Here's What $1,000 Rent Gets You Across the Country

January 15th 2016

Lucy Tiven

As rent in New York and San Francisco continues to rise, many Millennials are fleeing coastal cities for cheaper towns and commuter suburbs. What $1,000 rent gets you across the country varies drastically by state and city.

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ATTN: looked into Craigslist apartment listings in popular cities. Here are some of our findings:


If you're not ready to sacrifice the allure of Brooklyn, get ready to make some new friends. This furnished Bed-Stuy studio comes with several artsy roommates, "great vibes," and is steps away from the notoriously unreliable G-Train. Though Bed-Stuy and its Marcy Projects once were synonymous with "street cred," these days the neighborhood is more known for swanky brownstones than urban crime.

Bed Stuy Room


If living among strange art students and whatever furniture they have accumulated sounds like a nightmare, you might fare better in Chicago. This Wrigleyville studio has a garage and is walking distance from public transportation as well as the famous baseball field.

Wrigleyville Studio

The Bay Area

As San Francisco rent continues to rise, many residents flock to the East Bay in search of cheaper rent. In 2016, $1,000 is unlikely to land you a studio in Berkeley, Temescal, or the more gentrified neighborhoods of West Oakland. If you're willing to head to the burbs, you can still find some affordable housing in neighboring Bay Area communities like Dublin and Pleasanton. Though a bit out of the way, this Mountain House studio apartment has a private entrance and is off the I-205 freeway.

Dublin Studio Apartment

Los Angeles

Head South to Los Angeles and you can be a bit more centrally located on your budget. Koreatown neighbors Hollywood and Downtown and, unlike most of the city, has public transportation access. The neighborhood is architecturally charming, boasting a mixture of 1930s architecture, converted motels, and condos. It also has some of the city's best Korean Barbeque joints, taco trucks, and dive bars, and almost no parking.

Koreatown Studio


In the honky-tonk Metropolis of Nashville, $1099 a month can land you a 400-square-foot studio right in the middle of the city's rapidly gentrifying downtown.

The 500 Fifth has the both the historic appeal of a 1960s facade and the typical perks of upscale condos: wiFi, a pool, 24-hour fitness, and a business lounge for residents. Though you're steps away from The Hard Rock Cafe and various cheesy saloons, downtown is also an easy drive to hipper areas like Germantown, East Nashville and The Gulch.

Nashville Studio

Nashville Apartment Building Pool


In Austin, you can snag a 400-square-foot studio for a mere $900. A "pony wall" dividing the space offers the semblance of a living room, and appliances and laundry are both included.

Austin Studio Apt

If you're willing to shell out a little more, the neighboring upstairs loft has close to double the square footage and a balcony overlooking downtown.

Austin Loft with Balcony


For New York and San Francisco creative types, Detroit can symbolize the ultimate counterpoint to the high rent/low standard of living conundrum. Though rent remains affordable, this cute two-bedroom runs under $1,000, transplants do report that the city is still very dangerous. Detroit maintains one of the highest violent crime rates in the country, according to an October 2015 report on Forbes.

Student Friendly Detroit 2br

"I just got mugged. At gunpoint," one resident told VICE in 2013. "It was the first time I've actually encountered that, so now I can kinda see a different side of things. I'm trying to erase that. I never wanted to be that skeptical person but, now it's kind of eerie, and I'm, like, scared.”

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