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Off-Campus Housing

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Off-Campus Housing: i'm just a freshman I have no clue

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Off-Campus Housing: I'm only a freshman, and so I really have no idea.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The rent is pretty cheap here. Safety is the only issue.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of places close to campus. Still live on campus so I don't know about costs and stuff.

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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
52%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$2,900
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 61 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 63 responses

  • 27% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 60% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 11% 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 62 responses

  • 8% Extremely helpful.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 44% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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