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5 College Freshman

Local Area: New Orleans is a great city with tons to do.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: It's an awesome place to spend your college years.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: The city is full of things to do and awesome people, however if you are one of the few students who doesn't come from a massive city like NY, DC, or LA, and appreciates being able to get the hell outta dodge when you feel like it, being stuck in the big city as a freshman without a car can feel claustrophobic at times. But if i'm gonna be stuck in a big city, i can't imagine a more awesome and fun one than this!!!

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: The city of New Orleans is a very interesting place, fun for visitors and college however I do not see myself living here after college.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: New Orleans offers an unparalleled college experience. There is literally ALWAYS something fun happening. There are always cool concerts at the House of Blues, fun college bars on every street corner, and of course Bourbon Street. There is also a bowling alley right next door to campus and a beautiful park and golf course across the street.

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Students at Tulane, especially the first semester, enjoy taking advantage of the liberal attitudes toward alcohol and the general laid-back feeling of the city. Travel down to the Quarter, and at any given time you’ll be sure to run into people from all over the country and the world who come to New Orleans to have a good time. On top of tourists, New Orleans has its own set of interesting inhabitants who provide a flair to the city’s atmosphere that is rarely seen. New Orleans is also an old city with lots of beautiful architecture and interesting history. It really does have a character unmatched by any other city in the country and is very attractive to students who are always looking for something to do.

Art and music are also in abundance here—on any given night there is live music of all variety as well as art galleries and museums. Local and famous bands come through to perform throughout the year – many musicians and artists make their home in the streets of New Orleans. In terms of sports, New Orleans has football, baseball, and basketball teams to root for. The Audubon Zoo and the D-Day museum are great for animal lovers and history buffs, respectively. Regardless of your interests, you’ll never be able to say there is nothing to do in New Orleans. There is always some sort of festival, parade, game, gallery opening, book reading, or musical group performing at events like Jazz Fest, Frenchmen on Halloween, or the famous Mardi Gras celebration. There are so many opportunities in New Orleans that it seems nearly impossible to do everything. Just remember to take full advantage of the city, and you’ll always find yourself with a good time.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. More than 500,000 king cakes are sold each year in New Orleans between January 6 and Fat Tuesday, and another 50,000 are shipped out-of-state via overnight courier.
  2. Mardi Gras draws more than 700,000 visitors to New Orleans and, in the past, has generated more than $1 billion for the city.
  3. New Orleans the only U.S. city where French was the predominant language for more than one century.
  4. New Orleans is often called the "Crescent City" because it was founded on the bend of the Mississippi River. This unusual shape causes locals and visitors to become confused occasionally, as there is no traditional "north, south, east, or west" mode of getting around.
  5. Many of the tens of thousands of live oak trees that line the streets and boulevards date back to before the Civil War. They have survived hurricanes, droughts, pests, and fires.
Notable Natives
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Truman Capote
  • Harry Connick Jr.
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Lillian Hellman
  • Kordell Stewart
  • Reese Witherspoon
Local Slang
  • "The Big Easy": The official nickname for New Orleans, after a contest many years ago
  • Carnival: The party season before Mardi Gras; starts on January 6 (the Twelfth Night)
  • Creole: Descendents of French, Spanish, and Caribbean slaves and natives; also come to mean any person whose ancestry derives from the mixed nationalities in the Caribbean
  • Doubloons: Aluminum coins stamped with the parade krewe's insignia and theme
  • Fixin' to: Means "about to" in local dialect
  • Lagniappe: Something extra that you didn't pay for
  • Laissez le Bon temp rouler: "Let the good times roll."
Points of Interest
  • Bourbon Street
  • French Market
  • Magazine Street
Shopping Centers
  • Clearview Mall
  • Riverwalk
  • Shops at Canal Place
Movie Theaters
AMC Palace 12- Clearview
4486 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70006
(504) 734-2020
Movie Theaters
Entergy IMAX at the Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 774-7394
Movie Theaters
Landmark Canal Place Cinema
333 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 581-5400
Movie Theaters
Prytania Theatre
5339 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
(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 (LSU): LA: 1.5 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 82 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 83 responses

  • 92% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 7% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% 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 83 responses

  • 63% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 37% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 83 responses

  • 35% Totally.
  • 49% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 16% No way.

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