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143 Apartments for rent in Columbia, SC

Columbia is a city full of southern hospitality, year-round southern heat, and charming southern scenery. Tree-lined streets and wrap-around porches await you in Columbia. It's a tru... Read Guide >
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Peachtree Place
200 Berryhill Rd
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 08:09am
1 Bedroom
$593
2 Bedrooms
$661
Pet-friendly homes with eat-in kitchens, vinyl flooring, and plush carpeting. Resident amenities include a clubhouse, a pool, and a playground. Close to I-20 and I-26.
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Vista Towers
2001 Vista Towers Drive
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 07:30am
1 Bedroom
$1,040
2 Bedrooms
$1,175
3 Bedrooms
$1,360
Located conveniently close to I-126. Units feature hardwood floors, a patio or balcony, and laundry. Residents enjoy communal amenities like parking and a dog park, as well as a pool, sauna and gym.
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Sola Station
325 Taylor Street
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 06:40am
Studio
$1,160
1 Bedroom
$1,210
2 Bedrooms
$1,695
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CanalSide Lofts
383 Taylor St
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 06:21am
1 Bedroom
$1,146
2 Bedrooms
$1,791
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Heron Lake
1340 N Brickyard Rd
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 06:02am
1 Bedroom
$1,016
2 Bedrooms
$884
3 Bedrooms
$1,042
Luxury apartments with hardwood floors and fireplace. Recently renovated. Cable included. Tenants have access to community volleyball court, fire pit, and bike storage. Garage parking available and just minutes from I-77.
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Deer Meadow Village
8100 Garners Ferry Rd
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 04:25am
1 Bedroom
$873
2 Bedrooms
$945
3 Bedrooms
$1,104
Units feature dishwasher, window coverings and black appliances. Gated community has coffee bar, pet park and pool. Great location close to downtown Columbia and Five Points.
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The Grandview at Lake Murray
2170 N Lake Dr
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 04:25am
1 Bedroom
$1,028
2 Bedrooms
$1,174
3 Bedrooms
$1,324
Residents live in units with laundry, range, patio or balcony, and garbage disposal. Community features gym, pool, trash valet and guest suite. Located just steps from the magnificent Lake Murray.
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The Grove at St. Andrews
716 Zimalcrest Dr
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 04:25am
Studio
$630
1 Bedroom
$660
2 Bedrooms
$750
Provides easy access to I-26. Studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments in a park-like setting. On-site internet cafe, clothes care center, swimming pool and 24-hour fitness center. Property is run by an award-winning management team.
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Three Rivers Apartments
900 Gracern Rd
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 04:24am
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$870
3 Bedrooms
$965
Just off I-26. Playground, picnic area, and on-site pool with a sundeck. Flexible leasing terms. Apartments offer a private balcony or patio, energy efficient appliances, and lots of storage.
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Polo Village
1270 Polo Rd
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 05:28am
1 Bedroom
$850
2 Bedrooms
$950
3 Bedrooms
$1,175
These attractive units are ideal for anyone who wants luxury and convenience. Available in one, two and three bedrooms, these Midtown apartments offer large floor plans, sunrooms and open-plan kitchens.
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Waters Edge at Harbison
250 Crossbow Dr
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 07:05am
1 Bedroom
$847
2 Bedrooms
$899
3 Bedrooms
$1,042
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KRC Firefox
408 Foxfire Dr
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 07:47am
1 Bedroom
$799
2 Bedrooms
$899
3 Bedrooms
$999
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The Heights at Lake Murray
100 Walden Heights Drive
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 04:25am
1 Bedroom
$950
2 Bedrooms
$1,048
3 Bedrooms
$1,196
Great location for commuters on I-26. Units include patios or balconies, washer/dryer hookups, and garbage disposals. Pet-friendly community features garage, pool, credit card payments, playground and gym.
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Capitol Places
1350 Main St
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 06:28am
1 Bedroom
$955
2 Bedrooms
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The Paddock Club Columbia
4824 Smallwood Rd
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 04:25am
1 Bedroom
$828
2 Bedrooms
$838
3 Bedrooms
$953
A tranquil community in the popular Wildewood area that boasts scenic views, a fishing lake and a resort-inspired pool. Just two minutes from I-20 and I-77, four miles to Fort Jackson.
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Landmark at Pine Court Apartment Homes
3900 Bentley Dr
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 04:25am
1 Bedroom
$684
2 Bedrooms
$841
Beautiful waterfront location, close to Broad River and the River Trail. In-unit amenities include washer/dryer hookup, bathtub, fireplace and walk-in closets. Community offers 24-hour gym, car wash area, pool, tennis court and more.
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Reserve at River Walk Apartment Homes
4501 Bentley Dr
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 04:25am
1 Bedroom
$702
2 Bedrooms
$735
3 Bedrooms
$828
Reserve at River Walk Apartment Homes offers six unique floor plans and plenty of amenities. Units feature walk-in closets, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and ice makers.
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The Fairways
350 Powell Rd
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 04:25am
1 Bedroom
$733
2 Bedrooms
$888
Gas fireplaces, generous floor plans, washer/dryer hookups. Some units boast golf-course views. Community contains a tennis court, pet park, and cash-wash center. Proximity to I-77 a plus for commuters.
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Varia at Oakcrest
1310 Oakcrest Dr
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 04:25am
1 Bedroom
$840
2 Bedrooms
$940
3 Bedrooms
$1,115
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The Arbors at Windsor Lake
8720 Windsor Lake Blvd
Columbia, SC
Updated January 16 at 03:19pm
1 Bedroom
$770
2 Bedrooms
$885
3 Bedrooms
$1,025
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Copperfield Apartments
200 Saluda River Rd
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 06:32am
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$775
3 Bedrooms
$919
Located just off Broad River Rd. near the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Spacious units with central air conditioning, fully-equipped kitchens, and walk-in closets. Pets welcome.
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Companion at the Palms
1155 Clemson Frontage Rd
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 07:14am
1 Bedroom
$825
2 Bedrooms
$920
3 Bedrooms
$1,070
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The Palms on Main
1155 Lady St
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 05:28am
1 Bedroom
$1,026
Cosmopolitan apartments with hints of art deco design, featuring brushed nickel accessories and floor-to-ceiling windows. Restaurants and retail space on the main level. Located in the heart of Columbia, near the South Carolina State House.
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34 Crestmont
34 Woodcross Dr
Columbia, SC
Updated January 17 at 04:24am
1 Bedroom
$795
2 Bedrooms
$885
3 Bedrooms
$985
City GuideColumbia
Columbia is a city full of southern hospitality, year-round southern heat, and charming southern scenery. Tree-lined streets and wrap-around porches await you in Columbia. It's a true southern culture, ripe for the pickin' and ready to rent.
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

January 2019 Columbia Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 Columbia Rent Report. Columbia rents declined 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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January 2019 Columbia Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 Columbia Rent Report. Columbia rents declined 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 declined slightly over the past month

Columbia rents have declined 0.2% over the past month, but are up moderately by 2.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Columbia stand at $840 for a one-bedroom apartment and $960 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in September. Columbia's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.2%, as well as the national average of 0.9%.

    Rents rising across cities in South Carolina

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Columbia, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in South Carolina, all of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.2% 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 $1,600; of the 10 largest South Carolina cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Greenville experiencing the fastest growth (+6.1%).
    • Summerville, Anderson, and Spartanburg have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (5.8%, 4.7%, and 3.7%, respectively).

    Columbia rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

    As rents have increased moderately in Columbia, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Columbia is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

    • Columbia's median two-bedroom rent of $960 is below the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 2.4% rise in Columbia.
    • While Columbia's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.3%), New York (+2.7%), and Denver (+2.5%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Columbia than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,090, 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. "...

    View full Columbia Renter Survey

    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

    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.

    View our national survey results here