Local Atmosphere

Location
Baton Rouge, LA
Undergrads
22,207
Tuition (in-state)
$22,265 ($6,989)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love living in the Baton Rouge community. LSU is really close to dining and shopping. There is always something going on in the Red Stick. From football season to Mardi Gras, Baton Rouge is an awesome place to live.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The town is pretty much centered around the school so I think it is pretty enjoyable. Everyone has major school spirit and you can always find a good time in the city at a bar or even when you go visit on of the other towns in Louisiana. Everyone's rooting for LSU!

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I enjoy the city of Baton Rouge, but being someone without a car, it is quite difficult (and usually too hot) to walk over a mile to Walmart and then back and across campus to my dorm. It is also quite difficult to eat out often while on a budget, rather that be on-campus or off. Near campus restaurants are pretty affordable, but our on-campus options are so inflated and ridiculous, if I didn't have PawPoints that I already paid for I would rarely to never eat on-campus. The closest and most common nightlife is Tigerland, but it really doesn't appeal to me. That being said, the next best bars are downtown and again, not having a car hinders my nightlife as well - more my fault than the university's though.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Plenty to do off campus.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Baton Rouge is great if you like excitement, especially when school is in session. Tailgating and football games are the best way to spend a Saturday. There are tons of great bars in the area and there are some restaurants that are second to none. You just have to get to know the area and learn which areas and which businesses should be avoided.

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Kim Moreau
Hometown
Baton Rouge, La
Major
Journalism
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Baton Rouge is filled with Southern hospitality. The city's laid-back attitude is infectious, and students will quickly learn to slow down and relax. There's always something to do and somewhere to go, but you never have to be in a hurry to get there, especially considering the horrendous traffic that plagues the city. Southern culture is everywhere. From hints of French tucked into conversation to cooking and architecture, the city is different from other places above the Mason-Dixon Line. The rich history, from plantations to civil rights activism to Huey P. Long, gives students a chance to explore areas of the South about which they might not have known. Baton Rouge and LSU are so synonymous that it becomes hard to separate the two. The city adores LSU, and almost everyone here is a Tiger fan. The entire town has the vibe of a laid-back college atmosphere. Everyone is relaxed and friendly, from downtown Capitol workers to those in the immediate areas outside of campus. Football games and LSU news are just as crucial to the adults living in the area as to the LSU students themselves.

Baton Rouge has changed tremendously in the last few years. Downtown development has been a buzzword around town, as many businesses are attempting to return to the glory days of old. The city has been actively trying to grow and offer students more and more to do. With additions of new art galleries, restaurants, shops, bars, concerts, and events, it seems to be working. Baton Rouge still has some strides to make to become a major city, but it's on its way.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. According to Shutterfly's 2011 list of "Top 10 Happiest Cities in the United States," Baton Rouge is the second happiest city in the nation.
  2. Huey P. Long, the famous Louisiana governor and consummate politician, was assassinated in the State Capitol, and visitors can see the bullet holes from where he was shot in the State Capitol walls. He is buried on the grounds.
  3. Baton Rouge can be seen in several major motion pictures. "The Dukes of Hazard," "Glory Road," and "All the King's Men" have all been filmed in the city, and many other movies film in nearby New Orleans.
  4. Louisiana is the only state to still use the parish system as opposed to county government.
Notable Natives
  • Cleo Fields – youngest governor at age 28
  • Buddy Guy – blues guitarist
  • Randy Jackson – "American Idol" judge
  • Huey P. Long – governor
  • Steven Soderbergh – film director
  • Jimmy Swaggert – televangelist
  • Shane West – actor ("A Walk to Remember")
  • Lynn Whitfield – actress
Local Slang
  • Bayou (by-you): Bigger than a creek, but not a river; slow moving and kind of swampy
  • Café-au-lait (café-o-lay): Coffee with milk or cream
  • Cher: Cajun term of endearment, as in "Oh cher;" not the famous singer
  • Coke: Blanket term for any kind of soft drink; someone might ask you if you want a coke and then ask, "What kind?"
  • Crawfish: Say "crawfish" not "crayfish." They are tiny, crustacean-like miniature lobsters. True Louisianans pinch the tails and suck the heads at crawfish boils.
  • Creole: Term for people of "mixed blood" once used to describe French and Spanish descendents; now is used to describe Louisiana cooking and architecture
  • Fixing To: About to do something: "I'm fixing to go to school."
  • Lagniappe (lan yap): Creole word for "something extra;" a catch-all term
  • Laissez les bons temps rouler: Creole phrase meaning "Let the good times roll."
  • Pirogue (pee-rogue): A Cajun canoe, originally made from hollowed cypress logs. People don't take these to class like in "The Waterboy."
  • Y'all: You all
Points of Interest
  • Alligator Bayou
  • The Baton Rouge River Center
  • Baton Rouge Zoo
  • Blue Bayou/Dixie Landin’
  • Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Enchanted Mansion Doll Museum
  • Highland Road Park Observatory
  • Hilltop Arboretum
  • Louisiana Art & Science Museum
  • Louisiana State Capitol Building
  • Magnolia Mound Plantation
  • The Myrtles Plantation
  • Old Arsenal Museum
  • Old Governor’s Mansion
  • Pentagon Barracks
  • Shaw Center for the Arts
  • Swine Palace Theatre (on LSU’s campus)
  • USS KIDD Veterans Memorial
  • West Baton Rouge Museum
  • Windrush Gardens
Shopping Centers
  • Esplanade Mall
  • Mall of Louisiana
  • Towne Center at Cedar Lodge
Movie Theaters
Rave Motion Pictures Baton Rouge 16
16040 Hatteras Ave.
Baton Rouge
(225) 753-2710
Movie Theaters
UA Citiplace Stadium 11
2610 Citiplace Drive
Baton Rouge
(225) 216-0064
Major Sports Teams
  • New Orleans Hornets: NBA
  • New Orleans Saints: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Houston: : 4 hours
  • Lafayette, La.: : 1 hour
  • New Orleans: : 1 hour, 20 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 103 responses

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  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 103 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 18% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 3% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 38% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 41% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 103 responses

  • 13% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 48% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 40% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 102 responses

  • 20% No way.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 26% Totally.

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