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Fort Collins is a city of about 158,000 people in northern Colorado, roughly halfway between Denver and Cheyenne, WY. Situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins offers plenty of recreational opportunities and unique cultural experiences. It's like living in a small town with all the amenities of a larger city.
Plus, with about 300 days of sunshine per year, you'll find residents outdoors all year long enjoying the snow-capped mountains, crystalline lakes and sweeping rivers.

The Best Neighborhoods to Find Apartments for Rent in Fort Collins

Finding apartments for rent in Fort Collins is fun if you're an outdoor enthusiast who loves to live in walkable neighborhoods. It's an ideal city to lead a lifestyle that gets you out into nature but doesn't lack common, urban comforts.

  • Old Town: The historic district of Fort Collins, Old Town has homes from the 1800s, a vintage trolley, specialty shops and restaurants. This charming part of town inspired the design of Disneyland's Main Street, so you know you're getting a picturesque locale when you call this neighborhood home.
  • Downtown: The Downtown area of Fort Collins combines urban attractions with a suburban-paced lifestyle. Locals who call this neighborhood home find the area charming and compact. Everything you could possibly want to do is close by, whether that means it's time for a shopping spree or you need a fun restaurant or bar to meet up with friends.
  • Harmony Road: An ideal neighborhood for commuters, Harmony Road is a bit newer. Residents are within walking distance to shopping, dining and more, but can also easily hop on the highway to commute to Denver and Boulder. You'll find just about everything you need within the confines of this neighborhood.
  • Miramont: With two golf courses and bike trails nearby, Miramont residents are never without something to do outdoors. This unique neighborhood offers rentals in a garden-like environment so there's plenty of green to brighten your day. Favorite local restaurants and shopping areas are within walking distance. There's a little bit of everything.
  • The Landings: A popular part of town, The Landings, is also known as the Midtown area. This particular neighborhood is packed with things to do, including plenty of breweries to visit. Some of the city's favorite local businesses call this area home, giving it a truly unique personality.
  • Ridgewood Hills: Located on the southwest side of the city, Ridgewood Hills is another neighborhood that has everything you need in one spot. Sitting beside the Colina Mariposa Natural Area and South Shield Street, commuting from here is easy. You're also close to plenty of shops, restaurants and activities. A family-friendly spot, there are a lot of outdoor spaces to explore.
  • Side Hill: An interesting, triangular-shaped neighborhood, Side Hill has a strong community feel. Here, residents want to connect with each other. Situated in the eastern part of Fort Collins, Side Hill and its neighbor, Bucking Horse, share an integrated trail system and swimming pool to promote a healthy lifestyle for all the locals living there.
  • Scotch Pines: Not far from popular South College Ave sits the neighborhood of Scotch Pines. Composed mostly of cul-de-sac streets, this is a quieter area with plenty of spots for outdoor play close to home. There are also five parks close to the area and plenty of shopping and dining within walking distance.
  • Rigden Farm: A walkable and bikeable part of town, Rigden Farms is a combination of newer homes, townhouses and condos. This northern neighborhood contains its own park, bike paths, and trails in addition to restaurants and shops. You can get all your errands done and still have time to get outside to enjoy the beautiful open spaces.
  • Rogers Park: While not as walkable as some neighborhoods in Fort Collins, Rogers Park is most certainly bikeable. Set between West Elizabeth Street and West Mulberry Street, you'll need wheels to get around, but that's okay since the area has so much to offer. Here, you'll find bars, restaurants and coffee shops nestled into this peaceful community. Its proximity to downtown means you're close to the action if you want to pick up the pace for some extra fun.

Fun Things to Do in Fort Collins

This is Colorado, so most of what's worth doing here is outside and spectacular. From watery landscapes to mountain peaks, being outside is worth it. Fort Collins is not without history and culture, though. This mix of entertainment and experiences makes the city a place with plenty to do after you find your apartment for rent.

  • Fort Collins is known for its beer, so grab your friends and visit some of the world-renowned breweries in town. You'll find great beer spots scattered throughout the city, but many are located along College Ave.
  • A perfect example of a community space, Spring Canyon Park sits against the foothills of western Fort Collins. This combination of traditional and unique features makes it a fun place to enjoy some fresh air. The park includes tennis courts and sports fields, but also a skate park, interactive water feature and dog park.
  • With a prehistoric-themed playground, skate and dog parks and horseshoe pits, Fossil Creek Park is overflowing with recreational amenities. There are also three lakes to explore and more than a mile of trails around the perimeter of the park. For a longer excursion, the park connects to the regional trail system in Fort Collins.
  • With 12 acres of garden and over 300 butterflies, it's time to check out the Gardens on Spring Creek. This is Fort Collins' botanical oasis with everything from the Garden of Eatin' to the Rock Garden. See themed spaces and local flora and fauna. Don't forget about the butterflies!
  • Spreading the power of visual art, the Fort Collins Museum of Art brings in exhibits that catch the eye. Focusing on contemporary art, touring shows capture the creativity of today. With very reasonable admission prices, you can partake in this artistic and cultural experience on a very low budget.
  • For a walk through nature that doesn't require you to travel far, check out the Annual Flower Trial Garden on Colorado State University's campus. This free, Remington Street, garden blooms with annuals from late May through October, and perennials pop up all year round. Study and education are encouraged as new varieties of flowers will show up each year to research.
  • If you're into ghosts, check out The Avery House. It's said to be one of the most haunted places in Fort Collins. As the third most haunted city in the U.S., it doesn't have to be the only stop on your list, but this museum/Historic Landmark may just have an unhappy spirit waiting for you in its restored room.
  • For an architectural walk in the least likely places, hop on over to Colorado State University. CSU has plenty of late 19th-century architecture to view as well as the Oval Drive. This unique road, built by civil engineering students and faculty, shows what can come from native materials.
  • While you're on campus, see if tickets are available to watch the CSU rams in action in Canvas Stadium. Here football reigns supreme as fans enjoy the professional and modern space. But, prepare for a noisy experience When the rams score, CSU sets off a cannon.
  • Dive into the story of the area at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. This includes information on the first peoples who settled in this area over 13,000 years ago. Mixing science and history, the museum shares hands-on exhibits focused on energy, sound, wildlife and our universe.
  • Known for its distinctive peak that resembles a horse's tooth and Horsetooth Falls, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space is only eight miles from the downtown area. When its on-site reservoir is full, this is a great place to take in amazing views while camping, swimming, boating and fishing. You can even scuba dive here.

Getaways from Fort Collins

At an hour north of Denver, driving over to the Mile High City always makes for a perfect getaway. Sample some beers, see some live music, watch a sporting event or do a little of it all.
However, if you're looking for something a little less busy, and more out in nature, consider Rocky Mountain National Park. Spanning the Continental Divide, you'll see mountains, forests and alpine tundra. Take a drive through the park and pass trees and rivers, or go vertical and climb up the rock.

Find Apartments for Rent in Fort Collins

Finding a new place to live can be a stressful experience. Be sure to use an apartment finder like Apartment Guide to help you locate your next rental property. Whether you're looking for a pet-friendly apartment or simply want an affordable place to live, we'll help you find apartments for rent in Fort Collins that match your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fort Collins

What is the average rent in Fort Collins?

The average rent of a studio apartment in Fort Collins is $1,360 per month. For a one-bedroom apartment it's $1,655 per month. For a two-bedroom apartment the average rent is $1,712 per month.

What is the average cost of rent for a one-bedroom in Fort Collins?

The average rent of a one-bedroom apartment in Fort Collins is $1,655

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