Information for Prospective Students

Airports around LSU

  • Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

We recommend you to choose Baton Rouge Metro airport. Please choose the airport at New Orleans only when the fare difference would be more than $100.

Cities near Baton Rouge

  • New Orleans (80 miles)
  • Shreveport (261 miles)
  • Houston (268 miles)
  • Dallas (440 miles)
  • Atlanta (526 miles)


Most of the Nepali students reside at Nicholson Apartments.


  • Grocery — Walmart (5 min drive) and Southside Produce (20 min drive)
  • Spices and other authentic Indian products– Bengal (8min drive), Fashion India (20 min drive), AZ (20 min drive)
  • Apparels and accessories—Mall of Louisiana (25 min drive), Tanger outlet (45 min)

Dining & other activities

  • On Campus and near by: McDonald’s, Starbucks, Blimpie’s, Pizza Hut and many other food counters are located inside the Union. More information on where you can eat on-campus.
  • Fast food, restaurants– Mexican, Mediterranean, Chinese and American, and bars are located within walking distance from the campus.
  • ICC and other student organizations organize movie nights for free.
  • Be a part of NSA to celebrate important festivals.
  • Once you are an LSU tiger, you would feel the vibe of being the National Champions in College football twice since the beginning of the millennium. Fall semester– you would learn to enjoy college football and have fun with friends at the same time.
  • Two University lakes (20 min walk from Nicholson) and Mississippi river (10 min walk from Nicholson) would motivate you to run/jog.


  • A Nepali restaurant -Himalayas and an Indian restaurant-India’s are located at about 20 min drive.
  • Within 20-30 min drive, you could find places for various recreation: from watching a movie to visiting a museum.

    About Louisiana

  • The state of Louisiana is situated in the southern part of the United States of America.
  • Contiguous states: Texas, Mississippi, and Arkansas
  • Nickname: Pelican State
  • Capital: Baton Rouge
  • Population: 4,287,768
  • Most populated city: New Orleans
  • The port of South Louisiana is the 4th largest volume shipping port in the world.
  • Louisiana dwellers: mostly speakers of Cajun French and Louisiana Creole French.
  • Climate: hot humid sub-tropical summers (May till August), moderate (September till December and April) and mild winter (January till March)
  • State flower: Magnolia
  • State bird: Eastern brown Pelican
  • Sports:
    • NBA - Hornets
    • NFL - New Orleans Saints
  • Louisiana Cuisine
    • Andouille (ahn-do-ee): Spicy sausages with Red Beans and Rice and other Creole delicacies
    • Beignet (bin-yay): Sweet doughnut but in strips sprinkled with powdered sugar
    • Boudin (boo-dan): Hot, spicy, ground pork mixed with onions, cooked rice, herbs and stuffed in sausage casing.
    • Cafe au lait (caf-ay oh-lay): Coffee with milk
    • Cafe brulot (caf-ay broo-loh): A blend of hot coffee, spices, orange peel and liqueur
    • Courtbouillon (coo-boo-yon): A rich, spicy soup or stew, made with fish fillets, tomatoes, onions and sometimes mixed vegetables.
    • Crawfish:
    • Dirty rice: Pan fried leftover cooked rice sauteed with green peppers, celery, stock and giblets.
    • Etouffee (ay-too-fay): A tangy tomato-based sauce Crawfish etouffee and shrimp etouffee are the New Orleans delicacies.
    • Gumbo: A thick soup with thousands of variations, only a few of which are shrimp gumbo, okra gumbo and file gumbo.
    • Jambalaya (jum-bo-lie-yah): Tomatoes and cooked rice with ham, shrimp, chicken, onions and a lot of seasonings.