Downtown Cincinnati, aka the Central Business District, is just across the Ohio River from northern Kentucky. The bustling riverfront, which is home to the stadiums for both the Reds and the Bengals, was recently renovated with walking paths, gardens and fountains, for a refreshing walk just feet from the heart of Cincinnati. The downtown area is also where several international companies set up headquarters, such as Macy’s, Procter & Gamble, and Kroger. As the most walkable neighborhood, downtown Cincinnati is very walkable and is flush with award-winning restaurants, diverse bars, and arts venues, including the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Fountain Square, where some of the city’s largest cultural events are held.
If you want riverfront views, an active social scene, and easy access to some of Cincinnati’s largest cultural institutions, center your apartment search downtown. The options are a bit more limited and generally pricier than apartments in outlying neighborhoods, but — especially considering the streetcar system opening in 2016 — you can’t beat the convenience.
If you're not sure how much an apartment will cost, the table below shows the average price by size.