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434 Apartments for rent in Columbus, OH

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Last updated November 21 at 1:38pm UTC
Winterwood Apartments
4388 Walford Street
Columbus, OH
Updated November 21 at 10:31am UTC
1 Bedroom
$550
2 Bedrooms
$645
East Worthington Village
869 East Dublin Granville Road
Columbus, OH
Updated November 21 at 10:31am UTC
1 Bedroom
$575
2 Bedrooms
$720
Tall Oaks
2300 Fitzroy Pl S
Columbus, OH
Updated November 21 at 10:31am UTC
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$620
2 Bedrooms
$685
Century City Apartments
6300 Century City S
Columbus, OH
Updated November 21 at 12:18pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$575
2 Bedrooms
$640
Hidden Creek
4800 Hall Road
Columbus, OH
Updated November 21 at 1:23pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$706
2 Bedrooms
$790
3 Bedrooms
$1,101
Creekbend
1048 Regentshire Drive
Columbus, OH
Updated November 21 at 1:23pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$765
2 Bedrooms
$890
Sawbury Commons
2637 Sawbury Blvd
Columbus, OH
Updated November 21 at 7:05am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$899
Winterwood Gardens
1980 Belcher Drive
Columbus, OH
Updated November 21 at 10:31am UTC
Studio
$430
1 Bedroom
$550
2 Bedrooms
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City Guide
Columbus
Apartment Search Pointers

Buckeye Rush The best time to find a Columbus apartment? May. As OSU students migrate, graduate, and move on, the trendiest, least expensive, and most convenient apartments will become available. Be sure to snatch them up before summer ends and the Buckeyes rush back into town for a new semester.

Pets Columbus apartment complexes favor cats over dogs. Unfortunately for the canine compassionate, having a dog will drastically limit your apartment options in most urban areas. Also, be prepared to pay pet rent on top of an often non-refundable pet deposit.

The Lease Most apartments require an initial 12-month lease. However, this is balanced with relatively low and refundable deposits... a luxury that many cities don't enjoy.

How to Get By in Columbus

Get a car. If you are moving from a place like New York, then public transportation here will seem like a cruel joke. If you are moving from a sprawling city like Los Angeles or San Antonio, then it might not seem too bad. Either way, life will be easier with your own ride.... especially in winter, when cold weather can make even the most convenient neighborhoods a harsh place to walk, bike, or wait for a bus.

Become a Buckeyes fan. The easiest way to make friends in Columbus: Just put on the OSU colors (which are gray and scarlet, not red) and scream "O.H." You will hear an "I.O." echoing back at you with instant, effortless comradery. And, should you dare support an out-of-state team at the local sports bars, you’d better keep your voice down and have an escape plan.

Count Your Vices. Cigarette smoking laws are very strict in Columbus, the bars close at 2 a.m., and you can only buy beer from 1 p.m. to midnight on Sundays. For those not used to having the government regulate their bad habits, this surprise can be both shocking and annoying.

Scrape the surface. Many people move here from big, big cities, drive down High Street, drink at Oktoberfest, and then claim that there's nothing else to do. Despite all the live music, festivals, and football games, they say, "Columbus sucks." Columbus residents say, "Columbus sucks because you suck." This affectionate phrase is now the title of an underground flyer/event calendar that comes out once a month. If you're into radical art shows, offensive comedy, noisy hardcore punk, ambient, drone, tribal and grind music, then this flyer is for you!

That about wraps it up. The most difficult step of any journey is the first, and with just one step at a time is the arduous journey completed. Now go forth, just as Christopher Columbus did, for you have some serious exploring to do.

-By Katy Comal

Rent Report
Columbus

November 2018 Columbus Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2018 Columbus Rent Report. Columbus rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Columbus rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Columbus rents declined slightly over the past month

Columbus rents have declined 0.2% over the past month, but have increased marginally by 0.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Columbus stand at $740 for a one-bedroom apartment and $950 for a two-bedroom. Columbus' year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.6%, but trails the national average of 1.1%.

Rents rising across cities in Ohio

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Columbus, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Ohio, 6 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 0.6% 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, Westerville is the most expensive of all Ohio's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,190; of the 10 largest Ohio cities that we have data for, 4 have seen rents fall year-over-year, with Dublin experiencing the fastest decline (-1.6%).
  • Westerville, Lakewood, and Cincinnati have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (4.1%, 1.6%, and 1.0%, respectively).

Columbus rents more affordable than many comparable cities nationwide

As rents have increased marginally in Columbus, a few other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Columbus is still more affordable than most similar cities across the country.

  • Columbus' median two-bedroom rent of $950 is below the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.1% over the past year compared to the 0.8% increase in Columbus.
  • While Columbus' rents rose marginally over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 1.3%.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Columbus than most comparable cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,100, which is more than three times the price in Columbus.

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.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Columbus $740 $950 -0.2% 0.8%
Dublin $870 $1,130 -0.7% -1.6%
Westerville $920 $1,190 -1.6% 4.1%
Reynoldsburg $790 $1,010 0.3% 2.6%
Grove City $860 $1,110 0.0% 5.8%
Hilliard $740 $950 -1.5% 0.3%

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.

Columbus Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how Columbus ranks on:
C+ Overall satisfaction
B Safety and crime rate
A Jobs and career opportunities
A- Recreational activities
B+ Affordability
B+ Quality of schools
A- Social Life
C Weather
A- Commute time
B State and local taxes
A- Public transit
A Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
Full data available when viewing on a non-mobile device.
Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Columbus’ 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.

"Columbus renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "They gave most categories above-average scores."

Key Findings in Columbus include the following:

  • Columbus renters gave their city a C+ overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Columbus were pet-friendliness and job and career opportunities, which both received A grades.
  • The biggest area of concern to Columbus renters is weather, which received a score of C.
  • Columbus millennials are moderately satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of C+.
  • Columbus earned similar scores compared to other Ohio cities like Cleveland (C) and Cincinnati (C+), but earned higher marks than Dayton (F).
  • Columbus did relatively poorly compared to similar cities nationwide, including Austin (A-), Phoenix (B-) and Chicago (B-).
  • 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:

  • "It’s a great city with big city entertainment and small city safety and traffic." -Anon.
  • "I love how many things there are to do, but the cost of living is high." -Julie H.
  • "There’s always something to do and nothing is too far away. Great communities with friendly people." -Karl D.

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.