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Overview of Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Va., is a history buff's paradise, with a rich past dating back to 1699. The city is also home to Colonial Williamsburg, an entire village that pays homage to life in colonial America. Williamsburg is a made up of historic buildings on a picturesque country landscape, making it the perfect place to call home.

Those who seek Williamsburg apartments for rent may come to this quaint town of 14,000 for its beauty, but educational opportunities at the College of William and Mary also draw many people looking for an excellent opportunity to further their knowledge in a small liberal arts community.

Living in Williamsburg, VA

Residents of Williamsburg are never surprised to see someone walking down the street in britches and a wig or a gown from the 18th century. Life in Williamsburg is almost inextricable from American history. Nearly a third of the city is made up of the village of Colonial Williamsburg, comprising the historic district that is run by the private Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. This is the largest living history museum in the world, built around what was the capital of Britain's largest, wealthiest and most populous empire in the New World.

Williamsburg was one of America's first planned cities. When it was laid out in 1699, it soon became the capital of the colony of Virginia. It still maintains its beautiful capitol buildings that were the center of the political, economic and social life across the colony.

The town also establishes an academic prestige with the College of William and Mary, which was founded in 1693. Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler all graduated from this college, which remains highly selective but also public.

Whether students or not, residents who seek out apartments in Williamsburg will enjoy a quaint town life with gorgeous tree-lined streets and stunning historic architecture.

Williamsburg Work and Study

Many people come to Williamsburg to attend the College of William and Mary, which is the second oldest college in the nation. This public institution is dedicated to providing an affordable education to the brightest of students, and is considered a "Public Ivy" - one of the eight such schools in the nation. The nearly 9,000 students who attend William and Mary can study a wide range of courses in the school's five undergraduate and graduate schools, enjoying a stunning campus including Lake Matoaka, College Woods and Colonial Williamsburg.

William and Mary is the top employer in the town, followed closely by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Rentals in Williamsburg, VA and Cost of Living

There are a number of opportunities for those looking for Williamsburg rentals. In 2010, the median gross rent was $988, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Residents are likely to find a range of apartment options in buildings both new and old, and all have the opportunity to get a Good Neighbor Card from Colonial Williamsburg, allowing them admission to all the area's buildings and museums for an extremely discounted rate.

Williamsburg Attractions and Special Events

Colonial Williamsburg is without a doubt the largest and most important attraction in Williamsburg, and offers one of the most authentic realistic depictions of history anywhere in the country. The village allows visitors to literally become part of the history, whether that means watching reenactments of historical events or taking part in colonial activities alongside the trained historians and actors who work there.

However, this Virginia town has other arts, culture and entertainment opportunities, too. Once they are finished talking a literal walk through history, residents can enjoy a host of arts celebrations - each year the town hosts An Occasion for the Arts and the Virginia Arts Festival, but there are also a host of galleries and museums open all year long.

The area surrounding Williamsburg also offers plenty in the way of outdoor recreation. The city itself has 12 parks as well as National Historic Parks.

To find your next rental apartment or house in Williamsburg, take a look at our listings on Rent.com®.

Apex At Ashton Green - Newport News, VA 23608
21

Newport News, VA 23608

$810 - $889

2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Newport News, VA (Warwick Landing)


$810 - $889

118 Units 2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Trellis At Lee's Mill - Newport News, VA 23608
12

Newport News, VA 23608

$839 - $1205

2-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Newport News, VA (Lee's Mill)


$839 - $1205

176 Units 2-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Springhouse At Newport - Newport News, VA 23602
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(39)

Newport News, VA 23602

$700 - $1005

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Newport News, VA (Turnberry)

(39)

$700 - $1005

432 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Landmark Apartments - Newport News, VA 23608
31

Newport News, VA 23608

$705 - $959

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Newport News, VA (Windsor Great Park)


$705 - $959

112 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Woodscape Apartments - Newport News, VA 23608
24

Newport News, VA 23608

$695 - $1415

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Newport News, VA (Hanover Heights)


$695 - $1415

296 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Mariners Green - Newport News, VA 23606
12

Newport News, VA 23606

$779 - $869

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Newport News, VA (Wendwood)


$779 - $869

228 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Pines Of York - Yorktown, VA 23693
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Yorktown, VA 23693

$895 - $1010

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Yorktown, VA (Westview Lakes)


$895 - $1010

248 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Forest Lake At Oyster Point - Newport News, VA 23606
30

Newport News, VA 23606

$780 - $1285

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Wellesley Woods - Newport News, VA 23606
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(6)

Newport News, VA 23606

$855 - $978

2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Newport News, VA (Hidenwood)

(6)

$855 - $978

120 Units 2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Pilot House Apartments - Newport News, VA 23606
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(5)

Newport News, VA 23606

$855 - $978

2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Newport News, VA (Bernard Village)

(5)

$855 - $978

132 Units 2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Autumn Lakes - Newport News, VA 23608
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(16)

Newport News, VA 23608

$585 - $783

1-3 Beds 1 Bath

Newport News, VA (Stoney Run)

(16)

$585 - $783

296 Units 1-3 Beds 1 Bath

Pinedale Manor - Newport News, VA 23601
36

Newport News, VA 23601

$550 - $799

0-3 Beds 1 Bath

Newport News, VA (Ivy Farms)


$550 - $799

296 Units 0-3 Beds 1 Bath

Oyster Point Place - Newport News, VA 23606
18

Newport News, VA 23606

$520 - $945

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Newport News, VA (Forrest)


$520 - $945

278 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Newport Commons - Newport News, VA 23606
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Newport News, VA 23606

$600 - $985

1-3 Beds 1 Bath

Newport News, VA (Hidenwood)


$600 - $985

272 Units 1-3 Beds 1 Bath

Commonwealth at York - Newport News, VA 23602
3

Newport News, VA 23602

$999 - $2045

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Forrest Court - Newport News, VA 23606
25

Newport News, VA 23606

$695 - $895

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Newport News, VA (Forrest)


$695 - $895

46 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Boston Cove Townhomes - Newport News, VA 23606
21

Newport News, VA 23606

$995 - $1500

2-4 Beds 1-3 Baths

Newport News, VA (Forrest)


$995 - $1500

36 Units 2-4 Beds 1-3 Baths

Victoria Place - Newport News, VA 23606
22

Newport News, VA 23606

$775 - $885

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Newport News, VA (Forrest)


$775 - $885

36 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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