Off-Campus Housing

New Orleans, LA
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: a variety of places and locations to choose from both close and far from campus. rent can be very reasonable and even at times better than paying for housing on campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty much all juniors and seniors live off campus because it's nice to have your own space and not have to deal with RAs and rules. Depending on where you live the parking situation varies. My house has two driveways and street parking with a pass so there's plenty of room for us. Safety varies depending on location, but Tulane police has been putting in a big effort to help with this. Most students live pretty close to campus, but I have some friends who live a lot farther than I would be willing to walk multiple times a day.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many great opportunities to live off campus you just have to look

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The houses off campus are very nice and there are so many options as far as distance, size, model, etc. go. Many houses are near the shopping/food district, while others are closer to the school's campus. There are Facebook groups where people can post questions they have about housing or find possible housemates. A lot of students move off campus junior and senior years, so it is clearly very popular and feasible.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The only downsides to off-campus housing are the increased distance from campus, the decreased level of safety, and the presence of crummy landlords. Otherwise, living off-campus is great once you're able to do it, and the majority of students choose to do so for their last two years.


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Lauren Toppenberg
Knoxville, TN
Spanish/Latin American Studies
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Living on campus can be fun for the first few semesters, but after your sophomore year, you’ll want to get your own place. Students tend to rent out houses with three, four, or even five of their closest friends and split the rent rather than getting their own apartment. You might think to disregard this section because you know you will never have a car during college, thus making it impossible for you to have you own place off campus. However, the reality is most students live within a mile of Tulane, so many walk or bike to campus each day (which makes things a lot easier because parking is a nightmare). Many upperclassmen have houses on the small side streets that branch off of Broadway, the street predominately occupied by fraternity and sorority houses. Very few stray from Uptown because neighborhoods in the surrounding area are poor and filled with crime.

It’s best to ask around with older classmates if an area has been crime-free in years past before moving in. It can be pretty dangerous, so it’s best to be careful. The farthest students will live is in Metairie, a glorified suburb that’s about 20 to 30 minutes away from campus. Metairie does have its advantages, with its giant Target, a commercial movie theater, and all that suburbia has to offer. However, the traffic tends to build up during rush hour, and the drive can get tedious to make every day.

There’s more responsibility with having your own place, and it seems harder to get up in the morning for 9 a.m. classes when you live off campus than when you lived on campus in a building that was 30 steps away from your classroom. However, the incentives of having all out parties and even owning a pet make off campus housing the way to go for the upperclassmen years.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of Spring Semester for the following Fall-plan ahead!
Popular Areas
  • Audubon Street
  • Small streets off Broadway
  • Uptown
Average Rents
  • 1BR: $825
  • 2BR: $1,300
  • 3BR: $1,800
  • 4BR: $1,900
  • Studio: $725

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 56 responses

Very poor
  • 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 56 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 62% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 25% 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 56 responses

  • 45% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 46% Somewhat helpful.
  • 9% Extremely helpful.
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