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74 apartments for rent near Newark, NJ

Avalon Bloomfield Station
300 Glenwood Ave
Studio
$1,780
1 Bed
$1,955
2 Bed
$2,500
Gaslight Commons
28 W 3rd St
1 Bed
$2,285
2 Bed
$3,298
Avalon Union
2400 Vauxhall Rd
1 Bed
$2,295
2 Bed
$2,610
3 Bed
Ask
Schley St
Upper Clinton Hill
Studio
$1,700
14 Seabury Ct
North Broadway
3 Bed
$1,750
14 Vaughan Dr
University Heights
2 Bed
$2,000
3 Ashby Ln
University Heights
3 Bed
$3,200
98 Rose Ter
Upper Clinton Hill
3 Bed
$1,400
272 Littleton Ave
West Side
3 Bed
$1,250
63 Howard St
University Heights
3 Bed
$2,600
1-3 Mapes Terrace
Weequahic
5 Bed
$1,750
43 Treacy Ave
Upper Clinton Hill
4 Bed
$1,450
191 Mt Prospect Ave
Seventh Avenue
3 Bed
$1,250
117 Hudson St
University Heights
3 Bed
$2,300
260 Mount Prospect Ave
Forest Hill
Studio
$850
19 Vaughan Dr
University Heights
3 Bed
$3,000
37 Howard Ct
University Heights
2 Bed
$2,300
35 Rutgers Dr
University Heights
4 Bed
$3,200
19 N 7th St
Fairmount
1 Bed
$900
20 Marrow St
University Heights
3 Bed
$2,400
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City Guide
Newark
Renting in Newark

With a population around 280,000, Newark is the biggest city in the Garden State. But all those people are stuffed into just 24 square miles of land, making Newark more crowded than a box of golden seedless raisins. Neighboring Jersey City is also one of the most densely populated cities in the country, so yeah, expect to be pretty familiar with your neighbors. Statistics show about two-thirds of those neighbors will be renters, and with the vacancy rate usually in the single digits, you will have some competition as you look for a place.

How much will it cost?

The average 1-bedroom unit will run you about $1100 a month in Newark. Yes, that’s higher than the national norm, but it’s also less than half of what you’d be paying to live in NYC, which, again, is just eight miles away. Keep in mind that New Jersey is one of the costliest states in which to live, with CNBC recently ranking it the 5th most expensive state in the U.S. http://www.cnbc.com/id/43484111?slide=7

How Close to Mass Transit?

This is a key question to ask yourself, because downtown Newark is where you’ll find Newark Penn Station, a major transportation hub where you can catch a subway, Amtrak train, New Jersey Transit bus, Greyhound bus, and more. If you’re aiming to live here sans car – and this is a great city to be vehicle-free in – make sure you’re comfortable with the walk that’s needed to get you on a people-mover.

Newark Neighborhoods

Newark has more than a dozen established neighborhoods, but it’s the city’s five political wards that are used to reference the primary geographical components of the city. Here’s a rundown:

North Ward: Home to many of Newark’s historical landmarks, this is also where you’ll find two of the city’s most populous neighborhoods, Forest Hill and Roseville; both on the pricier side. Some 55,000 people live in the North Ward, many of them Italian-American or Latino. Branch Brook Park, a 360-acre, cherry blossom-saturated public park is also located here, so the scenery is seldom lacking.

South Ward: Bordered to the east by the very busy Newark Liberty International Airport, the South Ward is home to the Clinton Hill, Dayton, South Broad Valley and Weequahic neighborhoods.

East Ward: Generally considered to be the best area for renters, the East Ward is home to the Ironbound neighborhood and Downtown. Ironbound is known for its huge working class Portuguese population. Finding a good deal here – say, a 3-BR unit for $1200 – is not uncommon, so you should dig a bit if you’re a savy deal seeker, you might be rewarded handsomely for your exploits. The East Ward is also where you’ll find Newark’s Downtown section - the center of the mass transit access – as well as the Prudential Center (home of the NHL’s Devils), but not many apartments. If you can find some, great, just don’t get too discouraged if your search starts to look a bit forlorn.

West Ward: Fairmount, Ivy Hill, Vailsburg, and West Side are the primary neighborhoods here that have been the focus of a concerted effort by city leaders to bring affordable and quality housing to the area. Point your search in that direction if living here is absolutely essential.

Central Ward: Rutgers and other notable universities are located in the Central Ward.

Life in Newark

It’s reasonable to say that renting an apartment in Newark requires a certain kind of mindset. You have to be adventurous yet still plant your stake here. For a New York City commuter or a pair of rugged-and-ready-for-anything college roommates, the city can be a steal of a deal. Hey, if Paul Simon, Queen Latifah, Shaquille O’Neal and Whitney Houston can survive a Newark upbringing, you can too. Here are a few tips for anyone ready to rent in Newark:

Take Advantage of the Transit

Be sure to take advantage of the city’s dizzying array of public transportation options. Not having a car in Newark means thousands of dollars in insurance, upkeep and fuel savings, so if you can ditch the ride, do it. There are bus and train stops all over the city, so investigate a little and learn your best routes.

All right, we’ll be the first to admit that our critique of Newark wasn’t exactly brimming with enthusiasm. No matter what, we’re confident you can find yourself an awesome apartment here, so get to it! Happy hunting!

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

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

“Newark renters expressed high dissatisfaction with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave below-average scores to most categories.”

Key findings in the Newark include the following:

  • Newark renters give their city an F overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated category for Newark was access to public transit (A).
  • Renters were dissatisfied with affordability (C), quality of local schools (D), and commute times (D).
  • Renters were very dissatisfied with local jobs and career opportunities (F), safety (F), and state and local taxes (F).
  • Newark renters were more dissatisfied than renters in nearby Elizabeth (C+), East Orange (D), and Jersey City (D).
  • 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 hate almost everything about Newark, NJ! The people, their attitudes, placement of homes, the trashy neighborhoods, the carelessness from landlords & neighbors, the rent, no healthy food markets, prices for food, a corner store & chicken shack everywhere you look. It's a horrible place to live.” —Alecia B.
  • “I love that I can walk 10 minutes and be right in the heart of Newark, a new and up-and-coming city.” —Anon.
  • “I hate the crime and low quality of schools.” —Hadiyyah J.