Housing

International students can choose to live on campus in a residence hall, apartment or residential college, or can choose to live off campus.

If you plan to bring your family to the United States as your F-2/J-2 dependents, we recommend that you arrive first to give yourself several weeks to make housing arrangements and to take care of your own affairs before your family arrives.

ExpandOn-campus housing

In order to apply for on-campus housing, you must be officially admitted to LSU. The LSU Department of Residential Life has an application for housing that is separate from the academic admission application. You can apply online for on-campus housing and find information about room rates, housing options, assignment status and more at Residential Life’s website. If you have any questions or would like more information about on-campus housing, contact Residential Life at reslife@lsu.edu.

ExpandOff-campus housing

The University offers general information about living off-campus. Please note there are many apartments in Baton Rouge. You may want to locate an apartment near campus and along the LSU Tiger Trails bus route or Baton Rouge’s Capital Area Transit System (CATS) if you do not plan on purchasing a car.

For tips on using LSU Tiger Trails or CATS, click here.

ExpandTemporary housing

If you were not able to arrange permanent housing prior to your arrival to campus, the International Cultural Center (ICC) on campus and LSU have arranged to provide a limited amount of affordable, temporary housing. This service is provided on a first come, first serve basis and can only accommodate students, and not family members or friends. Although you cannot make reservations for temporary housing, the ICC will do its best to help you find a place to stay. For more information about ICC temporary housing, you can contact the ICC at icc@lsu.edu.

Please be aware that on-campus residence halls cannot accommodate families or friends either. The Cook Hotel is an on-campus hotel with guest rooms and suites that are available to anyone. You also can do an online search for other hotels/motels that are close to campus and along the LSU Tiger Trails bus route or Baton Rouge’s Capital Area Transit System (CATS). (The Cook Hotel is on the LSU bus route.)

For tips on using LSU Tiger Trails or CATS, click here.

ExpandRoommate search

The International Cultural Center (ICC) on campus allows international students to post messages for roommates or available apartments on its roommate search.

The LSU student newspaper, The Daily Reveille, will sometimes have classified advertisements for apartments or individuals looking for roommates.