The capital of Ohio, Columbus, is famous for being home to the first Wendy’s — yes, that fast-food chain — but it offers much more than that along the banks of the Scioto River.
The city underwent many name changes during its first days in the 1800s, later nicknamed “Arch City” after builders put arches over city streets. You can also experience the deep Native American and Appalachian roots and history in the area.
Established historic neighborhoods like German Village offer some of the city’s oldest buildings as housing options, as well as beautiful, quiet tree-lined streets. Elsewhere, up-and-coming spots like Short North, the Brewery District and Downtown Columbus offer walkability, short commutes and fun arts and nightlife amenities.
Ready to explore Columbus? Here are the 15 best neighborhoods in Columbus.
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,212
- Median 2-BR rent: $1,485
- Walk Score: 88/100
South of the German Village, the Brewery District is as hip as it gets. Music venues and brewery bars line the streets of this neighborhood. Plus, a high walkability factor makes it even more alluring. Watch your favorite comic at Shadowbox Live on weekends. You can also head to the nearby trails at Scioto Audubon Metro Park, bordering the Scioto River.
You can find a one-bedroom apartment for $1,212 per month on average in the Brewery District. Head to pup-friendly Gresso’s for a slice before heading on a brewery hop.
- Median 1-BR rent: $819
- Median 2-BR rent: $1,049
- Walk Score: 68/100
Only six miles from downtown and convenient to Ohio State University, Clintonville has a mix of young professionals and college students. The beautiful Rose Gardens at Whetstone Park will captivate you with their scent, trailing above arches and along walkways. You can also explore the six glacial ravines that cut through the neighborhood, like Glen Echo.
On the weekends, enjoy that high walkability score by heading to High Street for a bite at the many establishments like Lineage Brewing or enjoy a vegan sweet treat at Pattycake Bakery. You can find a one-bedroom apartment in the area for $819 per month on average.
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,462
- Median 2-BR rent: $1,987
- Walk Score: 78/100
The heart of Columbus, Downtown, has as much life as you expect. An outdoor amphitheater, the Columbus Museum of Art, a river walk along the Scioto River, National Veterans Memorial and Museum are just some of the things that make downtown shine. The Scioto Mile connects more than 175 acres of green spaces through the area.
Public transit abounds in the area, making it easy to ditch your car in favor of walking to enjoy the nightlife. You can find a one-bedroom for $1,462 per month on average.
- Median 1-BR rent: $739
- Median 2-BR rent: $1,200
- Walk Score: 61/100
Franklin Park is the most gorgeous when in bloom. Visit the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to enjoy the warm months and picnic in any corner of the 88-acre park. Just east of downtown, the historic neighborhood offers a farmers market in the summer or grab some tacos nearby at Alebrijes.
You can enjoy this quiet neighborhood by renting a one-bedroom for an affordable $739 per month on average, only two miles from downtown Columbus.
- Median 1-BR rent: $625
- Median 2-BR rent: $725
- Walk Score: 58/100
An up-and-coming artists’ hub, the neighborhood of Franklinton has started creating its own personality in recent years. Right to the west of downtown Columbus, Franklinton is home to breweries, artists’ studios and newer co-working spaces — all on the background of the neighborhood’s history and industrial past.
The Land-Grant Brewing Company and Taft’s Brewpourium anchor Franklinton’s beer scene and mural art adorn several buildings in Columbus’ oldest neighborhood. The neighborhood is quickly changing, but you can still find affordable rents at $625 per month on average for a one-bedroom.
Franklinton residents have an average commute of 20 minutes, thanks to its proximity to Downtown.
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,295
- Median 2-BR rent: $1,850
- Walk Score: 90/100
It’s no surprise that the German Village neighborhood attracts young families and business professionals. With a nearly perfect walk score and high bike score, it’s easy to get around sans car and easily commute downtown. A one-bedroom apartment remains relatively affordable at $1,295 per month on average.
Elder trees and historic red buildings line the streets of this neighborhood. Frank Fetch Park is an excellent weekday spot to enjoy your morning coffee and Schiller Park features trails, a playground and even an amphitheater.
Nearby, the Schmidt Sausage Haus & Restaurant has been a local treasure since 1886, one of many German-inspired restaurants. The Book Loft is a bookworm’s dream with 32 rooms filled with books.
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,701
- Median 2-BR rent: $1,988
- Walk Score: 66/100
Harrison West has seen a slight increase in rents since Summer 2021, but you can currently get a one-bedroom for $1,701 per month on average. The Columbus neighborhood is only 2.5 miles from downtown and a hop and a skip from the beautiful Goodale Park.
The Arena District offers access to a movie theatre, several restaurants and bars and a skating rink only a mile away. Huntington Park is home to the Columbus Clippers baseball team.
- Median 1-BR rent: $800
- Median 2-BR rent: $1,100
- Walk Score: 77/100
Indianola Terrace is a good option if you’re looking for an apartment convenient to Ohio State University and still walkable to everything. The neighborhood offers not only apartments but also multi-family units. You can find a one-bedroom in either option for $800 per month on average. Graduate students mainly reside in this neighborhood.
The Ohio History and Research Center are nearby, offering a detailed look into the state’s history along with seasonal exhibitions. Glen Echo Park is only a couple of miles away in Clintonville, offering a playground, dog park and easy hiking trails.
Source: Rent./Jeffrey Park Apartments
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,38
- Median 2-BR rent: $1,910
- Walk Score: 87/100
Just north of downtown Columbus, every corner of the Italian Village has a restaurant filled with regulars. Not to worry, while parking is hard to come by, walking is the preferred way to see the neighborhood. You can quickly see why the neighborhood, filled with young families and millennials, remains tight-knit.
Try out two local breweries, Seventh Son Brewing and Hoof Hearted Brewery, or visit the local dive bar, St. James Tavern. Snag a one-bedroom apartment for $1,384 per month on average and grab your coffee at Fox in the Snow in the mornings.
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,145
- Median 2-BR rent: $1,995
- Walk Score: 76/100
King-Lincoln Bronzeville has a rich history as a historically African-American neighborhood. The neighborhood is home to the Lincoln Theatre and the King Arts Complex. Recently, more Columbus residents have been discovering the charm of the neighborhood.
You can see beautiful murals throughout the King-Lincoln and visit the Bronzeville Bird and Butterfly Sanctuary. The Columbus Museum of Art is nearby, as well. You can find a one-bedroom apartment for $1,145 per month on average.
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,087
- Walk Score: 83/100
Olentangy Trail, a gem in the North Campus neighborhood, connects the Ohio State University with other city parks and Olentangy River. It’s the perfect escape, not too far from the city. You can rent a one-bedroom for $1,087 per month on average.
Nearby, you can find hot donuts at Buckeye Donuts, head to games at Ohio Stadium and stop by the Wexner Center for the Arts for the latest exhibitions.
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,495
- Median 2-BR rent: $2,325
- Walk Score: 94/100
Right in the heart of Columbus, Short North attracts renters keen on art gallery openings, city festivals and easy biking, thanks to the neighborhood’s grid pattern. The Short North comes alive with art walks and outdoor concerts at Goodale Park every summer. The 33-acre park is the oldest city and provides ample greenspace to city dwellers for picnics and more.
The neighborhood’s arches on High Street light up the way for visitors to explore high fashion boutiques, a thriving dining scene and, of course, the many galleries. Stop by the North Market for an outdoor dining experience with various food hall vendors if you can’t choose where to eat.
You can enjoy that walkability and gallery hop on the weekends for $1,495 per month on average for a one-bedroom apartment.
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,548
- Median 2-BR rent: $2,215
- Walk Score: 61/100
The best way to know if you’re in the Uptown District is by finding the Ohio Statehouse, a Greek Revival-style building in Colonial Square. The neighborhood has all the charm you want from a suburb while being near Columbus. Uptown District features many upscale restaurants like Veritas and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. Breweries and cocktail bars also dot the area.
You can find a one-bedroom apartment in this neighborhood for $1,548 per month on average, with easy access to the Ohio Theatre for a night out.
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,250
- Median 2-BR rent: $2,425
- Walk Score: 87/100
Can you picture going on an early morning walk surrounded by Victorian architecture? That’s what Victorian Village offers to its residents. Don’t miss the Gothic-style mansions and Queen Anne houses. Small shops and restaurants line the streets of this Columbus neighborhood. Goodale Park is within walkable distance to take your family for a picnic.
The neighborhood is on the more expensive side if you want to rent a two-bedroom, but still affordable for those in need of a one-bedroom, available for $1,250 per month on average. Stop by for a pint at Cavan Irish Pub to explore the neighborhood’s Irish-American roots.
Source: Rent./Grant Park Apartments
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,481
- Median 2-BR rent: $1,882
- Walk Score: 87/100
If you’re looking for public transportation and walkability, Weinland Park is the neighborhood for you. The bus system services the area heavily thanks to its grid system and proximity to old streetcar rails.
Convenient to downtown, developers are revitalizing the industrial neighborhood with already slated multi-use developments. Weinland Park was home to several factories, many now converted into apartments and office space. The namesake park offers a picnic space and a playground. Grab a beer at Zaftig Brew Pub after.
Find the best Columbus neighborhood for you
Did you fall in love with this midwestern city? No surprise there! Columbus has historic neighborhoods, beautiful architecture, parks and walkable street grids. Whether you’re grabbing a beer in the Brewery District or strolling on your way to class at Ohio State, there’s a neighborhood for you. Ready to move on? Find apartments for rent in Columbus.
The rent information included in this article is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent. as of November 2021 and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.