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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 2017 Columbus Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Columbus Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Columbus rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Columbus rents declined moderately over the past month

Columbus rents have declined 0.3% over the past month, but have increased moderately by 3.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Columbus stand at $730 for a one-bedroom apartment and $950 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in July. Columbus' year-over-year rent growth leads the state and national averages, which both stand at 2.7%.

Columbus rents more affordable than many comparable cities nationwide

As rents have increased moderately in Columbus, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. 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 $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 3.1% increase in Columbus.
  • While Columbus' 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 Columbus than most other large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,070, 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.

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

Apartment List has released results for Columbus 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.

“Columbus renters expressed relative satisfaction with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Most categories received average or above average scores, with a few exceptions.”

Key findings in Columbus include the following:

  • Columbus renters give their city a B overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Columbus were local jobs and career opportunities (A) and affordability/cost of living (A-).
  • Renters here are also satisfied with things like quality of local schools (B+), pet friendliness of the city (B+), state and local taxes (B), and safety (B-).
  • Millennial renters are relatively satisfied with their city, giving it a B overall.
  • Columbus was on par with other nearby cities such as Indianapolis (B) and Chicago (B-) and did much better than other cities like Detroit (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:

  • “There's a lot to do in Columbus, [compared] to other cities in Ohio. In general, job opportunities are somewhat abundant here as well. It's an overall great city.” —Lexi L.
  • “Columbus is a great place to live! I love the diverse and young population, sports teams, artsy vibe, and plethora of activities available. Really, the only thing Columbus is missing is warmer weather and maybe some palm trees.” —Anon.
  • “Columbus has a lot of entertainment and a decent food scene. But many areas are not prioritized enough, and the public transportation needs a lot of work.” —Maya J.