261 Apartments for rent in Tulsa, OK

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Last updated December 13 at 3:45am UTC
Mansion House
1638 S Carson Ave
Tulsa, OK
Updated December 13 at 3:20am UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
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City Guide
It really is a mixed bag...

A mixed bag of fluffy bunnies and rattlesnakes. So, don't you dare reach in blindly. Different types of neighborhoods are often within a block or two of each other. There are the good ol’ wide open spaces of southern ranch land, sprawling green suburbs, and a growing urban core of modern, big city weirdos. Finding the right niche is key, and this guide is here to help save you from the painful experience of having to relocate, yet again.

The Hunt for the Perfect Apartment

While you run around town, or surf around the internet looking at potential places, keep in mind these four essential questions:

How much are utilities? It is rare to find an all-bills-paid lease agreement here. So be sure to consider how much gas and electricity will run you, especially in the summer months.

How about commute? Tulsa is one of those southland cities where you have to have a car. Between the heat, the lack of sidewalks and bike lanes, and the inefficiency of public transportation systems, life without one would be extremely rough. Traffic is never too bad if you stick to the highways. However, I heard from a friend of a friend of a wife of a cousin of a friend that inner city stoplights have been rigged by the oil companies to slow down traffic, make people stop at every light, and burn more fuel. Can't tell if I'm joking? Go ahead and give it a try. See how many red lights you catch. Also, Tulsa is infamous for its badly maintained roads. Car maintenance costs can be a big drain on your budget if you don't pay attention to how many potholes you will be driving over every day.

Sneeze much? High humidity and high temperatures make for an extremely high mold count in the warmer months. Beware of the allergy season for mold if you are allergic, and, as always, we recommend taking the necessary steps to make sure you will be able to breathe.

Tulsa Breakdown

As mentioned before, there are a variety of neighborhoods around Tulsa.

Downtown. Living here, you’ll pay top dollar for high-rise condos, apartments and lofts that overlook the beautiful Art Deco architecture of downtown. Stroll through the swanky old mansions and high rises of wealthy oilmen from the roaring twenties and catch live shows at Cain’s Ball Room, The Old Lady on Brady, or Greenwood’s annual jazz festival.

Uptown. Live here if you want to be a stone’s throw away from downtown, but don’t want to pay those upscale prices. The SoBo (South Boston) bar district is a favorite among Uptown residents, who enjoy their city life with views of the downtown skyline and the Arkansas River.

Midtown. It is the beautiful parks that make life so sweet here in the heart of the city. There’s Woodward Park, known for its azaleas and gardens that attract photographers and picnic-ers alike. Other parks include Swan Lake, Zink Park, Darlington Park, and Whiteside Park. Shoppers can delight in the Utica Square, an upscale shopping center, or stroll through the Cherry Street neighborhood for antique, boutique, and vintage shops, as well as a number of art galleries.

East. This area is mostly residential and extremely affordable. The best neighborhoods are located far, far east just inside the city limits. Just drive down the Broken Arrow Expressway past Mingo for pleasant streets, complete with soccer fields, parks, shopping, and plenty of local and diverse eats.

West. Located on the west banks of the Arkansas River, this area boasts the Riverwest Festival Park, complete with a floating stage amphitheater set against the downtown Tulsa skyline. This area is also proud to host the local Oktoberfest, one of the largest in America. All hail polka, beer and sausage! Like the east side, neighborhoods get better as you drive towards the city limits, however there are some secret sweet spots in the Jenks and Bixby neighborhoods. As you leave the banks of Tulsa's urban core, huge oil refineries and a large industrial areas give way to woodsy, walkable neighborhoods with tons of character. $

South. South of 61st St., you find a world of easy-going country suburb life, complete with high school football fever, golf courses, plenty of churches, and, get this, the largest antique fishing collection in world. A little further south, you will find the Southern Hills neighborhood, home to the strikingly futuristic Oral Roberts University. This neighborhood is centered around the exclusive Southern Hills Country Club, which has hosted numerous golf championships, including four U.S. Opens.

Hot Country Fiddle

Tulsa is like a hot country fiddle: It looks pretty like a violin, but when sawed mercilessly with those old timey melodies, it comes to life with country-fried character.

Rent Report

December 2017 Tulsa Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2017 Tulsa Rent Report. Tulsa rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Tulsa rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Tulsa rents declined significantly over the past month

Tulsa rents have declined 0.4% over the past month, but have increased moderately by 2.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Tulsa stand at $640 for a one-bedroom apartment and $820 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in September. Tulsa's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.1%, but trails the national average of 2.7%.

Tulsa rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased moderately in Tulsa, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Tulsa is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Tulsa's median two-bedroom rent of $820 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 2.4% increase in Tulsa.
  • While Tulsa's rents rose moderately over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Miami (-0.4%) and New York (-0.1%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Tulsa than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,050, which is more than three-and-a-half times the price in Tulsa.

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.


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.

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

Apartment List has released results for Tulsa 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.

“Tulsa renters seem to be relatively satisfied with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Most categories in our survey received near-average satisfaction scores across the board.”

Key findings in Tulsa include the following:

  • Tulsa renters give their city a B+ overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated category for Tulsa was affordability/cost of living (A+).
  • Renters here are also relatively satisfied with commute times (B+) and pet friendliness (B).
  • Renters were not as satisfied with the quality of local schools (C+), local job and career opportunities (C+), and safety (C-).
  • Renter satisfaction in Tulsa is right on par with that of nearby Oklahoma City (B+). Compared to other similarly-sized cities, Tulsa did better than Cleveland, OH (C+), but not quite as well as Minneapolis, MN (A).
  • 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:

  • “I love that the community is very united as a family; I am extremely happy where I live.” —Abigail R.
  • “I love that Tulsa is hitting a growth spurt! Each month there is a new construction project beginning or ending. The downside to this is during rush hour times, the city seems like it is bursting at the seams.” —Autumn R.
  • “The crime rate is a big deal but everything else is great.” —Tiffany F.
  • “I actually hate Tulsa for the most part. But this is coming from someone who had a higher standard of living being from a big city. I was relocated here for a job, and if I had the chance to stop someone before accepting a position here - I would.” —Sophia