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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There are tons of highly competitive people. All the fun things one could do are somewhere around LSU, but the city is extremely dangerous.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There's some vibrant life off campus, but if you don't have a car, you're stuck. You have to be able to drive in order to get to anything interesting.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: the atmosphere around LSU is very busy at all times of the day regardless of the time.

1 College Junior

Local Area: I'm not from this area and really don't like it.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: I've lived in Baton Rouge my whole life. As with any place, it has it's pros/cons. Baton Rouge can be great if you have money to go out and maybe eat, see a movie, go to a bar, etc. It can be tough being a broke college kid, but as long as you have a friend group, you have fun. There are a lot of places in Baton Rouge that offer student discounts for college kids, so that's great. We have an excellent food scene though. It's one of the main things that makes me not want to move far from the south. Great food. We have a lot of museums and historical landmarks here. If you're looking to get our of BR for a night out, New Orleans is only about an hour and a half away. Sports are a really big deal here. Anywhere you go you are pretty much guaranteed to see LSU paraphernalia around. We love our tigers. And locals are usually super nice to college students. They're always interested to know your school, major, etc. The locals here are usually just nice and sociable in general. People here will strike up a conversation just about anywhere, with just about anyone,

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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 125 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 127 responses

  • 42% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 36% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 3% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 19% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 128 responses

  • 39% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 48% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 13% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 125 responses

  • 25% Totally.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 24% No way.



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