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Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many apartments are very close to campus and are along the bus route which is convenient. Some can be pretty expensive but there are some that are reasonable.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live in a house about 5 minutes away from campus. It was the best decision I have ever made, I absolutely love it!

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of off-campus housing options and all of them have wonderful views so it's hard to figure out which one to choose.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I actually love off campus housing compared to on campus. You have soo much more space and freedom than you do on campus

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Moving off campus can help save a lot of money. There are also a lot of off-campus housing options that are within walking and biking distance to campus. Plus, there is a bus service that reaches most off-campus housing options.

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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
$15,264
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 200 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 201 responses

  • 19% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 70% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 9% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 205 responses

  • 21% Extremely helpful.
  • 47% Somewhat helpful.
  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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