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102 Apartments for rent in West Chester, PA

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Check out 102 verified apartments for rent in West Chester, PA with rents starting as low as $500. Some apartments for rent in West Chester might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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11 Units Available
The Point at Windermere
1500 Windermere Rd, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
$1,258
789 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,769
1125 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 21 at 09:56 PM
Just minutes from the entertainment, shopping and dining options along West Chester Pike. This community offers residents a sauna, garage parking, tennis court, coffee bar and more. Apartments are furnished and have walk-in closets.
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11 Units Available
The Edge West Chester
230 E Rosedale Ave, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$1,077
1032 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 09:56 PM
The Edge residents benefit from a full array of features designed to create a comfortable, fun yet productive student housing community.
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22 Units Available
Chestnut Square
201 E Gay St, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
$1,760
820 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,391
1120 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 09:42 PM
A smoke-free community with new interiors, an elevator building, and in-unit washers and dryers. Features a courtyard with BBQ stations and fire pits. In downtown West Chester with dramatic views of The Brandywine River Valley.
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9 Units Available
The Gateway Apartments
1515 Manley Rd, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
$1,436
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,827
1281 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 09:02 PM
Offering a vibrant selection of living options, The Gateway Apartment Homes maintains the prime for luxury apartments in West Chester, PA.
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18 Units Available
Spring House at Brandywine
900 Reisling Ln, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
$1,400
701 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,425
980 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,109
1303 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 09:56 PM
Modern apartments in Downtown West Chester near Route 202. Tree-covered community with tennis court and clubhouse. Five floor plans available. Walk-in closets, nine-foot ceilings, and hardwood floors.
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10 Units Available
Highgate
1224 W Chester Pike, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
$1,345
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,680
950 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,940
1175 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:46 PM
Metropolitan Highgate apartments in West Chester, PA are only 3 miles from the historic West Chester Borough.
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18 Units Available
Pointe at West Chester
890 S Matlack St, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
$1,536
882 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,904
1228 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 21 at 06:46 PM
Luxury apartments with stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, balconies and granite countertops. Community has a fitness center, swimming pool, courtyard and covered parking. Located close to Route 202 and downtown dining and shops.
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4 Units Available
The Lantern at Glen Mills
100 Cornerstone Dr, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
$1,352
943 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,974
1191 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 21 at 06:45 PM
The Lantern at Glen Mills offers close proximity to I-95 and Route 1. Units include amenities like fireplaces, garbage disposals and walk-in closets. The community is pet friendly and offers a conference room.
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13 Units Available
Sharples Works
300 E Evans St, West Chester, PA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,531
623 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,063
1020 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:45 PM
Close to dining, shopping, and entertainment in Downtown Chester. Units with numerous floorplans featuring stainless steel appliances, subway tile surrounds, and wood-grain flooring. Covered parking.
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51 Units Available
The Metropolitan West Chester
300 E Marshall St, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
$1,275
683 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,575
935 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:37 PM
The metropolitan west chester apartments are a premier apartment complex in West Chester, PA. Our apartments feature designer contemporary kitchens and beautiful tile bathrooms.
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8 Units Available
The Point at Glen Mills
1000 Ellis Drive, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
$1,710
790 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,085
1118 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:36 PM
Lovely new-construction apartments located just off Conchester Highway. Apartments are accented with granite counters, modern cabinets and hardwood flooring. Stainless steel appliances included. Several outdoor and indoor community recreation areas. Close to dining and shopping.
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16 Units Available
Jefferson at Westtown
1000 Skiles Blvd, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
$1,464
820 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,724
1075 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,265
1394 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:29 PM
The community's recently renovated units have stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets and fireplaces. Oakbourne Park is right around the corner. On-site amenities include a clubhouse, playground, pool and 24-hour gym.
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18 Units Available
Metropolitan West Goshen
812 Goshen Rd, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
$1,345
770 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,705
1020 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,940
1200 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:22 PM
metropolitan west goshen apartments offer unique 1 bedrooms, as well as 2 and 3 bedroom townhomes featuring upgraded kitchens and baths, balconies /patios, private entrances, and washers and dryers.
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14 Units Available
TreeTops At Chester Hollow
100 Treetops Ln, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
$1,444
739 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,661
1004 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:10 PM
IT'S BETTER AT THE TOP. You will find all the comforts, pleasures and services of home while enjoying the acres upon acres of natural beauty and professional landscaping.
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3 Units Available
The Metropolitan East Goshen
1323 W Chester Pike, West Chester, PA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,345
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,755
885 sqft
Last updated March 16 at 08:47 PM
New residential community just off West Chester Pike. Units with breakfast bars, stainless steel appliances, full-size washers and dryers, and walk-in closets. Dog park, saltwater pool and walking trail for residents.
1 Unit Available
215 N. Everhart Ave., 215 B01
215 North Everhart Avenue, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,400
675 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 08:45 PM
This two bedroom deluxe apartment has been completely modernized and remodeled from floor to ceiling, featuring a walk out balcony and wide plank wood floors throughout.
1 Unit Available
314 West Miner Street - 2B
314 West Miner Street, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
$950
220 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 08:45 PM
Relax and call home this quaint and historical 1 bedroom, 1 bath 2nd floor apartment located on one of the most sought after streets in the Borough of West Chester, PA. This is the perfect space for anyone looking to live on their own.
1 Unit Available
28 N New Street - 1st FL Rear Office
28 North New Street, West Chester, PA
Studio
$500
140 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 08:45 PM
OFFICE First floor office space available. Other tenants include Artist Studio, CPA & Property Mgt Co Walking distance to dozens of restaurants and shop. Located across the street from Chester County Justice Center.
1 Unit Available
228 W LAFAYETTE STREET
228 West Lafayette Street, West Chester, PA
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
806 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 04:59 PM
Come check out this cozy two bedroom, one bath row home in the heart of West Chester Borough. On the first floor you will find living room, dining room and the kitchen. Upstairs is where you will find the two bedrooms and the full bathroom.
1 Unit Available
226 PRICE STREET
226 Price Street, West Chester, PA
4 Bedrooms
$2,275
2497 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 04:59 PM
NO STUDENT RENTAL AND NO PETS. First and Second floor unit in convenient and walkable West Chester Borough. Fantastic central location close to everything. Has Kitchen, Living Room, Full Bath, large sun room and two bedrooms on the first floor.
1 Unit Available
707 S PENN STREET
707 South Penn Street, West Chester, PA
3 Bedrooms
$1,700
1140 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 04:59 PM
Convenient to everything West Chester including Parks, Restaurants, and local retail. Affordable 3 bedroom 1.5 bath row home with clean paint, fresh carpet and on street parking. Book a showing today before it's too late. Available 10/1/2020
1 Unit Available
141 E GAY STREET
141 East Gay Street, West Chester, PA
2 Bedrooms
$1,500
2998 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 04:59 PM
NOT A STUDENT RENTAL Charming 2 bedroom apartment in West Chester close to restaurants and shopping. Recent upgrades include fresh paint and new vinyl plank flooring in living space.
1 Unit Available
703 S EVERHART AVENUE
703 S Everhart Ave, West Chester, PA
3 Bedrooms
$2,650
1742 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 04:59 PM
Rent this lovely ranch located in the Borough of West Chester. Enjoy this three bedroom two bath home on a no through traffic street located on .28 acres. The floor plan is open concept which makes it feel spacious.
1 Unit Available
301 S HIGH STREET
301 South High Street, West Chester, PA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,600
1029 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 04:59 PM
Welcome home to this fantastically appointed 3 bedroom 1.5 bathroom apartment in the heart of West Chester. Boasting a spacious 1100 square feet, this sightly apartment provides ample space throughout each room.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is rent in West Chester?
In West Chester, the median rent is $1,122 for a studio, $1,332 for a 1-bedroom, $1,608 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,012 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in West Chester, check out our monthly West Chester Rent Report.
How much is rent in West Chester?
In West Chester, the median rent is $1,122 for a studio, $1,332 for a 1-bedroom, $1,608 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,012 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in West Chester, check out our monthly West Chester Rent Report.
How can I find a cheap apartment in West Chester?
You can find apartments in West Chester that match your maximum budget: under $1,300.
How can I find a cheap apartment in West Chester?
You can find apartments in West Chester that match your maximum budget: under $1,300.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in West Chester?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find apartments that allow pets.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in West Chester?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find apartments that allow pets.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some West Chester properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some West Chester properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How much should I pay for rent in West Chester?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in West Chester.
How much should I pay for rent in West Chester?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in West Chester.
How can I find off-campus housing in West Chester?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around West Chester. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include West Chester University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph's University, Temple University, and Thomas Jefferson University.
How can I find off-campus housing in West Chester?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around West Chester. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include West Chester University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph's University, Temple University, and Thomas Jefferson University.

Median Rent in West Chester

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in West Chester is $1,332, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,608.
Studio
$1,122
1 Bed
$1,332
2 Beds
$1,608
3+ Beds
$2,012
City GuideWest Chester
West Chester: The town that gave birth to Jackass.
West Chester: The town that gave birth to Jackass.

A suburban borough located 25 miles outside of Philadelphia, West Chester is a great destination for folks looking for relaxed living convenient to major cities and businesses. It has a great sense of community, plenty of housing choices and a vibrant downtown. Community activities are central to the town, bringing businesses face-to-face with residents on a regular basis, and the neighborhoods build on this idea with a sense of togetherness.

Moving to West Chester

Travel

You'll need a bicycle or car for getting around West Chester, especially if you decide that renting a home outside of the center of town is more your speed. West Chester is convenient but lacking in public transportation, and walking is only convenient in the center of town. There's plenty there to walk to, but you'll still want to get out now and again. So make sure the property rentals you check out come with a parking spot.

Weather

Pennsylvania is notorious for having weather that is difficult to predict, with 40-degree temperature swings in a single day not uncommon. Winters will get pretty cold, while summers will be hot and humid. You'll want to keep a sweatshirt and an umbrella on hand year round, as even in the midst of summer you can get a cool, rainy day. The trade-off for this is that the area does not see natural disasters -- no earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes or the like -- just the odd blizzard every other year.

Lead Time

West Chester is a renter-heavy town, with the vast majority of properties being occupied by renters. This is due partly to the nearby university and also to its convenient location. This makes for a competitive market, particularly for larger property rentals that students can split cheaply, but also means that it won't be difficult to come by studio apartments or two-bedroom apartments, especially if you time it correctly. Just make sure you have all of your paperwork in order and the best references possible lined up.

Moving to West Chester
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Travel

You'll need a bicycle or car for getting around West Chester, especially if you decide that renting a home outside of the center of town is more your speed. West Chester is convenient but lacking in public transportation, and walking is only convenient in the center of town. There's plenty there to walk to, but you'll still want to get out now and again. So make sure the property rentals you check out come with a parking spot.

Weather

Pennsylvania is notorious for having weather that is difficult to predict, with 40-degree temperature swings in a single day not uncommon. Winters will get pretty cold, while summers will be hot and humid. You'll want to keep a sweatshirt and an umbrella on hand year round, as even in the midst of summer you can get a cool, rainy day. The trade-off for this is that the area does not see natural disasters -- no earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes or the like -- just the odd blizzard every other year.

Lead Time

West Chester is a renter-heavy town, with the vast majority of properties being occupied by renters. This is due partly to the nearby university and also to its convenient location. This makes for a competitive market, particularly for larger property rentals that students can split cheaply, but also means that it won't be difficult to come by studio apartments or two-bedroom apartments, especially if you time it correctly. Just make sure you have all of your paperwork in order and the best references possible lined up.

The Neighborhoods of West Chester

There's a few different neighborhoods of this town to choose from. Spot one that suits you?

Borough Center: Right in the middle of everything, the borough center is a prime spot to find a row home for rent, with lots of two- or three-bedroom row homes. There is a great number and variety of rental units in this neighborhood, including some furnished apartments.

Oakbourne: South of the center of town, Oakbourne is mostly owner occupied, but there are a handful of high-rise apartment buildings with rental units. However, it is also a neighborhood with a lot of four- and five-bedroom houses, so if you're looking for a large home for rent in West Chester, this would be a good place to start. Plus, it is fairly close to the borough center.

Milltown: If you've got some four-legged family members, start your search in the Milltown area. There are plenty of pet-friendly apartments in this neighborhood, and many of these apartments are also friendly to folks looking for housing on a budget.

The Neighborhoods of West Chester
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There's a few different neighborhoods of this town to choose from. Spot one that suits you?

Borough Center: Right in the middle of everything, the borough center is a prime spot to find a row home for rent, with lots of two- or three-bedroom row homes. There is a great number and variety of rental units in this neighborhood, including some furnished apartments.

Oakbourne: South of the center of town, Oakbourne is mostly owner occupied, but there are a handful of high-rise apartment buildings with rental units. However, it is also a neighborhood with a lot of four- and five-bedroom houses, so if you're looking for a large home for rent in West Chester, this would be a good place to start. Plus, it is fairly close to the borough center.

Milltown: If you've got some four-legged family members, start your search in the Milltown area. There are plenty of pet-friendly apartments in this neighborhood, and many of these apartments are also friendly to folks looking for housing on a budget.

Living in West Chester

Downtown West Chester is a lively hub, with plenty of local retail and restaurants. The "ThinkShopBuy...Local" initiative has brought many of these shops together, and they're all open for the monthly First Friday events. The Visual Expansion Gallery is an art store that constantly displays local and national artists, while Painted Plate offers pottery and more. Cigar shops rub elbows with skate shops, and antique shops share space with athletic apparel stores.

Just as varied is the choice of restaurants. West Chester loves international flavors, and the selection of flavors reflects this. Grab a curry at Spice Indian Thai Bistro, some sushi at Kooma, enchiladas at Mas Mexicali Cantina or a perfectly cooked steak at Pietro's Prime. Best of all, they're all within walking distance of each other in the middle of town.

There's always something to do around town as well. West Chester University brings in international performance artists throughout the year to events that are open to the public. The downtown kicks off the year with the West Chester Film Festival, and the summer brings on all sorts of events, including the Swinging Summer Thursday music festivals and numerous arts festivals. The summer season of festivals wraps up with a bang with the Chester County Restaurant Festival at the end of September.

There is plenty to do out in the fresh air, with numerous parks in and around the city. Go fishing in Fernhill Lake, golfing at the West Chester Country Club or lounging at the public parks. The West Chester Sports Complex is a lighted, multi-sport complex used for numerous leagues. The complex is open to the public and brings out lots of residents for a sense of community.

Living in West Chester
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Downtown West Chester is a lively hub, with plenty of local retail and restaurants. The "ThinkShopBuy...Local" initiative has brought many of these shops together, and they're all open for the monthly First Friday events. The Visual Expansion Gallery is an art store that constantly displays local and national artists, while Painted Plate offers pottery and more. Cigar shops rub elbows with skate shops, and antique shops share space with athletic apparel stores.

Just as varied is the choice of restaurants. West Chester loves international flavors, and the selection of flavors reflects this. Grab a curry at Spice Indian Thai Bistro, some sushi at Kooma, enchiladas at Mas Mexicali Cantina or a perfectly cooked steak at Pietro's Prime. Best of all, they're all within walking distance of each other in the middle of town.

There's always something to do around town as well. West Chester University brings in international performance artists throughout the year to events that are open to the public. The downtown kicks off the year with the West Chester Film Festival, and the summer brings on all sorts of events, including the Swinging Summer Thursday music festivals and numerous arts festivals. The summer season of festivals wraps up with a bang with the Chester County Restaurant Festival at the end of September.

There is plenty to do out in the fresh air, with numerous parks in and around the city. Go fishing in Fernhill Lake, golfing at the West Chester Country Club or lounging at the public parks. The West Chester Sports Complex is a lighted, multi-sport complex used for numerous leagues. The complex is open to the public and brings out lots of residents for a sense of community.

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City GuideWest Chester
West Chester: The town that gave birth to Jackass.
West Chester: The town that gave birth to Jackass.

A suburban borough located 25 miles outside of Philadelphia, West Chester is a great destination for folks looking for relaxed living convenient to major cities and businesses. It has a great sense of community, plenty of housing choices and a vibrant downtown. Community activities are central to the town, bringing businesses face-to-face with residents on a regular basis, and the neighborhoods build on this idea with a sense of togetherness.

Moving to West Chester

Travel

You'll need a bicycle or car for getting around West Chester, especially if you decide that renting a home outside of the center of town is more your speed. West Chester is convenient but lacking in public transportation, and walking is only convenient in the center of town. There's plenty there to walk to, but you'll still want to get out now and again. So make sure the property rentals you check out come with a parking spot.

Weather

Pennsylvania is notorious for having weather that is difficult to predict, with 40-degree temperature swings in a single day not uncommon. Winters will get pretty cold, while summers will be hot and humid. You'll want to keep a sweatshirt and an umbrella on hand year round, as even in the midst of summer you can get a cool, rainy day. The trade-off for this is that the area does not see natural disasters -- no earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes or the like -- just the odd blizzard every other year.

Lead Time

West Chester is a renter-heavy town, with the vast majority of properties being occupied by renters. This is due partly to the nearby university and also to its convenient location. This makes for a competitive market, particularly for larger property rentals that students can split cheaply, but also means that it won't be difficult to come by studio apartments or two-bedroom apartments, especially if you time it correctly. Just make sure you have all of your paperwork in order and the best references possible lined up.

Moving to West Chester
+

Travel

You'll need a bicycle or car for getting around West Chester, especially if you decide that renting a home outside of the center of town is more your speed. West Chester is convenient but lacking in public transportation, and walking is only convenient in the center of town. There's plenty there to walk to, but you'll still want to get out now and again. So make sure the property rentals you check out come with a parking spot.

Weather

Pennsylvania is notorious for having weather that is difficult to predict, with 40-degree temperature swings in a single day not uncommon. Winters will get pretty cold, while summers will be hot and humid. You'll want to keep a sweatshirt and an umbrella on hand year round, as even in the midst of summer you can get a cool, rainy day. The trade-off for this is that the area does not see natural disasters -- no earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes or the like -- just the odd blizzard every other year.

Lead Time

West Chester is a renter-heavy town, with the vast majority of properties being occupied by renters. This is due partly to the nearby university and also to its convenient location. This makes for a competitive market, particularly for larger property rentals that students can split cheaply, but also means that it won't be difficult to come by studio apartments or two-bedroom apartments, especially if you time it correctly. Just make sure you have all of your paperwork in order and the best references possible lined up.

The Neighborhoods of West Chester

There's a few different neighborhoods of this town to choose from. Spot one that suits you?

Borough Center: Right in the middle of everything, the borough center is a prime spot to find a row home for rent, with lots of two- or three-bedroom row homes. There is a great number and variety of rental units in this neighborhood, including some furnished apartments.

Oakbourne: South of the center of town, Oakbourne is mostly owner occupied, but there are a handful of high-rise apartment buildings with rental units. However, it is also a neighborhood with a lot of four- and five-bedroom houses, so if you're looking for a large home for rent in West Chester, this would be a good place to start. Plus, it is fairly close to the borough center.

Milltown: If you've got some four-legged family members, start your search in the Milltown area. There are plenty of pet-friendly apartments in this neighborhood, and many of these apartments are also friendly to folks looking for housing on a budget.

The Neighborhoods of West Chester
+

There's a few different neighborhoods of this town to choose from. Spot one that suits you?

Borough Center: Right in the middle of everything, the borough center is a prime spot to find a row home for rent, with lots of two- or three-bedroom row homes. There is a great number and variety of rental units in this neighborhood, including some furnished apartments.

Oakbourne: South of the center of town, Oakbourne is mostly owner occupied, but there are a handful of high-rise apartment buildings with rental units. However, it is also a neighborhood with a lot of four- and five-bedroom houses, so if you're looking for a large home for rent in West Chester, this would be a good place to start. Plus, it is fairly close to the borough center.

Milltown: If you've got some four-legged family members, start your search in the Milltown area. There are plenty of pet-friendly apartments in this neighborhood, and many of these apartments are also friendly to folks looking for housing on a budget.

Living in West Chester

Downtown West Chester is a lively hub, with plenty of local retail and restaurants. The "ThinkShopBuy...Local" initiative has brought many of these shops together, and they're all open for the monthly First Friday events. The Visual Expansion Gallery is an art store that constantly displays local and national artists, while Painted Plate offers pottery and more. Cigar shops rub elbows with skate shops, and antique shops share space with athletic apparel stores.

Just as varied is the choice of restaurants. West Chester loves international flavors, and the selection of flavors reflects this. Grab a curry at Spice Indian Thai Bistro, some sushi at Kooma, enchiladas at Mas Mexicali Cantina or a perfectly cooked steak at Pietro's Prime. Best of all, they're all within walking distance of each other in the middle of town.

There's always something to do around town as well. West Chester University brings in international performance artists throughout the year to events that are open to the public. The downtown kicks off the year with the West Chester Film Festival, and the summer brings on all sorts of events, including the Swinging Summer Thursday music festivals and numerous arts festivals. The summer season of festivals wraps up with a bang with the Chester County Restaurant Festival at the end of September.

There is plenty to do out in the fresh air, with numerous parks in and around the city. Go fishing in Fernhill Lake, golfing at the West Chester Country Club or lounging at the public parks. The West Chester Sports Complex is a lighted, multi-sport complex used for numerous leagues. The complex is open to the public and brings out lots of residents for a sense of community.

Living in West Chester
+

Downtown West Chester is a lively hub, with plenty of local retail and restaurants. The "ThinkShopBuy...Local" initiative has brought many of these shops together, and they're all open for the monthly First Friday events. The Visual Expansion Gallery is an art store that constantly displays local and national artists, while Painted Plate offers pottery and more. Cigar shops rub elbows with skate shops, and antique shops share space with athletic apparel stores.

Just as varied is the choice of restaurants. West Chester loves international flavors, and the selection of flavors reflects this. Grab a curry at Spice Indian Thai Bistro, some sushi at Kooma, enchiladas at Mas Mexicali Cantina or a perfectly cooked steak at Pietro's Prime. Best of all, they're all within walking distance of each other in the middle of town.

There's always something to do around town as well. West Chester University brings in international performance artists throughout the year to events that are open to the public. The downtown kicks off the year with the West Chester Film Festival, and the summer brings on all sorts of events, including the Swinging Summer Thursday music festivals and numerous arts festivals. The summer season of festivals wraps up with a bang with the Chester County Restaurant Festival at the end of September.

There is plenty to do out in the fresh air, with numerous parks in and around the city. Go fishing in Fernhill Lake, golfing at the West Chester Country Club or lounging at the public parks. The West Chester Sports Complex is a lighted, multi-sport complex used for numerous leagues. The complex is open to the public and brings out lots of residents for a sense of community.

Rent Report
West Chester

September 2020 West Chester Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 West Chester Rent Report. West Chester rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the West Chester rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

West Chester rents increase sharply over the past month

West Chester rents have increased 0.6% over the past month, but have remained steady at 0.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in West Chester stand at $1,332 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,608 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in June. West Chester's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.6%, but is in line with the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents rising across the Philadelphia Metro

    While rents have remained steady in the city of West Chester throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have risen in 9 of of the largest 10 cities in the Philadelphia metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Newark has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,395, while one-bedrooms go for $1,156.
    • Over the past year, King of Prussia is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 3.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,488, while one-bedrooms go for $1,232.
    • Lansdale has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Philadelphia metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,766; rents increased 0.5% over the past month and 1.4% over the past year.
    • Pottstown has the least expensive rents in the Philadelphia metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,003; rents rose 3.0% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to West Chester

    Rent growth in West Chester 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. Compared to most large cities across the country, West Chester is less affordable for renters.

    • Although rents across cities in Pennsylvania have been moderately decreasing, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have fallen by 0.1% in Pittsburgh and 1.0% in Allentown.
    • West Chester's median two-bedroom rent of $1,608 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in West Chester remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Columbus (+1.0%), Detroit (+0.8%), Chicago (+-0.3%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $977, $902, and $1,282 respectively.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in West Chester than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $902, where West Chester is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

    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 Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Philadelphia
    $980
    $1,180
    0
    0.1%
    Wilmington
    $1,090
    $1,310
    -0.1%
    2.4%
    Levittown
    $1,370
    $1,660
    0.3%
    1.2%
    Norristown
    $1,210
    $1,460
    0.4%
    2.5%
    Newark
    $1,160
    $1,400
    0.1%
    3%
    Drexel Hill
    $910
    $1,100
    -0.1%
    1.1%
    Pottstown
    $800
    $1,000
    0
    3%
    King of Prussia
    $1,230
    $1,490
    0.2%
    -3.1%
    West Chester
    $1,330
    $1,610
    0.6%
    0.3%
    Lansdale
    $1,460
    $1,770
    0.5%
    1.4%
    Lansdowne
    $880
    $1,070
    0.2%
    0.6%
    Doylestown
    $1,430
    $1,720
    0.4%
    1.9%
    Claymont
    $1,090
    $1,320
    0.3%
    7.3%
    North East
    $1,080
    $1,300
    1.4%
    7.4%
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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.

    Read More

    September 2020 West Chester Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 West Chester Rent Report. West Chester rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the West Chester rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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    September 2020 West Chester Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 West Chester Rent Report. West Chester rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the West Chester rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    West Chester rents increase sharply over the past month

    West Chester rents have increased 0.6% over the past month, but have remained steady at 0.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in West Chester stand at $1,332 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,608 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in June. West Chester's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.6%, but is in line with the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents rising across the Philadelphia Metro

      While rents have remained steady in the city of West Chester throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have risen in 9 of of the largest 10 cities in the Philadelphia metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Newark has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,395, while one-bedrooms go for $1,156.
      • Over the past year, King of Prussia is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 3.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,488, while one-bedrooms go for $1,232.
      • Lansdale has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Philadelphia metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,766; rents increased 0.5% over the past month and 1.4% over the past year.
      • Pottstown has the least expensive rents in the Philadelphia metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,003; rents rose 3.0% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

      Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to West Chester

      Rent growth in West Chester 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. Compared to most large cities across the country, West Chester is less affordable for renters.

      • Although rents across cities in Pennsylvania have been moderately decreasing, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have fallen by 0.1% in Pittsburgh and 1.0% in Allentown.
      • West Chester's median two-bedroom rent of $1,608 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While rents in West Chester remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Columbus (+1.0%), Detroit (+0.8%), Chicago (+-0.3%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $977, $902, and $1,282 respectively.
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in West Chester than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $902, where West Chester is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

      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 Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Philadelphia
      $980
      $1,180
      0
      0.1%
      Wilmington
      $1,090
      $1,310
      -0.1%
      2.4%
      Levittown
      $1,370
      $1,660
      0.3%
      1.2%
      Norristown
      $1,210
      $1,460
      0.4%
      2.5%
      Newark
      $1,160
      $1,400
      0.1%
      3%
      Drexel Hill
      $910
      $1,100
      -0.1%
      1.1%
      Pottstown
      $800
      $1,000
      0
      3%
      King of Prussia
      $1,230
      $1,490
      0.2%
      -3.1%
      West Chester
      $1,330
      $1,610
      0.6%
      0.3%
      Lansdale
      $1,460
      $1,770
      0.5%
      1.4%
      Lansdowne
      $880
      $1,070
      0.2%
      0.6%
      Doylestown
      $1,430
      $1,720
      0.4%
      1.9%
      Claymont
      $1,090
      $1,320
      0.3%
      7.3%
      North East
      $1,080
      $1,300
      1.4%
      7.4%
      See More

      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.