Great location and style don't always come with a hefty price tag.
Whether you live with roommates, a growing family, or an impressive trophy collection, affordable, multi-bedroom rentals can be hard to find. But spacious homes and reasonable rates don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Check out these two- and three-bedroom apartments under $2,000 a month, which prove that living in a popular city doesn’t have to mean squeezing into a 200-square-foot studio.
1. Charlotte, North Carolina
In Charlotte, North Carolina, it’s possible to live near downtown and enjoy scenic views of the Tar Heel State. The Retreat at McAlpine Creek is a sprawling apartment community located on 42 acres of lush, tree-lined landscape. For $1,249 a month, you can get a three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment that comes with marble countertops, upgraded cabinetry, large closets, and a spacious balcony. The centralized kitchen and living areas make the 1,234-square-foot space perfect for roommates. And with a long list of community amenities, life at The Retreat may feel more like living in an all-inclusive resort.
2. Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Atria Luxury Apartment Homes are just 15 minutes outside of downtown Tulsa. This pet-friendly community packs in plenty of perks for active types—such as a large saltwater pool and an upgraded fitness center. Runners, walkers, and bikers will all love having easy access to the Mingo Trail, and young families will be happy to live in an award-winning school district. At the Atria, you can score a three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment (offering a generous 1,515 square feet) for $1,431 a month. The roomy layout offers separate living and dining areas, large walk-in closets, and a wraparound balcony. Whether you’re interested in Tulsa for its popularity as a concert destination or its famously short commute times, you’ll be sure to love coming home to this apartment.
3. Austin, Texas
Austin has long been celebrated as a musical, culinary, and cultural hotspot in the Lone Star State. Thanks in part to this glowing reputation, the terms “spacious” and “affordable” are rarely seen together in the city’s rental market. Enter Radius at The Domain, where you can currently score a three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment for $1,439 a month. This modern apartment community offers sleek design, stylish communal spaces, and free use of its fleet of cruiser bicycles. Besides your upscale, 1,075-square-foot rental, you’ll also enjoy easy access to The Domain Shopping center, a gloriously large campus of Austin’s best restaurants and retailers.
4. Charleston, South Carolina
Located in North Charleston, the Link Apartments Mixson will help you cut down on expenses without sacrificing style or adding a lengthy commute. For $1,350 a month, settle into a beautifully sunlit two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. The 880-square-foot space offers large windows, and the crisp white cabinetry, countertops, and subway tile give the apartment an open, airy feel. When you aren’t enjoying the gorgeous swimming pool or strolling the scenic courtyard, take the easy 20-minute drive into downtown Charleston.
5. Chicago, Illinois
When it comes to apartment shopping, “affordable” is always a relative term—especially in a big city like Chicago. Still, considering Kenwood’s median rent of $2,350 a month, snagging a two-bedroom, one-bathroom rental for $1,500 is definitely a steal in this neighborhood. The Sutherland Rentals offer updated apartments complete with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and stylish subway tile. This 909-square-foot rental features two sizable bedrooms and separate kitchen and living areas. It’s a great pick for students and faculty of The University of Chicago, which can be easily reached by car or public transportation.
6. Denver, Colorado
With a coveted location in Congress Park, the Liv on Steele apartments offer easy access to some of Denver’s most desirable areas. This two-bedroom, two bathroom apartment features 900 square feet of modern design, a large kitchen island, and a handsome brick fireplace you’ll love in the winter months. Best of all, popular hangouts such as the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, City Park, and even downtown Denver are all a short drive away. Be sure to stop by Denver Biscuit Co. and Snooze, an AM Eatery to experience the best of Denver’s brunch scene.
Originally published on August 16, 2017; updated December 11, 2017.