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158 Apartments for rent in Columbia, SC

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Last updated September 22 at 3:25am UTC
CanalSide Lofts
383 Taylor St
Columbia, SC
Updated September 22 at 12:26am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,146
2 Bedrooms
$1,791
The Land Bank Lofts
1401 Hampton St
Columbia, SC
Updated September 22 at 12:12am UTC
Studio
$885
1 Bedroom
$995
2 Bedrooms
$1,485
Lakes at Harbison
100 Fairforest Rd
Columbia, SC
Updated September 22 at 12:54am UTC
1 Bedroom
$845
2 Bedrooms
$765
3 Bedrooms
$1,010
Capitol Places
1350 Main St
Columbia, SC
Updated September 22 at 2:11am UTC
1 Bedroom
$865
2 Bedrooms
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Columbia
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.

Cityscape

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.

Midtown-Downtown

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

East

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.

Northeast

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.

North

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.

Northwest

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

September 2018 Columbia Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2018 Columbia Rent Report. Columbia rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Columbia rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

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Columbia

September 2018 Columbia Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2018 Columbia Rent Report. Columbia rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Columbia rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Columbia rents increased significantly over the past month

Columbia rents have increased 0.4% over the past month, but have been relatively flat at 0.3% 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. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in April. Columbia's year-over-year rent growth lags the state and national averages, which both stand at 1.0%.

Rents rising across cities in South Carolina

Throughout the past year, rents have remained steady in the city of Columbia, but other cities across the entire state have seen rents increase. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in South Carolina, 9 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.0% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, Mount Pleasant is the most expensive of all South Carolina's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,610; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Rock Hill, where a two-bedroom goes for $980, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.3%).
  • Greenville, Greer, and Anderson have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.5%, 2.2%, and 1.9%, respectively).

Columbia rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

Rent growth in Columbia 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. 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 $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.0% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Columbia.
  • While rents in Columbia remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+2.5%), Atlanta (+1.5%), and San Francisco (+1.1%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,050, $1,190, and $3,100 respectively.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Columbia than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,100, 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.

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.

Renter Confidence Survey

Apartment List has released Columbia’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.

"Columbia renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters lov...

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Columbia Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how Columbia ranks on:
B- Overall satisfaction
B+ Safety and crime rate
C+ Jobs and career opportunities
D Recreational activities
A Affordability
A Quality of schools
A- Social Life
B- Weather
B- Commute time
A State and local taxes
C Public transit
C+ Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Columbia’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.

"Columbia 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 Columbia, some aspects can be better."

Key findings in Columbia include the following:

  • Columbia renters gave their city a B- overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Columbia were affordability, state and local taxes, and the quality of local schools, which all received A grades.
  • The areas of concern to Columbia renters are recreational activities (D) and public transit (C).
  • Millennial renters are very satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of A-.
  • Columbia did relatively poorly compared to other cities in South Carolina, including Charleston (A+), Greenville (A+) and Myrtle Beach (A+).
  • Columbia did relatively poorly compared to other cities nationwide, including Denver, CO (B+), Austin, TX (A-) and Seattle, WA (B+).
  • 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:

  • "It’s a beautiful city. Easy commuting access from highways. The only thing I don’t like is the erratic weather: you never know when to put your summer clothes away!" – Leandra E.
  • "Love the people, but rent is expensive." – Helen S.
  • "I like the weather, the convenience of local shopping, and the friendly, kind people here." – Sheila B.
  • "I love the activities but the cost of living is high compared to pay. Safe, nice places are either really expensive or far from downtown." – Jiani 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.