LSU continues to grow every day, and fall 2019 brought over 6,000 students who wondered where they would live their first year.

Ten years ago, LSU began a policy requiring all incoming first-year students to stay on campus. The procedure was not enforced until fall 2018 due to a lack of housing for students.

Residential Life director Catherine David said, “Students who live on campus both at LSU and nationally, do better academically and they are more connected to the university which impacts retention and graduation rates.”

The University has more than 20 dorms for students, and the majority is for first-year students, which gives upper-level students students only three options for living on campus. These are the West and East Campus apartments along with Nicholson Gateway.

David said, “Leasing for Last Year went very quick. Everything was gone within 13 hours.”

With only three on-campus housing options for upper-class students, many surrounding apartment complexes are leaping at the opportunity, offering deals such as $85 off rent a month and even the possibilities to win free rent for a year. These deals provide the opportunity for many upper-level students to move off campus to enjoy a little more freedom.

On-campus housing may be beneficial to students, but the over a dozen options off-campus apartments provide excellent amenities such as rooftop pools and granite countertops.

LSU residential life is working on renovating more residential halls as incoming first-year classes grow in size every year.