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Housing Policy

ServiceCorps does not have a mandatory Housing Policy. However, many Fellows choose to live together and to participate in our community grant program: ServiceFund.

We recommend you plan for your start date for your lease on July 1st, 2017.

Housing: New York City

As a recommendation, please look into different apartment search sites. This includes but is not limited to: 


Next Step Realty for NYC Fellows:

To help make the relocation process easier for you, we’ve teamed up with a real estate brokerage firm, Next Step Realty.  The Next Step philosophy is that your move to New York City should be seamless and efficient. Next Step firmly believes in the value of a one-stop, one-day relocation, and offers a curated, custom, and concierge-style apartment tour, comprehensive of the entire market for your criteria. (Next Step is also a preferred brokerage firm for all Citigroup Analysts & Associates, which is how we learned about them.)

As a ServiceCorps employee, Next Step will provide you with a discount on broker fees and a concierge-style apartment search, including:

  •  A one-day apartment hunt
  • 6-12 curated homes shown in 2-4 hours
  • A luxury car service during your appointment
  • A 40% guaranteed discount on traditional NYC broker fees
  • No upfront costs until you successfully secure a home
  • No additional fees

Feel free to watch their video and read recent reviews from clients. Attached is a more informative flyer. You can contact Next Step at:


Service Corps X Next Step Site (PW: SERVICECORPSaccess)

*DISCLAIMER: No relationship, association, sponsorship or endorsement is suggested or implied between ServiceCorps and Next Step Realty and its shareholders, management, or employees. ServiceCorps is not responsible or liable for any transactions or activities carried out or undertaken by ServiceCorps Fellows as part of this service nor for any fees, charges, costs or expenses incurred or owed to Next Step Realty.


Important: Apartments in NYC usually go on the market 30 days before they are available. The best time to look for an apartment is 15-30 days before your move-in date. The sweet spot is 20-25 days before your move-in date. So, if your move in date is July 1, then June 5-10 is the best time to look. Prior to June 1 is too early and after June 15 is too late. 

Let a ServiceCorps Staff Member to know if we can be helpful and let us know when you're in town!


Fellow Testimonial: 

"My roommate [Elizabeth Cromie '16-17 NYC] and I used Next Step. They were extremely helpful to us especially moving from across the country. It was expensive, of course, but I think that's with most brokers. It was definitely nice having somewhere to start because otherwise I would have gone in totally blind. I'm happy to talk to anyone too that is thinking about using them."

--Laura Edmonson '16-17 NYC

"It was helpful for only having a day to look at apartments. Sort of felt like they wanted to push us for more money because they mainly showed apartments in the highest end or above our budget. but overall it worked out."

--Elizabeth Cromie '16-17 NYC

Housing: Boston

For Boston Fellows:

As a recommendation, please look into different apartment search sites. This includes but is not limited to: 


Also, please speak with Boston alumni.

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