139 Apartments for rent in Omaha, NE

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City Guide
General Tips for Renting in Omaha

Besides beingvery inexpensive, Omaha is a lot like other urban centers. That is to say that when renting an apartment, you should expect to encounter the basic gamut of industry guidelines:

  • Leasing. Landlords and apartment managers generally desire a lease from you. The timeline on these contracts can range from a month-to-month contract (the gig affording you the most freedom: these are rare in Omaha) to six-months or longer. In other words, be prepared to commit to the right thing. But (obviously) don’t sign anything you’re uncomfortable with. It’s also nice to have an “apartment hunting attaché” (or “man-bag”: you decide which is more feminine…) in which you keep multiple Xerox copies of your driver’s license and proof of income. Such documents come in handy when you see a unit you like and want to show the agent or landlord you’re serious.

  • Pets. Small pets are generally more doable than humongous canines. But high-end complexes will require both a deposit (refundable upon termination of lease) and monthly pet rent (the latter has always perplexed me…they don’t charge “baby rent,” do they?). Be sure to check with your landlord to see if they’re fluffy-friendly or not.

  • Parking. Omaha was designed to be spacious, so parking isn’t usually a problem. However, in some downtown sectors (Old Market, for example), street parking is scarce and costly. The upscale apartment complexes in these areas have garages, but even then one ought to expect a monthly fee (at least $50/month).

  • Bills. Some landlords will offer gas-included leases, which means you won’t need to sport that oh-so fashionable indoors sweater look in wintertime. It’s not as rare as it is in some Midwestern towns to find an all utilities-included unit. If you’re not so lucky, however, budget around $60/month in summer and double that figure in winter.

A Cruise Through Omaha Neighborhoods…

Don’t have the spare time to walk every block in this town to find the right neighborhood? That’s why we did it for you. Check out these gems:

  • Downtown’s pretty energizing, but unless you’re rollin’ in it (studios for $1000/month and up?), you should probably check out nearby Old Market. The prices don’t reduce drastically, but enough to make you feel like you’re actually getting your money’s worth. Be forewarned, however: this is yuppie central. 1BRs for $700/month and up. 2BR condos for well less than twice that amount. Look for the units with parking included!

  • Dundee is hip and boasts lots of great housing. The commercial scene is a little fancy and overdone, but you’ll still find lots of youthful Brooklyn-types here. Hate it when they place the kombucha in hard-to-find places at Whole Foods? You’ll fit right in. Studios for $450/month and 1BRs for $575/month and up.

  • Midtown is known for its classic-looking old brick buildings—and you’d be surprised how many of these are apartment complexes. Heaps of condos and duplexes, too. Think of it as your mid-range option. You won’t be sacrificing too much “urbanity” to be here, but it’s also going to be more affordable than other sectors closer to the river. A good rule of thumb is $500/month for a 1BR. Don’t fall for a 2BR (or even 3BR, if it’s a duplex) over a thousand per month unless there’s a jetport on the roof.

  • Further out is Benson, a quaint alternative to Dundee. Hip? Check. Inexpensive? Check. Just don’t expect more than one tapas restaurant and one solid coffeehouse per ten-block radius around these parts. (On the other hand, there are some rockin’ music venues out on Maple Street). Sometimes 1BRs fall below $500/month, but then again so do 2BRs—so shack up!

Boom! New Omaha pad, here you come. Please just don’t invite your neighbors over for a Bright Eyes listening session, followed by impromptu readings of Malcolm and Willa. That was so 2000s.

Rent Report

November 2017 Omaha Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Omaha Rent Report. Omaha rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Omaha rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Omaha rents declined over the past month

Omaha rents have declined 1.1% over the past month, but are up moderately by 2.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Omaha stand at $750 for a one-bedroom apartment and $940 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. Omaha's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.7%, but trails the national average of 2.7%.

Omaha rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased moderately in Omaha, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Omaha is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Omaha's median two-bedroom rent of $940 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 2.6% rise in Omaha.
  • While Omaha's rents rose moderately over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including New York (-0.2%) and Miami (-0.2%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Omaha than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,070, which is more than three times the price in Omaha.

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.


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.

Omaha Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Omaha ranks on:
A Overall satisfaction
B- Safety and crime rate
A+ Jobs and career opportunities
A- Recreational activities
A- Affordability
A- Quality of schools
D Weather
A Commute time
C+ State and local taxes
C+ Public transit
B+ Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Omaha from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters nationwide, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters across the country.

“Renters in Omaha are highly satisfied with their city“ says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Most categories received average or above average scores.”

Key findings in Omaha include the following:

  • Omaha renters gave their city an A overall for satisfaction.
  • Highly-rated categories in Omaha include local jobs and career opportunities (A+), quality of local schools (A-), and affordability/cost of living (A-).
  • Renters here are also relatively satisfied with safety (B-) and access to public transit (C+).
  • Renters in Omaha are more satisfied with their city than renters in other similarly sized cities like Atlanta, GA (B+) and Mesa, AZ (B-), but relatively less satisfied than renters in other similarly sized cities like Virginia Beach, VA (A+).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.

Renters say:

  • “I love the cost of living vs. base pay in the area. I love the attitude of most corporations in the area; they really care about the employees.” —Jennifer S.
  • “I love how friendly everyone is! It's a great example of Midwest kindness.” —Evelyn Z.
  • “I love the quality of people, and I hate the weather and the violence.” —Tiffani L.
  • “I just hate the crime rate in the area I live in; otherwise it's a beautiful area to live.” —Kayla D.