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Lennox Flats Apartments
815 Kinnear Rd
Columbus, OH
Updated May 15 at 11:47pm
1 Bedroom
$1,099
2 Bedrooms
$1,699
Updated community located near Ohio State University. Pet-friendly. Apartments offer stainless steel appliances and designer kitchens. Community features on-site resort-style pool and sundeck. Luxurious living in Downtown Columbus.
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Sawbury Commons
2637 Sawbury Blvd
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:16pm
2 Bedrooms
$879
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Abbot's Cove
2960 Abbots Cove Blvd
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:20pm
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$839
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223 E Town Street
223 E Town St
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:15pm
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,342
2 Bedrooms
$2,301
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The Beeker
115 East Fifth Avenue
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 07:05am
Studio
$995
1 Bedroom
$1,195
2 Bedrooms
$1,495
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The Prescott
22 E Prescott St
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:12pm
Studio
$1,199
1 Bedroom
$1,399
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Ridgewood (OH)
3616 Hogans Run Road
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:17pm
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$875
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Ravine Bluff
5454 Ponderosa Dr
Columbus, OH
Updated May 1 at 11:51pm
2 Bedrooms
$699
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Harvard Square Apartments
4438 Mobile Dr
Columbus, OH
Updated May 1 at 11:50pm
1 Bedroom
$769
2 Bedrooms
$959
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Franklin Manor Apartments
1475 Stimmel Rd
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:02pm
1 Bedroom
$591
2 Bedrooms
$607
3 Bedrooms
$729
Just moments from the Southwest Square Shopping Center and McCoy Park, this community offers residents a fitness center, on-site laundry, playgrounds and a pet-friendly atmosphere. Apartments feature walk-in closets and wall-to-wall carpeting.
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The Brunner Building
936 North High Street
Columbus, OH
Updated April 22 at 12:42pm
2 Bedrooms
$2,675
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The Diplomat
9 Buttles Avenue
Columbus, OH
Updated April 22 at 12:42pm
1 Bedroom
$1,495
2 Bedrooms
$1,775
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The Wood Co
939 North High Street
Columbus, OH
Updated April 22 at 12:42pm
1 Bedroom
$1,445
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The Dennison
789 Dennison Avenue
Columbus, OH
Updated April 22 at 12:42pm
Studio
$1,395
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,395
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Reserve at Parkwick
4711 Bay Run Drive
Columbus, OH
Updated April 10 at 11:41pm
1 Bedroom
$726
2 Bedrooms
$870
A beautiful location right on the water's edge. On-site playground, community events, and swimming pool. Home's are pet-friendly. Near public transportation. Affordable housing community. Emergency maintenance service available.
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Schrock Park
1779 Schrock Rd
Columbus, OH
Updated March 20 at 11:30pm
1 Bedroom
$699
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Sterling Place
5399 Coachman Rd
Columbus, OH
Updated May 15 at 11:47pm
1 Bedroom
$899
2 Bedrooms
$1,149
3 Bedrooms
$1,399
Modern apartments in an intimate community with a clubhouse, garden, fire pit and volleyball court. Enjoy key fob access. Apartments have granite counters, garbage disposal and ample storage space. Nearby bus routes on Bethel Road.
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River Oaks
2299 River Oaks Dr
Columbus, OH
Updated May 15 at 11:47pm
1 Bedroom
$999
2 Bedrooms
$1,199
3 Bedrooms
$1,599
Modern homes close to Easton Town Center, featuring linen closets, fireplaces, gourmet kitchens, and in-unit laundry. Common amenities include a clubhouse, volleyball courts, and a fully equipped business center.
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Northwoods Apartments
99 Antelope Way
Columbus, OH
Updated May 15 at 11:47pm
1 Bedroom
$799
2 Bedrooms
$999
Located in Downtown Worthington. Luxury apartments offering updated interiors. Near I-71 and I-315. On-site fitness center, sand volleyball, pool, and large patios. Pet-friendly. Close to Ohio State University.
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Estates at New Albany
4701 Rexwood Dr
Columbus, OH
Updated May 15 at 11:46pm
1 Bedroom
$899
2 Bedrooms
$1,199
3 Bedrooms
$1,399
A pet-friendly community with a resort-style pool, dog park, walking trails and children's play area. Homes feature walk-in closets, breakfast bars and oversized windows. Easton Town Center is just minutes away.
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Westerville Park
4565 Northland Square Dr E
Columbus, OH
Updated February 16 at 04:54pm
1 Bedroom
$755
2 Bedrooms
$875
Close to Morse Center Shopping Center. All apartments offer contemporary kitchens with ceramic tiles and granite counters, and large bedrooms with wood floors and spacious closets. Ample parking for residents and guests.
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Trotters Park
720 Michigan Ave
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:57pm
1 Bedroom
$1,386
2 Bedrooms
$1,794
Within walking distance of the Tempe Marketplace for shopping, entertainment, and dining. Kitchen appliances, walk-in closets, ceiling fans, handrails, and window coverings. Private balconies and a lawn area.
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Marble Cliff Commons
2828 Marblevista Blvd
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:12pm
1 Bedroom
$1,042
2 Bedrooms
$1,392
3 Bedrooms
$1,839
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Timber Trail
2414 Timber Trail Dr N
Columbus, OH
Updated May 15 at 02:12pm
2 Bedrooms
$895
Spacious and affordable two-bedroom brick townhomes with stainless steel appliances, cherry-finished cabinets and granite countertops. Minutes from Easton, steps from COTA bus line. A secluded feeling nestled in amongst the surrounding woodlands.
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Average Rent in Columbus

Last updated Apr. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Columbus is $745, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $960.
Studio
$630
1 Bed
$745
2 Beds
$960
3+ Beds
$1,235
City GuideColumbus
There's a road outside Columbus, Ohio feels like I drove along for years. This midwest way of ease, it surrounds us. I can't deny the rhythm here, and as I pull away from riverside beside me, that high street never looked so good." (O.A.R. - "Road Outside Columbus").

Who likes Trivia? Name the capital of Ohio, the largest city in Ohio, and the Spanish explorer that discovered Cuba in 1492. Columbus, Columbus, Columbus! But who ever talks about Christopher Columbus anymore? Around here, it’s all about OSU football. You had better start sporting Buckeye colors before rolling into this town.

Ohio State Buckeyes

North Market Farmer's Market

Cheetah on display at the Ohio State Fair in 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.

Navigating Columbus Neighborhoods

Whether you're an east coast urbanite or a product of cow-town upbringing, Columbus, Ohio might be a bit of a culture shock. But never fear, I've put together a simple city guide right here:

Downtown: Where the tall buildings live. It's the heart, the epicenter, the big shebang of Columbus. Here you will find an incredibly diverse selection of employers, plenty of great happy hour spots, various festivals and events, incredibly overpriced eats, and swanky city living rentals.

Arena District: Where the football fans live. Come here to watch local games in the Nationwide Arena, or head over to one of the many sports bars to cheer on your favorite team in a lively atmosphere of plasma TV's, quality brews, and raving-mad Buckeye fans. Modern apartments overlook downtown, located just one mile away, offering great skyline views and a myriad of businesses and nightlife within walking and biking distance.

Short North: Where the fabulous live. This district is known for its art galleries, murals, gay bars and quirky cafes. While it caters to the gay community, Short North also attracts a bohemian vibe, with plenty of eccentric street performers, artists, and offbeat events. It hosts the monthly Gallery Hop and the annual Doo Dah Parade, a parody of the traditional American 4th of July parade. Apartment life in this artsy area is the “bee’s knees”… knee deep in character and creativity. Apartments range from modern flats to village-style townhomes.

South: Where the Germans live. Historically, this area was heavily populated by German immigrants. Today, it is still best-known for the German Village Oktoberfest: a salute to beer, bratwurst, and sauerkraut. Residents enjoy a close proximity to downtown, though; there’re plenty of unique shops, eateries, art galleries and cultural character in their own neck of the woods. German village architecture can be seen in both the houses and apartments around here, giving the area a sort of Pleasantville vibe.

University: Where the tow trucks live. These law-abiding carjackers stalk the streets around OSU, especially during football season, and will pounce on your beloved vehicle the first chance they get. For this reason, be sure to snag an apartment with sufficient parking. Tow trucks aside, this area offers a great life for the fast-paced: there’s tailgating, frat parties, shopping and dining, lots of bars, an incredible underground music scene, and the bastion of arts and culture known as the Wexner Center. Also known as the "student ghetto", the affordability of this area makes for a shady, punk vibe that rubs many people the wrong way... but isn't that the point of punk?

Northwest: Where the quiet live. Looking to retreat into peaceful-open-space-suburbia-land? Head northwest into the neighborhoods of Grandview Heights, Upper Arlington, Dublin, and Hillard: All of the neigborhoods are a bit pricey.

Northeast: Where the nostalgic live. Is old town scenery what you're looking for? This area is made up of unique American architecture that spans various styles and historic eras. New Albany, Gahanna, and the wonderful Westerville neighborhoods are all popular locations for home seekers.

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

May 2019 Columbus Rent Report

Welcome to the May 2019 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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May 2019 Columbus Rent Report

Welcome to the May 2019 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, and have increased slightly by 1.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Columbus stand at $750 for a one-bedroom apartment and $960 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in December of last year. Columbus' year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.1%, as well as the national average of 1.5%.

    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, 9 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.1% 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, Columbus is the most expensive of all Ohio's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $960; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Hamilton, where a two-bedroom goes for $820, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.2%).
    • Lorain, Lakewood, and Cincinnati have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.2%, 1.9%, and 1.4%, respectively).

    Columbus rents more affordable than many other large cities nationwide

    As rents have increased slightly in Columbus, a few similar cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Columbus is still more affordable than most comparable cities across the country.

    • Columbus' median two-bedroom rent of $960 is below the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 1.0% increase in Columbus.
    • While Columbus' rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.9%), Atlanta (+2.4%), and Denver (+2.0%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Columbus than most other large 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
    $750
    $960
    0.2%
    1%
    Dublin
    $920
    $1,180
    1.7%
    -0.3%
    Lancaster
    $780
    $1,010
    -0.5%
    -0.1%
    Westerville
    $940
    $1,210
    0.7%
    1.8%
    Reynoldsburg
    $760
    $990
    1%
    0.9%
    Hilliard
    $730
    $940
    0.4%
    0.5%
    Troy
    $570
    $740
    -0.1%
    1.2%
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    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.

    Renter Confidence Survey

    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 Lis...

    View full Columbus Renter Survey

    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

    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.

    View our national survey results here

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