With nearly 3 million people, the Denver Metro Area currently ranks 19th largest in the United States and is actually home to an estimated 85% of Colorado’s population. The city still boasts a booming aerospace and tech scene, but has also seen considerable growth since its legalization of cannabis in 2014. The major breweries may have closed down or moved away, but Denver is home to 150 microbreweries (second only to Portland) and has been dubbed the “Napa Valley of Beer.”
What You Should Know About Relocating to Denver
Many people, upon moving to Denver, Colorado, are immediately taken aback by the change in altitude. Denver is nestled in the base of the Rocky Mountains and sits approximately a mile above sea level (hence the nickname “Mile High City”). The rarified air can take a little getting used to but, as the folks in Denver will happily tell you, it ain’t all bad. Golf balls travel 10% farther and alcohol packs more of a punch. Denver’s location means gorgeous mountain views and, on average, 300 days of sunshine each year.
As the city continues to grow, competition for apartments and rentals can be fierce. Check out our Denver Neighborhoods page to learn a bit more about the city’s best-known neighborhoods. And if you’re looking to nail down a place to live before moving to Denver, Smart City Locating can definitely help you out.
What do I do if I have to move in and start work by a certain date, but I’m not able to visit Denver beforehand?
No worries! Leasing a unit sight unseen can be stressful — photos don’t always do apartments justice. Our agents are happy to do a detailed video walkthrough or FaceTime tour so you feel 100% confident about where you’ll be living.
I need to move to Denver 5 months from now, are you guys able to help?
While you can narrow down potential neighborhoods and apartment complexes ahead of time, properties typically don’t provide updated availability until 60 days out from your move-in date.
What if I am coming to Denver for only one or two days to look at apartments?
This is our full-time job, and all of our agents work pretty much all the time. If you’re coming in on a Saturday, just let your agent know and we can have updated availability and pricing for you to look over before you come. We love touring out-of-towners because we get to show off how much we love this city. We can show you the different neighborhoods, the best bars to meet new people, and all of our favorite restaurants — we’re foodies around here!
What neighborhood should I live in?
There are a ton of factors that go into choosing the perfect neighborhood like budget, work location, and lifestyle. Browse through our neighborhood guides to get a feel for the city, and definitely ask your agent for recommendations!
How do I set up electricity/utilities?
Denver properties require you to set up services with Xcel Electricity. Get help setting up utilities, insurance, and discounts on tons of move-in services right here.
What movers should I use?
We recommend (and can get you discounts with) a number of both national and local movers! View our partners on our Smart City Connect page.
What are my transportation options?
Denver has a pretty inclusive public transportation system, known as the RTD, with over 170 bus routes and 11 rail lines. We know of plenty of Denver apartments within walking distance to bus stops and rail stations, if you’re not planning on bringing a car. Some higher end properties even have “Car to Go” rental options for those who choose the car payment free route!
Are pets allowed?
Denver is SUUUUUPER dog friendly. There are plenty of bars and restaurants that allow furry friends to hang out on their patios, and almost all apartments allow non-aggressive dogs (with a deposit). Some places even have onsite amenities like pet parks and grooming stations!
If you have an “aggressive” breed (we use quotations because we know your pit bull is sweet) then your options will be more limited, but they still exist. Contact us and we can give you the details on what to expect and different options.
What do deposits and upfront costs look like for renting in Denver?
We love telling people who move from cities like New York or LA about deposits here in Denver. They usually range anywhere from $0-400. Sometimes higher if there are credit issues, but no apartment requires first and last month’s rent, which is awesome! Some apartments will even give you a month of free rent.
You will also pay an application fee of $0-100 and an admin fee of $0-300. We’re pretty good at finding deals though, you shouldn’t expect to pay more than $500 for move-in costs with good credit. If you have a pet, your deposit will be a bit more.
Do you offer short-term leases?
Our lease minimums start at 6 months or greater, however prepare for a $200-$300 premium when seeking a short term rental. Your agent can scout out the best apartments with the lowest short term premiums!
Fridge, Microwave, Parking?
Depending on budget, most apartments in Denver come with a fridge and microwave, but we won’t know for sure until we’re diving head first into your apartment search! Parking is almost always going to be an added fee, even if your spot is unreserved. Head out to the burbs’ if you’d like to cut those parking costs down!