City Guide / Denver

8 Tips for Finding Short-Term Housing in Denver

By Landing | May 14, 2020
Short-term apartments in Denver, CO.

Whether you’re tired of a fixed-lease agreement or you’re simply not ready to commit to a primary residence, there are all sorts of reasons to consider temporary housing or a short-term rental. These types of rentals offer an added level of flexibility, whether you’re looking at condos, one-bedroom apartments, or lofts. A short-term rental even gives you time to find a new primary residence if you’re in between rentals. Not to mention, it’s also the ideal scenario for business travelers who aren’t looking for a new primary residence and are only interested in temporary relocation.

So, do you use a real estate company? Do you look at investment properties with renting potential? Or do you partner with a corporate housing team to find corporate apartments or townhouses? With a diverse selection of properties available in Denver, you’ll likely need some help to find the perfect new location. Here’s what you need to know about short-term rentals in Denver, CO.

Skip AirBnb and VRBO

While AirBnb might be useful for finding a quick stay at a handful of one-bedroom apartments, this level of short-term is perhaps too short-term. While it does give you an opportunity to explore nearby cities like Boulder, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs, you’re less likely to get a full-service listing or the amenities you want. After all, these kinds of apartments are more like vacation rentals and less like executive homes. Though the service is tempting, since you don’t have to account for utilities and other common expenses, you need to remember that these types of properties are really geared toward limited stays and they might restrict you a little too much. If you really want to get the most of Denver, Colorado without committing to a long-term lease, you need to look at more official rental homes in the city.

Use housing helpers or a real estate company

If you have a team of real estate agents on your side, it’s easier to find one- and two-bedroom apartments in Denver, CO, that fit your specific needs. Plus, if you forge a personal connection with your housing helpers, you’re more likely to find ideal housing as a corporate traveler. A relocation company also typically has access to real estate listings that aren’t public yet. By relying on relocation professionals, you stand a better chance in a competitive real estate market. While you may not find a cheap apartment, it’s a start to finding temporary housing that won’t force you to overpay for your accommodations.  Look for an apartment locator with a high level of customer service. It’ll help you in the long run.

Consider your neighborhood

Denver is full of diverse, exciting locales. As such, you probably want a Denver apartment that gives you easy access to the community. In the past year, average apartment rent has continued to climb and this can impact the  neighborhood in the city of Denver that you might want to choose. For example, downtown Denver is likely to be the most expensive. That’s because downtown Denver has ongoing access to the nightlife, copious food options, and cultural activities. By contrast, Englewood, Aurora, Greenwood Village, and Broomfield are much more affordable. You can use a free rental locator or online database to look at neighborhoods throughout Denver CO like Longmont and decide upon housing.

Think about furnishings

Furnished apartments in Denver, Colorado are ideal for short-term housing. Your corporate housing provider can also help you find short-term rental hosts with furnished options. On top of that, many in the professional corporate housing industry deal strictly with floor plans that come furnished because they know how important this is for a business professional traveling for work.  It makes travel easier on the new tenants too. Look at the web property of an apartment complex to determine if there’s a furnished option for your unit.

Think about activities

Depending on where you move, you could take a day trip to Boulder, Colorado or Louisville, CO. to explore a new city. You could walk around Englewood or Greenwood Village and take your kids to a nearby playground. You could drive down Speer Boulevard and marvel at the mountain views as you head to one of the local trails. Colorado is full of activities that can cater to just about anyone, so it’s a great idea to take advantage of the local offerings, even if you only have temporary access to them.

Don’t forget your pets

If you’re traveling with a furry companion, you need to let your housing helpers know. Many short-term units have strict regulations and pet policies, which can hamper your chances of finding the right space. Luckily, your housing helpers are more than equipped to find an ideal home for both you and your fuzzy friend. Since many housing providers use a network of affiliates, it’s easier to find pet-friendly accommodations that will work within your budget. Plus, you’ll want to be close to the many parks that Denver and Aurora have to offer.

Find a manageable commute

If you’re going to be traveling between office locations, you want an apartment that won’t take up too much of your time each day. Whether you’re a public servant or a network administrator, nobody enjoys a long, busy drive. While Denver does offer a great number of public transportation options, these can also add up to a timely commute. Again, you’ll want to lean on your corporate housing provider to help you find a solid commute that won’t eat up your day.

Budget accordingly

In some cases, short-term rentals can be more costly than their fixed-term counterparts. While you likely won’t sign a pricing affidavit, it’s important to be aware of all the costs and expenses that go into short-term housing. This is part of why furnished options are growing in popularity. You won’t have to spend as much money  transporting your belongings and you’ll have an easier time moving from place to place.

Short-term rentals in Denver are a popular option for business travelers and those in between housing options. With so much excitement around the city, it’s important that you keep all the basics in mind. This will help you find the perfect apartment for your unique needs.


Ted may be the world's slowest typist and struggle to hold a pen, but he has mastered how to pursue a more flexible lifestyle throughout his airborne adventures around the U.S. Whether you're looking for more information before migrating to a new city or want to find an easier way to rent a nest—erm, apartment—Ted will always be here to share his best advice for where to live and how to thrive.