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16 Units Available
1000 West
1000 Bonieta Harrold Dr
Charleston, SC
1 Bedroom
$1,100
805 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,185
1116 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,485
1330 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 12:27 PM
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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32 Units Available
The Standard at James Island
215 Promenade Vista St
Charleston, SC
Studio
$1,160
658 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,225
916 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,725
1128 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 12:12 PM
Excellent location for commuters, close to I-26. Units feature laundry, walk-in closets, and garbage disposal. Communal amenities that residents enjoy include pool table, yoga, garage, community garden, and clubhouse.
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10 Units Available
Wharf 7
515 Robert Daniel Dr
Charleston, SC | Daniel Island
Studio
$1,175
687 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,190
776 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,625
1180 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 06:14 PM
Excellent location off of I-526. Units offer residents extra storage, ice maker, stainless steel appliances, and patio or balcony. Community features include clubhouse, coffee bar, pool and media room.
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20 Units Available
The Apartments at Shade Tree
2030 Wildts Battery Blvd
Charleston, SC
1 Bedroom
$1,146
731 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,421
1048 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,604
1138 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 06:07 PM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at The Apartments at Shade Tree in Charleston. View photos, descriptions and more!
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83 Units Available
The Merchant
102 Sottile St
Charleston, SC | Silver Hill - Magnolia
Studio
$1,425
520 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,495
790 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,876
1053 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 12:16 PM
You’re the newest local in Charleston’s inspired, eclectic NoMo neighborhood– where authenticity shines and where your story is brought to life.
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27 Units Available
Simmons Park
211 River Landing Dr
Charleston, SC | Daniel Island
Studio
$1,174
591 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,340
830 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,593
1067 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 12:19 PM
Modern apartments with stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets and hardwood floors. Enjoy the cafe, pool and fitness center on-site. Easy access to I-526. Close to the Wando River.
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19 Units Available
Cooper River Farms
650 Enterprise Blvd
Charleston, SC
Studio
$1,293
811 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,103
815 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,300
1122 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 12:47 PM
Waterfront living, with spacious floor plans, a saltwater pool and a yoga studio. A dog park, car wash area, and community garden. An easy, scenic drive to major tech employers, plus you're right off I-526.
Verified
16 Units Available
1800 Ashley West
1800 William Kennerty Dr
Charleston, SC
1 Bedroom
$1,029
640 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,229
840 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:34 PM
1800 Ashley West offers a tranquil environment with generous amenities in the heart of the West Ashley community. Come home to a comfort.
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46 Units Available
Foundry Point
6 Huguenin Avenue
Charleston, SC | Silver Hill - Magnolia
1 Bedroom
$1,495
710 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,975
1026 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,925
1652 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:34 PM
Unmatched Charleston Living Located in the highly desirable NoMo neighborhood, Foundry Point offers luxury living with Charleston charm.
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22 Units Available
Central Island Square
50 Central Island St
Charleston, SC | Daniel Island
Studio
$1,212
586 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,384
988 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,819
1090 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:34 PM
Belle Hall Shopping Center, Interstate 526 and the beach are just moments from this property. Community amenities include a pool, fitness center, dog park and available storage units. Apartments include quartz countertops and glass cooktops.
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13 Units Available
Aspire at James Island
1743 Central Park Road
Charleston, SC
Studio
$1,395
579 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,325
764 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,300
1181 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:34 PM
Aspirational Living in the Lowcountry. A boutique community means more attention to you and les about the numbers.
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77 Units Available
Avalon at James Island
202 Promenade Vista Street
Charleston, SC
1 Bedroom
$1,372
736 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,950
1186 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 3 at 04:34 PM
Renew your senses in complete comfort. Avalon at James Island is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Charleston landscape with the option to experience it all.
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9 Units Available
The Avenues of West Ashley
2225 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, SC
1 Bedroom
$1,087
773 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,283
1022 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:33 PM
For those seeking a life of convenience and sophistication, welcome home to The Avenues of West Ashley. Our elevated customer experience and beautiful homes promote what matters most: wellness, leisure, and time well spent at home.
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40 Units Available
Bluewater at Bolton's Landing Apartment Homes
1680 Bluewater Way
Charleston, SC
1 Bedroom
$1,199
842 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,300
1158 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,497
1404 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:33 PM
Managed by Sterling Management, Ltd., Inc.
Verified
47 Units Available
10 WestEdge
10 Westedge St
Charleston, SC | Westside
Studio
$1,518
547 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,603
723 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,310
1200 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:33 PM
ITS NEW, EXCITING AND YET AUTHENTICALLY CHARLESTONWelcome to Charleston’s best choice for apartment living, 10 WestEdge.
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24 Units Available
Caroline
99 WestEdge St
Charleston, SC
Studio
$1,395
497 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,395
655 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,095
1177 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:33 PM
Amazing location on the Peninsula in walking distance to Charleston's best nightlife, shopping, and dining. Apartments feature private terraces, gourmet kitchens, soaking tubs, and faux-wood flooring.
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25 Units Available
Proximity Residences
2021 Proximity Dr
Charleston, SC
1 Bedroom
$1,174
906 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,288
1167 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,550
1444 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:33 PM
Community offers pool, clubhouse, coffee bar and BBQ grill. Units include air conditioning, walk-in closets, washer/dryer hookup, and patio or balcony. Located off of Bees Ferry Drive, close to shopping and dining.
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73 Units Available
Meeting Street Lofts
601 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC | East Side
Studio
$972
426 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,395
771 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,565
1053 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:33 PM
A location at Meeting Street Lofts puts you at the crossroads of Charleston’s burgeoning Upper Peninsula district. It’s a bona fide young professional hotbed and haven for new restaurants, breweries, eclectic retail and more.
Verified
14 Units Available
Ashley River
1850 Ashley Crossing Ln
Charleston, SC
1 Bedroom
$1,087
780 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,293
1033 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:33 PM
Spacious apartments in a modern complex, not far from Mark Clark Expressway. Hardwood floors, fireplace and ice maker in rooms. Gym, coffee bar and tennis court located on-site. Pet-friendly.
Verified
11 Units Available
Oasis at West Ashley
1751 Dogwood Rd
Charleston, SC
1 Bedroom
$985
742 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$975
912 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,300
1142 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:33 PM
Nestled charmingly in Charleston’s most coveted neighborhood, Oasis at West Ashley apartments feature an ideal location, newly renovated floor plans, and an award-winning management team.
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18 Units Available
Ashford Riverview
1476 Orange Grove Rd
Charleston, SC
1 Bedroom
$850
675 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$935
838 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,220
1150 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:33 PM
Renovated community with units that feature designer flooring, new appliances and lighting packages. Luxury complex with pool, fitness center and dog park. Located in Charleston just minutes from the Ashley River and I-526.
Verified
3 Units Available
Charleston Urban
296 King Street
Charleston, SC | Downtown Charleston
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,425
1060 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:33 PM
This property is owned by Beztak, awarded in 2020 for "US Best Managed Company" sponsored by Deloitte and The Wall Street Journal.
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19 Units Available
Spyglass Seaside
1674 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC
1 Bedroom
$1,278
753 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,689
1099 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,073
1437 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:33 PM
Great access to the beach and seaside area. On-site yoga, pool, fire pit and gym area. Beautifully appointed apartments with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a patio or balcony. Dog park available.
Verified
6 Units Available
Heron Reserve
3301 Glenn McConnell Pkwy
Charleston, SC
1 Bedroom
$1,159
815 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,279
1147 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,509
1437 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:33 PM
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Median Rent in Charleston

Last updated Nov. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Charleston is $1,206, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,410.
Studio
$939
1 Bed
$1,206
2 Beds
$1,410
3+ Beds
$1,774
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much is rent in Charleston?
In Charleston, the median rent is $939 for a studio, $1,206 for a 1-bedroom, $1,410 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,774 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Charleston, check out our monthly Charleston Rent Report.
How much is rent in Charleston?
In Charleston, the median rent is $939 for a studio, $1,206 for a 1-bedroom, $1,410 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,774 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 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.
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You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Charleston apartments that allow pets.
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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 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.
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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 Charleston Southern University, College of Charleston, Citadel Military College of South Carolina, Medical University of South Carolina, and Trident Technical College.
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 Charleston Southern University, College of Charleston, Citadel Military College of South Carolina, Medical University of South Carolina, and Trident Technical College.

Median Rent in Charleston

Last updated Nov. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Charleston is $1,206, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,410.
Studio
$939
1 Bed
$1,206
2 Beds
$1,410
3+ Beds
$1,774

City Guide

Charleston
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!
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!

Having trouble with Craigslist Charleston? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

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.

What to Expect
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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.

Neighborhoods in Charleston
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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.

Rental Tips
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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!

Transportation
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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!

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City Guide

Charleston
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!
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!

Having trouble with Craigslist Charleston? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

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.

What to Expect
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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.

Neighborhoods in Charleston
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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.

Rental Tips
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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!

Transportation
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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!

Rent Report
Charleston

December 2020 Charleston Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2020 Charleston Rent Report. Charleston rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Charleston rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Charleston rents declined moderately over the past month

Charleston rents have declined 0.3% over the past month, but have remained steady at 0.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Charleston stand at $1,207 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,410 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. Charleston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.5%, but exceeds the national average of -1.3%.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Charleston

    Rent growth in Charleston 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, Charleston is less affordable for renters.

    • Charleston's median two-bedroom rent of $1,410 is above the national average of $1,095. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.3% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Charleston.
    • While rents in Charleston remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.9%), Detroit (+2.9%), Atlanta (+-1.7%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,154, $885, and $1,188 respectively.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Charleston than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $885, where Charleston 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.

    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 about the methodology on our blog.

    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.

    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.

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    December 2020 Charleston Rent Report

    Welcome to the December 2020 Charleston Rent Report. Charleston rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Charleston rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

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    December 2020 Charleston Rent Report

    Welcome to the December 2020 Charleston Rent Report. Charleston rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Charleston rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

    Charleston rents declined moderately over the past month

    Charleston rents have declined 0.3% over the past month, but have remained steady at 0.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Charleston stand at $1,207 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,410 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. Charleston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.5%, but exceeds the national average of -1.3%.

      Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Charleston

      Rent growth in Charleston 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, Charleston is less affordable for renters.

      • Charleston's median two-bedroom rent of $1,410 is above the national average of $1,095. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.3% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Charleston.
      • While rents in Charleston remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.9%), Detroit (+2.9%), Atlanta (+-1.7%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,154, $885, and $1,188 respectively.
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Charleston than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $885, where Charleston 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.

      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 about the methodology on our blog.

      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.

      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.

      Charleston Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how Charleston ranks on:

      A-
      Overall satisfaction
      A
      Safety and crime rate
      A
      Jobs and career opportunities
      A+
      Recreational activities
      C+
      Affordability
      B-
      Quality of schools
      A+
      Social Life
      A+
      Weather
      A-
      Commute time
      A-
      State and local taxes
      C
      Public transit
      A-
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Charleston’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

      "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."

      Key findings in Charleston include the following:

      • Charleston renters gave their city an A- overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Charleston were weather, social life and recreational activities, which all received A+ grades.
      • The areas of concern to Charleston renters are affordability (C+) and public transit (C).
      • Charleston earned similar scores to other cities in South Carolina, including Greenville (A+), Myrtle Beach (A+).
      • Charleston did relatively well compared to other cities nationwide, including Miami, FL (C+), New York, NY (C+) and Los Angeles, CA (C+).
      • 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:

      • "Charleston is living history and the overall atmosphere is one of low-key sophistication with an abundance of hospitality." – Teresa L.
      • "I love that there’s so much to do in Charleston and it’s such a beautiful city. I don’t like how expensive rent is here or how high the sales tax is." – Zoe G.
      • "I love the ability to walk everywhere. The scenery is nice and there’s lots to do." – Jordan S.
      • "I love the weather, the nightlife and the beach. The people are friendly and there’s always something to do. The public schools aren’t great, but the teachers are working to make them better." – Sarah H.

      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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      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released Charleston’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

      "Charleston renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment Lis...

      View full Charleston Renter Survey

      Here’s how Charleston ranks on:

      A-
      Overall satisfaction
      A
      Safety and crime rate
      A
      Jobs and career opportunities
      A+
      Recreational activities
      C+
      Affordability
      B-
      Quality of schools
      A+
      Social Life
      A+
      Weather
      A-
      Commute time
      A-
      State and local taxes
      C
      Public transit
      A-
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Charleston’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

      "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."

      Key findings in Charleston include the following:

      • Charleston renters gave their city an A- overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Charleston were weather, social life and recreational activities, which all received A+ grades.
      • The areas of concern to Charleston renters are affordability (C+) and public transit (C).
      • Charleston earned similar scores to other cities in South Carolina, including Greenville (A+), Myrtle Beach (A+).
      • Charleston did relatively well compared to other cities nationwide, including Miami, FL (C+), New York, NY (C+) and Los Angeles, CA (C+).
      • 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:

      • "Charleston is living history and the overall atmosphere is one of low-key sophistication with an abundance of hospitality." – Teresa L.
      • "I love that there’s so much to do in Charleston and it’s such a beautiful city. I don’t like how expensive rent is here or how high the sales tax is." – Zoe G.
      • "I love the ability to walk everywhere. The scenery is nice and there’s lots to do." – Jordan S.
      • "I love the weather, the nightlife and the beach. The people are friendly and there’s always something to do. The public schools aren’t great, but the teachers are working to make them better." – Sarah H.

      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.