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42 Apartments for rent in St. Cloud, MN

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Last updated February 18 at 8:27am UTC
517 2nd St SE
Lincoln School
St. Cloud, MN
Updated February 17 at 11:32am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$895
433 5th Ave NE
Wilson Park
St. Cloud, MN
Updated February 17 at 1:10am UTC
1 Bedroom
$650
701 9th Ave N
Hester Park
St. Cloud, MN
Updated February 17 at 1:10am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$650
4130 Dublin Dr
St. Cloud
St. Cloud, MN
Updated February 17 at 1:09am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
2432 42nd Ave S
St. Cloud
St. Cloud, MN
Updated February 16 at 11:23am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,095
325 33rd Ave N
West End
St. Cloud, MN
Updated February 15 at 3:05pm UTC
Studio
$1,145
215 3rd Ave NE
Wilson Park
St. Cloud, MN
Updated February 15 at 2:43pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$800
1608 11th Ave SE
St. Cloud
St. Cloud, MN
Updated February 15 at 2:43pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,550
1109 20th St S
St. Cloud
St. Cloud, MN
Updated February 15 at 2:43pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,495
920 12th Ave S
Tech High
St. Cloud, MN
Updated February 15 at 2:43pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,195
206 19 1/2 Ave N
Seberger
St. Cloud, MN
Updated February 15 at 2:43pm UTC
5 Bedrooms
$1,200
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City Guide
St. Cloud
About St. Cloud

Minnesota is the “Land of a Thousand Lakes” and St. Cloud is no exception, with the region boasting at least a hundred of the blue gems. In the wintertime, the glistening water freezes up and residents can be seen dragging little huts onto the ice with holes in the bottom to fish out of (ala “Grumpy Old Men”). Other outdoor sports include ice skating, sledding and snowmobiling— which brings us to another, perhaps obvious, point: St. Cloud, Minnesota is cold. Really cold. In December and January, it’s not uncommon to have multiple days that reach negative 20 to negative 30 degrees. Thus, it’s safe to say that if you’re planning a move this way and don’t own an excellent winter parka, you’re going to want to hit REI before you get on the plane.

Finding a Place

St. Cloudians tend to be an agreeable group of people in general and the opinion that it’s easy to find housing seems to be one more thing they agree on. Just about every realtor you talk to will tell you that St. Cloud has done an excellent job monitoring its ratio of people living here to its available rental housing. There is fairly little competition and abundance of units available. As a result, you don’t find the housing crunch here that is typical of bigger cities. Nevertheless, house hunting is easiest in May through August. The three-bedroom units fill faster, along with one-bedrooms — especially with apartment complexes. Two-bedroom units are available virtually all year throughout the town.

Neighborhoods in St. Cloud

South Side: This part of town is a beautiful, historic part of town with some of the oldest structures in the city. The South Side has nice open spaces— with Barden Park being a key feature. This neighborhood is great for renters.

St. John Cantius/Lake George: This area is in the center of the city and offers a recently revamped park that now hosts summer concerts by the lake. The neighborhood has a variety of housing styles including apartments, duplexes, multiplexes and single family homes for rent. Movers to the Lake George area will definitely find lots of trees, neighbors with gardens and public spaces that host “art in the park” and “neighborhood movie night.”

East Side: This section is defined as the section of town to the east side of the Mississippi river. In the Northern part you find Wilson Park and on the southern end Clemens-Minsinger Gardens, a popular tourist attraction. The region includes a nice variety of housing styles and it’s conveniently located near other parts of town.

North St. Cloud/Hester Park: Perhaps the most convenient part of living in the north end of St. Cloud is its proximity to the hospital. Also, there’s a lovely walking path on one end along the Mississippi River and a park that boasts beautiful granite walking bridges. The houses tend to have less backyard space and garages are mostly limited to single-car designs; however, the location and its pleasant feel makes the area an optimal choice for many renters.

Pantown: This old, historic part of St. Cloud hails its name from the Pan Motor Company which operated briefly between 1917 and 1921, producing about 750 automobiles during that time period. Most of the houses on the neighborhood’s south side therefore date to that era. The north side of Pantown developed later and most of those homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s.

Sartell: This newer part of town has a distinct suburban feel. Critics point to a certain homogeny in the new development but residents enjoy its cozy vibe.

Transportation

For a smaller city, St. Cloud has done a great job developing public transportation and offering options to its citizens. There’s a Ride and Share in addition to the standard metro bus, which runs frequently and services each of the suburbs. It isn’t a city that’s too difficult to live in without a car and some die-hards will even get on their bicycle in the snow. If you can tolerate the frigid air, there are plenty of walking paths and good traffic lights. If you do have a vehicle, you’ll be spared rush hour. There are two brief times – from about 7:30 to 8 a.m. and again from 4:30 to 6 p.m. where there you will notice more traffic on the road. Even then, you won’t find hour-long waits or heavy congestion.

Extra Tidbits

Chilly weather is a staple of culture here and tolerance for it is something Minnesotans take pride in. In fact, St. Cloudians enjoy the cold so much they actually plan many of their festivals and parades for wintertime. According to Cindy at the Chamber of Commerce, their annual Santa Parade, for instance, is so popular residents arrive every year in droves, despite the fact that it is often actively snowing and well below zero. “You just dress warm,” she says.

Apart from cooler temperatures, St. Cloud has many sunny days too, and its springtime scenery is nothing to shake a stick at. With woodland forests to the north and sprawling farmlands to the south, St. Cloud showcases a happy mixture of both. The city is nicknamed Granite Country, USA, after its old quarries and stone-finishing businesses, the remains of which can be seen throughout the town’s architecture. The Paramount Theatre and the Stearns History Museum are two popular features of the city and in recent years, a burgeoning art scene has developed.

Although it may take an outsider some time to get used to the language (“You betchya,” “Lutefisk,” etc.), most agree it’s a pleasant place to live. So go ahead, grab your fishing waders and a copy of “How to Talk Minnesotan,” (with helpful tips like “refusing food three times before accepting” and “understanding the ‘long goodbye’”) and come this way! Happy Hunting!

Rent Report
St. Cloud

February 2018 St. Cloud Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2018 St. Cloud Rent Report. St. Cloud rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the St. Cloud rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

St. Cloud rent trends were flat over the past month

Over the past month St. Cloud rents have remained steady. Currently, median rents in St. Cloud stand at $660 for a one-bedroom apartment and $820 for a two-bedroom. St. Cloud's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 3.3%, as well as the national average of 2.6%.

St. Cloud rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

Rent growth in St. Cloud has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases. St. Cloud is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • St. Cloud's median two-bedroom rent of $820 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.6% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in St. Cloud.
  • While rents in St. Cloud remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.6%), Atlanta (+2.4%), and Seattle (+2.4%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,020, $1,160, and $1,630 respectively.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in St. Cloud than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,010, which is more than three-and-a-half times the price in St. Cloud.

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.

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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.

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