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Apartments for Rent in Columbia, SC
408 Rentals Available

  • 8100 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC 29209
    $1,030 - $2,180
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    RE Carroll Management Company
    9 Units available Today
    (833) 240-1214
  • 2038 Lake Murray Blvd., Columbia, SC 29212
    $1,314 - $1,814
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    The Sterling Group
    Contact for availability Today
    (844) 379-9138
  • 250 Crossbow Drive, Columbia, SC 29212
    $1,085 - $1,412
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    Lloyd Jones LLC
    Contact for availability Today
    (803) 653-6922
  • 751 Mallet Hill Road, Columbia, SC 29223
    $986 - $1,720
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    RangeWater Real Estate
    Contact for availability Today
    (855) 736-8223
  • (25)
    600 Heyward St, Columbia, SC 29201
    • 1-4 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    PMC Property Group, Inc. d/b/a Philadelphia Management Co.
    Contact for availability Today
    (803) 667-3705
  • (6)
    1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC 29210
    $885 - $1,200
    • 1-2 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    First Communities
    14 Units available Today
    (803) 772-0040
  • 8100 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC 29209
    $1,030 - $2,180
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    RE Carroll Management Company
    9 Units available Today
    (833) 240-1214
  • (4)
    310 Ross Rd., Columbia, SC 29223
    $975 - $1,109
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    First Communities
    4 Units available Today
    (803) 736-5000
  • (8)
    169 Brook Pines Drive, Columbia, SC 29210
    $726 - $1,062
    • Studio-2 Beds
    • 1 Bath
    Edward Rose & Sons
    10 Units available Today
    (844) 846-0332
  • 82 Fox Run Lane, Columbia, SC 29210
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2.5 Baths
    First Communities
    3 Units available Today
    (803) 770-4587
  • (1)
    500 Harbison Blvd., Columbia, SC 29212
    $978 - $5,157
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-3 Baths
    RAM Partners, LLC
    7 Units available Today
    (844) 515-8325
  • 2038 Lake Murray Blvd., Columbia, SC 29212
    $1,314 - $1,814
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    The Sterling Group
    Contact for availability Today
    (844) 379-9138
  • (3)
    113 Paces Brook, Columbia, SC 29212
    $928 - $5,000
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    Balfour Beatty Communities - Residential
    Contact for availability 1 day ago
    (803) 749-0757
  • (2)
    4501 Bentley Drive, Columbia, SC 29210
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    $1,009 - $1,729
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    Bridge Property Management
    11 Units available Today
    (803) 368-6442
  • 3500 Fernandina Road, Columbia, SC 29210
    $865 - $1,045
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2.5 Baths
    First Communities
    2 Units available Today
    (803) 759-8540
  • 1601 Longcreek Drive, Columbia, SC 29210
    $699 - $949
    • 1-2 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    RangeWater Real Estate
    Contact for availability Today
    (833) 766-6690
  • 800 Beatty Road, Columbia, SC 29210
    $1,100
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    First Communities
    3 Units available Today
    (803) 201-9090
  • (9)
    1340 Longcreek Drive, Columbia, SC 29210
    $765 - $960
    • 1-2 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    First Communities
    4 Units available Today
    (803) 772-3533
  • 600 Greenlawn Drive, Columbia, SC 29209
    $1,313 - $2,656
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    Woodward Management Partners
    6 Units available Today
    (803) 931-3049
  • (11)
    500 Gills Creek Parkway, Columbia, SC 29209
    $1,090 - $1,445
    • 1-2 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    First Communities
    16 Units available Today
    (803) 783-3265
  • 3638 Falling Springs Road, Columbia, SC 29203
    $700 - $900
    • Studio-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    Arcan Capital, LLC
    15 Units available Today
    (803) 765-9516
  • 900 Gracern Road, Columbia, SC 29210
    $1,035 - $1,520
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2.5 Baths
    WRH Realty Services
    Contact for availability Today
    (803) 772-6500
  • (2)
    1100 Pulaski Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    $1,541 - $2,532
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    RAM Partners, LLC
    Contact for availability Today
    (833) 235-7733
  • 100 Rice Terrace Dr, Columbia, SC 29229
    $1,090 - $2,115
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2.5 Baths
    Palms Associates LLC
    8 Units available Today
    (803) 865-1695
  • 1637 Tall Pines Cir, Columbia, SC 29205
    $1,350
    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths
    VineBrook Homes
    1 Unit available Today
    (855) 646-0850
  • 1155 Lady Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    • 1-2 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    Southern Realty Development Corp.
    Contact for availability Today
    (844) 869-9277
  • 4427 Blossom St, Columbia, SC 29205
    $725 - $825
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    The Rent Haven
    6 Units available 182 days ago
    (803) 782-6626
  • 1505 Westchester Dr, Columbia, SC 29210
    $1,500
    • 3 Beds
    1 Unit available Today
  • 1988 Lake Carolina Dr, Columbia, SC 29229
    $1,500
    • 4 Beds
    1 Unit available Today
  • 7301 Fontana Dr, Columbia, SC 29209
    $1,270
    • 3 Beds
    Contact for availability Today
  • 524 Innsbrook Dr, Columbia, SC 29210
    $2,300
    • 6 Beds
    1 Unit available Today
  • 2408 Ramsgate Dr, Columbia, SC 29210
    $1,225
    • 3 Beds
    1 Unit available Today
  • 701 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    $2,097
    • 1-2 Beds
    Contact for availability Today
  • Vinebrook CLU Leads Template, Columbia, SC 11111
    Contact for availability 249 days ago
  • 7 Lois Ct, Columbia, SC 29210
    $1,400
    • 3 Beds
    1 Unit available Today
  • (8)
    1513 Farrington Way, Columbia, SC 29210
    $1,070 - $2,075
    • 1-3 Beds
    Contact for availability Today
  • 1800 Killian Lakes Drive, Columbia, SC 29203
    $1,099 - $2,010
    • 1-3 Beds
    25 Units available Today
  • 100 Fairforest Road, Columbia, SC 29212
    $915 - $1,015
    • 1-3 Beds
    2 Units available Today
  • 1401 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    • Studio-2 Beds
    Contact for availability Today
  • 206 Basinghouse Rd, Columbia, SC 29212
    $1,445
    • 3 Beds
    1 Unit available Today
  • 1000 Piney Grove Rd, Columbia, SC 29210
    $1,400
    • 3 Beds
    1 Unit available Today
  • 203 Majestic Dr, Columbia, SC 29223
    $1,519
    • Studio
    1 Unit available Today
  • 412 Club Rd, Columbia, SC 29203
    $1,150
    • 3 Beds
    1 Unit available Today
  • 1617 Dupont Drive, Columbia, SC 29223
    $1,250
    • 4 Beds
    1 Unit available Today
  • 1635 Dupont Drive, Columbia, SC 29223
    $950
    • 3 Beds
    1 Unit available Today
  • 116 Deerwood Street, W. Columbia, SC 29205
    $1,195
    • 2 Beds
    1 Unit available Today
  • 316 Fox Trot Dr, Columbia, SC 29229
    $1,799
    • Studio
    1 Unit available Today
  • 445 Denman Loop, Columbia, SC 29229
    $1,849
    • Studio
    1 Unit available Today
  • 510 Heyward St, Columbia, SC 29201
    Contact for availability Today
  • 220 Village Walk, Columbia, SC 29209
    $1,425
    • 3 Beds
    1 Unit available Today

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Frequently Asked Questions

When were prices and availability in Columbia, SC last updated?

Prices and availability in Columbia, SC were last updated on 27 Sep 2021.

What are the best apartments in Columbia, SC?

The best apartments in Columbia, SC are: Deer Meadow Village Apartments, York Woods at Lake Murray Apartment Homes, Waters Edge at Harbison, Carrington Place at Wildewood and Olympia Mills.

What is the average rent in Columbia, SC?

The average rent in Columbia, SC is $1,232. Start your search for apartments in Columbia, SC now.

What is the price range for a studio apartment in Columbia, SC?

The price range for a studio apartment in Columbia, SC is between $700 and $1,849. View all studio apartments in Columbia, SC.

What is the price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Columbia, SC?

The price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Columbia, SC is between $699 and $4,667. Browse all available 1-bedroom apartments in Columbia, SC now.

What is the price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Columbia, SC?

The price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Columbia, SC is between $750 and $4,798. Browse and find a 2-bedroom apartment in Columbia, SC.

What is the price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Columbia, SC?

The price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Columbia, SC is between $865 and $5,157. Browse all available 3-bedroom apartments in Columbia, SC.

Renter's Guide to Columbia

Columbia is the capital city of South Carolina, and the state’s largest city. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Columbia number 46 among the top 50 “Best Places to Live,” awarding the city an overall score of 6.6 on a 10-point scale.

Columbia is under 2 hours from Greenville, SC; 2-and-a-half hours from Charleston, SC; and between 3-and-a-half and 4 hours from Raleigh, North Carolina.

The city is home to the University of South Carolina’s flagship campus, which is the largest institution of higher learning in the state. Fort Jackson, a U.S. Army installation in use since 1917, is located in Columbia and trains half of all soldiers entering the U.S. Army annually.

Weather in Columbia, South Carolina, is typical of the humid subtropical climate zone. Columbia describes itself as “Famously Hot” — and for good reason: in Columbia, spring comes early, summers are very hot and humid, and warm weather lingers into late autumn. Extended periods of cold weather and freezing temperatures are rare in Columbia, and the city rarely receives snow. Overall, the climate is predictable, with average high temperatures ranging from 57 degrees in January, Columbia’s coldest month, all the way up to 92 degrees in July, its hottest month; and average low temperatures from 34 degrees in January to 71 degrees in July. Average annual rainfall in Columbia is 45 inches, peaking in the humid summer months.

Columbia, SC Demographics

  • Total Population133,273
  • Female 67,638
    Male 65,635
  • Median Age28.5

Cost of Living in Columbia, SC

Though personal vehicles are the mode of transportation of choice for the vast majority of Columbia residents, the COMET bus transit system services the Midlands region of South Carolina. Standard one-way bus fare in Columbia is $1.50 for an adult and $.75 for senior citizens and special needs riders, and all-day COMET passes cost $3.00.

The average commute time for the Columbia metro area is 23.6 minutes, which is lower than the national average of 25.4 minutes.

A meal for 2 people in a mid-range Columbia restaurant may cost anywhere between $29 and $50, and a regular cappuccino goes for about $4.

For a 915-square-foot apartment, Columbia, SC, residents pay on average $140 for utilities (such as electricity, heating, water, or garbage removal), which is close to the national average of $147 in monthly utility expenses.

Average Rent in Columbia, SC

  • Columbia, SC Average Rental Price, August 2021 $1,232 /mo

    Columbia, SC Apartment Rent Ranges

    Columbia, SC Rent Trends

    Average Rent Jul / 2018 Nov / 2018 Mar / 2019 Jul / 2019 Nov / 2019 Mar / 2020 Jul / 2020 Nov / 2020 Mar / 2021 Jul / 2021 Aug / 2021
    Columbia, SC $1,020 $1,030 $1,044 $1,071 $1,084 $1,095 $1,103 $1,126 $1,157 $1,222 $1,232
    National $1,347 $1,356 $1,361 $1,393 $1,400 $1,402 $1,393 $1,397 $1,485 $1,510 $1,539
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    Living in Columbia, SC

    Columbia is a vibrant college town known for its southern hospitality and pleasant, sunny year-round weather. Millennials, young professionals, and families alike will find themselves in good company in Columbia, where the median age is 35.9 and senior citizens make up less than 10 percent of the population. The cost of living in Columbia is lower than the national average — but the same is true of comparative annual salaries. On the flip side, cars are nearly a must-have to get around and work in Columbia; and though the city is fairly well connected to other major metropolitan areas, it is still relatively far from many larger east coast urban hubs.

    Things to do in Columbia

    Residents of Columbia can enjoy the many attractions and points of interest in the region. The Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of the area’s most popular destinations, receiving over a million visitors each year. Located along the Saluda River, the zoo and garden encompass 170 acres and house more than 2,000 animals.

    Public parks and green spaces for jogging, dog walking, recreational sports, or playtime with children are also abundant in Columbia. Some of the top attractions for outdoor activities in Columbia are the Sesquicentennial State Park, Harbison State Forest, and Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park.

    University of South Carolina sports are also a uniting force for many Columbia residents, who can attend football games at the Williams Brice Stadium or basketball games at Colonial Life Arena.

    Families with children will also find many things to do in Columbia, including several museums designed with kids in mind. Among these are the South Carolina State Museum, which has a state-of-the-art planetarium as well as a 4D movie theater, and the hands-on EdVenture Children’s Museum. The Columbia Marionette Theater is also a popular attraction for families with kids.

    If you’re in the mood for some classic southern seafood, check out Blue Marlin in Columbia’s bustling Congaree Vista District. Mr Friendly’s New Southern Cafe and Bourbon are two of the best restaurants in Columbia; and Lamb's Bread Vegan Café is an excellent option for those who fancy vegetarian food.

    Cultural venues in Columbia range in size and atmosphere but are popular among residents. Township Auditorium is a historic concert and performance venue with a capacity of up to 3,500 guests. Constructed in 1930, its Georgian Revival architecture and historical ties to Jim Crow era legislation contributed to its addition to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. The Koger Center for the Arts, located on the University of South Carolina Campus, can accommodate over 2,000 guests. It is home to the South Carolina Philharmonic and hosts large-scale functions and speeches, including the State of the State Address.

    Employment and Economy

    In recent years, South Carolina’s economy has seen steady growth, and the unemployment rate in Columbia has dipped below 5 percent. Columbia is a hub for careers in manufacturing, healthcare and health services, and finance. The University of South Carolina, Palmetto Health hospital system, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina are consistently among Columbia’s largest employers, as is Fort Jackson, where over half of the U.S. Army’s new soldiers undergo basic training each year.

    Additionally, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, and South State Bank are headquartered in Columbia; and UPS, Michelin, International Paper, and Bose Technology have regional facilities based in the Columbia metropolitan area.

    Columbia, SC Households

    • Total Number of Households47,162
    • Family 22,683
      Non-family 24,479
    • Children 11,432
      No Children 35,730
    • Average People Per Household2.21
    • Median Household Income$47,286
    • Median Housing Costs Per Month$959

    Education in Columbia, SC

    In addition to the main campus of the University of South Carolina, whose 15 schools enroll over 30,000 students, Columbia is also home to several other institutions of higher education. Among these are: Benedict College, a private, historically black liberal arts college; Columbia College, a private college for women; the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, one of the oldest Lutheran seminaries in the country; and the Midlands Technical College, a two-year, public community college that is part of the South Carolina Technical College System.

    At the primary and secondary level, there are 7 public school districts in Richland and Lexington Counties serving Columbia’s 65,000 students. Among Columbia’s 37 public schools and 54 private schools, two — A. C. Flora High School and C. A. Johnson High School — have been ranked among the nation’s top 100 by U.S. News & World Report.

    Columbia, SC Education Statistics

    Tips for Renting in Columbia

    The state of South Carolina has enacted a residential Landlord-Tenant Act that applies to nearly all leases and details landlord and tenant right and responsibilities. Columbia renters should be vigilant about the terms of their lease as well as the general provisions of this law. Under the Landlord-Tenant Act, tenants are responsible for timely rent payment, maintaining safe and clean units, and proper waste disposal. When a lease is up, the tenant is required to provide a written forwarding address to which the landlord can direct the security deposit, and if some or all of the deposit has been withheld by the landlord, he or she must provide an itemized list of damages and deductions within 30 days of either the end of the lease or from the move-out date, whichever is later.

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