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Living In Waco, TX


Waco, Texas is a growing city in the middle of Texas located on the Brazos River. With a population of approximately 140,000, Waco sits on Interstate 35 in between Dallas and Austin. It’s the home of Baylor University and also a community college, McLennan Community College, in addition to the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor Law School and Texas State Technical College – Waco. Whether you like nature or city amenities, Waco has just about everything you want in a smaller city.


The only problem with searching for apartments for rent in Waco is that there are so many great areas to choose from! Whether you are a student wanting close access to Baylor University or a working professional looking for an upscale apartment living experience, Waco has many great housing options. Here are some Waco neighborhoods to check out:

  • Baylor: The Baylor neighborhood surrounds Baylor University and is a favorite area for students and young people.
  • Brookview: Located northwest of U.S Highway 84 E, this residential area has single-family homes for rent as well as apartments.
  • Cedar Ridge: Bordered by the Bosque River and Lake Waco, Cedar Ridge includes the McLennan Community College and access to Cameron Park.
  • Downtown: Downtown Waco is situated on the Brazos River and offers lots of dining experiences and small shops.
  • Oakwood: Oakwood is another area favored by young adults as it is close to Baylor University and provides student apartment complexes.
  • North Waco: Southeast of Cedar Ridge, North Waco includes a large portion of Cameron Park. Most of its rental offerings are either single-family homes or apartments connected to homes.
  • Parkdale Viking Hills: Located off the southwest banks of Lake Waco, Parkdale Viking Hills offers quick access to the water as well as the rest of Waco.
  • Pecan Ridge: Part of Cedar Ridge, Pecan Ridge is a small neighborhood near the north shore of Lake Waco with affordable, pet-friendly apartments.
  • Richland Hills: Richland Hills offers accessible shopping with the Richland Mall while being close to both downtown Waco and Lake Waco.
  • West Waco: “West Waco” is really more in the southwest portion of the city. It offers a mix of residential houses and apartments for rent in Waco.


If you are looking for apartments in Waco, you’ll also find many fun things to do. From museums to shops to dining, Waco has it all.

  • Next to downtown and the Brazos River, Cameron Park is one of the largest city parks in the state of Texas. With trees, rivers and even cliffs, it’s a great place for hiking.
  • If you love animals, you’ll want to visit the Cameron Park Zoo, which features diverse habitats from the desert to the rain forest.
  • If you like disc golf, check out a course called the BEAST, located in Brazos Park East.
  • Waco has a vibrant downtown cultural district with shops, performance venues, art galleries, bars and restaurants.
  • The Dubl-R Fields at Riverbend Park are the place to go if you like baseball and softball, from adult softball leagues to youth baseball and girls fast-pitch.
  • Visit the Dr. Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute, where the soft drink Dr. Pepper was first manufactured on a large scale. Be careful — the main building is allegedly haunted!
  • If you and/your family love water parks, you’ll want to check out Hawaiian Falls Waco.
  • With boating, fishing, hiking and more, Lake Waco is a lovely place to relax on the weekend.
  • Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is the “official historical center” of the famous Texas Rangers, an almost mythic law enforcement agency.
  • The Waco Mammoth National Monument is a museum and paleontological dig that is the site of the discovery of the fossils of 24 mammoths.


Texas is a really big state geographically and has lots of great places to explore and visit. Waco is close to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, which is a short 1.5-hour drive to the north. Going south along I-35, in just under 2 hours, you can experience Austin’s unique culture (their motto is “Keep Austin Weird”) and great music as the Live Music Capital of the World. Keep going for another hour or so, and you’ll hit San Antonio, home of the historic Alamo. Like the beach? Travel due east from San Antonio to spend a weekend on the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston.


Finding a new place to live is 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 Waco that match your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Waco

What is the average rent in Waco?

The average rent of a studio apartment in Waco is $1,999 per month. For a one-bedroom apartment it's $1,279 per month. For a two-bedroom apartment the average rent is $1,366 per month.

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

The average rent of a one-bedroom apartment in Waco is $1,279

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