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Are you looking to move into a new apartment with your furry, best friend? Are you afraid of not finding a place that allows pets? You can now look for pet-friendly apartments near you, anywhere in the U.S., check if they accept dogs or cats, and find out what is the pet deposit and pet rent. Select your favorite apartments that fit your needs and well as your pet's needs, using fiters for size, amenities and so much more.

Search in your neighborhood, ZIP code, and beyond to find the ideal apartment near you or wherever you and your pets plan on moving to. Whether it's next to a dog park, a pet store, a veterinary, or a pet friendly mall or coffee shop, you can find exactly what you are looking for right on RENTCafé - let's find it now!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price of a pet-friendly apartment in Columbus, OH?

The price range of a pet-friendly apartment is between $12 and $9,999,999. Search pet-friendly apartments in Columbus, OH.

How many pet-friendly rentals are available in Columbus, OH on RENTCafé?

There are 466 pet-friendly rentals available on RENTCafé. Prices and availability in Columbus, OH were last updated on 24 Jun 2021.

What is the average size of a pet-friendly apartment in Columbus, OH?

The average Columbus, OH pet-friendly apartment size is 864 sq. ft.

What are the advantages of renting a pet-friendly apartment in Columbus, OH?

Pet-friendly apartments are usually larger and located in a community that offers pet-focused amenities.

What are the downsides of renting a pet-friendly apartment in Columbus, OH?

Renting a pet-friendly apartment comes with a higher rent and a pet deposit. You might be interested in studio apartments, 1 bedroom apartments, 2 bedroom apartments or 3 bedroom apartments, or browse all RENTCafé apartments for rent in Columbus, OH.

Renter's Guide to Columbus

The city of Columbus, Ohio is the largest city in the state and is also the capital. Columbus is the 15th largest city in the country with a population of around 805,100 people. In 2012, Columbus was ranked as one of Business Week’s Best Fifty Cities in America. Forbes magazine also recognized Columbus as being one of the top cities for businesses in the nation in 2013, giving it an A rating.

Columbus is only 106 miles from Cincinnati, the third largest city in Ohio. Columbus is 143 miles to Cleveland, the second largest city in Ohio. Columbus is about 350 miles to Chicago, Illinios another major city in the Midwest and a mere 146 miles to Toledo, Ohio. Columbus is only 183 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The weather in Columbus is humid in the summer and Columbus is known for having warm summers. However, the winters do not have heavy snowfall due to the city being too far south from Lake Eerie to experience the lake effect. Columbus is also out of the path of Nor’easters, further sparing it heavy winter snowstorms.

Columbus, OH Demographics

  • Total Population878,553
  • Female 429,868
    Male 448,685
  • Median Age32.2

Cost of Living in Columbus, OH

The limited public transit in Columbus is known as COTA (Central Ohio Transit Authority) and consists of buses. The COTA is very affordable with crosstown and local fares at only $2.00. An express fare is just $2.75. The CBUS is a free downtown shuttle that runs every 10-15 minutes from the Short North Arts District to the Brewery District. Columbus also has a bike sharing system called CoGo.

A meal out at an inexpensive restaurant in Columbus will only cost around $12.00 and a meal for two and a mid range establishment will be around $45 dollars. The cost of an imported beer in Columbus is around $5.00 and a cappuccino is $3.35. Columbus has a low cost of living when compared to cities across the nation.

The average utility costs for a 914-square-foot apartment in Columbus are around $156 which includes heat, electricity, water and garbage pick up services. This is a bit higher than the national average of $147.

Average Rent in Columbus, OH

  • Columbus, OH Average Rental Price, May 2021 $1,022 /mo

Columbus, OH Apartment Rent Ranges

  • < $5001%
  • $501-$70014%
  • $701-$1,00044%
  • $1,001-$1,50033%
  • $1,501-$2,0007%
  • > $2,0002%

Columbus, OH Rent Trends

Average Rent Mar / 2018 Jul / 2018 Nov / 2018 Mar / 2019 Jul / 2019 Nov / 2019 Mar / 2020 Jul / 2020 Nov / 2020 Mar / 2021 May / 2021
Columbus, OH $884 $911 $914 $922 $941 $941 $960 $982 $979 $1,007 $1,022
National $1,314 $1,345 $1,354 $1,358 $1,390 $1,397 $1,400 $1,392 $1,396 $1,407 $1,428

Living in Columbus

Columbus is probably best known as being the home of The Ohio State University. The Ohio State University football team is a top ranked team year after year and their home games attract hundreds of thousands of people to the city. Columbus is also well known for its Zoo. Columbus has a top tier Zoo and Aquarium and a lively art scene but lack of public transit is one of Columbus’s weak spots.

Things to do in Columbus

Columbus has a fantastic dining scene. Brassica was named Columbus' Best New Restaurants of 2015 by Alive.com. Schmidt's Sausage Haus is an excellent place for German cuisine lovers, whereas Skillet, Rustic.Urban.Food is the go-to-place for those who fancy New American fare.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium offers wonderful opportunities to see animals such as the Zoo’s new polar bear cub, Nora. The aquarium also offers hands on opportunities for guests to touch marine animals like starfish. The Heart of Africa is a new Columbus zoo exhibit that spans 43 acres and features giraffes.

The Columbus Museum of Art, COMA, is a stand out in the Columbus art community. The museum hosts rotating exhibits, notably a Picasso exhibit, and also has its own impressive collection of art. This cultural hotspot offers fantastic opportunities to experience art in Columbus.

The Columbus Arts Festival has been held annually for nearly forty years and takes place along the Scioto River east side featuring nearly 300 artisans and craftspeople along with entertainment and food, ranging from gourmet to “street treats.”

The Ohio State Fair is an annual event that the Travel Channel calls “one of the country’s best state fairs.” The state fair is held every summer from late July until early August.

Parks in Columbus

Columbus has a variety of parks for residents to enjoy. Schiller Park is a favorite of many Columbus residents. Schiller Park features green space, a playground, tennis courts, fishing ponds and has an open air stage for outdoor entertainment. Whetstone Park is another top park in Columbus. The park is 146 acres with a rose garden, community center and athletic fields. Both these parks are free to the public.

Shopping in Columbus

Top tier shopping in Columbus can be found at Easton Town Center. Easton Town Center has stores like Nordstrom, Coach, and Apple and over twenty-one million shoppers visit Easton Town Center each year. The Short North district also offers shopping with many funky and unique boutiques.

Sports in Columbus

In addition to Ohio State University’s sports programs, Columbus has other exciting sports teams to follow. Columbus has a professional hockey team, the Blue Jackets. Attending a Blue Jackets game is fun for the entire family or a great date night. Columbus also has a minor league baseball team, the Columbus Clippers, who are a Triple A affiliate of the nearby Cleveland Indians. Columbus has the football fan, hockey fan, and baseball fan covered.

Employment & Economy

The largest employer in Columbus is Ohio State University, which employs 29,000+ people.  The State of Ohio is the second largest employer. Since Columbus is the capital it is no surprise the state employs so many people, around 22,000. JP Morgan Chase, which employs around 12,000 people is another top employer and Nationwide Financial is behind JP Morgan Chase employing around 11,000 people. In many ways Columbus is a “college town” due to the Universities influence but the finance sector is also a major industry in the city.

Columbus, OH Households

  • Total Number of Households357,128
  • Family 190,471
    Non-family 166,657
  • Children 101,032
    No Children 256,096
  • Average People Per Household2.39
  • Median Household Income$53,745
  • Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,013

Education in Columbus

In addition to Ohio State University, Columbus is also home to Columbus State University, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs. The campus is 132 acres, situated in downtown Columbus, and the enrollment is around 8,300 undergraduates and graduate students. In contrast, Ohio State University has an enrollment of around 65,000 students making it one of the largest universities in the nation. It covers 1,764 acres. 

Columbus has a large public school district with around 110 schools for younger students. The public school system offers top notch education for students from kindergarten to high school. The vision of the public school district in Columbus is to provide a “world class model of public education” and prepare students in Columbus to meet their full potential.

Columbus, OH Education Statistics

  • No High School3%
  • Some High School33%
  • Some College24%
  • Associate Degree7%
  • Bachelor Degree23%
  • Graduate Degree11%

Tips for Renting in Columbus

In Columbus, renters’ rights are protected under the Ohio Landlord Law. One tip; before taking possession of an apartment, a good idea is to walk through and check items that may need to be repaired. If there are any, it is advisable to delay moving in until the repairs can be made.

Make sure the landlord promises to make the repairs in writing if a move cannot be stalled. Keep detailed records and request promises in writing from a landlord.

Renting a pet-friendly apartment in Columbus, OH

Pets play a greater role in our lives than ever before. Many of us can’t imagine life without the unconditional love of our furry or feathery companions. Whether you have a faithful service dog, or a playful hamster, not all Columbus, OH rental properties will welcome your dear pet. Don’t let that stand between you and your cheery pet bird. Pet-friendly units that welcome all kids of pets are more common than ever. Now you can easily browse hundreds of verified pet-friendly rental listings, and find the perfect housing for you and your pet roommate. It might be useful to know that the average rent for a Columbus, OH apartment is $1,243. Looking for something above average? You will find great pet friendly units with extra spacious floor plans for up to $2,865 per month. If you’re looking for something more affordable, set a filter for a maximum price to sort through the 349 pet friendly properties in Columbus, OH and spot the best deals in town, for as low as $609. Out of the 727 units, you’re sure to find a great apartment you and your pet can call home.

Pet friendly apartments in Columbus, OH with a twist

We know that not all pets were created equally. You might not give a damn ‘bout your dog’s reputation, but you might notice that many landlords may not be on the same page with you. For instance, not all rental properties have apartments that allow pit bulls. Landlords call it precaution, you call it “breed discrimination”. No worries, though, because there’s a perfect apartment for your pit bull too. If you are wondering how to rent with a pit bull, scroll down to the Pet Policy section in the listing description to find out if the property you’re interested in offers no-breed-restriction apartments. Be perseverant, and you will find dog-friendly apartments in Columbus, OH that allow large breeds too. The average size for a Columbus, OH apartment is 976 Sq.Ft., so you’re sure to find an apartment big enough to fit you and your sweet-natured giant. You can contact the property manager through rentcafe.com, or call them directly from the RENTCafé Mobile App, and ask if they have any pit bull friendly rentals. Soon enough, you and your buddy will be snuggling in the coziness of the pet-friendly rooms you’ve been searching for.

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