Off-Campus Housing, as part of the Department of Housing & Residence Life, aims to help facilitate and cultivate student transitions from on-campus living to off-campus living. Additionally, we hope to serve our graduate, international and professional students in locating a new home away from home.
To help students make healthy choices regarding living and visiting off-campus as it relates to the current COVID-19 situation, we’ve put together a COVID-19 Off-Campus Healthy Living Guide.
TALKING TO LANDLORDS
ASK ABOUT UTILITIES
In New Orleans, water, electricity, and trash are all separate services. Make sure to ask your landlord about those expenses. Are you responsible for one or all of them.
ASK ABOUT SECURITY
When looking at an apartment, take time to think about security. Is your front door on the street or set back? Do you have a deadbolt or just a regular lock? Are your windows secure or easily opened? If you have a gate, would it be easy to jump? If you have a back door, is it just as secure as the front door? Who else has access to your building? Have there been burglaries in the past? Make an informed decision about whether you will feel safe in your new home - and if you’re not sure, consult with a friend or family member.
ASK ABOUT MAIL & PACKAGES
Many buildings have a process for packages to ensure they are not stolen, but some do not! Ask your landlord about whether it is safe to have packages shipped to your building. Do you need to tell delivery drivers to throw it over a fence? Do you need to rely on a P.O. box? Find out what has worked for past tenants before your meal prep kit is taken from your porch.
JUST LITTLE NEW ORLEANS THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
DOES MY STREET FLOOD REGULARLY?
During heavy rainfall, many streets in New Orleans flood. Whether they flood a little (over the curb) or a lot (to your front door) is important to know before deciding on a place to live. Ask your landlord or potential neighbors about flooding.
WILL I HAVE SOMEWHERE TO PARK?
Off-street parking is relatively rare in New Orleans. If you are in a high-traffic area, it may be more difficult to find a parking spot in front of your apartment. If your street is likely to flood in case of heavy rain, be extra thoughtful about your parking situation.
IS MY APARTMENT NEAR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?
Even if you have a car, public transportation is a great asset. Having a bus or streetcar line within walking distance can be a huge plus.
IS MY APARTMENT ON THE PARADE ROUTE?
This isn’t very important for 11 months out of the year, but during the month around Mardi Gras, living on the parade route can be either a big perk or a big annoyance. If you feel strongly in either direction, look up the Mardi Gras parade routes before you sign your lease.