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Apartments in Kalamazoo, MI

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City Guide for Apartments in Kalamazoo

You might have heard the phrase, “from Timbuktu to Kalamazoo,” but never really thought about where these places might be. It’s the childhood home of Derek Jeter and its minor league hockey team turns the ice green on Saint Patrick’s Day. Located halfway between Chicago and Detroit, Kalamazoo itself is a bustling Michigan city whose name originates from a local Native American legend. The city was originally named Bronson after its founder, Titus Bronson, but was changed because Bronson was accused of several crimes, including theft of a neighbor’s cherry tree.


Located less than an hour from Lake Michigan, an hour and a half from Ann Arbor, and about 25 minutes from Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo’s location offers residents a little bit of everything. There are several large parks and nature preserves within the city as well as just outside of it where you can enjoy swimming, hiking, camping, and many more outdoor activities. Kalamazoo is not only famous for its natural setting but also its top-notch craft breweries. One of the residents’ favorites is Bell’s Brewery, a local landmark since 1983. Food is also one of Kalamazoo residents’ favorite topics. Kellogg’s headquarters is in the city, so you’ll be the first to grab a fresh box of Corn Flakes. In addition, you’ll find many great local food and shopping options at the Kalamazoo Mall, the country’s first outdoor pedestrian mall.


If you’re a student searching for a cheap apartment for rent in Kalamazoo, you’re in luck. The city is home to two major colleges: Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. They’re situated near each other in the West Main Hill neighborhood, a historic community with many beautiful 19thand early 20th century houses. Take your apartment search to nearby Stuart, a neighborhood where you’ll find a lot of studio apartments as well as breathtaking Victorian homes.


Kalamazoo is also a great city for apartment finders in the workforce. With an average commute time of 28 minutes, the city is easily navigable by car, and the downtown neighborhoods are very walkable. You’ll find Kalamazoo apartments in the Central Business District offer more luxury and utilities included apartments. If you’re looking for an all bills paid Kalamazoo apartment, there are a lot of options in the western part of the city, where you’ll find a lot of apartment complexes, including several pet-friendly places. This area has more of a suburban feel, as it features many parks and wide, tree-lined streets.


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Average Apartment Rental Prices Nearby

Studio $577
1 Bedroom $727
2 Bedroom $827
3 Bedroom $1,001

Average rent on Backpage and Craigslist Kalamazoo, Michigan: $760

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