6 Apartments under 600 for rent in Columbus, OH

Last updated August 21 at 12:27am UTC
1580 King Ave 104
Columbus, OH
Updated August 14 at 9:56am UTC
221 Lechner Ave
Central Hilltop
Columbus, OH
Updated June 25 at 8:23pm UTC
Alexander Hamilton Plaza
496 S Hamilton Rd
Whitehall, OH
Updated August 21 at 12:27am UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
1510 Polaris Pkwy
Columbus, OH
Updated August 17 at 5:16pm UTC
4114 Jenera Pl
Columbus, OH
Updated August 12 at 9:36am UTC
Results within 1 miles of Columbus, OH
1129 Georges Pl
Holly Hill
Columbus, OH
Updated August 15 at 5:25pm UTC
1 Bedroom

August 2018 Columbus Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2018 Columbus Rent Report. Columbus rents increased 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.

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Rent Report

August 2018 Columbus Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2018 Columbus Rent Report. Columbus rents increased 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 increased slightly over the past month

Columbus rents have increased 0.2% over the past month, but have been relatively flat at 0.4% 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. This is the sixth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in January. Columbus' year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.8%, as well as the national average of 1.2%.

Rents rising across cities in Ohio

Throughout the past year, rents have remained steady in the city of Columbus, but other cities across the entire state have seen rents increase. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Ohio, all of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 0.8% 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 $1,170; of the 10 largest Ohio cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Westerville experiencing the fastest growth (+3.5%).
  • Lakewood, Toledo, and Cincinnati have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.4%, 2.0%, and 1.1%, respectively).

Columbus rents more affordable than many other large cities nationwide

Rent growth in Columbus has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Columbus is still more affordable than most comparable cities across the country.

  • Columbus' median two-bedroom rent of $950 is below the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.2% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Columbus.
  • While rents in Columbus remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+2.4%), Atlanta (+1.8%), and San Francisco (+1.1%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,050, $1,180, and $3,090 respectively.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Columbus than most similar cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,090, 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% 0.4%
Dublin $890 $1,150 0.4% 0.7%
Westerville $910 $1,170 3.3% 3.5%
Reynoldsburg $780 $1,010 -0.2% 1.9%
Grove City $830 $1,070 1.0% 2.5%
Hilliard $740 $960 1.1% -1.2%

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:

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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.