22 apartments for rent near Fairbanks, AK
Apartments in Fairbanks, AK
Guide to Fairbanks
Fairbanks Apartments For Rent
From the dazzling northern lights to the soft glow of the midnight sun to the sparkle of gold, Fairbanks shines. Wild, untamed, the last frontier – if you’ve decided to rent an apartment in Fairbanks, get ready for an amazing adventure.
Founded in 1901, Fairbanks is the second-largest city in Alaska, after Anchorage. It is home to Ladd Army Airfield, Fairbanks International Airport, and the oldest college in Alaska, the University of Alaska. Located in the interior region of Alaska, Fairbanks is tucked along the Chena River, not far from Denali National Park.
Things to Do in Fairbanks:
Your new Fairbanks apartment will put you in a rugged, beautiful landscape – you’ll enjoy the great outdoors, the northern lights, and the wildlife. The question isn’t, “what is there to do?” but rather, “what do you want to do today?” There’s aurora viewing, fishing, dog-mushing, museums, hot springs, gold panning, wildlife viewing, ice-climbing, skiing, sledding, hiking, camping … whew! And that’s before heading into Downtown Fairbanks to enjoy the art galleries, shops, theaters, restaurants, and summer’s fantastic Downtown Market.
Before you do anything – even before you unpack and set up your new apartment in Fairbanks, go straight to Denali National Park. It is your new backyard, after all – and it is spectacular! Lucky you – your backyard will be a stunning park that covers a whopping six million acres. Denali features the Alaska Range and Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America. It also features glaciers, open tundra, forests – including taiga, or a snowforest – stunning vistas, and amazing wildlife.
When you visit Denali, you might come across caribou, moose, grizzly bears, black bears, Dall sheep, gray wolves and their dens (historic and active), marmots, arctic ground squirrels, beavers, and snowshoe hares. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the more reclusive pikas, martens, lynx, and wolverines that make Denali home. Park activities include backpacking, hiking, camping, bicycling, and in winter cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, winter camping, mushing, and skijoring.
But there’s more to Fairbanks that wild beauty. The city is filled with museums, restaurants, historic sites, shops, and fine arts venues. You may not be able to tear yourself away from the stunning beauty of Denali, but once you do, there’s plenty more to explore in Fairbanks. Be sure to visit the Fairbanks Ice Museum, a unique museum dedicated to ice carving. Fairbanks hosts a world-famous ice carving competition every March. In summer, visitors to the museum can view ice sculptures carved by local artists in the historic Lacey Street Theatre. The museum also includes an Ice Showcase, ice-carving demonstrations, an hour-long aurora presentation, and slide shows.
The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival is a fantastic two-week event that takes place every July. The festival features mini-workshops and classes in dance, theatre arts, visual arts, healing arts, creative writing, and culinary arts. The festival includes several performances and evening concerts.
Any time of year, you can enjoy the unique Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, the leading theatre company in Alaska. They perform at the Empress Theatre, located downtown, when they aren’t touring nationally and internationally. The Empress Theatre is also home to the Fairbanks Community and Dog Mushing Museum, which features unique exhibits, artwork, memorabilia, and photos.
During the month of February, hardy Fairbanks residents line the downtown streets in anticipation of the annual Yukon Quest International, a 1,000-mile sled dog race that begins at a historic log cabin (which today is a terrific store that sells Alaskan art and Yukon Quest memorabilia, among other things) located in Downtown Fairbanks, near the Cushman Bridge.
Ice hockey is the sport-du-jour in Alaska, and Fairbanks residents get to cheer on the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Alaska Nanooks! The Nanooks compete in NCAA Division I as part of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. You can catch a hockey game at the Carlson Center, located downtown.
From fine dining and art galleries to ice hockey and basketball games, Fairbanks is a city like no other. Go panning for gold at Gold Dredge Number 8 and the El Dorado Gold Mine, have fun at Pioneer Park, visit the Arctic Circle, marvel at the World Ice Art Olympics, or relax at the Interior Hot Springs. Here in the land of the midnight sun, the sky glitters night and day – and some of that glitter is definitely gold.
What to Consider When Moving to Fairbanks:
Fairbanks is located in the interior of Alaska, about 358 miles north of Anchorage. It is just 188 miles south of the Arctic Circle – meaning never-ending summer days and super-short winter days. The longest summer day has over 21 hours of sunshine, while the shortest winter day only sees three hours of sunlight. Being so close to the Arctic Circle, you may think winters will be brutal. They are actually quite pleasant – if you are a polar bear. Be prepared – winters can reach some extreme temperatures (such as 65-degrees-below-zero extreme). That is balanced out by spectacular and endless summers, with temperatures that can reach 90 degrees.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks, or UAF, is the flagship campus of the University of Alaska System. UAF dates back to 1917, when it began as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines. UAF is a public, sea-grant, space-grant, and land-grant university with roughly 10,200 students. The university offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students, being located just 200 miles from the Arctic Circle. The research conducted at the university is known worldwide – the university is home to the Institute of Arctic Biology, the Institute of Marine Science, the International Arctic Research Center, and the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center.
Fort Wainwright is another important part of Fairbanks. This army post was built in 1941 and is home to the US 25th Infantry Division. Fort Wainwright is also home to the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade and the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
Be aware that boat and plane are the main means of transportation in Alaska – highways only cover about a third of the state. Alaska is also home to 140 volcanoes – 52 of which have been active since 1760. It also has frequent earthquakes, but most are too small to feel.
Why Fairbanks Apartments Are Hot:
Known as the “Golden Heart City,” Fairbanks is a warm and welcoming city – even when the temperature dips to umpteen-below-zero. Fairbanks offers short and easy commutes, some of the lowest taxes in the US, and no sales tax. The Permanent Fund Dividend pays out annually to eligible residents. In 2014, every eligible resident received $1,884.
Renting an apartment in Fairbanks opens up myriad opportunities for exciting adventures, including mountain climbing, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, gold-panning, snowmobiling, dog mushing, canoeing, skiing, camping, fishing, and more.
It’s the best place on earth to view the northern lights, an eerily gorgeous show of glowing green, yellow, red, and even purple lights. It is on the edge of the vast and wild Denali State Park, and it offers a terrific downtown with shops, restaurants, museums, bars, and theaters. And even though the ground is often frozen, the nearby hot springs will warm you up in a hurry! This is the “Last Frontier” and it calls to the adventurer in everyone – if you are ready to answer that call, find your apartment in Fairbanks now!
- Being able to go dog mushing, salmon fishing, snow machining, and river rafting.
- Denali National Park is a quick two-hour drive from Fairbanks for wild adventures.
- Sinking into the 105-degree hot springs beneath the northern lights at Chena Hot Springs Resort.
- Learning about native culture at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.
- Attending events such as Christmas in Ice, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and the Tanana Valley State Fair.
- Fairbanks is the best location for seeing the amazing yellow-green glow of the aurora borealis.