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Charleston Apartments
Last updated February 5 2023 at 2:16 AM

1,292 Apartments in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Apartment Renter's Guide

Overview


Population: 137,566
Population Density: 1,244.3 people/sq mile
Median Age: 36
Percentage of Family Households: 54%
Median Annual Income: $74,139 / year
Median Rent: $1,395 / month

What locals are saying

Welcome to Charleston! Lesson one: how to pronounce the name of your new city. First, pull a chair up onto your porch and lean back in it slowly. Kick your feet up, then sip on a sweet tea or a lemonade. Now take several slow, deep breaths until you are so relaxed you're almost asleep. Okay, now you're ready. Repeat after me, "Chaaaahlestun." Now let's find you an apartment!

Charleston is truly a Southern city

Welcome to Charleston! Lesson one: how to pronounce the name of your new city. First, pull a chair up onto your porch and lean back in it slowly. Kick your feet up, then sip on a sweet tea or a lemonade. Now take several slow, deep breaths until you are so relaxed you're almost asleep. Okay, now you're ready. Repeat after me, "Chaaaahlestun." Now let's find you an apartment!

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What to Expect

Charleston is truly a Southern city. Charleston is well-regarded as a cultural and architectural gem on the Atlantic coast. Though many of its original buildings have been destroyed by earthquakes, the city has a thriving arts and cultural scene.

Downtown Charleston, situated on the bay of Charleston Harbor, is home to not only the city's industry, but to its French Quarter and the surrounding regions which are all on the register of National Historic Landmarks. Walking through this area of town, one feels a part of Southern history, as placards dot the sidewalk pointing out historical landmarks.

Charleston also has a great mix of culture and outdoor activities, with a number of city parks and public green spaces, numerous music festivals throughout the year, and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean that allows boating and watersports enthusiasts to get out on the water nearly every weekend.

Neighborhoods in Charleston

Summerville, located in the far northwest portion of Charleston, remains the premier destination for those looking for semi-affordable housing with a friendly neighborhood vibe. Here the rental market has a variety of housing options, including single-family homes and new developments. Nearby Mt. Pleasant is a neighborhood with similar rental types to Summerville. Expect to pay $950-1200 for a two bedroom in Mt. Pleasant, while similar rentals in Summerville go for $750-900.

Downtown and James Island regions: Downtown has a score of historical buildings for rent that are within close walking distance to shopping and trendy restaurants and bars. James Island has new developments with community centers, pools and other amenities. The Island also has the added benefit of being close to the beach!

The Old Village area has a number of new rental developments with several amenities including private pools and tennis courts.

Downtown, with two bedrooms ranging from $1400-1800, depending on amenities. James Island is as affordable two bedrooms can be found, from $850-1000.

North Charleston. This neighborhood more affordable. Focus on Whitehall and Cedar Grove if you want new developments. Prices for rentals in North Charleston with two bedrooms going for $750-800.

Rental Tips

Charleston's rental market is generally as friendly as its residents. Start your apartment hunt up to 60 days in advance.

If you're not totally sure what you're looking for, go through a real estate agent. Every Charleston resident is also a Charleston expert, and real estate agents in the area will have plenty of opinions for you about location, rental type and neighborhood. If you feel fairly decided about your future residence, there are a number of online apartment listing services that won't run their mouths about your decisions.

Be prepared to pay between $30-50 for credit and background checks in the greater Charleston area. Depending on the property type and owner or manager, deposits can range from $300 to two months rent, once you've secured your property.

Transportation

Charleston is also serviced by the Charleston Area Regional Transportation System. CARTA operates several bus routes throughout the city. Recent improvements to the bus lines have made them faster and more efficient than in the past. Additionally, there are a number of water taxis that offer a fun and scenic form of transportation from the downtown area to many of the water-bound suburbs, including Mt. Pleasant and Patriot's Point. Only in Charleston can your daily commute include a dolphin sighting!

So welcome to historic Charleston! Enjoy the slow-paced, but ultimately enjoyable life around town!

Charleston Demographics


How diverse is Charleston?

The representation of ethnic minorities in Charleston is lower than the national average. The eight main ethnic groups that make up the population of Charleston are White (68.4%), Black Or African American (19.4%), Hispanic Or Latino (6.9%), Two Or More (3.5%), Asian (1.6%), Other (0.1%), Native Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander (0.1%), and American Indian Or Alaska Native (0%).

What does the age breakdown look like for Charleston residents?

The median age in Charleston is 36 while the most populous age group of residents is the under 20 group.

How diverse is Charleston?

The representation of ethnic minorities in Charleston is lower than the national average. The eight main ethnic groups that make up the population of Charleston are White (68.4%), Black Or African American (19.4%), Hispanic Or Latino (6.9%), Two Or More (3.5%), Asian (1.6%), Other (0.1%), Native Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander (0.1%), and American Indian Or Alaska Native (0%).

What does the age breakdown look like for Charleston residents?

The median age in Charleston is 36 while the most populous age group of residents is the under 20 group.

Charleston Crime


Overall Crime

Below Average
Overall crime in Charleston is below average in comparison to the national average.

Violent Crime

Below Average
The level of violent crime in Charleston is below average compared to the national average violent crime rate.

Property Crime

Below Average
The level of property crime in Charleston is below average compared to the national average property crime rate.

Top Schools in Charleston


Elementary Schools

10 /10
Ashley River Creative Arts
Public
K-5
Public
K-5
613 Students
7 Reviews
613
Students
7 Reviews
9 /10
Buist Academy
Public
K-8
Public
K-8
486 Students
7 Reviews
486
Students
7 Reviews
9 /10
Daniel Island School
Public
PK-8
Public
PK-8
1,191 Students
27 Reviews
1,191
Students
27 Reviews

Middle Schools

9 /10
Daniel Island School
Public
PK-8
Public
PK-8
1,191 Students
27 Reviews
1,191
Students
27 Reviews
9 /10
Buist Academy
Public
K-8
Public
K-8
486 Students
7 Reviews
486
Students
7 Reviews
9 /10
Orange Grove Elementary Charter School
Charter
PK-7
Charter
PK-7
1,160 Students
15 Reviews
1,160
Students
15 Reviews

High Schools

7 /10
James Island Charter High School
Charter
9-12
Charter
9-12
1,597 Students
6 Reviews
1,597
Students
6 Reviews
5 /10
Charleston Charter for Math and Science
Charter
6-12
Charter
6-12
554 Students
14 Reviews
554
Students
14 Reviews
3 /10
West Ashley High School
Public
9-12
Public
9-12
1,685 Students
15 Reviews
1,685
Students
15 Reviews

What Renters Say about Charleston


Apartment List has released the results for Charleston 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.
"Charleston renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love Charleston, some aspects can be better."
74%
Parks and Outdoor Activities
72%
Pet Friendliness
67%
Social Life
65%
Weather
57%
Safety and Crime Rate
52%
Jobs and Career Opportunities
44%
Commute Time
37%
Public Transit
30%
Dating
28%
Quality of Schools
27%
Affordability
24%
State and Local Taxes
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Chester Place By King Rook Capital Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,125
850 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,330
1000 sqft
Your time is priceless so take advantage of our amazing location. The community is located by the Charleston Air-Force base, I-26 & I-526 so you can enjoy the best commute in Charleston. We are proud to offer excellent service from our office and maintenance team!
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West Wind Photo Gallery 1
1 of 29
1 Bedroom
$1,427
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,672
950 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,800
1037 sqft
Nestled in a canopy of mature trees and landscaping, West Wind is located in the heart of West Ashley. Postioned moments from the signature shopping, dining, entertainment, beaches, and Downtown Charleston, West Wind is at the epicenter of it all, while still maintaining the perfect cozy neighborhood feel. Hosting oversized floorplans, new renovations on the way, and a community bond unlike any other, West Wind truly is the best in the west. Schedule your tour today and let our team help you find your perfect new home!
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Bluewater at Bolton’s Landing Photo Gallery 1
1 of 16
1 Bedroom
$1,466
858 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,716
1119 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,029
1421 sqft
In West Charleston just north of Highway 17, these apartment homes feature walking trails, a pool and detached garages. Home interiors boast granite countertops, spacious closets and sunrooms.
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Haddon Hall Apartments Photo Gallery 1
1 of 25
2 Bedrooms
$1,800
1340 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,103
1340 sqft
Experience picturesque living in Grand Oaks Plantation in West Ashley, SC. Only 7 miles from Downtown Charleston, our spacious 2-and-3-bedroom apartment homes offer a comfortable retreat with wood inspired flooring, stainless steel appliances, and personal washer and dryer. Residents are also given the opportunity to relax and unwind with exclusive amenities like the sparkling pool, on-site health and wellness center, and outdoor lounge. Visit us today to discover what Haddon Hall has to offer!
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Average rent in Charleston, South Carolina

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The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Charleston is $2,532, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,824. Rent rates updated 3 days ago
* Averages are based on the rental prices of properties listed on Apartment List
The Port House Photo Gallery 1
1 of 45
Studio
$1,958
725 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,018
770 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,648
1123 sqft
The essence of Lowcountry living is the proximity to water and its ties that bring us all together. And Charleston, established in 1670 with its natural protected seaport, is the epitome of it all. Embracing the Lowcountry lifestyle, we invite you to follow Robert Daniel Drive on Daniel Island to discover marshside island living at The Port House. Here, tucked back among the oak trees and marshland on Daniel Island, awaits your new opportunity to lease a piece of the island in one of our rental flats or townhomes. Decked out with amenities like a saltwater pool and poolside cabanas, 24/7 fitness club and yoga studio, study pods, and locally roasted coffee and cold brew on tap, we invite you to explore all new ways to spend your Daniel Island days. Now leasing studio, one, two and three bedroom flats and townhomes.
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Grande Oaks Parc Photo Gallery 1
1 of 22
1 Bedroom
$1,628
685 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,183
1088 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,705
1306 sqft
Bringing you a whole new look and feel to coastal living, Grande Oaks Parc is where the coast and nature unite. This brand-new, luxurious community in Charleston, South Carolina, near Daniel Island, is a Southern rarity. Designed for seamless indoor-outdoor living, our one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes are an expression of contemporary design and the waterfront lifestyle.
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Heron Reserve Apartments Photo Gallery 1
1 of 46
1 Bedroom
$1,499
840 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,709
1080 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,009
1437 sqft
Imagine coming home to your apartment with large, open floor plans and designer features in a beautiful community with well-manicured grounds, friendly staff, and resort style amenities. At Heron Reserve Apartments in Charleston, SC, your dreams come true. Get ready to be wowed by sunken living rooms, soaring nine-foot ceilings, fireplaces with gas logs, stainless steel appliances, designer light and faucet fixtures as well as French doors and private screened porches. Enjoy an impressive array of amenities; resort style pool, dog park, state-of-the-art fitness center and concierge services. Call us for a personal tour of Heron Reserve Apartments in Charleston today.
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Channel Family Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
1 of 12
Studio
$1,375
651 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,400
662 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,525
1026 sqft
This brand-new community features a yoga studio, media room, swimming pool, and gym. Units are equipped with hardwood flooring and washer/dryer hookups. Community is convenient to shopping along North Rhett Avenue.
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Riverland Woods Photo Gallery 1
1 of 65
1 Bedroom
$1,800
865 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
969 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,500
1341 sqft
Situated on acres of green space in James Island. Luxury apartments with huge walk-in closets, fully equipped gourmet kitchens and private outdoor living spaces. Multiple resort-style amenities, including lakefront walking trails. Tenants enjoy complimentary coffee.
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Broadstone Ingleside Photo Gallery 1
1 of 41
1 Bedroom
$1,550
729 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,900
1098 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,370
1330 sqft
Take refuge from the usual with something truly unique at Broadstone Ingleside, a lush new apartment community invigorating North Charleston. Inspired by nature both inside and out, Broadstone Ingleside provides an abundance of outdoor activities and spectacular amenities that relax, refresh and revitalize.
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10 WestEdge Photo Gallery 1
1 of 48
Verified
30 Units Available
Studio
$2,084
521 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,155
630 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,059
1163 sqft
Discover waterfront high-rise living at 10 WestEdge in Charleston, SC. Located on the Ashley River with breathtaking views in every direction, indulge in easy living at a modern community where you can enjoy the vibrant adventure that awaits in downtown Charleston’s Westside. Just outside your front door, enjoy immediate access to the waterside, Woodhouse Spa, Publix, Brittlebank Park, Joe Riley Jr. Ballpark, and all of the shopping, dining, and nightlife that downtown Charleston has to offer. Then come home to an oasis-like experience, complete with a rooftop pool + courtyard, 2-story fitness studio, concierge services, and plenty of coworking space. Life on the Edge awaits - come home to 10 WestEdge.
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Avalon at James Island Photo Gallery 1
1 of 29
1 Bedroom
$1,836
768 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,625
1234 sqft
Welcome home to Avalon at James Island where you're surrounded by the natural beauty of Charleston. We have a range of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom luxury apartment homes, featuring quartz countertops, large walk-in closets, and wrap-around balconies. Plus our community amenities are sure to impress.
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Elan Midtown Photo Gallery 1
1 of 32
Verified
22 Units Available
Studio
$2,229
529 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,138
641 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,246
1277 sqft
Elegant living in the heart of downtown Charleston. These upscale, pet-friendly apartments feature hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. On-site yoga, pool, hot tub and 24-hour gym. Garage provided.
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Atlantic at Grand Oaks Photo Gallery 1
1 of 26
Verified
16 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$1,495
684 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,904
1105 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,124
1410 sqft
Nestled in Northwest Charleston close to the airport, these apartment homes feature a resort-style pool, a gym with yoga studio and gas grills. The homes include wood-style flooring, in-unit laundry and modern kitchens.
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The Guild Photo Gallery 1
1 of 40
Verified
21 Units Available
Studio
$2,701
745 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,765
604 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,784
1212 sqft
Modern homes with granite counters and walk-in closets. Lots of community amenities, including a coffee bar, wine room, and pool. Easy access to I-26. Close to Hampton Park.
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Element Carolina Bay Photo Gallery 1
1 of 51
1 Bedroom
$1,638
704 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,195
1217 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,347
1419 sqft
This community provides residents with a saltwater pool, valet trash, concierge service and Starbucks coffee bar. Apartments include granite countertops, sunrooms and spa-inspired bathrooms. Carolina Bay Park and the Citadel Mall are just minutes away.
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The Heyward Photo Gallery 1
1 of 27
1 Bedroom
$1,801
769 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,708
889 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,314
1407 sqft
A new home is a new beginning and who says you can't have it all? At The Heyward, our brand-new, smoke-free community offers studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments in Charleston, South Carolina, combine Southern charm with modern flair, creating the ideal backdrop for your life. Envision yourself in one of our bright and airy garden-style or mid-rise apartment homes, with sophisticated finishes like wide plank flooring, granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Our pet-friendly community has amenities that are sure to delight – from nature paths that wind among the mature live oak trees, to a saltwater pool and resident clubhouse. Treat yourself to the good life at The Heyward.
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The Apartments at Shade Tree Photo Gallery 1
1 of 22
1 Bedroom
$1,754
585 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,960
1048 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,210
1138 sqft
Talison Row Photo Gallery 1
1 of 38
Verified
9 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$1,770
777 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,200
1137 sqft
Hardwood flooring, granite countertops, and walk-in closets are just some of the features of these modern homes. Common amenities include bike racks, a business center, and game room. Close to Charleston Historic District.
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Planters Trace Photo Gallery 1
1 of 19
1 Bedroom
$1,325
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,400
1150 sqft
Plant Your Roots at Planters Trace Welcome to Planters Trace, your new opportunity to grow, thrive, connect, and chase the sun in the heart of West Ashley. Conveniently located on Ashley River Road, Planters Trace Apartments places you moments from your West Ashley favorites and just minutes from historic downtown Charleston. We invite you to explore our collection of spacious one, two, and three-bedroom layouts, with space and craftsmanship at every corner. With expansive living rooms that open to private balconies, vibrant paint schemes, a pet-friendly atmosphere, walk in closets, and an abundance of natural light, your Charleston home has never looked better. Looking for a 'newer take' on a classic layout? Explore our renovated apartments hosting stainless-steel appliances, white cabinetry, plank-style floorings, and in-unit washers & dryers for a completely modern feel that's still full of charm and character. And just outside your front door, awaits endless opportunities to enjoy the nature Charleston sunshine. Take a dip in the pool, relax in the lounge, enjoy two legged and four legged play areas- with an onsite playground and bark park with an agility course, or show off your grilling skills to friends and neighbors. We look forward to introducing you to home, here at Planters Trace.
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The Ashley Photo Gallery 1
1 of 20
1 Bedroom
$1,565
722 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,850
1157 sqft
Incredible views in the heart of urban Charleston. Fantastic floor plans with extra storage, stainless steel appliances, and a patio or balcony. On-site pool, valet service, business center, coffee bar and concierge. Pet-friendly.
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Madison at Harper Place Photo Gallery 1
1 of 5
1 Bedroom
$1,595
833 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,890
1146 sqft
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1000 West Photo Gallery 1
1 of 33
1 Bedroom
$1,600
772 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
1103 sqft
Convenient location for commuters, just off Savannah Highway. Units feature washer/dryer hookup, patio or balcony, and granite counters. Community includes hot tub, pool, 24-hour gym and 24-hour maintenance.
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The Avenues at Verdier Pointe Photo Gallery 1
1 of 42
1 Bedroom
$1,556
890 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,783
1186 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,391
1491 sqft
One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with breakfast bars, fully equipped kitchens with double sinks, large bathroom, walk-in closets. Some units have connected garage. Online access for payments and maintenance requests. Saltwater pool, communal outdoor kitchen.
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Searching for an apartment for rent in Charleston, SC? Look no further! Apartment List will help you find a perfect apartment near you. There are 1,292 available rental units listed on Apartment List in Charleston. Click on listings to see photos, floorplans, amenities, prices and availability, and much more!

The average rent in Charleston is $2,354 for a studio, $2,532 for a one-bedroom apartment, and $2,824 for a two-bedroom apartment. If you are looking for a deal, keep an eye out for a red pulsing icon that indicates rent specials.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is rent in Charleston?

In Charleston, the average rent is $2,354 for a studio, $2,532 for a 1-bedroom, $2,824 for a 2-bedroom, and $3,815 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Charleston, check out our monthly Charleston Rent Report.

How can I find a cheap apartment in Charleston?

You can find the lowest-priced apartments in Charleston by using the cheap apartments filter or you can search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.

How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Charleston?

You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Charleston apartments that allow pets.

How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?

While some Charleston 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 Charleston?

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 Charleston.

How can I find off-campus housing in Charleston?

You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Charleston. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Trident Technical College, Medical University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, Citadel Military College of South Carolina, and Charleston Southern University.

Average rent in Charleston, South Carolina

City Guide
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Charleston is $2,532, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,824. Rent rates updated 3 days ago
* Averages are based on the rental prices of properties listed on Apartment List