Apartments for Rent in San Jose
San Jose apartments offer comfortable living among one of the most dynamic cities on the West Coast. Located on the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay and surrounded by the awesome Santa Cruz mountains, the «capital of Silicon Valley» San Jose is also one of Northern California's most beautiful places to live — but if you're moving to the heart of the Silicon Valley, you're interested in more than just picture-perfect vistas and a few photo ops. We want to help you find the right apartment in San Jose, and we hope that this guide to San Jose apartment hunting will help you along the way. Apartments in San Jose are widely available, but here are a few things to consider when searching for your new apartment in San Jose.
Life in San Jose
Sister city to San Francisco and perched on the San Francisco, the «capital of Silicon Valley» is a beautiful, dynamic, and engaging place to live. San Jose may be famous for all things tech, evidenced by the local tech-savvy institutions such as UC Berkeley and Stanford, but there's more to this city than just the tech community. Parks, gardens, hiking trails, great shopping, music festivals, amazing sporting events, unbelievable shopping, museums, theaters, nightlife, and beachside living are all hallmarks of the varied city of San Jose. There is truly something for everyone here.
Home to a number of museums, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, and the Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose celebrates history and honors cultural diversity. The outdoors are as close as the ubiquitous tech startups in San Jose, whether your preferred locale is along the Pacific shore, strolling through a public park or botanical garden, or truly getting back to nature while hiking in the mountains. Kelley Park, a 156-acre recreational area in the center of the city boasts a zoo, the History Park Museum that features local and national artists as well as regular educational events, and the Japanese Friendship Garden. While here,you can cool off in one of many pools, find a skate park, bring the furry family to one of the dog parks, ride at BMX bike tracks, and play on one of the many volleyball courts. If outdoor activities are your thing, you'll find more than your fill in San Jose.
San Jose living is further diversified by its thriving communities: take in a musical at Broadway San Jose. Stock up on produce at the Farmer's Market. Swing a golf club, kick a soccer ball, practice some yoga, or just kick back on the beach with a cocktail. It's all here, in San Jose.
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Things to Consider when Renting an Apartment in San Jose
The market: The apartment market in San Jose is pretty well standardized, which means you should expect pretty consistent rental conditions as far as lease length, security deposit amounts, and such. Application criteria also tend to be pretty similar from one apartment to another. Come prepared with your documentation in hand, and you'll do well.
Transportation: Unless you're attending SJSU and don't see yourself straying too far from campus, you should probably have a car while living in San Jose. Apartments in the downtown area typically charge for a parking space, but it's a worthwhile expense for easy access to transportation. In a pinch, the city does have transportation in the forum of buses, and CalTrain connects to the entire Bay area.
Crime: So, is San Jose safe? That depends on your definition of safe. Compared to Los Angeles, San Jose is safe as houses go, but next to her sister city San Francisco, it may be marginally more dangerous. That said, the dangerous parts of town are generally easily identified and avoided, and though you'll see more police downtown than you may be used to, their presence ensures that the bars downtown stay relatively peaceful.
Affordability: How does living in San Jose compare to living in other major cities? Affordability, of course, is relative, and the answer depends on which part of town you're living in, and what neighborhood you're comparing to. Rental prices tend to run in the $1,300–1,500 range for a studio and go up from there as you add bedrooms, which is pretty typical for a major city in Northern California.
Embrace diversity: Even when compared to other cities in California, the level of diversity in San Jose is an order of magnitude greater than anything you may have experienced before. Hispanics, Asians, and American-born Caucasians all make the South Bay their home, and other neighborhoods contain large numbers of Vietnamese, Japanese, and African-Americans. In fact, more people in San Jose speak Tagalog (the native Filipino language) than anywhere else in California! If you can't get enough multicultural content in your life, you'll feel right at home in San Jose.