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City Guide
Things to Know About Columbia

Getting Around. Like many southern cities, Columbia is no place to be without a car. Bus service runs around downtown, with just a few routes that extend beyond the center of the city. However, traffic will be a breeze in most areas.

Watch Your Water. Columbia is known to have some of the best tasting water in the country. However, many older apartment complexes tend to accumulate extremely high water bills due to the common plumbing problems of older buildings. There are a few things to consider, water-wise, when deciding on your apartment. For instance, does the toilet ever stop running after you flush it? Can you hear any leaks in the faucets, showers, or in the walls? Does the apartment charge its tenants for pool water? All of these factors are likely to result in an uncomfortably high water bill.

Underground Culture. Check out these great spots for entertainment: Art Bar, the Hunter-Gatherer, Alley Cafe, summer concert series at Finlay Park, occasional music on the river, and amazing street bands playing on the corner for change during major festivals and holiday events. You can also visit New Brooklyn Tavern in the neighboring city of West Columbia for hardcore music, or catch bluegrass jams in the nearby city of Cayce.


Spare yourself the hours of research, and use this guide to find the neighborhoods that suit you best. Columbia has affordable, as well as luxurious rentals available all around the city, whether you want to live in the bright lights of downtown, or need some space with wide-open country views and dark star-gazing skies.


University Hill. Surrounded by downtown nightlife.

Congaree Vista. A renaissance on the river: beautiful parks, plenty of food, a growing music scene, and a healthy dose of art and theater, all accompanied by cold beer and cocktails.

Earlewood Park. Riverfront neighborhood of old cottages, neighborhood parks, and downtown skyline views.

Elmwood. Popular for its affordability, downtown proximity, and charming 1920's bungalows.

Cottontown. Historic homes with unique rental options.

Olympia-Grandby. Riverfront rentals and an easy walk to downtown.

Hollywood-Rose Hill. Good eats and a short walk to downtown


Waverly. An affordable and popular neighborhood.

Melrose Heights. Close proximity to downtown.

Old Shandon. Historic homes with bay windows, tons of shopping nearby, plus a quick commute to downtown entertainment.

Shandon. Tree-lined streets, distinctive architecture, and proximity to downtown and nearby shopping.

Rosewood. Complete with vintage atmosphere and uniquely Rosewood personality.

Southeast. Variety of housing options.


Arcadia Lakes. Popular for the nearby lake on a hot summer day, and its golf course.

Dentsville. Truly amazing for the scenery and nearby Sesquicentennial State Park. (Try saying that name three times fast)

Woodfield. Next door to Fort Jackson with everything you could as for in a neighborhood: lakes, a state park, a shopping center.

Forest Acres. Easy commutes to the lake or to downtown.

Spring Valley. A little farther north, complete with country club, enormous state park, tons of eats and shopping.

Greenview. Popular for its easy commute and proximity.


Eau Claire. Comes with a few parks and riverfront bike rides.

The Colony. A slew of beltline bars and plenty of affordable rentals.

Lincolnshire. Variety of different housing options here.

Denny Terrace. More rural, giving you more space.


St. Andrews. Different housing options available.

Seven Oaks. A community just down the road from Lake Murray.

Irmo. Amazing location, with Lake Murray and the Harbison State Forest right next door.

That's the city breakdown for you. Now it's time to see it for yourself. Good luck with the hunt, and keep in mind that southern hospitality is a two-way street.

-By Katy Comal

Rent Report

November 2017 Columbia Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Columbia Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Columbia rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Columbia rents increased moderately over the past month

Columbia rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, and are up significantly by 4.7% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Columbia stand at $840 for a one-bedroom apartment and $970 for a two-bedroom. Columbia's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 2.4%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

Columbia rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

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

  • Columbia's median two-bedroom rent of $970 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 4.7% rise in Columbia.
  • While Columbia's rents rose significantly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including New York (-0.2%) and Miami (-0.2%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Columbia than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,070, which is more than three times the price in Columbia.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

Columbia Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Columbia ranks on:
F Overall satisfaction
C Safety and crime rate
B Confidence in the local economy
A+ Plans for homeownership
B Recreational activities
C- Quality of schools
A+ Commute time
A+ State and local taxes
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Columbia's results from the first annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 18,000 renters, provides new insights into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

"Columbia renters reported a very low level of satisfaction and ranked their city among the bottom 5 nationwide," says Andrew Tam, Vice President of Data Science at Apartment List. "The US renter population is at its highest level in 20 years, and renters in Columbia express low satisfaction in important categories including safety and crime rate and quality of local schools."

Key findings in Columbia include the following:

  • Renters gave Columbia an F for city satisfaction and report the 5th lowest level of satisfaction nationwide.
  • Renters in Columbia expressed slightly above average confidence in the local economy: 27% of renters said the economy is on the right track compared to an average of 25% nationwide.
  • Columbia earned an A+ in plans for homeownership, which typically correlates to confidence in the economy. 73% of respondents in Columbia plan to purchase a home in the future, ranking 8th highest in our study..
  • 60% of respondents saying they are satisfied with state and local taxes earning Columbia an A+ and the 5th best score in the category.
  • Columbia's lowest grade is a C- on the quality of schools, with just 40% of respondents reporting satisfaction with local schools versus the national average of 55%.
  • Columbia scored lower than its neighbors in North Carolina. Raleigh had the highest city satisfaction rating in the area with an A-, followed by Charlotte (B+), Greensboro (C), and Durham (D).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for city satisfaction were Plano, TX; Boston, MA; Arlington, VA; Austin, TX; and Torrance, CA. The lowest rated cities were Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; and Columbia, SC.

A detailed report explaining the survey's methodology, analysis, and findings is available upon request. To obtain a copy, please email Andrew Tam, Apartment List's Vice President of Data Science, at