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Big Rapids

A classic college town with direct access to western Michigan’s lush natural beauty

  • College
  • Affordable
  • Nature
  • Outdoors
  • Hockey

Best known as the home of Ferris State University, Big Rapids is a small city on the banks of the Muskegon River in west-central Michigan. The university’s student population outnumbers the city’s permanent residents, giving the community a distinctive college town atmosphere – the downtown area around the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Maple Street is major walking district offering up a wide selection of specialty shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, and nightlife hotspots. Catch a movie at AMC Classic Big Rapids 4, then walk up the street for dinner and a pint at Raven Brewing & BBQ.

The local rental market caters to the student population with abundant budget-friendly apartments, condos, and houses all over town. The Ferris State campus on the south side of town is a major focal point for the community, especially when the Bulldogs are playing on home ice. The city is perched right on the edge of the massive Huron-Manistee National Forests, putting you in the ideal position to take advantage of the region’s unspoiled natural landscape.

Rent Trends

As of September 2018, the average apartment rent in Big Rapids, MI is $611 for one bedroom, and $737 for two bedrooms. Apartment rent in Big Rapids has increased by 0.0% in the past year.

Beds Avg Sq Ft Avg Rent
1 BR 473 $611
2 BR 817 $737


33 Walk Score® Car-Dependent
4 Transit Score® Minimal Transit


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Apartments for Rent Under $500 in Big Rapids, MI

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