34 Apartments under 1200 for rent in Seattle, WA

Last updated May 20 at 7:29pm UTC
Luna
6921 Roosevelt Way Northeast
Seattle, WA
Updated May 20 at 7:00pm UTC
Studio
$1,155
3635 Phinney Ave N
Fremont
Seattle, WA
Updated May 20 at 5:46pm UTC
Studio
$1,195
4730 20th Ave NE
University District
Seattle, WA
Updated May 20 at 5:45pm UTC
Studio
$1,000
155 17th Ave
Capitol Hill
Seattle, WA
Updated May 20 at 5:45pm UTC
Studio
$1,195
4754 18th Ave NE
University District
Seattle, WA
Updated May 20 at 10:53am UTC
Studio
$950
4420 Southwest Admiral Way
North Admiral
Seattle, WA
Updated May 20 at 9:39am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,195
5000 California Ave SW Apt 406
Fairmount Park
Seattle, WA
Updated May 19 at 11:19am UTC
1 Bedroom
$670
1815 Bellevue Ave
Capitol Hill
Seattle, WA
Updated May 17 at 1:46am UTC
Studio
$1,100
2202 13th Ave S
North Beacon Hill
Seattle, WA
Updated May 13 at 9:39am UTC
Studio
$1,150
12012 38th ave NE
Cedar Heights
Seattle, WA
Updated May 3 at 10:07am UTC
1 Bedroom
$900
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19921 19th Ave NE
Ballinger
Shoreline, WA
Updated May 20 at 11:35am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,095
1225 N 178th St
Meridian Park
Shoreline, WA
Updated May 13 at 5:36pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,095
4742 20th Ave NE
University District
Seattle, WA
Updated May 10 at 3:06am UTC
Studio
$950
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May 2018 Seattle Rent Report

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

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May 2018 Seattle Rent Report

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

Seattle rents declined marginally over the past month

Seattle rents have declined 0.2% over the past month, but have been relatively flat at 0.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Seattle stand at $1,320 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,650 for a two-bedroom. Seattle's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.2%, as well as the national average of 1.5%.

Rents rising across the Seattle Metro

While rents have remained steady in the city of Seattle throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have risen in all of of the largest 10 cities in the Seattle metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Federal Way has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 6.8%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,720, while one-bedrooms go for $1,380.
  • Over the past month, Seattle proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 0.2%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,650, while one-bedrooms go for $1,320.
  • Lakewood has the least expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,400; rents increased 4.8% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.
  • Bellevue has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,300; rents increased 0.5% over the past month and 0.7% over the past year.

Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Seattle

Rent growth in Seattle 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 other large cities across the country, Seattle is less affordable for renters.

  • Other cities across the state have seen rents moderately increase, with Washington as a whole logging rent growth of 2.2% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.9% in Vancouver and 2.6% in Spokane.
  • Seattle's median two-bedroom rent of $1,650 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Seattle.
  • While rents in Seattle remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+2.3%), Los Angeles (+2.1%), and Denver (+1.6%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,030, $1,740, and $1,320 respectively.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Seattle than most similar cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $890, where Seattle 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. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Seattle $1,320 $1,650 -0.2% 0.2%
Tacoma $1,240 $1,540 0.1% 4.0%
Bellevue $1,850 $2,300 0.5% 0.7%
Everett $1,310 $1,630 0.6% 2.4%
Kent $1,430 $1,780 0.6% 4.3%
Renton $1,630 $2,030 0.7% 2.3%
Federal Way $1,380 $1,720 0.6% 6.8%
Auburn $1,320 $1,640 0.0% 3.0%
Marysville $1,370 $1,700 -0.0% 1.7%
Lakewood $1,130 $1,400 0.4% 4.8%
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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.