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Average Rent in Columbia, SC

Avg. RentAnnual Change
Columbia Studio - $1,073+19%
Columbia 1 Bed - $1,122+2%
Columbia 2 Beds - $1,262+5%
Last updated 6/22/2024

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See what Columbia, SC has to offer.

Local Reviews

It has great and easy access to public transportation with most places you need being right down the street. It's about a 20min drive from fun activities.

It is in a quiet area with many retired people. It seems to be a family community. I also take advantage of the nature preserve that is about a mile away.

The hotel service nearby is very good. I've been there a few times with friends, and the school is close to home. It's easy for the kids to go to school every day

Our neighborhood is very quiet. Our street does not get a lot of traffic and the children enjoying riding bikes without the worry of fast traffic.

I like how everything is within walking distance. It makes things much simpler for my wife and I. I also like how connected members of the neighborhood are to one another.

Safety, lots of convenient places to walk my dog, pretty landscaping, good sized and nice apartment

Demographics

Education

High School

20%

Associate's

20%

Bachelor's

32%

Master's

20%

Doctorate

7%

Family Size

2 people

74%

3 people

14%

4 people

11%

5 people

2%

6+ people

0%

Household Income

0-50k

62%

50-100k

21%

100-150k

7%

150-200k

3%

200k+

7%

Age

0-10

2%

10-20

36%

20-45

48%

45-65

8%

65+

6%

Affordability

Percentage: 4/54/5

Renters gave this area a 4 out of 5 for affordability

Last updated 6/22/2024

*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

Rent Trends

Average rent in Downtown, Columbia, SC

In Columbia, SC, as of 2024, the average rent for apartments ranges from $1,073 to $1,262. Specifically, the average rent for a studio apartment in Downtown, Columbia, SC is $1,073. For those seeking a 1-bedroom apartments, the average rent is $1,122. And for a 2-bedroom apartment, renters can expect to pay an average of $1,262.

Annual Rent Change Over the Past 12 Months

Studio

+19%

Changed from $902 to $1,073
1 Bed

+2%

Changed from $1,100 to $1,122
2 Beds

+5%

Changed from $1,202 to $1,262
Last updated 6/22/2024

Cost of Living

Compared to State Average

0.6%

Compared to National Average

5.7%

The cost of living in Downtown, Columbia, SC is 0.6% lower than the state average and 5.7% lower than the national average. Downtown, Columbia, SC housing is 26.2% less expensive than the U.S average, while utilities are about 30.7% more pricey. When it comes to basic necessities such as food and clothing, groceries are around 0.9% less in Downtown, Columbia, SC than in the rest of the country.

Healthcare services such as doctor check-ups and dentistry cost 14.6% less here compared to the U.S. average.
Cost of Living in Downtown, Columbia, SCCompared to State AverageCompared to National Average
Housing
2.9%
26.2%
Utilities
11.7%
30.7%
Food
0.6%
0.9%
Transportation
10.5%
17.7%
Healthcare
6.3%
14.6%

Compare Other Cities

CityStudio Avg RentAnnual Change
Irmo$2,249+15%
Cayce$1,405--
Columbia$1,073+19%
West Columbia$899--
Sumter$695--
City1 Bed Avg RentAnnual Change
Cayce$1,539+3%
West Columbia$1,463+77%
Irmo$1,382+2%
Lexington$1,345-7%
Blythewood$1,260-3%
Elgin$1,208+5%
Aiken$1,150-5%
Columbia$1,122+2%
Sumter$990+1%
Orangeburg$895+5%
City2 Beds Avg RentAnnual Change
Elgin$1,453+7%
Blythewood$1,425-4%
West Columbia$1,415+45%
Lexington$1,4150%
Irmo$1,392-15%
Newberry$1,3450%
Columbia$1,262+5%
Aiken$1,234+1%
Sumter$1,0420%
Orangeburg$1,025-22%

Compare Neighborhoods

Belvedere

$685

1 Bed Avg. Rent

Colonial Park

$695

1 Bed Avg. Rent

South Kilbourne

$825

1 Bed Avg. Rent

What are the most affordable neighborhoods in Columbia, SC?

For renters in Columbia seeking more affordable options, the neighborhoods to watch are Belvedere, Colonial Park, and South Kilbourne, where average rents for 1-bedroom apartments stand at $685, $695, and $825 respectively. Additional areas offering value are Skyland and Northwest Columbia, where the rents are $999 and $1,007, a favorable comparison to Columbia's overall 1-bedroom average of $1,122.

What are the most expensive neighborhoods in Columbia, SC?

In Columbia, the neighborhoods commanding the highest rents are Shandon, University Hills, and Wildewood. A 1-bedroom apartment in Shandon averages at $1,600, in University Hills it averages $1,575, and in Wildewood, the average is $1,391. For additional high-end living options, Elmwood Park offers 1-bedroom apartments at $1,299, and Five Points at $1,295. These rates compare to the overall average rent of $1,122 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Columbia, highlighting the premium nature of these specific neighborhoods.

What are the most popular neighborhoods in Columbia, SC?

In Columbia, the most sought-after neighborhoods for renters include Elmwood Park, Shandon, and Five Points. In Elmwood Park, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $1,299. Shandon sees average rents of $1,600 for a 1-bedroom unit. Five Points offers similar appeal with 1-bedroom apartments averaging $1,295. For those seeking other popular areas, University Hills presents 1-bedroom apartments at $1,575, and Skyland at $999. These prices are set against the backdrop of the city-wide average of $1,122 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Columbia, underscoring the popularity of these particular neighborhoods.

NeighborhoodStudio Avg RentAnnual Change
University Hills$1,450+13%
Five Points$1,250+39%
Northwest Columbia$1,015+14%
Neighborhood1 Bed Avg RentAnnual Change
Shandon$1,600-3%
University Hills$1,5750%
Wildewood$1,391+7%
Elmwood Park$1,299+16%
Five Points$1,2950%
North Columbia$1,050+5%
Hyatt Park$1,050+5%
Northwest Columbia$1,007+9%
Skyland$999+16%
South Kilbourne$825+2%
Colonial Park$695--
Belvedere$6850%
Neighborhood2 Beds Avg RentAnnual Change
University Hills$2,062+18%
Shandon$2,000-11%
The Congaree Vista$1,900+31%
Arsenal Hill$1,900+31%
Wildewood$1,684-1%
Elmwood Park$1,499+11%
Northwest Columbia$1,150+6%
Hyatt Park$1,125+2%
Skyland$1,100+7%
Belvedere$1,100+42%
South Kilbourne$950+4%
East Central City$925-3%
North Columbia$922-16%
Colonial Park$887-1%

Transportation

Commute Time

0-15 Mins

50%

15-30 Mins

38%

30-40 Mins

7%

40-60 Mins

3%

60+ Mins

3%

Transportation Scores

Percentage: 5858

Walk Score®

Walkable

No

Say 4 of 6 renters

Has Sidewalks

Yes

Say 5 of 6 renters

Percentage: 5252

Bike Score®

Bike Friendly

Yes

Say 3 of 6 renters

Area Amenities

Top Score

Theaters

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The spotlight is constantly on in Downtown Columbia.

  1. A high number of theaters per resident
  2. 98% more theaters than average
  3. 53% more theaters than areas of a similar size

Fine Arts

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

This place gets the picture when it comes to art.

  1. A high number of fine art centers per resident
  2. 99% more fine art centers than average
  3. 75% more fine art centers than areas of a similar size

Nightlife

4/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You've got a good shot at a great night out in Downtown Columbia.

  1. A high number of bars and clubs per resident
  2. 97% more bars and clubs than average
  3. 62% more bars and clubs than areas of a similar size

Medical Care

4/5 stars based on undefined reviews

This place is no sight for sore eyes. Plenty of docs in Downtown Columbia.

  1. A high number of medical facilities per resident
  2. 97% more medical facilities than average
  3. 35% more medical facilities than areas of a similar size

Restaurants

3.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Rest assured, you won't go hungry around here.

  1. A high number of restaurants per resident
  2. 96% more restaurants than average
  3. 40% more restaurants than areas of a similar size

Hospitals

3.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Hearts skip to the beat of this place - a high score for hospitals.

  1. A high number of hospitals per resident
  2. 98% more hospitals than average
  3. 60% more hospitals than areas of a similar size

Coffee

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Things are heating up. Downtown Columbia gets a solid score for coffee.

  1. A high number of coffee shops per resident
  2. 94% more coffee shops than average
  3. 21% fewer coffee shops than areas of a similar size

Parks

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Downtown Columbia is shrubby, not shabby.

  1. A high number of parks per resident
  2. 97% more parks than average
  3. 48% more parks than areas of a similar size

Childcare

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Downtown Columbia earns a gold star for childcare.

  1. A high number of daycares per resident
  2. 90% more daycares than average
  3. 63% fewer daycares than areas of a similar size

Pet Services

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

It's pawsible that your pets will fall in love with Downtown Columbia.

  1. A high number of pet facilities per resident
  2. 93% more pet facilities than average
  3. 44% fewer pet facilities than areas of a similar size

Gas Stations

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Bumper sticker city. This place is good for filling up.

  1. A high number of gas stations per resident
  2. 94% more gas stations than average
  3. 21% more gas stations than areas of a similar size

Grocery Stores

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Not bad on the supermarket score. Downtown Columbia gets an average rating.

  1. A high number of grocery stores per resident
  2. 91% more grocery stores than average
  3. 60% fewer grocery stores than areas of a similar size

Retail Shops

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The shopping scene here is a size medium.

  1. Few shops per resident
  2. 85% more shops than average
  3. Far fewer shops than areas of a similar size

Health and Fitness

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Cardio is hale and hardy in Downtown Columbia.

  1. A high number of gyms per resident
  2. 94% more gyms than average
  3. 31% fewer gyms than areas of a similar size

Amusement Parks

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

In need of a lift: Downtown Columbia is light on amusement parks.

  1. Few amusement parks per resident
  2. An average number of amusement parks
  3. A standard number of amusement parks compared to areas of a similar size

Area Features

Pet Friendly

Yes

Say 6 of 6 renters

Area Has Potholes

No

Say 6 of 6 renters

Area Has Litter

No

Say 5 of 6 renters

Mostly Older Buildings

No

Say 5 of 6 renters

Good Place To Raise A Family

Yes

Say 5 of 6 renters

Tree Lined Streets

Yes

Say 5 of 6 renters

Busy Streets

No

Say 4 of 6 renters

Near Grocery Stores

Yes

Say 4 of 6 renters

Nearby Parks

Yes

Say 4 of 6 renters

Near Schools

Yes

Say 4 of 6 renters

Noise Late At Night

Yes

Say 3 of 6 renters

Near Downtown

Yes

Say 3 of 6 renters

Quiet Area

Yes

Say 3 of 6 renters

Safe For Families

Yes

Say 3 of 6 renters

Maintained Yards

Yes

Say 3 of 6 renters

Mostly Newer Buildings

No

Say 4 of 6 renters

Area Has Kids Play Outside

No

Say 5 of 6 renters

Near Highways

No

Say 5 of 6 renters

Nice Views

No

Say 5 of 6 renters

Well Lit

No

Say 5 of 6 renters

Schools

Percentage: 3/53/5

School Score

How satisfied do renters feel with the schools in this area.

Top Schools in Downtown Columbia

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Find Apartments in Nearby Cities

City1 Bed Price2 Beds Price
Columbia, SC 0.4 miles$1,122$1,262
West Columbia, SC 2.3 miles$1,463$1,415
Cayce, SC 3.1 miles$1,539$1,776
Lexington, SC 11.6 miles$1,345$1,415
Irmo, SC 10.6 miles$1,382$1,392
Forest Acres, SC 3 miles------
Blythewood, SC 15.6 miles$1,260$1,425
St. Andrews, SC 6.5 miles------
Elgin, SC 18.3 miles$1,208$1,453
Camden, SC 30 miles$600$945

Find Apartments in Nearby Neighborhoods

Neighborhood1 Bed Price2 Beds Price
University Hills 0.7 miles$1,575$2,062
Five Points 1.1 miles$1,295---
The Congaree Vista 0.8 miles---$1,900
Olympia 1 miles------
Arsenal Hill 0.9 miles---$1,900
Shandon 1.9 miles$1,600$2,000