Renters Together LFK

Rent Neighborhoods

Lawrence is a renters' city

Did you know that almost half of Lawrence residents are renters? Students at KU and Haskell are a big chunk of the renter population for sure, but there are actually more non-student renters in town. We made the map above as a starting point for renters, breaking the city down into 12 "rental neighborhoods" with an eyeball-estimate for roughly an even number of rental units in each neighborhood using data from the city's interactive map of active rental licenses. We hope to update the map and the rental neighborhoods as we get better data from the city (and from you!).

In 2018, the average rent in Lawrence was $834 for a 2 bedroom unit and $641 for a 1 bedroom. Rents in Lawrence are higher than the Kansas average and keep going up every year. So why is rent here so much more? There are 2 big reasons: 1) landlords know that Lawrence residents are a captive market and can rely on high turnover rates especially within the student population and 2) as of right now, there is no major, collective resistance from the Lawrence renter population. One of the major aims of Renters Together LFK is to educate and unite Lawrence renters so we can apply pressure to the landlords and big management companies that run the housing market here. Speaking of which, you should check out our guide on tenants organizations!

One of the two big reasons we've started to draw up these rental neighborhoods is to give renters (and prospective renters) a better idea of the average rents and rental unit conditions in different parts of Lawrence and the other is to encourage renters in these neighborhoods to get together. Trying to take on your landlord (or the city!) alone is intimidating and hard, but if we're talking to each other, identifying common issues, and collectively applying pressure, we can make renting in this city better, safer, and more affordable.

Below is a breakdown of the neighborhoods. You might notice that these sections right now are a little sparse, which is where we're asking for your help. At the bottom of the page there is a rent info form where you can anonymously (or not, if you want) submit information about what it's like to rent in your neighborhood.

Deerfield-Monterey

north of 6th, west of McDonald

Eagle Ridge - 530 Eldridge St, Apt N6

Rent: $645. Rooms: 2. Amenities: Dishwasher, oven, microwave, garbage disposal, fenced dog yard

Landlord: John Salvino

What's good and what sucks about this place?

I live on the second floor, I like the balcony, the layout of the two bedroom, although there definitely is not enough storage for two people. Convenient to be right behind the Hy-Vee, haircut place, liquor store, Chipotle, etc. although that Hy-Vee is kind of a strange place imo. No matter how you enter the parking lot, there are massive potholes. No recycling. All electric, which I like. Sometimes runs out of hot water quickly, can get very hot, the oven is smaller than a regular oven. Despite all my bitching, it's a peaceful place to live.


Westfield Place - 204 Eisenhower Drive, Apartment G5

Rent: $1080. Rooms: 3.

Landlord: West End Properties


Westfield Place - 204 Eisenhower Drive

Rent: $810. Rooms: 1. Amenities: washer and dryers in the unit, really nice pool, quiet, decently energy efficient

Landlord: West End Properties

What's good and what sucks about this place?

quick/ responsive maintenance, can't pay rent online, not enough parking, higher prices


Tuckaway at Frontier - 542 Frontier Road

Rent: $1,350. Rooms: 2. Amenities: washer/dryer in unit. dishwasher, stove, fridge, garbage disposal. 2.5 baths. internet, cable, electric, water, sewer - all utilities included in rent (with options to upgrade cable/internet packages). elevators in building.

Landlord: Tuckaway Management

What's good and what sucks about this place?

What's Good: 1) Management seems pretty trustworthy and reasonable. They provide adequate notice about inspections and generally seem pretty nice. 2) The apartments are pretty newly built, and the building and my apartment itself are in good condition. 3) In the 6 months I've been here, I haven't had any maintenance requests - everything has been working just fine.<br />What's Bad: 1) They aren't great at handling the winter weather/ice and the parking lot can be left pretty hazardous.<br />Honestly, I really like this place and would likely recommend it to anyone who could afford it. The rent is high, but with roommates and the utilities being included in that rent, it actually comes out to be a really good deal in a pretty, quiet neighborhood.


Country Club on 6th - 2500 W 6th Street

Rent: $600. Rooms: 1. Amenities: dishwasher, stove, fridge. on-site pay laundry. balcony.

Landlord: Country Club 6th

What's good and what sucks about this place?

What's good: 1) It's one of the cheapest places I could find. 2) When I moved in (fall 2017), I didn't have to pay a security deposit.<br />What's bad: 1) Doesn't feel like the cleanest/safest/up-to-date place. 2) Didn't have heat for the entire winter. 3) Gas and some other utilities were paid communally, splitting up the cost based on apartment sizes, but when I didn't use gas at all because my heat didn't work all winter, they still kept charging me a $60+ gas bill. 4) A/C went out for around 2 weeks in the summer. 5) They would back-date their posted announcements about when they were coming for inspections so it looked like they had given appropriate notice but it was actually less than 24 hours. 6) Sometimes they wouldn't tell me at all that they were entering/had entered my apartment, but I would find out when I got home to an unlocked house because they wouldn't lock the door on their way out.<br />I would not recommend living in this complex.


Tuckaway on 6th - 2600 W 6th Street

Rent: $925. Rooms: 3. Amenities: Washer & dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, swimming pool (2), gym/fitness (extra per month). TV and basic cable in each apartment.

Landlord: Tower Properties

What's good and what sucks about this place?

Good - Office is on site, easy to contact, and responsive. No breed restrictions, but does have a pet fee on top of the deposit.<br />Bad - Staff expects tenants to report unauthorized people using the pool. You'll be lucky to get your deposit back, no matter how clean you leave it. Walls are thin and the apartment is poorly insulated.


Apartment on 6th - 5100 W 6th St

Rent: $670. Rooms: 1. Amenities: Dishwasher, in-unit washer/dryer, all electric, water included in rent, small pets allowed with fee + pet rent ($30 a month), garages available for $90 a month.

Landlord: Westgate Property Management

What's good and what sucks about this place?

'One bedroom' apartment is technically a studio with a 3/4 wall that separates the bedroom from the living room. Parking can be occasionally scarce. Large window A/C unit, but it doesn't do much to counteract humidity. Management is good at notifying about entry for complex-wide maintenance such as pest control. For individual issues and requests, they will enter whenever available to do so without warning and leave notifications inside that they have stopped by. They have an online option for submitting maintenance requests but don't appear to check it, as we had an issue with mold growing on the carpet (probably due to the humidity) and had to go to the office to get it taken care of. Once aware of the issue, they sent someone out to treat the carpet the next day. They claimed they would provide a dehumidifier, but never did.<br />Pleasantly surprised at the size of the bathroom. It's very large and includes a nice bath tub. Large closet with lots of shelving. Decent dishwasher, tiny stovetop/oven. There is no pantry and limited countertop and cabinet space. Fire extinguishers are regularly replaced. Neighborhood is generally quiet and apartments are decently insulated from noise. Overall, rent is pretty pricey for a glorified studio, but the low utility costs, quiet neighborhood, and in unit laundry are a huge plus.


Country Club - 512 Rockledge Rd

Rent: $695. Rooms: 2. Amenities: Dishwasher, washer/dryer, on-site parking no permit needed.

Landlord: Midwest Property Management

What's good and what sucks about this place?

So this could be confused with the country club off 6th but it’s a completely different property/management company. Right behind the Hampton Inn. This place was overall decent. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms and somewhat centrally located. MPM has been pretty good at fixing repairs upon request. They’ve replaced appliances when needed. I’ve never had an issue with the ac or heating which is a big plus for me. It’s nice that I don’t need parking permits for the place so I don’t have to worry about friends being towed. The walls are pretty thick and I don’t often hear my neighbors. When I first moved in the place was pretty disgusting and looked like it hadn’t been cleaned. We also had to request new carpet due to all the stains. They were agreeable to this but it was frustrating they hadn’t done it prior to move in day (probably because of their 1 day turn over). I’ve also noticed a lot of bugs in the apartment mostly harmless Rollie Pollies but still kind of annoying. I’ve had interactions with the office people that have been both decent and extremely rude. It doesn’t often appear like they care if someone signs there lease again or not. Lastly, the rental agreement states that I have to show that I got my carpets "professionally clean" with a receipt or they plan to take it out of my security deposit.. That sucks.


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Pickney

between McDonald and the river

440 Florida St

Rent: $1200. Rooms: 4. Amenities: Dishwasher, washer and dryer

Landlord: Location Property Management

What's good and what sucks about this place?

The unit and its location were what attracted us but we quickly discovered it was the worst choice we’ve ever made. This management company is the most unprofessional group I have had to deal with. They made us wait four days to move into our unit just for us to find it still dirty from the previous tenants. They will rent to anyone so the neighbors were very unpleasant. They make the tenants responsible for pest control and college kids don’t know how to manage that so the shared walls are infested. They bandage repairs instead of actually fixing things. They don’t have their own maintenance staff so repairs take forever. The unit itself is very low on energy efficiency. This neighborhood is terrible when it comes to thieves so don’t leave anything in your yard or on your porch that you don’t want stolen.


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Quail Run-Sunset Hill

between 6th and Bob Billings, west of Iowa

Jacksonville Apartments - 700 Monterey Way

Rent: $550 (2012). Rooms: 2. Amenities: On site pay laundry

Landlord: Midwest property management

What's good and what sucks about this place?

It was a reasonable rent, for two small bedrooms. Small kitchen, as well. The buildings were comparatively well built, keeping neighbors noise down.<br /><br />Pretty average place, overall. Management was good about posting notes on individual doors regarding inspections and entries.


The Greens at Alvamar - 3700 Clinton Parkway

Rent: $838. Rooms: 1. Amenities: Dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer, pool, fitness center, covered parking, fireplaces

Landlord: PI Greens LLC

What's good and what sucks about this place?

Rent is a tad steep for the size and age of these buildings but they're maintained well and the complex is quiet. Plenty of cabinet space makes up for small apartments. New management is nice and fairly lenient on late fees.


Duplexes (unnamed) - Jefferson Way

Rent: $800. Rooms: 2. Amenities: Dishwasher, washer and drier, one car garage, driveway, small unfenced yard, pets allowed with deposit and monthly fee, central gas heat

Landlord: Midwest Property Management

What's good and what sucks about this place?

All appliances included. You pay for your individual unit's water, which is expected for a duplex but different from other MPM properties. The walls are thin but the neighborhood is quiet. The siding is really beat up but on the bright side they just replaced the roofs on all their properties on the street, because they were awful. Management is decent ish about getting maintenance out. They did do a really bad job painting, there are clear lines where they couldn't reach in the stairwell and along ceilings that were taped. The carpet is cheap and after just a few months occupation, pulling away from stairs. Linoleum also cheap and damaged in kitchen. Most appliances are older and inefficient, though they replace broken stuff. Overall, it's not too bad.


1010 Alma Dr

Rent: $875. Rooms: 3. Amenities: Dishwasher, garage

Landlord: Property Management Services

What's good and what sucks about this place?

All appliances included. You pay for your individual unit's water, which is expected for a duplex but different from other MPM properties. The walls are thin but the neighborhood is quiet. The siding is really beat up but on the bright side they just replaced the roofs on all their properties on the street, because they were awful. Management is decent ish about getting maintenance out. They did do a really bad job painting, there are clear lines where they couldn't reach in the stairwell and along ceilings that were taped. The carpet is cheap and after just a few months occupation, pulling away from stairs. Linoleum also cheap and damaged in kitchen. Most appliances are older and inefficient, though they replace broken stuff. Overall, it's not too bad.


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Hillcrest-Old West Lawrence

between 6th and KU, between Iowa and Mass

1012 Maine St

Rent: $650. Rooms: 2. Amenities: Off-street parking, basement for storage, hardwood floors/vinyl

Landlord: LeRoy & Joyce Elder

What's good and what sucks about this place?

Good natural lighting.. but the worlds tiniest two bedroom.


1041 Kentucky St. #5

Rent: $735. Rooms: 1.

Landlord: Location Properties

What's good and what sucks about this place?

I had to rent blind, i.e. rent without seeing the property firsthand it was the biggest mistake. The property is horribly maintained. All the paint is chipping, not properly painted, random holes in walls, water damage to ceiling in bedroom / kitchen, bathroom subfloor is exposed, shower is leaking onto the subfloor and most likely beams below. Some of the windows don't even close and during the winter I had to email them to turn up the heat because it was around 50 F in my apartment at night. Even afterwards it was not much better. The whole apartment is disgusting for how much they charge. It's criminal. Plus when I moved in, it was not cleaned at all. I had to essentially scrub down the entire house. Location Properties is also just awful because they still haven't given me a mail key and also locked me out of my apartment once because they engaged a lock that they also didn't give me a key for. Awful people. Awful place. Awful company.


The Jayhawk House - 941 Mississippi St., Down

Rent: $420. Rooms: 1. Amenities: onsite free laundry

Landlord: Midwest Property Management

What's good and what sucks about this place?

The house is old and hasn't been thoroughly renovated, so their is cheap paneling over the concrete walls in my basement unit. Instead of putting in a real ceiling with insulation, they put in an office style drop ceiling and hospital style fluorescent lighting with covers that don't fit, so there's no solid barrier between me and the upstairs neighbor's wood floor. Instead, I can constantly hear everything that goes on upstairs. Half of my apartment is a big unfinished storage room which they showed to me when i viewed the apartment but locked before i moved in, and said I couldn't use it because it's unfinished and not safe. There is almost no counter space in the kitchen, and no outlets on the counters. The basement unit has no control over the central air, instead the whole house is controlled upstairs, and the utilities are split up by Midwest and sent to us. The flooring is terrible, cheap, ugly, marked up, and badly laid leaving small gaps around the edges of the rooms. The front door is in terrible shape, and lets in a lot of outside air, while the frame has been broken and nailed back together. The maintenance man said it needs to be replaced but they won't order one because it's an odd size and they'd have to special order and have one cut down. When I moved in they told me the tenants were responsible for the maintenance of the lawn, but someone kept coming out and mowing it and then they tried to bill me for the service without my consent. When i talked to them about it they said the owner gets to decide when he wants to send someone out to mow it and that if I don't pay it they'll take it out of my deposit even though I never agreed to pay for the service and it isn't in my lease.


Woodward Apartments - 611 Michigan St

Rent: $615. Rooms: 2. Amenities: Dishwasher, washer and dryer, resident reserved parking, pets ok with deposit and monthly fee, covered parking for monthly fee

Landlord: Midwest Property Management

What's good and what sucks about this place?

The downstairs units have flooding problems-- kitchen and main drains back up into the kitchen sink and overflow into the walls. There will be mold in these units as they only do surface treatments! They never replace drywall except when a leak upstairs made the bathroom ceiling cave in. Also, the two bedroom units are very dark as they're sandwiched in and have only two exterior windows and a patio door (which was basically unusable junk, even with complaints they never replace broken screens/ screen doors). The walls and floors are paper thin, so good luck if you live downstairs. Despite everything it was finally a noisy jerk neighbor that made us move out after seven years. Also, the bar next door is noisy sometimes, especially if you're on that side of the building-- it was vacant when we moved in-- but at least now you'd know what you're signing up for. People will come tromping through the apartment lot at 3 a.m. screaming. MPM at least started enforcing resident parking and towing unpermitted cars, but getting one of the unreserved spots is still a fight-- and the lot didn't have space lines painted, leading to a whole lot of double parking. We're basically lived there so long because it was relatively cheap, but I don't recommend it for anyone else unless you can tolerate noise and inconvenience (and mold!)


Sunrise Terrace - 951 Arkansas St

Rent: $535. Rooms: 1. Amenities: Dishwasher, in-unit stacked washer/dryer, small porch, parking lot, no pets but allowed service dog for no fee per ADA, you can hear the sorority pledges singing in the fall & the frats' loud a** late 2000s jams on shuffle just up the hill

Landlord: Property Management Services

What's good and what sucks about this place?

Lived here for 6yrs, maintenance has always been responsive even on weekends/overnights in emergencies. Maintenance guy owns the place & he's been real friendly, hasn't bugged us much. They put us up in a hotel room for a week once for repairs. Allowed me to get a service dog without much fuss w/ a letter from the Dr. Never seen anybody towed but they have a sign up so the lot doesn't fill up on game days. Not bad for a cheap 1br!


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East Lawrence

between the river and 15th, between Mass and the Burroughs Trail

1227 New Jersey St

Rent: $775. Rooms: 2. Amenities: Laundry

Landlord: M&M

What's good and what sucks about this place?

It’s very cold downstairs in the winter and very damp when it’s rainy. The yard gets very swampy and muddy. The entrance is in the alley which is a death trap of pot holes year round. It’s a bit overpriced. <br /><br />Having laundry at home is awesome and the main reason we stay here. It’s pretty warm and cozy with good light upstairs. The landlords are local, are responsive when something goes wrong and don’t drop by unannounced. We are fortunate overall.


1218 1/2 Connecticut St

Rent: $610. Rooms: 1.

Landlord: Kristine Furlought


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Prairie Meadows

south of Bob Billings, west of Iowa

Parkway Commons - 3601 Parkway Commons

Rent: $815. Rooms: 1. Amenities: dishwasher, in unit laundry, pool, clubhouse, can pay extra to have a garage, can get utility package

Landlord: Prism Real Estate

What's good and what sucks about this place?

Maintenance is fast, but they need access to your apartment regularly and often without much advance notice


2237 Breckenridge Dr

Rent: $1275. Rooms: 4. Amenities: Dishwasher, hookup for washer/dryer, fridge, microwave, garage

Landlord: Gage Management

What's good and what sucks about this place?

Big space inside, with high ceilings and plenty of space.<br />However, Gage has been a huge pain to deal with. Our carpet was stained heavily when we moved in, and when we asked them to clean it they said that they had a receipt from a carpet cleaning service, so they wouldn't. The fans and some other surfaces were covered in dust, there was wet paint, and recent drywall repairs that fell apart. There were also a few maintenance issues (no doorknob on the garage door??) that they took care of quickly. The insulation on the windows is also very poor, to the point where I haven't been sleeping with my head to the wall for a month or so this winter because it's too cold.


The reserve on west 31st - 2511 w. 31st street

Rent: $331. Rooms: 4 bedroom but it’s rented by the room. Amenities: Dishwasher, washer & dryer, range, microwave. Furnishings.

Landlord: PEP-KU

What's good and what sucks about this place?

The rent is cheaper than everywhere else. The internet was upgraded this past year and is better. The furniture is awful and so is the kitchen.


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Babcock

between 15th and 19th, between KU and the Burroughs Trail

Vikingtown - 1729 Massachusetts St

Rent: $675. Rooms: 2. Amenities: on-site pay laundry, hardwood floors, security doors, on-site storage

Landlord: Cheryl Percival

What's good and what sucks about this place?

Radiator-based heat means it's either too hot or too cold in the winter (no thermostat), but also that gas and water are included in the rent. No central air either, just 1 window A/C unit. Maintenance is fine but the current guy is weird/creepy. Parking is an absolute nightmare.


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Centennial

between 19th and 23rd, between Iowa and the Burroughs Trail

Single family house - 1901 Tennessee St

Rent: $1000. Rooms: 5. Amenities: Dishwasher, detached garage, on site pay laundry

Landlord: Don Schmidt

What's good and what sucks about this place?

It was cheap, and I could do whatever I wanted to the place. Besides that, there were no upsides. The landlord was one of the least pleasant people I've ever met. He did very little to help with the building (he once fixed the sump pump), and instead would start projects and then drop them, like adding onto the driveway.<br /><br />The two bedrooms in the basement aren't legal to live in, due to no egress window, but due to the size of the building, you can't realistically rent the house without them being occupied.<br /><br />There is a pay laundry setup in the basement, a bizarre leftover of the house's history of being a two unit rental. The laundry machines suck, but the landlord never made a move to end the contract despite requests.


1734 W. 20th Terrace

Rent: $1,700. Rooms: 4. Amenities: Laundry

Landlord: Evelyn Spinelli


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Brook Creek

between the river and 23rd, east of the Burroughs Trail

Harper Square - 2201 Harper St

Rent: $700. Rooms: 1. Amenities: In-unit full size laundry; dishwasher; pets w/ deposit; cable included; single stream recycling; porch/balcony; no 'club house' type amenities that don't get used and raise rent prices.

Landlord: Tower Properties

What's good and what sucks about this place?

Good: clean and in good repair; rapid response to service requests; very quiet complex; ample (permit) parking; scheduled HVAC filter replacements and fire extinguisher checks. Bad: no storm shelter.


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Indian Hills

south of 23rd, between Iowa and Haskell

Eddingham Place - Eddingham Drive

Rent: $800. Rooms: 2. Amenities: Dishwasher, W/D in unit, 1 cat & 1 dog

Landlord: Cherry Hill

What's good and what sucks about this place?

My rent was $650 when I originally moved in August of 2014. It’s gone up every year since I’ve lived here and it’s $150 more than it was just 4 years ago. The management maintenance is always speedy and helpful. The management office is often rude. The area is sometimes nice and sometimes scary. I live alone and I’ve found used needles and baggies with “white substances” on the stairs inside my “fourplex.” Easy access to walking trail. Neighbors are mostly very nice. My carpet is indoor/outdoor carpet from at least 20 years ago. My apartment doesn’t get enough of a cross breeze for my windows being open to ever cool it down so my electric bill is always insane. My water bill is usually higher than I feel it should be. No weight restrictions on dogs though, so that’s nice. There’s a new dog daycare that opened recently so I can hear dogs barking all day if my bedroom window is open.


Kentucky Court - 10 Kentucky Court

Rent: $575. Rooms: 2. Amenities: Kitchen appliances, washer/dryer

Landlord: CHawk

What's good and what sucks about this place?

I like the location. It's close to downtown and All the 23rd st stores and restaurants. If we have a issue it is usually taken care of within a day or two. They have always worked with us if we have a problem. Unfortunately the upkeep on the exterior Is not good. Getting them to fix things like carpet, flooring etc is hard.


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