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497 Apartments for rent in Virginia Beach, VA

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766 Chantry Drive
Virginia Beach, VA
Updated April 26 at 7:19am UTC
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City Guide
Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Borough Breakdown

Virginia Beach neighborhoods range from touristy beach nooks and urban entertainment centers in the north to rural marshes and farmland in the south, where there’s plenty of peace and quiet for you to get some serious fishing done.

North: Northern Virginia Beach has some amazing attractions for both tourists and locals, families and singles, artists and accountants… everybody. And, it’s all within walking/biking distance. This area is the most coveted location for those who enjoy long days on the beach, all the interesting out-of-town characters found along the boardwalk, and a serious nightlife scene.

Chick’s Beach. Borough of local bars, beach views, and ocean front… minus the mass migration of summer tourists.

Resort Area. Beach bums on cruisers, bikini babes on rollerblades, tourists, fancy pants resorts, and concerts on the beach.

Great Neck. A good spot for grown-up-party-time entertainment… all within five miles of the beach.

Little Neck. Great history, great outdoors, great location just west of Great Neck.

Bayside. Awesome location right next to Chick’s Beach, but when it comes to maintenance issues, apartment complexes here are hit-or-miss.

Town Center. Eclectic, all-in-one area for dining, shopping, entertainment, and big city adventure... cleverly disguised in small-town charm.

Hilltop. Quite simply, a shopaholic’s haven.

Central : Central boroughs divide the northern urban area from the protected, rural southern area of Virginia Beach.

Lynnhaven. A local’s playground for all that is anti-tourist and great about Virginia Beach… just a stone’s throw away from the Oceana Naval Station.

Green Run. A quiet, suburban middle ground, complete with shopping centers and plenty of affordable apartments.

South: Southern Virginia Beach is a rural area full of farmland, rivers, marshes, and peaceful secluded beachfront. There are only a couple of apartment complexes and house rentals in this area, making for close-knit communities with a proud locals-only mentality.

Kempsville. Local performers, Kemps Lake wakeboarders, Mount Trashmore dog lovers, and remote marshland explorers. (Beware of the intersection at Princess Anne Rd. and Kempsville Rd., where traffic gets pretty hairy).

Princess Anne. A neighborhood where major employment attracts major traffic.

Pungo/Sandbridge. Farmers, fisherman, the Strawberry Festival, cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, pick-your-own-fruit farms, and roadside vegetable stands.

Tips for Finding Your Beach Pad

Maintenance. Many apartment complexes in Virginia Beach are infamous for lazy and rude managers and maintenance crews. Be sure to talk with potential neighbors for an honest opinion. And, as you walk through your potential apartments, check out the plumbing, the window and door locks, all the light switches, the air conditioning, the dishwasher… everything. If they can’t even get their act together for a future-renter walk through, then it will probably never get done.

Traffic. For a truly happy home, you need a place with an easy daily commute to work . The worst traffic occurs on the bridge-tunnels that head out of Virginia Beach, so if your work is located across the bay then you may want to consider actually living over there. Within the city, be wary of congestion around the Municipal Center and the main roads located around the naval bases. And, of course, the summer tourist flood will make the resort area a chore to drive around, so consider getting yourself a beach cruiser that you can bust out whenever driving or beach parking becomes impossible. If you’re lucky enough to get an apartment near Shore Drive, then bars, beaches, shopping, and food are all a short and scenic walk/bike-ride away.

Parking. As summer approaches and the plague of tourists invades your home town, a day at the beach will inevitably be lost to day of trying to find a low cost parking spot. Well, never fear. Here is a list of parking spots for Virginia Beach locals:

• 2nd Street Lot: 145 Atlantic Avenue. • Rudee Loop Lot: 104 Atlantic Avenue. • Fourth Street Lot: 306 4th Street. • 9th Street Parking Garage: 200 9th Street. • 19th Street Lots: 300-301 19th Street. • 25th Street Lot: 310 25th Street. • 31st Street Parking Garage: 209 30th Street. • Sandbridge Market Lot: 260 Sandbridge Road. • Croatan Parking Lot: 920 Vanderbilt Avenue.

Be sure to carry a drivers license with a Virginia Beach address to be able to pay local rates (usually one dollar), and check out the Municipal website for hours of operation.

Let Your Life in Paradise Begin

After finding your niche, live it. Go crabbing in Chesapeake Bay. Go kayaking with the dolphins, or adventure into the nature preserves to hang with your wildlife neighbors. Follow your ears along the boardwalk to a surprisingly vibrant and mixed music scene; or, adventure into neighborhood bars for a completely different type of wildlife. It’s time to enjoy the freedom of apartment renting in Virginia Beach.

Rent Report
Virginia Beach

April 2018 Virginia Beach Rent Report

Welcome to the April 2018 Virginia Beach Rent Report. Virginia Beach rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Virginia Beach rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Virginia Beach rent trends were flat over the past month

Virginia Beach rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased slightly by 1.7% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Virginia Beach stand at $1,060 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,280 for a two-bedroom. Virginia Beach's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.2%, but trails the national average of 2.0%.

Rents rising across cities in Virginia

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Virginia Beach, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Virginia, 8 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, Arlington is the most expensive of all Virginia's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $2,000; of the 10 largest cities in Virginia that we have data for, Alexandria and Arlington, where two-bedrooms go for $1,790 and $2,000, are the only two major cities in the state to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.2% and -0.1%).
  • Richmond, Chesapeake, and Newport News have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.9%, 2.2%, and 2.2%, respectively).

Virginia Beach rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

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

  • Virginia Beach's median two-bedroom rent of $1,280 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.0% over the past year compared to the 1.7% increase in Virginia Beach.
  • While Virginia Beach's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+2.9%), Atlanta (+2.2%), and Denver (+1.9%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Virginia Beach than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,060, which is more than twice the price in Virginia Beach.

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.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Virginia Beach $1,060 $1,280 0.0% 1.7%
Norfolk $790 $950 0.3% 0.7%
Chesapeake $990 $1,190 0.5% 2.2%
Newport News $840 $1,010 0.2% 2.2%
Hampton $860 $1,030 0.1% 1.2%
Portsmouth $760 $920 -0.8% 1.0%
Suffolk $900 $1,090 -0.6% 0.3%
Williamsburg $990 $1,180 -0.2% -0.7%

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.

Virginia Beach Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how Virginia Beach ranks on:
A- Overall satisfaction
A- Safety and crime rate
B Jobs and career opportunities
A+ Recreational activities
B- Affordability
B Quality of schools
A+ Social Life
A Weather
B+ Commute time
C+ State and local taxes
C Public transit
A+ Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
Full data available when viewing on a non-mobile device.
Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Virginia Beach’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.

"Virginia Beach renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "They gave most categories above average scores."

Key findings in Virginia Beach include the following:

  • Virginia Beach gave their city an A- overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Virginia Beach were social life, recreational activities, and pet-friendliness, all of which received A+ grades.
  • The areas of concern to Virginia Beach are public transit (C) and state and local taxes (C+).
  • Virginia Beach did relatively well compared to other cities in Virginia, including Norfolk (B), Richmond (D) and Newport News (F).
  • Virginia Beach did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Atlanta, GA (B), Miami, FL (C+) and Sacramento, 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:

  • "The cost of living is reasonable, but there isn’t much to do. I would rather live somewhere more suburban." – Cristen C.
  • "I love that it’s a great place to raise a family, but I dislike that there is little to do at night for professional adults. I also think the home prices are too high for the area." – Shareta W.
  • "I love the great food choices, from grocery shopping to seafood restaurants. I can pick up high-end or budget food all without having to go far. But the traffic and drivers here are terrible." – Joanne B.
  • "I especially love the sight of green grass and shrubs almost year round. I also love the planned activities at Town Center and by the oceanfront." – Wilhelmina L.

For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at