Off-Campus Housing

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

Off-Campus Housing: It is cheaper than on campus housing when you count only the school months. It becomes slightly more expensive taking into account the extra two months that need to be payed. But overall they are great and spacious!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of the upper classmen choose live off campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off campus and unable to supply any feedback.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's quiet clean and affordable.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is MUCH cheaper to live off campus than on campus. Dorms at LSU are ridiculously overpriced, you are shoved into a room the size of a coat closet with sometimes 2 other people, and the conditions are terrible in most of them. I lived in Miller, the all girls dorm, and it felt like a hospital inside. There are many affordable options off campus if you look around and don't get fooled into first month specials at overpriced places. There are some places that are just as close to campus as the dorms, if not closer.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kim Moreau
Hometown
Baton Rouge, La
Major
Journalism
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It seems like every month or so, there is a new apartment complex or set of condominiums constructed near campus. There are tons of available places for students to live right near campus, whether they are looking for a wild party atmosphere or something a little more sedated. Most places are reasonably priced, except for a few complexes that are geared toward bringing in the ritzy, football-season crowd. Some of the apartments can be kind of dumpy, to say the least, but with so many options, it's easy to avoid the really atrocious places around campus. Most apartments offer decent amenities from pools to tanning beds to study rooms with computers and printers, all open late. The apartments can also help to take a lot of the hassle out of living off campus. Many include water and sewer bills, and occasionally electricity bills, in with rent.

Some complexes even come furnished, preventing long drives from home, toting grandma's flea-infested sofa. Parking for commuters is the no. 1 complaint and the reason people still ride the buses. There is no LSU department designed to help you make the move off campus, but it's really not that difficult. Ask around because often the best deals are through houses and condominiums rented through friends. The downfalls of living off campus tend to be fairly slim. The freedoms provided from having your own place are worth all the hassles of stinky carpets and long treks to campus. These places may not be the Ritz, but home is where your heart is, right?

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
76%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
41%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$15,020
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early in the spring semester
Popular Areas
  • Burbank Commons
  • Oakbrook Village Apartments
  • Southgate Towers Apartments
  • Tiger Plaza Apartments
  • University Crescent
  • University View
  • Varn Villa Apartments
  • Venue at Northgate
Average Rents
  • Studio: $600
  • 1 BR: $650
  • 2 BR: $950
  • 3 BR: $1,100
  • 4 BR: $1,250

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 107 responses

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  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 107 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 9% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 20% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 107 responses

  • 30% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 44% Somewhat helpful.
  • 26% Extremely helpful.
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