Safest, Most Affordable Rental Neighbourhoods In Winnipeg

Nicknamed the ‘City of Opportunity’, Winnipeg is a culturally diverse hub of over 770,000 residents and the capital of Manitoba. Home to the beloved Winnie the Pooh, a thriving cultural arts scene, fantastic ethnic cuisine and a happening nightlife, Winnipeg has it all. Renters can choose an evening at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet or head to the ski slopes, with a thousand other options in between. Multiple rivers weave through the city and the surrounding ample green spaces and natural parklands attract nature enthusiasts that love the outdoors mixed with big city convenience. The low overall cost of living and thriving employment opportunities attract many to call Winnipeg their new home.

We scoured the entire city to find the top 10 most affordable and safest neighbourhoods with Winnipeg apartments for rent. The rankings were based on which Winnipeg neighbourhoods had the lowest combination of crime and rental rates.

Linden Woods
Population: 10,952
Crimes per 100,000 people: 2,510
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $940

A beautiful community that features 39 acres of lakes, numerous public parks, and well-designed walking trails, Linden Woods has a wonderful small town charm. An excellent choice for families seeking apartments for rent, plenty of recreational activities is available such as tennis courts, skating rinks, soccer fields and playgrounds in addition to a variety of public schools. There are bus routes that service the neighbourhood and the commute to downtown by car takes less than half an hour.

Population: 6,165
Crimes per 100,000 people: 2,510
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $990

A prestigious and well-developed neighbourhood that borders the Seine River and Perimeter Highway, Royalwood is located in southeast Winnipeg and has a laid back, secluded vibe. It is a sought after community for those seeking apartment rentals due to the close proximity of public schools, nearby libraries and a short commute to the downtown core. Public transportation is decent with multiple bus routes connecting to Royalwood and there are many cycling trails and walking paths, perfect for outdoors enthusiasts seeking apartments for rent. Many commercial establishments are in the neighbourhood and larger shopping malls such as the St.Vital Centre are close by.

Whyte Ridge
Population: 8,427
Crimes per 100,000 people: 2,510
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $1,000

A small quaint community that not too long ago was just farmland, Whyte Ridge is a popular choice for families and young professionals seeking apartments for rent. There are several public schools and a community centre that provides access to tobogganing, an outdoor skating rink, a soccer field, and playground. Although Whyte Ridge has limited commercial establishments, there is a large Cineplex movie theatre and several restaurants.  For commuters, there are a few bus routes that service the neighbourhood and by car, downtown Winnipeg is easily accessible via Bishop Grandin Blvd and St Mary's Rd, just 15 km away.

Saint Vital Perimeter South
Population: 2,065
Crimes per 100,000 people: 2,510
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $1,075

Spread between two rivers in south-central Winnipeg, Saint Vital is a self-contained community that feels like a city in its own right and sought after for apartments. Packed with large parks, playgrounds, restaurants and bars as well as any type of sport or recreational activity imaginable, Saint Vital has everything within a moments reach. Excellent and reliable public bus routes and being closely situated near St. Anne's Road and Bishop Grandin Boulevard make commuting to anywhere else in the city a breeze.

Island Lakes
Population: 7,716
Crimes per 100,000 people: 3,114
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $1,050

A sought out neighbourhood by both families and professionals, Island Lakes has ample green space, playgrounds, cycling and walking trails. The community has a significant bilingual population and a mixture of French and English public schools. There are commercial establishments as well as a few dining options and the St. Vital Shopping Centre is just a few minutes away.  For those seeking apartments for rent that need access to public transportation, there are three bus routes that service the neighbourhood.  For drivers, downtown Winnipeg is only 12 km away and can be quickly reached via Bishop Grandin and Lagimodiere Boulevards.

Springfield North
Population: 6,558
Crimes per 100,000 people: 4,432
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $995

Nestled in the eastern part of Winnipeg, Springfield North is a thriving neighbourhood filled with young families and professionals. Surrounded by parks, walking trails and a large lake, outdoor activities are abundant all year long, which is attractive for those moving into apartments in Springfield North. Situated alongside Lagimodière Boulevard, the downtown core and other areas of the city can be quickly reached and multiple bus routes run through the neighbourhood providing reliable public transit options.

Dakota Crossing
Population: 13,409
Crimes per 100,000 people: 4,807
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $1,000

Located in south Winnipeg, Dakota Crossing is a diverse, family-friendly community that contains a number of schools, the Southglen Shopping Centre, and close access to public libraries. Bordering on the Seine River offers plenty of outdoor recreational activities, including numerous cycling and walking trails. For commuters seeking Dakota Crossing apartment rentals, close proximity to the Perimeter Highway provides quick access out of the neighbourhood and the downtown core is just 13 km away. For those that do not have a vehicle, there are several public transit buses that serve Dakota Crossing.

River Park South
Population: 14,699
Crimes per 100,000 people: 4,865
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $975

Located near the University of Manitoba, River Park South is an established suburb community in southern Winnipeg, just 12 km from the downtown core. Featuring numerous French and English public schools and afterschool programs, there is a wide range of family-friendly activities and events to be enjoyed year round for those renting apartments in River Park South. Conveniently located near the large St.Vital Centre, with a movie theatre and over 100 retail stores as well as plenty of local restaurants and coffee shops are within walking distance. There are several public bus routes that serve River Park South and close proximity to Perimeter Highway and St Mary's roads make commuting incredibly convenient.

Canterbury Park
Population: 9,288
Crimes per 100,000 people: 5,078
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $975

Located in east Winnipeg, Canterbury Park is an emerging residential neighbourhood that offers a nice mix of schools, parks, and community clubs. Surrounded by lakes and green space, this community is sought after by families seeking apartments for rent that enjoy the quiet, peaceful atmosphere and appreciate the quick commute to downtown via Perimeter Hwy.  Several bus routes and rapid transit lines serve the neighbourhood making it easy to run errands and reach other areas of the city.

The Maples
Population: 15,945
Crimes per 100,000 people: 6,581
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $990

A diverse neighbourhood surrounded by beautiful nature and parks makes The Maples an attractive neighbourhood for renters seeking apartments, especially families. With four skating rinks, a community pool, multiple public schools, farmers markets and numerous restaurants, The Maples has a small town charm of its own. There are plenty of entertainment options within the community such as the McPhillips Street Station casino, movie theatres, a golf course and ski hill.  Reliable public transit serves the neighbourhood and downtown Winnipeg can quickly be reached via Keewatin St.

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