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97 Apartments for rent in Lafayette, LA

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Last updated January 23 at 10:40pm UTC
104 Damon Dr.
Lafayette, LA
Updated January 18 at 8:10pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
102 Rue Conge
Lafayette, LA
Updated January 3 at 11:35am UTC
3 Bedrooms
204 Norine Street
Lafayette, LA
Updated January 3 at 11:35am UTC
3 Bedrooms
507 Genevieve
Lafayette, LA
Updated January 3 at 3:44pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
102 August
Lafayette, LA
Updated January 18 at 8:05pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
530 Wilson Street
Lafayette, LA
Updated January 17 at 1:37am UTC
2 Bedrooms
305 Lowell
Lafayette, LA
Updated January 5 at 5:31pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
212 St. Michael Street
Lafayette, LA
Updated January 13 at 11:57am UTC
3 Bedrooms
103 Charolais St. Unit A
Lafayette, LA
Updated January 18 at 8:04pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
1305 Lafayette Street
Downtown Lafayette
Lafayette, LA
Updated January 3 at 11:33am UTC
2 Bedrooms
222 Chimney Rock Blvd
Lafayette, LA
Updated January 3 at 3:35pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
204 Elks Cove
Lafayette, LA
Updated January 12 at 9:45am UTC
2 Bedrooms
202 River Oak Cir
Lafayette, LA
Updated January 11 at 1:39am UTC
3 Bedrooms
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City Guide
How about entertainment? I’m not going to be sitting around all day doing nothing but eating crab gumbo and listening to fiddle music, am I?

Lafayette is a hotspot for live music, festivals, and art exhibitions, which tend to go on year-round as the weather rarely dips below 45 degrees. The downtown area, which is similar in ambiance to New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, is dotted with pubs, clubs, and live music venues, while the McKinley Street Strip offers a watering hole for every taste. For those who need a drink but have places to go and people to see, drive-thru daiquiri stores allow commuters to pull up to a window and order rum-laced libations from the comfort of their own cars (Word to the wise: Open containers are illegal in Lafayette, so don’t remove the piece of tape that covers the lid until you reach your destination).

If you prefer your fun under the sun, Lafayette offers a ton of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking trails to a variety of gardens, parks, guided bayou boat rides, and golf courses. Lafayette is well known for its alligator population, so please, don’t slurp down a few too many drive-thru daiquiris and dare yourself to go wrestle a gator in Cypress Lake. You will lose.

Can I take public transportation?

Most people prefer old-fashioned gas-guzzlers for transportation here, but the city bus is a reasonable option and makes frequent stops around town. Traffic is rarely backed up and even in the downtown area, plenty of parking can be found.

Any advice for future renters?

Nope. None at all.

Seriously? You’ve got nothing for us?

Fine. As the old saying goes, “Ask once and we’ll tell you no. Ask twice and you shall receive” (Psych. Made that up.)

The first thing you should know about leasing in Lafayette is that, fortunately, the average rental price is lingering around $700, and even 2BR units are available for under a grand. In other parts of town, including popular residential areas like River Ranch, Broadmoor, and downtown, it’s unlikely you’ll ever come across a waiting list.

Also, be prepared to fork over the necessary documents along with your leasing application, including names and numbers of previous landlords, references, banking info, and proof of employment. Some Lafayette landlords cover certain utilities while others don’t so be sure to factor these costs into your budget.

Finally, apartment rates in Lafayette aren’t always set in stone, so read your contract carefully and bring those infamously shrewd negotiating skills of yours to the table-many property managers are willing to bargain.

Any particular part of town you’d recommend?

Where you decide to live in Lafayette depends on your personal tastes. Downtown Lafayette and the areas immediately around it offer a mixture of historic, renovated, and brand spanking new apartments, lofts, and condos while landing leasers in close proximity to the Mall of Acadia, numerous nighttime hotspots, and a variety of shops, eateries, and small businesses. The areas surrounding the Strip offer some of Lafayette’s most budget friendly apartments (often less than $600). River Ranch is the city’s most modern ‘hood and is a popular locale.

Plenty of other neighborhoods have their own perks, quirks, and drawbacks, so be sure to visit a prospective area in person (on multiple occasions) before committing to anything.

One last question: Why do people keep asking me what “parish” I’m from?

One last answer: Louisianans use the word “parish” in place of “county.” So those who are asking you this question are actually inquiring if you come from Lafayette, Vermilion, Iberia, Acadia, Evangeline, Saint Landry, Saint Mary, or Saint Martin.

And now, wise guys and gals, you’re all set. So best of luck on your hunt, welcome to Lafayette, and remember to leave the alligator wrestling to the professionals!

Rent Report

January 2018 Lafayette Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2018 Lafayette Rent Report. Lafayette rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Lafayette rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Lafayette rents declined over the past month

Lafayette rents have declined 1.1% over the past month, but are up moderately by 2.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Lafayette stand at $690 for a one-bedroom apartment and $830 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in October. Lafayette's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.2%, but trails the national average of 2.8%.

Lafayette rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased moderately in Lafayette, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Lafayette is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Lafayette's median two-bedroom rent of $830 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 2.4% rise in Lafayette.
  • While Lafayette's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.8%), Seattle (+3.0%), and Dallas (+2.2%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Lafayette than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,010, which is more than three-and-a-half times the price in Lafayette.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.