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?