There are plenty of ‘hot’ towns to rent apartments in New Jersey, especially in Mercer or Middlesex counties. But why live on the fringes? Consider apartments for rent in Princeton. Only about 16,000 people live here, making it walkable and bikeable, the perfect antidote to city-frazzled nerves. Ancient trees and 18th century lanes retain their charm, but this isn’t a sleepy place—Princeton University makes it an international center of art, science, and culture. Through most of the year there’s always an event to expand your mind, and interesting people attract cool shopping and restaurants.

Here’s a taste of what’s up the street when you rent an apartment in Princeton:

McCarter Theatre – 91 University Place

Long one of America’s major regional theatres, the McCarter has gone from strength to strength under the leadership of artistic director Emily Mann, launching many new plays and regularly transferring productions to New York. You’ll see a few of last year’s hits here, but also plenty of the cutting edge.

Herrontown Woods Arboretum – 624 Snowden Road

This free 142-acre arboretum is open to the public every day. Walking trails wind through a pine forest plus over 30 species of trees, shrubs, and flowers. Note that bicycles are prohibited.

Elements – 66 Witherspoon Street

Comfortably minimalist décor and local, sustainable ingredients make for an unforgettable experience at this New American restaurant. Fans say it equals or surpasses similar venues in New York and Philadelphia.

Palmer Square

Located opposite Princeton University, Palmer Square bills itself as ‘Downtown Style, Local Flavor.’ This is where international brands like Barbour, Kate Spade, and Brooks Brother coexist with hometown businesses in Princeton’s signature architecture. There are plenty of places to eat and mingle, too. Check Palmer Square’s site for a rundown of sales and special events.

Think, eat, buy, enjoy the great outdoors . . . does renting an apartment in Princeton sound good? We thought so. Let BestRentNJ be your guide to apartments for rent in Princeton. We’ve got all the information you need to find your new home!