Finding Apartments for Rent in Missoula, MT
Missoula, Montana is a great place to live. Not only do you have the University of Montana, but you also have a quaint, small town feel that enables you to live in a place where you can enjoy the great outdoors and still have plenty of urban activities such as dining, bars, nightlife, shopping, and going to outdoor concerts and events.
If there is one problem in Missoula, it is finding a place to rent. Part of this problem comes from the University which has approximately 8500 students looking for off-campus housing. The other problem comes from the large numbers of renters in Missoula. Approximately 57 percent of people who live in Missoula rent an apartment or home. In fact, many homes have been made into multifamily units to accommodate this need.
The best time to look for a place to rent in Missoula is usually before graduation when the current crop of seniors are planning to move out. However, once you do find a place, be sure to rent it because rental units go quickly.
Top Neighborhoods in Missoula, MT
There isn't really a bad part in Missoula, so where you live depends on where you can find a place. Desirable areas include the Rattlesnake (an area that is wedged between Mount Jumbo and Waterworks Hill), the Hip Strip (on Higgins Street), and the University Area.
Cultural Attractions in Missoula, MT
Missoula has many cultural attractions including the Missoula Art Museum, the Missoula Children's Theatre, the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, the Montana Natural History Museum, and the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. Missoula often has many public art displays where you can see work by local artists.
Shopping in Missoula, MT
Because Montana has no sales tax, you can shop and save money without a sale. The Hip Strip and downtown are excellent places for shopping at small businesses but Missoula also has Southgate Mall. Between April through October are various farmer's markets including the Missoula Farmer's Market, the People's Market, and the Clark Fork Market where you can get fresh produce, meats, and cheeses as well as handcrafted items from the region. Other places for retailers include the strip malls on Reserve Street and Brooks Street which have many popular retailers. Missoula also has two Wal-mart supercenters, a Costco, and a Murdochs.
Ski Areas in Missoula, MT
Missoula has its own downhill ski area called Snowbowl. Just north on Reserve past Interstate 90 where it turns into Grant Creek, you eventually turn onto Snowbowl Road and follow the signs to a ski area that is simply awesome. Other ski areas in the vicinity include Discover Ski Area in Phillipsburg, Lost Trail Powder Mountain in Darby, Lookout Pass on the Montana/Idaho border, Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, and Blacktail Mountain in Lakeside.
Cross country more your thing? Check out Pattee Canyon Recreation Area and the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness right in Missoula.
Transportation Options in Missoula, MT
Getting around in Missoula proper is easy. MIssoula supports bicycling everywhere with bike paths and bike lanes throughout the city. Missoula has a great bus service called The Mountain Line. It services most of Missoula and helps reduce traffic. You can also catch a cab if you need to. Missoula has an airport called Missoula International Airport which has many airlines including Skywest, Delta, United, and Allegiant.
Weather in Missoula, MT
The weather in Missoula, Montana is variable. It's considered a semi-arid area as the mountains surrounding the five valleys block a great deal of the precipitation coming from the Pacific Northwest. Missoula resides in a valley and is divided by the Clark Fork River. The Bitterroot River, a tributary of the Clark Fork, branches out of Missoula and southward into the Bitterroot Valley. This is the main cause of Missoula's lack of rainfall in the summer months. The average rainfall is between 12 and 15 inches a year.
The winter can be snowy and cold. In the winter you're likely to see temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit for at least a few days. The temperature can pogo quickly and you may see temperatures in the 40s the next week. In the summer, temperatures have been known to go as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit, although it is considered uncommon. It has snowed in June in Missoula. Missoula has also seen record highs of 107 degrees Fahrenheit.
Because Missoula has long days in the summer and short days in the winter, it's not uncommon to have light after 10 pm in the summer and have it become dark around 4 pm in the winter.View Apartments in Missoula, Montana
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