Cheap Apartments in Tempe

You're ready to move into a new apartment, but you don't have much room in your budget for rent. You don't want to sign a lease and then struggle to maintain a comfortable lifestyle, so you're searching for cheap apartments in Tempe. Before you start that search, keep in mind that there are four primary factors that can determine the price of an apartment: location, size, community amenities, and interior features.

  • 1133 West Fifth

    1133 West Fifth St. | Tempe, AZ 85281
    Transportation. Just one mile from the western edge of ASU’s campus, 1133 West Fifth apartments put you close to the university’s Brickyard, Tempe Center and its art, design, music and communications buildings. If you prefer to walk the 14 blocks between ...

    $ 0 - $ 0
    2 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Allure at Tempe

    1155 West Grove ParkwayTempe, AZ 85283
    Transportation. At less than six miles southwest of the ASU campus and downtown Tempe, Allure at Tempe is nicely situated to freeways, services and public transportation. The apartments are less than a mile from the Elliott Road onramp to Interstate 10, ...

    $ 324 - $ 483
    2 - 4 Bedrooms

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  • Arbour Park

    1901 E. Apache Blvd.Tempe, AZ 85281
    Transportation Arbour Park Apartments are less than two miles east of ASU’s Tempe campus on East Apache Boulevard. Traveling west on East Apache takes you directly into the southeastern portion of the campus, near the Sandra Day O’Connor ...

    $ 0 - $ 0
    1 - 1 Bedrooms

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  • Eden

    2045 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, 85282
    Transportation. Central to all of Tempe’s attractions, Eden apartments on South McClintock are just a mile-and-a-half from the southeast corner of the ASU campus. In that area of campus, you’ll find residence halls, university services and the Sun Devil Fitness Complex. ...

    $ 458 - $ 475
    2 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Galleria Palms

    1600 W La Jolla Drive Tempe, AZ 85282
    Transportation. Galleria Palms is a commuter’s dream, tucked into the northeast corner of the Superstition Freeway intersection with Interstate 10. It’s 3.5 miles from ASU’s Tempe campus and about four miles from downtown. The apartments are closest to the southwestern area ...

    $ 392 - $ 533
    1 - 3 Bedrooms

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  • Residences at Fountainhead

    2520 S. Plaza Drive Tempe , AZ 85282
    Transportation. The Residences at Fountainhead on South Plaza Drive are near Interstate 10 and just 2.8 miles southwest of ASU. Commuting to ASU or downtown Tempe is a breeze when you follow South Priest Drive to the north. From South Priest, ...

    $ 0 - $ 0
    - Bedrooms

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  • San Palmilla

    750 W. Baseline Road, Tempe, AZ 85283
    Transportation. Living in San Palmilla apartments puts you near all the major local freeways but keeps you insulated from the hustle of a busy university campus. Just three-and-a-half miles south of ASU, the apartments are close enough to make the commute ...

    $ 583 - $ 620
    2 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • The Nines Apartment Homes

    999 E Baseline DriveTempe, AZ 85283
    The Nines Apartment Homes The Nines Apartment Homes are located on East Baseline Road, approximately three miles south from the southern tip of the Arizona State University Tempe campus. If you need to commute to other areas of Tempe or take frequent ...

    $ 413 - $ 413
    2 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • The Standard

    615 S Hardy Drive Tempe, AZ 85281
    The Standard Apartment Homes If you want to walk or bike your way to campus and enjoy the many outdoor beauties surrounding Tempe Town Lake, you may consider moving into The Standard Apartment Homes on South Hardy Drive. After walking or biking ...

    $ 418 - $ 418
    2 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Anzio

    1330 W. Broadway Rd Tempe, AZ 85282
    Transportation. Anzio apartments place you right in the heart of Tempe, less than two miles southwest of ASU and downtown and one mile from Interstate 10 and Highway 143. Commuting to ASU is a breeze, taking just five to seven minutes ...

    $ 0 - $ 0
    1 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Arcadia Place Condos

    3445 N 36th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85018
    Transportation. Less than nine miles northwest of ASU and Tempe’s downtown, Arcadia Place Condos is perfectly situated for convenience and hassle-free commuting. Because you’re traveling in the opposite direction of most commuters, driving to ASU is a quick 14 to 20 ...

    $ 488 - $ 488
    2 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Boulder Creek

    915 North 52nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008
    Transportation Boulder Creek apartments are four miles northwest of ASU, making a daily commute to the university convenient and quick. Most of the routes you drive to and from the campus are free of typical rush hour congestion. ...

    $ 317 - $ 531
    1 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Brix

    1424 S. Jentilly Lane Tempe, AZ 85281
    Transportation. Next door to ASU’s University Services building, Brix apartments make your commute to the university practically nonexistent. Even the main part of campus is just three blocks away. While driving to campus takes only four minutes, parking on campus is ...

    $ 425 - $ 650
    1 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Carlyle Apartments at South Mountain

    5151 E Guadalupe Rd Phoenix, AZ 85044
    Transportation. Roughly six miles south of Tempe’s lively downtown and ASU campus, Carlyle Apartments at South Mountain is ideally located near Interstate 10. If you’ll be commuting to ASU daily, you can expect a morning drive that takes 14 to 22 ...

    $ 430 - $ 573
    2 - 3 Bedrooms

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  • Cypress Commons

    447 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201
    Transportation. A comfortable four-and-a-half miles from ASU, Cypress Commons apartment homes make commuting to campus a breeze. The apartments are directly east of the university along Rio Salado Parkway. The parkway’s often the best route to take to campus because it ...

    $ 375 - $ 375
    2 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Dobson Bay Club

    1331 W. Baseline Road, #201 Mesa, AZ 85202
    Transportation. Proximity to the Superstition Freeway, Interstate 10 and important local institutions like ASU make living at Dobson Bay Club extremely convenient. If you commute to the university, driving the six-and-a-half miles to campus can be a quick 12-minute trek. During ...

    $ 0 - $ 0
    2 - 3 Bedrooms

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  • Falling Waters

    4301 N. 24th Street Phoenix, AZ 85016
    Falling Waters Apartments Although the Falling Waters Apartments have a Phoenix address, they’re popular with Arizona State University students and faculty members who want to live outside of the immediate campus area. Situated approximately 10 miles northwest of the Tempe campus, six ...

    $ 0 - $ 0
    1 - 3 Bedrooms

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  • Garden Terrace

    4848 E Holly Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008
    Garden Terrace The Garden Terrace Apartments are located approximately six miles northwest of the Arizona State University Tempe campus and seven miles northeast of downtown Phoenix. The apartments have a Phoenix address and are close to AZ-101 and AZ-202. If you want ...

    $ 338 - $ 550
    1 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Gilbert Square

    1821 East Covina Mesa, AZ 8520
    Gilbert Square Apartments The Gilbert Square Apartments in Mesa, Arizona, offer a short commute to the Arizona State University as well as elementary, middle and high schools. Situated on East Covina Street, residents can reach University Drive within minutes by car. Going ...

    $ 385 - $ 605
    1 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Hayden Lane

    1920 East Hayden Lane Tempe, AZ 85281
    Hayden Lane Apartments Hayden Lane is a popular street for residents interested in living close to the Arizona State University Tempe campus. The Hayden Lane Apartments are located just short of a mile from the eastern edge of campus, so you can ...

    $ 300 - $ 300
    2 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Hayden Terrace Apartments

    1925 E Hayden Ln, Tempe, AZ 85281
    Hayden Terrace Apartments If you want to live close to the Arizona State University Tempe campus, you should know about Hayden Lane. This is a street approximately one mile from the eastern edge of campus that features a variety of affordable apartment ...

    $ 0 - $ 0
    2 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Heritage Pointe

    275 W Juniper Ave,Gilbert, AZ 85233
    Heritage Pointe Apartment Homes The Heritage Pointe Apartment Homes are located in the city of Gilbert, approximately 11 miles southeast of the Arizona State University Tempe campus. If you want to live off campus while remaining a reasonable drive away, this apartment ...

    $ 408 - $ 463
    2 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • La Costa Apartment Homes at Dobson

    1820 W Lindner Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202
    La Costa Apartment Homes at Dobson If you choose the La Costa Apartment Homes as your next home, you could live on a large golf course without a substantial commute to work or school. The community is located on the northern edge ...

    $ 505 - $ 505
    2 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • La Petite Chateau Apartments

    1254 East Broadway Mesa, AZ 85204
    La Petite Chateau Apartments You’ll find the La Petite Chateau Apartments approximately eight miles from the eastern edge of the Arizona State University Campus in the town of Mesa. The community is located on East Broadway Road, and you can take South ...

    $ 539 - $ 649
    1 - 1 Bedrooms

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  • Mesa Park

    604 W. 8th Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210
    Mesa Park Apartments The Mesa Park Apartments are located on West 8th Avenue in Mesa, Arizona, approximately six miles southeast of the Arizona State University. If you take Alma School Road to West University Drive in light traffic, ...

    $ 329 - $ 425
    2 - 3 Bedrooms

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  • Monterrey Village

    4707 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85008
    Monterey Village Apartments The Monterey Apartments of Phoenix are located approximately five miles northwest of the Arizona State University Tempe campus. They’re also approximately three miles north of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and less than seven miles east of downtown ...

    $ 355 - $ 629
    1 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Mountain View Condo Rentals

    425 East Brown Road, Mesa, AZ 85215
    Mountain View Condo Rentals The Mountain View Condos are located in Mesa, Arizona, on East Brown Road, approximately six miles east of the Arizona State University Tempe campus. You can reach the northern edge of campus in under 15 minutes without traffic ...

    $ 284 - $ 348
    2 - 3 Bedrooms

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  • Mountain Vista Apartments

    358 East Roeser, Phoenix, AZ 85040
    Mountain Vista Apartments The Mountain Vista Apartments are located on East Roeser Road in Phoenix, Arizona. Positioned less than 10 miles west of the Arizona State University Tempe campus and approximately four miles south of downtown Phoenix, this is a central location ...

    $ 233 - $ 530
    1 - 3 Bedrooms

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  • Papago Fairways

    5343 East Taylor Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008
    Papago Fairways If you want to enjoy the beauties of the golf course without straying too far from the Arizona State University, consider making the Papago Fairways your next home. This apartment complex is located on East Taylor Street in Phoenix, but ...

    $ 375 - $ 635
    1 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Papago Vista

    5312 East Taylor Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008
    Papago Vista Apartments The Papago Vista Apartments allow you to live next to a large golf course and minutes from the AZ-202 loop while remaining within four miles of the Arizona State University. You can reach the Tempe campus within 10 minutes ...

    $ 350 - $ 600
    1 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Sonoma Villas

    1800 East Covina Street Mesa Arizona 85203
    Sonoma Villas Travel east on University Drive for approximately eight miles from the eastern edge of the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, and you’ll find the Sonoma Villas one block north of University. Positioned on East Covina Street in the city ...

    $ 0 - $ 0
    1 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Sunshine Valley

    1650 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85286
    Transportation. Located four blocks from Santan Freeway/Loop 202, Sunshine Valley apartments are convenient to many of the area’s most important sites. While you’re 14.5 miles from ASU’s campus and downtown Tempe, you can drive to either site in less than 20 ...

    $ 363 - $ 363
    2 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Supersition Villas

    2055 East Hampton, Mesa, AZ 85204
    Transportation. Four blocks from the Gilbert Road entrance to the Superstition Freeway, Superstition Villas put you in convenient range of ASU, downtown Tempe and Sky Harbor Airport. Driving the 10 miles to ASU only takes about 14 minutes when there’s light ...

    $ 343 - $ 550
    1 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Sycamore Square

    1120 South Sycamore, Mesa, AZ 85202
    Transportation. Five-and-a-half miles southeast of ASU, Sycamore Square apartments put you in easy range of campus. If you’re heading to southern areas of ASU to sites such as Sun Devil Fitness Complex, McCord Hall and the Carey School of Business, the ...

    $ 438 - $ 438
    2 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Tempe Apartments

    2141 East University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281
    Transportation. Tempe Apartments are just two miles west of ASU’s campus, so getting to the university is simple. Walking to ASU takes about 40 minutes and is a straight shot east along University Drive. This route takes you directly to campus ...

    $ 279 - $ 603
    1 - 3 Bedrooms

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  • The Apex on Central

    40 East Sunland Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85040
    Transportation. At nine-and-a-half miles from ASU, apartments at The Apex on Central are within easy commuting distance of ASU and downtown Tempe. Driving in light traffic to campus takes 18 minutes. Rush hour traffic can increase the drive time to 35 ...

    $ 365 - $ 629
    1 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Tidewood Apartments

    4021 N 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85018
    Transportation. Close to Loop 202, the Piestewa Freeway, Interstate 10 and Loop 101, transportation to and from the Tidewood Apartments is convenient. If you’re heading to the nearby ASU campus in Tempe, you can make the drive in approximately 17 minutes. ...

    $ 525 - $ 525
    1 - 1 Bedrooms

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  • University Park

    1005/1023 East University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281
    Transportation. University Park apartments are just a block-and-a-half from ASU and the light rail system, so getting around the region is very convenient. The apartments are closest to the university’s central and eastern buildings, including performing and media arts, science and ...

    $ 550 - $ 650
    1 - 2 Bedrooms

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  • Warren House 24th

    3024 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
    Transportation. Warren House 24th, or Warren 24th, is close to many area highways, including Piestewa Freeway, Red Mountain Freeway/Loop 202 and Interstate 10. This location offers many transportation options for the apartment’s residents. Getting to nearby ASU, for instance, is a ...

    $ 493 - $ 634
    1 - 1 Bedrooms

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Location. Some neighborhoods are more expensive than others, and you may find that many of the cheapest apartments are located in less desirable areas. If you depend on public transportation or want to keep your commute to work or the ASU campus reasonable, you may have fewer neighborhood options.

Size. Many cheap apartments in Tempe are lofts or one-bedroom units. Some may have mini appliances due to limited kitchen space, and a loft typically features one open room with an attached bathroom. If you need multiple bedrooms at an affordable price, look for apartments with multiple floor plans for two or three-bedroom units. You may get a price break if you select a unit in a less desirable position within the community or with less square footage.

Community Amenities. The more amenities offered within an apartment complex, the more you can expect to pay even for a one-bedroom unit. You have to determine if you want to pay more for access to a swimming pool, recreation center or dog park.

Interior Features. Cheap apartments won’t come with crown molding and vaulted ceilings. Many units won’t come with a dishwasher, and you may have to settle for window or portable air conditioners. You have to decide if you’re willing to sacrifice some of the conveniences that others enjoy in order to save on rent.

Before you start looking for apartments, commit your budget to paper. Determine the maximum amount that you can pay for rent each month as well as the amount that you would prefer to pay. Make sure to consider the cost of utilities, food, transportation and other expenses unique to your lifestyle. You don’t want to guess how much you can afford and then find yourself struggling to pay rent.

Are Utilities-Included Apartments Cheaper?

Don’t assume that an apartment will save you money if the utilities are built into the rental agreement. Your landlord will estimate the cost of electricity for your unit or the apartment complex as a whole, and then they will add a flat rate to the rental fee to account for the utility bills. This estimate is created for your unit before you move in, so it’s not based on how much electricity and gas you actually use.

The landlord isn’t required to show you the actual bills, and they can charge more than they pay out for your unit. In some cases, you will actually save more money by moving into a cheap apartment and hooking the electricity up in your name. You will pay only for the electricity that you use, and there are many ways that you can conserve in order to keep your bill to a minimum.

The Pros and Cons of Roommates

If you want to live in a nice apartment complex with some amenities but can’t afford the rent, consider moving into a larger apartment with roommates. You each pay your share of the rent and enjoy a more spacious or luxurious living environment. This also gives you the comfort of having other people in your household, which is always nice if you’re moving to Tempe to attend ASU and don’t know many people in the area.

The downside is that you have to live with other people. You may enjoy the social aspect at times, but you will also have to deal with the habits and lifestyle patterns of each roommate. You may also have to sacrifice some of your privacy if you have more than one roommate and there is always someone else roaming around your apartment.

If you decide to take on a roommate or two, make sure to ask the following questions to limit your chances of ending up with an incompatible houseguest:

  • What hours do you typically keep during the week? What about on the weekends?
  • How often do you invite friends over?
  • Do you plan to have parties in the apartment?
  • Do you smoke, drink or use illegal drugs?
  • Do you have a boyfriend or girlfriend? If so, how much time would they spend at the apartment?
  • Do you have children? If so, how often will they visit the apartment?
  • Are you good at keeping your personal space clean?
  • How often will you cook in the apartment? If daily, do you agree to wash your own dishes and keep the kitchen sanitary?
  • Do you have a job? If not, how do you plan to pay your part of the rent?
  • Why are you interested in moving at this time?
  • Are you willing to commit to a one-year lease and have your name on that lease?

Don’t feel awkward asking someone you don’t know well about their finances or the situation with their current or previous living arrangement. If they are responsible enough to keep up with the rent and help you maintain a clean and comfortable living space, then they will want to ask you the same questions.

Even with roommates, you should try to find cheap apartments that offer adequate space for every tenant. Ideally, you will select the apartment together so that you can pick a floor plan and location that works for each of you. If you can’t work it out, then you may need to find a small apartment and live alone.