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262 apartments for rent near Durham, NC

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$870
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$1,047
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$1,332
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$859
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$960
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$1,330
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$1,202
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$1,559
1 Bed
$815
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$1,160
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$1,535
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$600
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$700
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$800
1 Bed
$681
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$930
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$1,123
1 Bed
$775
2 Bed
$805
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$905
1 Bed
$655
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$770
3 Bed
$840
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$785
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$950
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$1,375
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$790
3 Bed
$890
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$990
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City Guide
Durham
Downtown: You and Your Lofty Ideals

The city center has undergone exciting revitalization in the past few decades. Old tobacco warehouses have been converted into high-end living and retail spaces that offer amenities for the modern dweller who likes things shiny and new. Housing consists mostly of condo and loft style rental units. Although pricey, a one bedroom loft apartment puts you in the center of a thriving scene which includes fine dining establishments, unique retail, and young professionals moving on up. Like most residential areas in downtown cities, finding a grocery store is usually a challenge. Durham is working hard to bring a high-quality store into the area. Enter The Durham Central Market, a co-op grocery store owned by community members (that means you) and investors. The project is currently in the development stage, but it’s likely that buying groceries downtown will be a reality in the future.

Charmed, I’m Sure

For those seeking the tree-lined streets of older, established neighborhoods, areas such as Watts-Hillandale, Trinity Park, and Old West Durham offer a mix of houses, duplexes and apartment living. Competitively priced for quiet, residential living in historic neighborhoods, you are within walking distance of the ninth street shopping district with its funky, independent shops and restaurants. When you’re in the mood to hug a tree or perhaps kiss a frog, green spaces and dog parks are abundant in the city. The Tobacco Trail, a popular route for hiking and biking, is easily accessed from these neighborhoods, and if the natural splendor steps away from your living space isn’t enough, the Coast and the Smoky Mountains are both just a few hours away. Because this area is so desirable, properties rent fast. Be prepared to move quickly when you find the seemingly perfect place.

Is There a Doctor in the House?

In Durham, there will be no shortage of doctors and quality medical care. They don’t call it the City of Medicine for kicks and giggles. Life happens, even moving-related injuries are known to occur. Why exactly are you moving that overstuffed sofa by yourself? Rest easy, the area around Duke University Hospital, particularly near Erwin Rd., offers a large concentration of apartment complexes and rental properties, with easy access to the city’s bus line, the Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA). A popular area for professionals, students and that category known as “other,” there’s something in the way of housing for everyone.

Soccer Balls and Shopping Malls

The area near Southpoint shopping mall is best described as suburban. Young families, single professionals and grad students make up this area of planned communites, cul-de-sacs and apartment complexes, conveniently located to familiar big box retail stores and family-oriented amenities. Like most of the neighborhoods in Durham, the city center is accessible in a matter of minutes when you’re itching to kick up your heels.

Getting In and Around (and Turned Around)

Durham is a city known to have street names that change without warning. For instance, Duke University Road and West Chapel Hill Street are the same. It can get tricky, but not Bermuda Triangle tricky—you may get lost, but it won’t be forever. The city is relatively easy to navigate otherwise, with good public transportation and residents happy to help you find your way. Highway 147 cuts across the city diagonally with all major areas of interest easily accessed and traffic not too hairy within the city limits. Bike enthusiasts will be happy to know that the League of American Bicyclists recently named the city of Durham a Bicycle Friendly Community—although many residents agree that more paths and racks are found on Duke’s campus than elsewhere in town.

Beware, the Students

Now that you’ve got your wits about you, take note of some other helpful tips when apartment hunting in Durham. Both Duke University and North Carolina Central University bring thousands of students to the area each year, not to mention both experienced professionals and young graduates who have accepted job offers in the city’s prominent firms, hospitals and the all-mighty Research Triangle Park—7,000 acres of more than 170 research facilities in technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medicine, all affiliated with the major universities of Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham. Housing can be competitive, especially in the summer months. If you can, consider renting in the “off season” where you’ll be one of a few candidates and not one of twenty-five. If this isn’t possible, jump on the right place when you see it and consider bringing a letter of reference from your previous landlord to set you apart from the crowd.

A New Lease on Life

Good news when it comes to signing a lease—they come in a range of sizes to fit your needs. You won’t be asking if your butt looks big in your cozy little pad if you take advantage of the agreement that suits you best, so do your research & be flexible. Signing a lease for three, six, and nine months is a common alternative to the traditional year-long commitment. However, a three-month lease will average 200 to 300 dollars more a month in rent, whereas a six-month agreement will average 50 to 100 dollars more. While the cost in monthly expenses may be higher than you’d like, breaking a lease agreement can be the most costly of all.

Some high-end rental properties in Durham require tenants to have renter’s insurance. This may come as a surprise for many, so be sure to read over a lease carefully before you sign on the dotted line. Come to think of it, reading your lease and insuring your possessions are two of the leat expensive and smartest things you can do when moving to Durham. Even in the City of Medicine, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Durham Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Durham ranks on:
A+ Plans for homeownership
D City satisfaction
C- Confidence in the local economy
A- Safety and crime rate
C- Access to recreational activities
A Quality of schools
B+ State and local taxes
A Satisfaction with daily commute
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Durham's results from the first annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 18,000 renters, provides new insights into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

"Durham received the lowest scores in North Carolina, lagging behind Raleigh, Charlotte, and Greensboro," says Andrew Tam, Vice President of Data Science at Apartment List. "The US renter population is at its highest level in 20 years, and Durham renters' concerns with its economy may affect its ability to attract this key demographic."

Key findings in Durham include the following:

  • Durham earned a D for city satisfaction, ranking 87th place out of 100 cities in our study nationwide.
  • Renters in Durham were bearish on the econonmy with 21% saying the local economy is on the right track, earning a C-.
  • Despite low confidence in the economy, Durham received an A+ in plans for homeownership, with 74% of respondents saying they expect to buy a home in the future versus the national average of 60%.
  • One of Durham's strongest grades was an A for commute quality, with 79% of respondents expressing satisfaction about their commute times to school or work.
  • One of Durham's lowers grades is a C- on access to parks and recreational activities, with only 42% of respondents reporting satisfaction versus the national average of 67%.
  • The survey covered a total of 4 North Carolina cities. Raleigh had the highest grade at A, followed by Charlotte (A-), Greensboro (C), and Durham (D).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for city satisfaction were Plano, TX; Boston, MA; Arlington, VA; Austin, TX; and Torrance, CA. The lowest rated cities were Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; and Columbia, SC.

A detailed report explaining the survey's methodology, analysis, and findings is available upon request. To obtain a copy, please email Andrew Tam, Apartment List's Vice President of Data Science, at andrew@apartmentlist.com.