Local Atmosphere

New Orleans, LA
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are a lot of concerts in New Orleans. Many bars, clubs, ect.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: New Orleans is a great place to be going to college because there are always things going on. There are extensive restaurants, coffee houses, bars and clubs all a few minutes from campus. There are lots of different things to do on weekends, like festivals, poetry readings, or even the Fresh Market in the Quarter. If you want to go shopping the local mall is about 20-30 minutes away, but there are lots of smaller local places to find clothes such as thrift shops and boutiques.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: New Orleans, I would say, is more of a city thing, but it is never far from the rural and small life--with smaller cities such as Houma and Thibodaux (which holds Nicholls) about an hours drive away. Tulane is our neighbor school, with LSU , UL/ULM and many other schools not too far away. Plenty of social Networks.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Being in uptown New Orleans is great because there is always something to do.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's New Orleans! How can you not have fun here?


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Katherine Campbell
Kenner, LA
English Writing
Grad Year
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The atmosphere on campus is one of relaxation and love of everyone. No matter where you go, you will meet someone who will be happy to help you. However, always exercise caution when out in the city. Many venues offer student discounts with a valid student ID to make products more affordable to students.

Most students go off campus for entertainment, but there are a few who prefer to stay on campus and entertain themselves with on-campus events. In fact, some of these students actually attend events at Tulane Univeristy because it is practically right next door. For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Loyola's Black Student Union teams up with Tulane, Dillard, and Xavier University to plan an MLK Day of Service and plan events for the week prior.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The world famous Mardi Gras, which translates into "Fat Tuesday," is celebrated in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is an old custom that originated in southern Europe to celebrate food and fun just before the 40 days of Lent, a Catholic time of prayer and sacrifice.
  2. New Orleans is where opera was first performed in the United States, back in 1796.
  3. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, which still reigns supreme in the city today. Later, jazz spawned both the blues and rock and roll.
Notable Natives
  • John "Spud" McConnell – actor and radio personality
  • Edward R. Cox – actor, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"
  • Vatican Lokey – actor
  • Heather Elizabeth – jewelry designer
  • Alvin Charles "Al" Copeland – creator of Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits
Local Slang
Where y'at?: "Where are you at?" which translates to "How are you?"
Points of Interest
  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
  • Audubon Park
  • Audubon Zoo
  • French Quarter/Downtown
  • Magazine Street
  • Prytania Theater
Shopping Centers
  • Canal Place
  • Magazine Street – small boutiques and second-hand stores
Movie Theaters
AMC Clearview Palace 12
486 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
(504) 887-1257
Movie Theaters
AMC Elmwood Palace 20
1200 Elmwood Park Blvd.
New Orleans
(504) 733-2029
Movie Theaters
Prytania Theater
5339 Prytania St.
New Orleans
(504) 891-2787
Major Sports Teams
  • New Orleans Hornets: NBA
  • New Orleans Saints: NFL
  • New Orleans Zephyrs: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Baton Rouge, La.: : 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Biloxi, Miss.: : 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Houston: : 6 hours
  • New Orleans (downtown): : 15 minutes
  • Pensacola, Fla.: : 3 hours, 15 minutes
Did You Know?
  • Louisiana is the only state without "counties."
  • Breaux Bridge is known as the "Crawfish Capital of the World."
  • The Catahoula Leopard Dog, often called the Catahoula Hound, is the official state dog.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 32 responses

Very poor
  • 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 34 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 94% 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 33 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 0% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 100% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 33 responses

  • 9% No way.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 36% Totally.



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