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Fantastic Finds at a Reasonable Price: Apartments for Rent in Ohio’s 5 Largest Cities Under $800/Month


From sports to business, Ohio boasts something exciting for everyone! The Appalachian Mountains line the southeast border of the state where you’ll find great hiking trails and plenty of natural wonders. If you love to cheer for professional sports, you’ll have the opportunity for great teams such as the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Browns. Ohio is also home to top tier universities like the Ohio State University, and if you enroll, then tailgating for the Buckeyes is a must! In this vital swing state, your vote will always count.

Renting in Ohio’s Largest Cities

What’s more, Ohio is highly affordable – perfect for young professionals and families on a budget. If you’re looking for a happy home in Columbus, a chic studio in Cleveland, a sunny one-bedroom in Cincinnati, a cozy townhouse in Toledo, or a two-bedroom apartment in Akron, Ohio offers affordability without sacrificing high quality housing, education, and culture.

According to our friends at Yardi Matrix, the average rent per month for these five Ohio cities is: Columbus, $795; Cleveland, $930; Cincinnati, $832; Toledo, $725; Akron, $781. Think you could call one of these cities home, for a budget of around $800/month? Check out our selection of awesome apartments for rent in Ohio‘s largest cities:

Apartments for rent in Columbus

The Gardens, Somerset in Northeast Columbus: $795/month for a one-bedroom garden apartment, 678 sq. ft.

Columbus is home to Ohio’s pride and joy – the Ohio State University. If you’re planning on going back to school or love the college-town feel, then Columbus is the place for you. The city is packed with great bars and fantastic food joints. For a unique shopping experience, head to the North Market where people come for errands and stay for the food.

For a home that’s close to Easton Town Center and all the cool places Columbus has to offer, check out The Gardens Apartments. These renovated one-bedroom units priced below $800/month have been completely renovated. They feature brand new windows and floors, so your new home will stay cozy in the winter and breezy in the summer. The cabinets and kitchen appliances have also been recently upgraded. With extra storage options, large closets, and balconies, you’ll have plenty of space for all your belongings. Within the pet-friendly complex residents have access to the fitness, clubhouse, and business center. When the weather gets hot, cool down by the pool or catch some rays on the sun deck.

The Gardens Apartments for rent in Columbus, OH
$795/month for a one-bedroom apartment at The Gardens, Columbus, OH. Images via RENTCafe.

Apartments for rent in Cleveland

Reserve Square, Downtown Cleveland: $746/month for a studio apartment, 561 sq. ft.

No other city in the U.S. knows rock & roll better than Cleveland. The city is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which means you won’t have to go far to be close to the legends you know and love. Locals are in especially good hands when it comes to medical care. The Cleveland Clinic is one of the best hospitals in the country – consistently ranked in top five by U.S. News & World Report.

For an exquisite urban renting experience, how about living in the heart of Downtown Cleveland, at the fabulous Reserve Square? While the pet-friendly community is a bit pricier, you can still get a chic studio apartment for your budget and enjoy some of the best views of the city and a modern lifestyle. With custom-designed wood cabinets, white appliances, wall-to-wall windows, and contemporary light and faucet fixtures, these studios are great for any newcomer looking to be in the middle of all Cleveland’s action. The complex also offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor heated pool, a sauna, and an outdoor grilling area. For maximum convenience, there’s an ATM, a market, a car rental agency, and dry cleaning services – all on-site. You’ll also find restaurants and other shops right at your fingertips.

Reserve Square Apartments for rent in Cleveland
$746/month for a studio apartment at Reserve Square, Cleveland. Images via RENTCafe.

Apartments for rent in Cincinnati

West Pointe, Price Hill: $744/month for a three-bedroom townhouse, 1,315 sq. ft.

Located along the Ohio River, Cincinnati offers all the fun of big cities like Chicago and Atlanta on a smaller, less intimidating scale. It’s a hot city for young professionals who don’t want to pay exorbitant rents, and it still has plenty of cool stuff to do. Cheer for the Cincinnati Reds or stroll through the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. On weekends, head to nearby Kings Island and ride the world’s longest wooded roller coaster – the Beast.

If you’re willing to move a little farther from the downtown area, you can get a lot more for your $800/month rent. At West Pointe Apartments, gorgeous three-bedroom townhouses await new residents. The 1,315 sq.ft. units boast plenty of space even for a larger family or if you’re having guests. These townhouses are all equipped with washer and dryer hookups, individual AC, and patios/balconies. The private entry ensures a safe and secured living, away from the main road and all the noise of the city. Your kids will love the on-site playground!

West Pointe Apartments for rent in Cincinnati
$744/month for a three-bedroom townhouse at West Pointe, Cincinnati. Images via RENTCafe.

Apartments for rent in Toledo

Executive Towers, Downtown Toledo: $720/month for a two-bedroom apartment, 950 sq.ft.

Toledo is a cultural hot spot, one of the best in Ohio. From great food to craft beers and opera, this city brings people together from all walks of life. The downtown warehouse district is just blocks away from the Toledo Mud Hens Stadium – one of the most beloved minor league baseball teams in the country. Cheer at the ball game then head down to the warehouse district for some fun food choices.

If you’re living in the Executive Towers Apartments, an iconic high-rise nestled in the historic Old West End, then you’ll always be able to walk to a Mud Hens game. These two-bedroom apartments offering a full kitchen appliance package, open dining areas, and scenic views of Downtown will allow you to live in style and comfort. Just outside your apartment doors, you’ll find all the fun, food and excitement that Toledo has to give, although you won’t need to go very far. On-site, developers have included a swimming pool, a fitness center, a community room with Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, grills and picnic tables, and much more. This pet-friendly community in Toledo is a must-see!

Executive Towers Apartments for rent in Toledo
$720/month for a two-bedroom apartment at Executive Towers, Toledo. Images via RENTCafe.

Apartments for rent in Akron

Hunt Club Apartments, Greater Fairlawn: $769/month for a one-bedroom apartment, 676 sq.ft.

Have you ever wanted to compete in the Soapbox Derby or enjoy the great outdoors in a beautiful national park like Cuyahoga Valley National Park? Then consider Akron. This is also a great city for arts and culture. The Akron Civic Theatre is one of the few remaining atmospheric theaters left in the country. Take in a play while the stars twinkle above.

For peace and tranquility just outside of Akron, head to Hunt Club Apartments. With so much greenery surrounding the complex, these one-bedroom apartments are equipped with a host of amenities, such as private balconies/patios, hookups for washers and dryers, cozy carpets, dishwashers, and oversized closets. Some units even feature granite countertops, wood burning fireplaces, and beautiful views of the pond on the property. If you love outdoor sports, this pet-friendly complex has two lighted tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, a swimming pool, a putting green, and a playground for children. Hunt Club is located just off Route 18 at I-77 and conveniently close to Summit Mall, so you can easily commute to downtown Akron. This community was voted among the Top 10 Akron Beacons Best rental properties for 3 years in a row!

Hunt Club Apartments for rent in Akron
$769/month for a one-bedroom apartment at Hunt Club, Akron. Images via RENTCafe.

If you love the thrill of a roller coaster, sweeping skyline views, or the beauty of nature, then Ohio may be the home for you. Compared to other populous destinations, Ohio cities are more friendly towards new college graduates and other young professionals. The rents are reasonable, and you’ll always find something fun and interesting to do. So feel free to browse more apartments for rent in Ohio.


About the author

Nicoleta Iudean

Online content developer Nicky Iudean loves writing about real estate, interior design, and lifestyle topics for RENTCafé. She gets inspiration for a healthier and happier way of living from her 4-year old son. You can reach Nicoleta by email or Twitter.

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