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258 Units Available
Cortland Bull City
600 Willard Street
Durham, NC | Downtown Durham
Studio
$1,270
558 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,390
727 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,018
1197 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
With downtown skyline views and walkability to the City Center and historic districts, our community connects you to city living in the heart of Durham, NC.
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24 Units Available
Chandler at University Tower
20 Morcroft Ln
Durham, NC | Duke Forest
1 Bedroom
$1,085
841 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,175
988 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,500
1234 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
Stunning location close to schools. Updated community with new appliances. Dog park on-site. Amenities include a coffee bar, garage parking, a stunning pool and a gym. Pet-friendly community.
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20 Units Available
Whetstone Apartments
501 Willard St
Durham, NC | Downtown Durham
Studio
$1,207
511 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,138
643 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,351
974 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
A short distance from Highway 147 and W Main St. Luxury homes featuring the latest kitchen appliances, exquisite decor and hardwood floors. Community has a courtyard, a pool and a clubhouse with coffee bar.
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26 Units Available
54 Station
1415 E NC Hwy 54
Durham, NC
1 Bedroom
$1,010
806 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,235
1139 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
54 Station's brand new apartments offer you an urban escape, balancing work and play. Our smart apartments with "tech extras" you want, like Wi-Fi throughout the community, smart locks, and thermostats that work from your phone.
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37 Units Available
Solis at Patterson Place
3705 Southwest Durham Drive
Durham, NC
Studio
$1,176
627 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,225
858 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,740
1285 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
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20 Units Available
Retreat at RTP
1533 Ellis Rd
Durham, NC
1 Bedroom
$970
782 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,215
1044 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,335
1175 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
Modern apartments with hardwood floors and high ceilings. Electric thermostats in each unit. Conveniently located near NC-147. Tenants enjoy access to community pool and volleyball court. Short term leases offered.
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26 Units Available
The Flats at 55Twelve
5512 Sunlight Dr
Durham, NC
1 Bedroom
$973
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$984
1057 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
Discover your best life at The Flats @ 55 Twelve. Our one, two, and three-bedroom pet-friendly apartment homes in Durham, North Carolina, offer the right mix of modern living and comfortable charm.
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18 Units Available
Southpoint Glen
5800 Tattersall Dr
Durham, NC
1 Bedroom
$909
691 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,002
1028 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
Located minutes away from The Streets of Southpoint shopping center, close to I-40. Spacious apartments with full-size washers, extra-large windows and plush floor coverings. Additional upgrades available.
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24 Units Available
Republic Flats
800 Finsbury St
Durham, NC
1 Bedroom
$1,084
848 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,502
1216 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,584
1377 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
Never-lived-in apartments with stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops. A 24-hour gym and modern pool are on site. On Davis Drive between Triangle Expressway and I-40, putting all of Raleigh close to you.
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38 Units Available
Van Alen
511 South Mangum Street
Durham, NC | Downtown Durham
Studio
$1,340
615 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,515
808 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,018
1268 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
The pulse of Durham gets a new beat with Van Alen; a 12-story living experience designed to bring the ultimate lifestyle to your doorstep.
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11 Units Available
Solis Brightleaf
1005 West Main Street
Durham, NC | Downtown Durham
Studio
$1,074
559 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,695
1182 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
Solis Brightleaf, located in the heart of Downtown Durham’s vibrant Brightleaf Square, perfectly combines Durham’s authenticity and progress.
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33 Units Available
200 East
200 Edinborough Dr
Durham, NC
1 Bedroom
$930
850 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,180
1251 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,355
1444 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
This community has two outdoor pools, one indoor pool, garage parking, a clubhouse and much more. Units feature washer/dryer hookups and fireplaces. Conveniently located near the business corridor along South Miami Boulevard.
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96 Units Available
Bullhouse Apartments
504 E Pettigrew St
Durham, NC | Downtown Durham
Studio
$1,023
696 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,172
824 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,599
1194 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
High-quality finishes throughout. Community amenities include a balance yoga room, bike shop and storage, a salt-water heated pool, and a rooftop terrace with incredible views. MOEN Kitchens, 10-foot ceilings and larger kitchens.
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29 Units Available
Discovery on Broad
2335 Broad St
Durham, NC | Duke Homestead
1 Bedroom
$1,015
786 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,190
1070 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,495
1335 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
Pet-friendly one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in the heart of Durham, near Duke University and shops and dining. Community features swimming pool, fitness center, clubhouse and picnic area.
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19 Units Available
Encore At The Park
2850 Courtney Creek Blvd
Durham, NC
1 Bedroom
$915
889 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,047
1185 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,532
1418 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
Charming apartments with easy access to NC-55. Hardwood floors, walk-in closets, air conditioning and dishwasher. Community has coffee bar and courtyard. Garage parking available. Dog park on site.
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4 Units Available
Morgan Reserve
5205 Barbee Chapel Rd
Durham, NC | Downing Creek
1 Bedroom
$1,298
819 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,335
1217 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
Walk to the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center or Downing Creek Park. Community amenities include a car care center, fitness center, playground, outdoor pool and BBQ facilities.
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24 Units Available
The Reserve at Ellis Crossing
400 Advancement Ave
Durham, NC
1 Bedroom
$1,255
830 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,382
1220 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,437
1420 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
Luxury community with indoor heated pool and outdoor pool. Huge fitness center and club room for entertaining. Modern kitchens with designer cabinetry and private patio/balcony. Bright interiors with 9-foot ceilings and crown molding.
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22 Units Available
Realm Patterson Place
3767 SW Durham Dr
Durham, NC
Studio
$1,214
608 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,209
822 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,347
1118 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
One-, two-, and three- bedroom luxury units nestled between Chapel Hill and Durham. Homes come with stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and granite counters. Community amenities include a saltwater pool.
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30 Units Available
Cortland Research Park
4405 Waterford Valley Dr
Durham, NC
1 Bedroom
$969
736 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,227
1090 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
Elegant apartments in Durham, NC just off the I-40. The Streets at Southpoint Mall offers shopping and dining nearby. Apartments each have a private balcony/patio, walk-in closet and washer/dryer.
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22 Units Available
Liberty Warehouse
530 Foster St
Durham, NC | Downtown Durham
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,238
759 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,812
1134 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
Trendy apartments near Durham craft breweries and locally owned shops. Modern amenities include smart thermostats, modern kitchens, and choice of concrete or hardwood floors. Community has a resort-style pool and multimedia center.
Verified
8 Units Available
Bridges at Southpoint
7304 Calibre Park Dr
Durham, NC
1 Bedroom
$947
746 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,224
1305 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
This community offers recently renovated units that feature fireplaces and walk-in closets. Residents can spend their days in the on-site pool, gym or clubhouse. Just minutes from the Woodcroft Shopping Center and other retail outlets.
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15 Units Available
Woods Edge Apartments
4655 Hope Valley Rd
Durham, NC
1 Bedroom
$973
885 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,171
1120 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
The dining and retail areas of Woodcroft Shopping Center are just minutes from this property. Community amenities include a pool, gym, courtyard and tennis court. Apartments are recently renovated and have fireplaces and in-unit laundry.
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3 Units Available
810 Ninth
810 9th St
Durham, NC | Old West Durham
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,537
757 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
Complex with gym, pool, and game room with billiard table. Just across the street from Bali Hai Mongolian Grill. Modern apartments with granite counters, walk-in closets and balconies in select units.
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39 Units Available
The Hamptons at RTP
300 E Seaforth Dr
Durham, NC
1 Bedroom
$933
743 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,349
1139 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,545
1379 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:46 PM
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How much is rent in Durham?
In Durham, the median rent is $820 for a studio, $971 for a 1-bedroom, $1,141 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,540 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Durham, check out our monthly Durham Rent Report.
How much is rent in Durham?
In Durham, the median rent is $820 for a studio, $971 for a 1-bedroom, $1,141 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,540 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Durham, check out our monthly Durham Rent Report.
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While some Durham 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.
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While some Durham 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.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Durham. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Duke University, Durham Technical Community College, Guilford College, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and Fayetteville State University.
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Median Rent in Durham

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Durham is $971, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,141.
Studio
$820
1 Bed
$971
2 Beds
$1,141
3+ Beds
$1,540
City GuideDurham
If you’ve heard of Durham, you’ve probably heard the term The Research Triangle. We know it sounds a bit scary; a nightmare combination of grad school, an unfortunate Amelia Earhart expedition and your apartment search all wrapped into one unsettling anxiety attack. Not what you had in mind for the weekend? Fear not weary explorer, we’ve got a handle on this and there’s good news on the horizon—Durham, known as the City of Medicine—is an easy pill to swallow in many ways but we’ll start with ...
If you’ve heard of Durham, you’ve probably heard the term The Research Triangle. We know it sounds a bit scary; a nightmare combination of grad school, an unfortunate Amelia Earhart expedition and your apartment search all wrapped into one unsettling anxiety attack. Not what you had in mind for the weekend? Fear not weary explorer, we’ve got a handle on this and there’s good news on the horizon—Durham, known as the City of Medicine—is an easy pill to swallow in many ways but we’ll start with ...

In Durham, it might appear that all roads lead to Duke University—the heart of this town and the city’s largest employer, but Durhamites (they don’t bite) are an eclectic bunch of scholarly brains and creative types that give this city a serious edge.

Both established neighborhoods and up and coming ones have much to offer including a range of pricing as diverse as its inhabitants. Often described as “gritty” in a good way, this is a small city with a big appetite for culture, education, technology and the arts.

Having trouble with Craigslist Durham? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

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.

Downtown: You and Your Lofty Ideals
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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.

Charmed, I’m Sure
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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.

Is There a Doctor in the House?
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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.

Soccer Balls and Shopping Malls
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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.

Getting In and Around (and Turned Around)
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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.

Beware, the Students
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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.”

A New Lease on Life
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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.”

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City GuideDurham
If you’ve heard of Durham, you’ve probably heard the term The Research Triangle. We know it sounds a bit scary; a nightmare combination of grad school, an unfortunate Amelia Earhart expedition and your apartment search all wrapped into one unsettling anxiety attack. Not what you had in mind for the weekend? Fear not weary explorer, we’ve got a handle on this and there’s good news on the horizon—Durham, known as the City of Medicine—is an easy pill to swallow in many ways but we’ll start with ...
If you’ve heard of Durham, you’ve probably heard the term The Research Triangle. We know it sounds a bit scary; a nightmare combination of grad school, an unfortunate Amelia Earhart expedition and your apartment search all wrapped into one unsettling anxiety attack. Not what you had in mind for the weekend? Fear not weary explorer, we’ve got a handle on this and there’s good news on the horizon—Durham, known as the City of Medicine—is an easy pill to swallow in many ways but we’ll start with ...

In Durham, it might appear that all roads lead to Duke University—the heart of this town and the city’s largest employer, but Durhamites (they don’t bite) are an eclectic bunch of scholarly brains and creative types that give this city a serious edge.

Both established neighborhoods and up and coming ones have much to offer including a range of pricing as diverse as its inhabitants. Often described as “gritty” in a good way, this is a small city with a big appetite for culture, education, technology and the arts.

Having trouble with Craigslist Durham? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

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.

Downtown: You and Your Lofty Ideals
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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.

Charmed, I’m Sure
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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.

Is There a Doctor in the House?
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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.

Soccer Balls and Shopping Malls
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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.

Getting In and Around (and Turned Around)
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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.

Beware, the Students
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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.”

A New Lease on Life
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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.”

Rent Report
Durham

September 2020 Durham Rent Report

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

Durham rents increased slightly over the past month

Durham rents have increased 0.2% over the past month, and are up moderately by 2.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Durham stand at $972 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,142 for a two-bedroom. This is the sixth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in February. Durham's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.5%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents rising across cities in North Carolina

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Durham, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in North Carolina, 6 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 0.5% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

    • Looking throughout the state, Cary is the most expensive of all North Carolina's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,300; of the 10 largest cities in North Carolina that we have data for, Wilmington, Charlotte, and Raleigh, where two-bedrooms go for $939, $1,144, and $1,172, respectively, are the three major cities in the state to see rents fall year-over-year (-4.3%, -0.6%, and -0.4%).
    • Fayetteville, Durham, and Greenville have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.5%, 2.0%, and 1.7%, respectively).

    Durham rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

    As rents have increased slightly in Durham, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Durham is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

    • Durham's median two-bedroom rent of $1,142 is below the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While Durham's rents rose slightly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw increases as well, including Phoenix (+1.7%) and Detroit (+0.8%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Durham than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,956, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in Durham.

    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.

    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.

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    September 2020 Durham Rent Report

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

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 Durham Rent Report

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

    Durham rents increased slightly over the past month

    Durham rents have increased 0.2% over the past month, and are up moderately by 2.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Durham stand at $972 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,142 for a two-bedroom. This is the sixth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in February. Durham's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.5%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents rising across cities in North Carolina

      Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Durham, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in North Carolina, 6 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 0.5% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

      • Looking throughout the state, Cary is the most expensive of all North Carolina's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,300; of the 10 largest cities in North Carolina that we have data for, Wilmington, Charlotte, and Raleigh, where two-bedrooms go for $939, $1,144, and $1,172, respectively, are the three major cities in the state to see rents fall year-over-year (-4.3%, -0.6%, and -0.4%).
      • Fayetteville, Durham, and Greenville have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.5%, 2.0%, and 1.7%, respectively).

      Durham rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

      As rents have increased slightly in Durham, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Durham is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

      • Durham's median two-bedroom rent of $1,142 is below the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While Durham's rents rose slightly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw increases as well, including Phoenix (+1.7%) and Detroit (+0.8%).
      • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Durham than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,956, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in Durham.

      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.

      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.

      Durham Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how Durham ranks on:

      C
      Overall satisfaction
      C
      Safety and crime rate
      B+
      Jobs and career opportunities
      B-
      Recreational activities
      B
      Affordability
      C+
      Quality of schools
      B
      Social Life
      A-
      Weather
      A-
      Commute time
      B+
      State and local taxes
      B
      Public transit
      B
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Durham’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Durham renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "Some categories received above average scores, and many received average scores."

      Key Findings in Durham include the following:

      • Durham renters gave their city a C overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Durham were commute time and weather, which both scored A-.
      • The areas of concern to Durham renters are safety and low crime (C) and quality of local schools (C+).
      • Durham millennials are moderately satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of B.
      • Durham did relatively poorly compared to nearby cities like Raleigh (A), Greensboro (A-) and Winston Salem (B).
      • Durham earned similar scores compared to other cities nationwide, including Orlando (C), Birmingham (C) and Cincinnati (C+).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "The local arts, food and entertainment are fantastic. Durham has the charm of a small southern town with all the excitement of a big city." -Michaela A.
      • "Durham is an up-and-coming city so there’s lots of fun things to do. It’s also progressive and welcoming to anyone. But the schools aren’t great, so I’m not sure I’d live here with a family." -Courtney J.
      • "Crime is bad in some parts of town, but I love the downtown area and all the great year-round activities." -Jackie M.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.
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      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released Durham’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Durham renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment Lis...

      View full Durham Renter Survey

      Here’s how Durham ranks on:

      C
      Overall satisfaction
      C
      Safety and crime rate
      B+
      Jobs and career opportunities
      B-
      Recreational activities
      B
      Affordability
      C+
      Quality of schools
      B
      Social Life
      A-
      Weather
      A-
      Commute time
      B+
      State and local taxes
      B
      Public transit
      B
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Durham’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Durham renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "Some categories received above average scores, and many received average scores."

      Key Findings in Durham include the following:

      • Durham renters gave their city a C overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Durham were commute time and weather, which both scored A-.
      • The areas of concern to Durham renters are safety and low crime (C) and quality of local schools (C+).
      • Durham millennials are moderately satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of B.
      • Durham did relatively poorly compared to nearby cities like Raleigh (A), Greensboro (A-) and Winston Salem (B).
      • Durham earned similar scores compared to other cities nationwide, including Orlando (C), Birmingham (C) and Cincinnati (C+).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "The local arts, food and entertainment are fantastic. Durham has the charm of a small southern town with all the excitement of a big city." -Michaela A.
      • "Durham is an up-and-coming city so there’s lots of fun things to do. It’s also progressive and welcoming to anyone. But the schools aren’t great, so I’m not sure I’d live here with a family." -Courtney J.
      • "Crime is bad in some parts of town, but I love the downtown area and all the great year-round activities." -Jackie M.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.