039, $889, and $1,107 respectively.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Towson than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $889, where Towson 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
    Baltimore
    $950
    $1,200
    -0.4%
    -2.5%
    Columbia
    $1,500
    $1,750
    0
    -1.8%
    Glen Burnie
    $1,290
    $1,590
    0.4%
    4%
    Ellicott City
    $1,380
    $1,750
    2.2%
    1.8%
    Towson
    $1,290
    $1,530
    -0.2%
    0.3%
    Severn
    $1,880
    $1,870
    1.4%
    -0.4%
    Annapolis
    $1,490
    $1,780
    0.5%
    -0.9%
    Odenton
    $1,860
    $2,080
    0.7%
    -0.7%
    Randallstown
    $1,090
    $1,330
    1%
    2.6%
    Owings Mills
    $1,380
    $1,600
    0.6%
    -1.3%
    Reisterstown
    $1,070
    $1,500
    0.2%
    4%
    Middle River
    $1,050
    $1,260
    0.2%
    7.5%
    Elkridge
    $1,420
    $1,690
    -0.1%
    -2.3%
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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.

    Read More

    October 2020 Towson Rent Report

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

    View full Rent Report

    October 2020 Towson Rent Report

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

    Towson rents declined slightly over the past month

    Towson rents have declined 0.2% over the past month, but have remained steady at 0.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Towson stand at $1,293 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,534 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in July. Towson's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.0%, as well as the national average of -1.4%.

      Rents falling across the Baltimore Metro

      While rents have remained steady in the city of Towson throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have fallen in 6 of 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.

      • Baltimore proper has seen rents fall by 2.5% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It also has the least expensive rents in the Baltimore metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,204.
      • Glen Burnie has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,586, while one-bedrooms go for $1,286.
      • Odenton has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Baltimore metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,076; rents increased 0.7% over the past month but fell 0.7% over the past year.

      Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Towson

      Rent growth in Towson has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Compared to most large cities across the country, Towson is less affordable for renters.

      • Towson's median two-bedroom rent of $1,534 is above the national average of $1,106. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Towson.
      • While rents in Towson remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Columbus (+3.6%), Detroit (+1.6%), Pittsburgh (+-0.9%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,039, $889, and $1,107 respectively.
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Towson than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $889, where Towson 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
      Baltimore
      $950
      $1,200
      -0.4%
      -2.5%
      Columbia
      $1,500
      $1,750
      0
      -1.8%
      Glen Burnie
      $1,290
      $1,590
      0.4%
      4%
      Ellicott City
      $1,380
      $1,750
      2.2%
      1.8%
      Towson
      $1,290
      $1,530
      -0.2%
      0.3%
      Severn
      $1,880
      $1,870
      1.4%
      -0.4%
      Annapolis
      $1,490
      $1,780
      0.5%
      -0.9%
      Odenton
      $1,860
      $2,080
      0.7%
      -0.7%
      Randallstown
      $1,090
      $1,330
      1%
      2.6%
      Owings Mills
      $1,380
      $1,600
      0.6%
      -1.3%
      Reisterstown
      $1,070
      $1,500
      0.2%
      4%
      Middle River
      $1,050
      $1,260
      0.2%
      7.5%
      Elkridge
      $1,420
      $1,690
      -0.1%
      -2.3%
      See More

      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.