Housing in Baton Rouge
Whether you are relocating from across the country or just across town, these resources will help you secure housing ahead of service.
Find housing before you start service
You will be required to be living within the state of Louisiana for the first day of service to allow you to focus on building relationships with your teammates, immerse yourself in training and adjust to your new neighborhood before the school year begins.
When to start looking
We recommend beginning your search by late March or early April and being prepared to make a commitment to your preferred housing choice by May. City Year Baton Rouge in-person registration is typically held in early July. Securing housing by May will allow you to move and get acclimated to your new residence before the start of their service year.
Deciding where to live
We recommend finding housing in the following neighborhoods:
- Beauregard Town
- Spanish Tow
It is important to note that most likely you will not be able to confirm your housing until less than 30-60 days before you want to move in. This is because most places require that their current residents give them at least 30 days’ notice if they plan to move out. Once they know if someone is moving out, they will post that apartment as being available for rent.
Finding roommates and budgeting for housing
On average, our AmeriCorps members typically pay between $400-$700 per month in rent depending on the number of roommates. AmeriCorps members typically decide to live with roommates. Although not a requirement, sharing residential and utility expenses with one or more roommates can really help to stretch your budget. We highly encourage AmeriCorps members who are interested in living with roommates to initiate conversations through our Facebook group, Slack community or via direct message to other AmeriCorps members.
Members may find housing through online posting sites, word of mouth and sometimes directly from current members advertising their apartments. Rental postings should outline who to contact to learn more about the property, costs and lease terms. When renting an apartment, ask about the following fees as they frequently apply.
- Broker’s fee – typically one month’s rent or a percentage or the annual lease
- Security deposit – typically one month’s rent, returned at the end of the lease if the property’s condition is maintained
- First month’s rent – typically due upon signing of the lease agreement
- Last month’s rent – may be requested upon signing of the lease agreement
Some utilities are included in the price of rent, so be sure to ask your landlord. When viewing apartments, most landlords or current tenants will gladly tell you the average price of utilities, so don’t be afraid to ask. It is also helpful to ask what utilities the house uses, such as gas or electric heat. Some units and buildings include laundry, for free or at a cost, while others are located near laundromats.
Learn more about your bi-weekly stipend and the various benefits – both during and after service.
Whether you’re new to our city or have lived in Baton Rouge or several years, there are always new and exciting things to experience here.