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41 Apartments for rent in Lake Charles, LA

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Last updated January 20 at 10:36pm UTC
617 E School St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 20 at 1:21am UTC
2 Bedrooms
3108 Aster St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 6 at 1:36am UTC
2 Bedrooms
711 Murbelle Road
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 3 at 11:39am UTC
2 Bedrooms
Obrien St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 18 at 8:54am UTC
3 Bedrooms
Ryan St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 3 at 8:38am UTC
2 Bedrooms
Lilly St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 20 at 8:32am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1806 Knapp St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 20 at 11:39am UTC
2 Bedrooms
Sunset Drive
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 17 at 8:21am UTC
3 Bedrooms
Demarest St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 19 at 8:26am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1806 Knapp St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 3 at 1:50am UTC
1 Bedroom
Tall Sky Dr
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 3 at 8:38am UTC
3 Bedrooms
6th St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 19 at 8:26am UTC
3 Bedrooms
13th St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 12 at 8:31am UTC
2 Bedrooms
S Prien Lake Rd
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 10 at 8:17am UTC
2 Bedrooms
7th Ave
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated January 3 at 8:39am UTC
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City Guide
Lake Charles
Lake Charles is Hip

It’s true, mes amis. As a Lake Charles resident, you’ll be able to enjoy and partake in more than 75 festivals each year, a vibrant nightlife scene, and live music playing at virtually every corner (hope you like rhythm and blues!). The city also boasts numerous Gulf beaches, trendy restaurants, quirky downtown shopping destinations, a legendary waterfront boardwalk, and arguably the coolest-named body of water on the planet, the Contraband Bayou. Besides, you know you’ve officially made it as a crazy-cool city when the Band, Steve Earle, and Lucinda Williams all name-drop you in song.

Featuring a variety of casinos, arts centers, theaters, historic shopping districts, pubs, clubs, resorts, and seemingly endless miles of natural habitat, Lake Charles truly has something to offer for everyone. Bottom line: Why not venture away from your apartment now and then and experience the various attractions your fair city has to offer?

Lake Charles is a Renter's Market

Rent specials pop up frequently and waiting lists are rare. Rental houses are difficult to come by in Lake Charles, and the few that become available are never on the market for long. If you’re hell-bent on scoring a freestanding house instead of a traditional apartment, you’ll have to target the more suburban, sprawling subdivisions further from the city center.

Lake Charles is the Big Easy

Actually, New Orleans, located a couple hundred miles to the east, is the Big Easy. It doesn’t get much easier, though, than renting an apartment in Lake Charles. You should be able to score your dream pad with nothing but the basics. Just bring along a list of previous residences and proof of income, and (as long as you have at least a semi-respectable renting/credit history) you’ll be living the dream in Festival City in no time.

Lake Charles is Sprawling

Most of it is, anyway. The downtown area is built for sidewalk surfers, pub crawlers, and all other types of foot traffickers, but the majority of Lake Charles is so spread out that you’ll need your own set of wheels to work, shop, bank, dine, play, and just plain live conveniently. The city does provide a public bus system, but it’s extremely limited and runs just five routes. Fortunately, traffic is minimal (the average commute to work takes barely 15 minutes) and parking is ample, even in the hopping downtown area.

Final Thoughts: Common Sense is King

We’ve said it about a googolplex number of times, but we’ll say it again: Use common sense before attaching your John Hancock to a lease and make sure you understand every last detail. Most Lake Charles apartments are pet-friendly, but many aren’t, and landlords have different rules regarding roommates, barbecue pits, smoking, and even visitors in some cases. Also, take your move-in checklist seriously and examine every last nook and cranny of your new domicile for even the most minor blemishes (which could affect whether or not you get your security deposit back).

And on that note, you’re all set to embark on your apartment hunting adventures, so welcome to Arcadia and happy hunting!

Rent Report
Lake Charles

January 2018 Lake Charles Rent Report

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

Lake Charles rents declined over the past month

Lake Charles rents have declined 2.7% over the past month, but have increased moderately by 2.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Lake Charles stand at $700 for a one-bedroom apartment and $880 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in September. Lake Charles' year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.2%, but trails the national average of 2.8%.

Lake Charles rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

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

  • Lake Charles' median two-bedroom rent of $880 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 2.1% increase in Lake Charles.
  • While Lake Charles' 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 Lake Charles than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,010, which is nearly three-and-a-half times the price in Lake Charles.

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.