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Summit Park Apartments
4370 Lemarie Ct
Columbus, OH
Updated February 12 at 02:36pm
1 Bedroom
$595
2 Bedrooms
$690
3 Bedrooms
$895
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Alkire Gate Apartments
1977 Hidden Gate
Columbus, OH
Updated December 31 at 09:07pm
1 Bedroom
$775
2 Bedrooms
$900
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The Vanguard of Polaris Apartments
8115 Worthington Galena Rd
Columbus, OH
Updated May 15 at 02:01pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,299
In a natural setting just minutes from the freeway and area amenities. On-site amenities include a Starbucks cafe, fitness center, in-suite washers and dryers, and lots of entertainment. Updated interiors with stainless steel appliances.
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Sugar Run At New Albany
5501 New Albany Rd
Columbus, OH
Updated June 19 at 05:57pm
1 Bedroom
$925
2 Bedrooms
$1,025
3 Bedrooms
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Only minutes from I-10 on the east side of El Paso. Gated community with a resort-style pool featuring a beach area and a Wi-Fi internet cafe.
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5263 Berthold Pass Drive
5263 Berthold Pass Dr
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:05pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,450
4937 Common Market Place
4937 Common Market Place
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,350
947 Miller Ave
947 Miller Avenue
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
2 Bedrooms
$900
2150 Bentwood Circle
2150 Bentwood Circle
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
1 Bedroom
$935
1116 S KELLNER RD
1116 S Kellner Rd
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
3 Bedrooms
$1,050
1642 Pembroke Avenue
1642 Pembroke Ave
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:05pm
1 Bedroom
$840
387 St. Clair Ave, Col
387 Saint Clair Avenue
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
3 Bedrooms
$1,200
452 E Royal Forest Blvd
452 E Royal Forest Blvd
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,600
554 Woodbury Ave.
554 Woodbury Avenue
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
2 Bedrooms
$727
522 Thistleview Drive
522 Thistleview Drive
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
4 Bedrooms
$1,947
2245 Hedgerow Rd Unit D
2245 Hedgerow Road
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
109 E Fourth
109 East Fourth Avenue
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
2 Bedrooms
$2,200
2422 Glenmawr Ave. 2422
2422 Glenmawr Avenue
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:05pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,225
5417 Cedar Springs Rd
5417 Cedar Spgs
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:05pm
2 Bedrooms
$895
5531 Central College Rd
5531 Central College Road
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
4 Bedrooms
$5,400
2131 Iuka Avenue
2131 Iuka Avenue
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:05pm
4 Bedrooms
$2,495
5638 Cypress Chase
5638 Cypress Chase
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
2 Bedrooms
$875
1350 King Ave 312
1350 King Ave
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
Studio
$575
244 Hudson st
244 East Hudson Street
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
3 Bedrooms
$1,050
300 W. Spring Street Unit 1301
300 West Spring Street
Columbus, OH
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
2 Bedrooms
$3,447

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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