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16 Apartments for rent in Appleton, WI

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Last updated September 20 at 4:36am UTC
2623 Palisades Dr
Menasha, WI
Updated September 15 at 6:10pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
Results within 1 miles of Appleton, WI
Results within 5 miles of Appleton, WI
320 Sherry St
Neenah, WI
Updated September 16 at 1:46am UTC
2 Bedrooms
347 2nd St
Menasha, WI
Updated September 15 at 6:10pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
415 Union St
Neenah, WI
Updated September 8 at 5:40pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
772 Reed St
Neenah, WI
Updated August 24 at 2:35am UTC
3 Bedrooms
625 Hansen St
Neenah, WI
Updated August 24 at 2:35am UTC
4 Bedrooms
1161 Gillingham Rd. Unit 4A
Neenah, WI
Updated September 15 at 12:58pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
Results within 10 miles of Appleton, WI
938 Gay Dr
Neenah, WI
Updated September 5 at 5:34pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
223 Stanley St
Neenah, WI
Updated August 28 at 5:35pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
215 E College Ave Front
Downtown Appleton
Appleton, WI
Updated September 11 at 10:54am UTC
1 Bedroom
1120 Medow Lane
Neenah, WI
Updated September 1 at 10:02am UTC
2 Bedrooms
City Guide
First, A Little History Lesson

Originally settled by fur traders in the early 1800s (as was most of the northern Midwest), a trading post was established in Appleton, and it soon grew into a busy little burb. The founding of Lawrence University (financial backing from Amos Lawrence) was integral to the town’s establishment, and always has been a huge factor in its success. The name Appleton actually comes from the college founder's father-in-law (Samuel Appleton), who generously donated $10,000 to the school. Another historic contributor to Appleton’s growth was its involvement in the paper mill industry, which actually spawned the nation’s first hydroelectric central power plant along the Fox River. Appleton has a lot of historic tidbits besides this, including the first successful electric streetcar company, the first telephone in Wisconsin, and being the town where Harry Houdini grew up. Or did he...

Slow Forward to Now

While it may not seem like much today, there’s a lot going on below the surface. Appleton is currently a more laid back place. Keep an eye out for small businesses and restaurants, a variety of bars, a weekend farmer’s market, a children’s museum, and a performing arts center that often hosts Broadway plays and big-name acts. The riverfront, golf courses, and a pretty extensive parks system are worth mentioning for the more outdoorsy and sporting types. For the indoorsy and sporty types, Appleton’s Fox River Mall, the third largest mall in Wisconsin, is a popular shopping destination for most of the northern portion of the state, and nearby upper Michigan as well.

A Note About Transportation

Appleton is largely a city of drivers, but the Valley Transit company runs a system of buses that run through many different Fox Valley cities. This is ideal for car-less commuters or college students who need to get around town. Locals will tell you that Appleton isn’t very friendly for the bike commuter, though, as most streets don’t have bike lanes.

Looking For Home

Now that you’re more familiar with the fruits of Appleton, time to dig into some of the logistics of living. One reason Appleton’s housing is so popular is probably because it’s pretty all-around inexpensive. Apartments are usually in the $500 - $700 range, depending on size, and are mostly low-level buildings, two-flats, and duplexes. Houses of many varieties (from creaky old Victorian homes to sparkly new cookie-cutter subdivisions) can be found around the city, and rentals rarely go over $2000 a month, at the most.

You Get What You Pay For…And More

Since Appleton pads are pretty inexpensive, you can expect to get a lot of space for a decent price. All houses either have a washer and dryer included, or hookups provided for you to bring your own. If apartments don’t have in-unit laundry, more often than not, expect coin-op laundry in the building. Fully applianced kitchens are also to be expected in all types of places. Houses will have a garage and a yard, while apartments tend to have some sort of parking available (lot or structure) and may or may not have outdoor space, such as a balcony or shared yard or patio.

All the Rest

Here’s a quick little down-and-dirty guide to all the extra-rental things you may find yourself paying for in Appleton.

Utilities: In most places, especially single-family homes, the tenant is usually expected to pay utilities. This will include electricity, water and gas/heat. There are, however, many places available where all or some utilities are included. Most apartments will have water and, occasionally heat included, if it’s an older building with landlord-controlled heat.

Application and Deposit: Security deposits are standard, though sometimes lower than the actual rent itself. Some companies or landlords may require a small fee with an application to perform a background or credit check.

Pets: Whether or not a place allows pets depends mostly on the landlord or company that owns it. Many places allow cats or dogs depending on the breed and size, and may require an additional fee or deposit for having a pet. College towns tend to be more liberal as far as policies, but also recognize college kids sometimes don't make the best pet owners.

Many locals will tell you that if you’re moving from a big city, Appleton can be a bit of a shock culturally. It’s easygoing, it’s a little slow moving, and it’s very “Wisconsin...” whatever that means. Appleton is perfect for those seeking small town life, but who still want the opportunity to have a night out at a nice restaurant downtown or take a long weekend in Milwaukee (with or without Fonzie). If this is what you seek, perhaps you’re on the right track.