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A Local Perspective

Only Phoenix is larger than Tucson in Arizona. The city is located only 60 miles away from the border with Mexico, and was at one point actually controlled by that country. In the mid 1850s the United States acquired the land that included Tucson. Since then, it has grown to the metropolis of 520,000 that it is today.

Tucson has a large assortment of post-secondary schools within the city. The student population is an important part of the town's economy. A campus for Arizona State University can be found in Tucson, but the largest school here is the University of Arizona, the second largest in the state. Enrollment is typically over 36,000 students. Rather than looking for your next Tucson apartment on craigslist, you can trust our Rentable Verified property managers to provide your next home.

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Finding a Tucson Apartment

When to search

Don't try looking for apartments in Tucson, or anywhere else in Arizona, in what might be considered the dead of winter in more northern states. So many people from northern communities head to Arizona during the winter that the rental market becomes very tight. Look in the summer though, and you should have your pick of apartments.

How to Search

Finding an apartment can be hard, especially when there are so many choices. With our filters, you can narrow your search by price, floorplan, and amenities. Looking for an apartment building with a fitness center, swimming pool, and easy access to a dog park? We've got you covered.

Staying in the know

Remember when applying for apartments that not all landlords are created equal. Ask your landlord if they live in the building, or if they don't, who in the building is responsible for looking after it if something should go wrong. Landlords who can't give satisfactory answers to these types of questions might not be the type of people you want to deal with. By finding a landlord on Rentable you won't have to worry about the uncertainty that come with finding an apartment on craigslist.

Life in Tucson


The Sun Tran system is probably the best way to navigate Tucson. Although many people drive, the lack of a comprehensive freeway system causes a lot of traffic conditions that are slow and frustrating. The city also has a lot of bike paths, but inexperienced riders need to be careful of the intense summer heat when riding.

Where to play

Natural beauty is readily available around Tucson. Sabino Canyon is a sight to behold, and the Saguaro National Park is a great place to see highly recognizable American cactus. The most popular dance club in town is probably Club Congress. If you just want to sit and have a drink, head down to 4th avenue and take your pick of the local pubs. If you are in the mood for Mexican food at a festive restaurant, hit up La Cocina, it one of our co-founders favorite spots.

May Rent Report

Welcome to the May 2022 Tucson Apartment Report. In this assessment of the local rental market, Rentable data scientists and rental experts break down the May 2022 key findings and figures for the Tucson rental landscape.

Our experts analyze the pricing trends — one-bedroom, two-bedroom, year-over-year and month-over-month — in Tucson and surrounding areas and provide comparisons to the entire metro area, nearby cities and some of the most desirable and expensive cities in the United States. Take a look at the last 12 months of Tucson average rent prices in the chart below.

Monthly Rent Report

Tucson Rent Prices Increase From April to May

Tucson rent prices increased over the last month. From April to May, the city experienced a 1.01% increase for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Tucson one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $996.0.

When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from April to May, Tucson experienced a 0.43% increase for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Tucson two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,408.0.

May Prices: Tucson vs. Surrounding Areas

Rent Prices in Tucson and Surrounding Areas

Rent prices have increased in Tucson over the last month. But how have the surrounding areas fared when it comes to the recent volatility in apartment prices? Rent prices in 0 of the Tucson suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 2 local areas experienced a decrease in the price of a one-bedroom apartment.

More key findings include:

  • Rents did not increase in any of the Tucson suburbs

  • Rent decreased in Oro Valley, AZ, Marana, AZ.

  • 2 suburbs are currently priced higher than the city of Tucson.

May 2022 Pricing Trends: Tucson vs. National Comparisons

Tucson Rent Prices More Affordable Than Major Cities

Rent growth in Tucson over the past year has been on the rise. When compared to major cities nearby, along with some of the most expensive cities in the country, Tucson average rent prices appear to be relatively affordable for local residents.

The price for a Tucson one-bedroom apartment remains vastly more affordable than four of the largest cities in the United States — New York City, Washington, D.C. San Francisco and Los Angeles. And pricing compares quite similarly to nearby Midwest cities.

You can view the full rundown of Rentable's May 2022 National Apartment Report and data set here.

For more information about Tucson and surrounding area rent prices, take a look at the complete data set below.

Data set for Tucson and suburbs

1 BR May 1 BR M/M % Change 2 BR May 2 BR M/M % Change
Tucson, AZ $986.0 0.72% $1,402.0 1.45%
Oro Valley, AZ $1,572.0 -3.79% $1,918.0 -0.26%
Marana, AZ $1,553.0 -1.58% $1,857.0 -2.32%


Each month, using over 1 million Rentable listings across the United States, we calculate the median 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rent prices by city, state, and nation, and track the month-over-month percent change. To avoid small sample sizes, we restrict the analysis for our reports to cities meeting minimum population and property count thresholds.