West Chester is a small town that sits near some of the most important sites in the entire history of the United States. With places like Valley Forge and the Brandywine Battlefield nearby, it could be easy to overlook this small town of about 18,000. However, once you visit, you'll realize that West Chester is a historic gem of Pennsylvania. The small city is home to the West Chester University of Pennsylvania, a school with an undergraduate enrolment of just under 13,000. It was also made famous as the site of many of the stunts pulled off by the cast and crew of Jackass, as some of the performers from the television troupe were originally from West Chester.
Looking for an apartment in West Chester is easiest in the summer months. In the summer, you will have more vacant apartments that have freed up when students graduate or head home for the summer months. You will also see this effect in December and January at the end of the first term, but to a lesser extent.
West Chester landlords like to see people who have clearly thought about the responsibility of making monthly rent payments. If you can show up with good supporting documentation, such as proof of employment or scholarship, it shows the landlords that you're treating your new home as a serious responsibility.
West Chester doesn't have any sort of public transportation system operated by the city for the general public. There is a shuttle on the University campus that transports students around campus and nearby locations. Typically though, you should have no problem navigating on foot.
Just a walk through West Chester should be fascinating for someone who loves history. For a more hands-on experience, pay a visit to the Chester County Historical Society. The city has a lot of small, locally owned shops that make for fascinating shopping. Also, because it is a college town, the bars in West Chester are excellent and plentiful. Head downtown to see the best of the city's nightlife.
Welcome to the December 2023 West Chester Apartment Report. In this assessment of the local rental market, Rentable data scientists and rental experts break down the December 2023 key findings and figures for the West Chester rental landscape.
Our experts analyze the pricing trends — one-bedroom, two-bedroom, year-over-year and month-over-month — in West Chester 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 West Chester average rent prices in the chart below.
West Chester rent prices decreased over the last month. From November to December, the city experienced a -0.06% decrease for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a West Chester one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,710.0.
When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from November to December, West Chester experienced a -0.88% decrease for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a West Chester two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $2,038.0.
Rent prices have decreased in West Chester 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 West Chester suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 0 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 West Chester suburbs
Rents did not decrease in any of the West Chester suburbs.
Rent growth in West Chester over the past year has been declining. When compared to major cities nearby, along with some of the most expensive cities in the country, West Chester average rent prices appear to be relatively affordable for local residents.
The price for a West Chester 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.
For more information about West Chester and surrounding area rent prices, take a look at the complete data set below.
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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.