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Off-Campus Housing

Graduate and Exchange students may choose to find off-campus housing.  Finding a place to live in New Orleans isn't difficult, but it does require advance planning. Tulane University does not help students find off-campus housing- this is your responsibility. However we have provided you with some resources to help you start your search for housing and understand what you need to do next once you find housing.  More resources from Housing and Residence Life (HRL) can be found here.

Temporary Housing Resources 

 

Preparing to Live Off-Campus

First things first

So you’ve decided to look for a place to live off-campus. The first thing you should do is get a map of New Orleans that shows the various neighborhoods and streets. Now, you need to ask yourself these basic questions:

  • How much money do I want to pay?
  • Do I want to rent a room, apartment, or house?
  • In which area of town do I want to live?
  • How can I get to school?
  • How long do I want to stay?

Making a list of everything that you are looking for in your new home (ex. two bedrooms, washer/dryer, etc.) before you begin will make your search a lot easier.

Renting To Do List

First look for the price that you can afford. Then, find a suitable location. Remember to ask for the cross street to ensure full understanding of the location. That information will make it easier for you locate it on a map. Once you have your top five choices, go out and look at the apartment, and the neighborhood.

Where to begin looking for an apartment

Ask yourself the following questions when looking at a neighborhood:

  • Are the houses and lawns in the area well kept?
  • Is the neighborhood kept clean?
  • Are most of the houses occupied by their owners?
  • Are there laundry facilities nearby?
  • Is the apartment within a mile radius of campus so that I can take advantage of the off campus shuttle at night?

Talk to other residents if possible. Pretend that you are living there already. How do you see yourself? Does it feel ok to you? Talk to OISS, we have many years of experience living here and are happy to help.

Inspect the apartment: Thoroughly inspect the apartment with the landlord or real estate agent before paying a deposit. Be sure to inspect the apartment during the day.

Outside: Does the apartment have basic, secure hardware on the doors and windows? Do all the locks work? Is the outside well lit? Are there light fixtures at each entrance? Do all the outside light fixtures work?

Inside: Is the inside clean to your satisfaction? Are there any broken windows, damaged walls or floors? Is the plumbing in working order? Are there any leaks under the sink or dripping faucets? Do all of the toilets and drains work properly? If the utilities are on when you are doing your initial inspection, check the air conditioner(s), heater, water heater, refrigerator, stove, lights, electrical outlets, water pressure, etc. to make sure they work. If the utilities are not connected, check these items as soon as the utilities are connected. If something is not working, notify the landlord immediately!

Write down everything inside and outside that may be broken, damaged, or out of order. Make sure that both you and the landlord sign the checklist. If you cannot get the landlord to accompany you for the inspection or he/she refuses to sign the checklist, get a witness who has observed the damages to sign it, and send a copy to the landlord by certified mail. If possible, take pictures or video of damages and repairs that need to be done. Both you and the landlord should have a copy of the checklist. Keep this list for future reference. If repairs or corrections are needed, put all the repairs needed in writing, make the rental contingent upon these corrections and agree upon a completion date. If the landlord refuses to put everything that needs repair in writing, seriously consider another apartment. You should not be charged for any of the damage indicated on the checklist at the time you move out.

Important Flood Advice

It rains a lot in New Orleans, and parts of the city can flood. Your apartment should be at least 1 meter off the ground. No matter what the owner says, an apartment on the ground has a higher chance of flooding.

Where to Begin Looking

Depending on your academic program you will see that the location of the buildings you access on a daily basis will vary from the Uptown to the Downtown campuses. If you are interested in places around the Uptown Campus search in the Classified Section called Rentals Unfurnished/Above Canal. Apartments with the notation "University Area" should be located close to the Uptown Campus. If your interest is the downtown area, note where it says Mid-City, or Below Canal.

An unfurnished apartment means that there are no beds, sofas, chairs, etc., but should include a stove, refrigerator, heater and air conditioner. If you need some furniture, you can buy used furniture in garage sales. Take a look in the classifieds section of the newspaper (especially on Fridays) for garage sales where you can purchase inexpensive furniture and household goods. Garage sales usually start early Saturday mornings. You can also check the Facebook Groups listed above (Tulane Classifieds and Tulane International Classifieds) for secondhand furniture.

If you want to live in the suburb of Metairie where many apartment complexes are located, contact one of the real estate companies listed below or look at local newspapers for more information. Apartments may be cheaper in Metairie, but you will also have to have some sort of transportation to get to campus. Check the RTA website for bus route information at www.norta.com.

Websites

Real Estate Companies and Apartment Information

Latter & Blum
7840 Maple Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504)866-7000
Toll Free: 1-866-794-1022
www.latter-blum.com
Tonti Management
4433 Conlin St.
Metairie, LA 70006
(504)889-6800
Toll Free: 1-844-889-6800
www.tonti.net
Forest Isle Apartments
5000 Woodland Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70131
(504)394-4400
Toll Free: 1-800-596-4416
www.forestisle.com
Prudential Gardner
7934 Maple St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504)861-7575
Toll Free: 1-800-566-7801
www.gardnerrealtors.com
1st Lake Realty
4971 W. Napoleon Ave.
Metairie, LA 70001
(504)455-5059
Toll Free: 1-877-440-5253
www.1stlake.com
NOLA Realty
7611 Maple St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504)419-8164
www.nolarealty.com

Newspaper Real Estate Classified Listings

Gambit Weekly
Classified Section
Available in PJ's Coffee Shop & The Mushroom Record Store

Times Picayune Newspaper
Classified Section
Available in the newspaper box in front of Bruff Commons Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

Common Newspaper Abbreviations

  • apt. = apartment
  • cen-air, c/h = central air (one unit controls air and heat)
  • ac = air conditioner
  • 1br = one bedroom
  • rms = rooms
  • conv = convenient
  • fur kit = furnished kitchen (refrigerator and stove are provided)
  • pkng = parking
  • lower/garden apt. = on the ground floor
  • liv-rm, liv, LR = living room
  • off st pkg = off street parking
  • bath, ba = bathroom
  • kit =kitchen
  • din = dining room
  • mod = modern
  • effic = efficiency (one room for everything; living room, bedroom, kitchen, separate bathroom)
  • avail = available
  • appls = appliances (refrigerator and stove are provided)
  • lux = luxury
  • wtr incl = water included (no extra charge)
  • w/d = washer and dryer
  • hdwd flrs = hardwood floors
  • hi ceil = high ceilings
  • w/d hkps = no washer or dryer, but the pipes and outlets are there.
Signing A Lease

Lease and Deposit

The lease is a contract that legally binds both you and the landlord to the terms stated in it for a specified period of time. The lease should be written. Beware that a verbal contract may be impossible to prove should a dispute arise. In a lease, you are the lessee/tenant renting the apartment. The landlord is the one individual who either owns the property or manages it. Read the lease or contract carefully before you sign it. If you don’t understand something, have it explained, or contact the Tulane Legal Assistance Program. Make sure you obtain a copy of the signed lease!

If the apartment building you inhabit is sold while you are an occupant, the new owner is not legally required to honor the terms of the contract you signed with the previous owner.

What the lease should specify

How much is the rent? Can it increase for any reason during the term of the lease? If you have a dispute with your landlord, do not withhold the month’s rent. The landlord has the legal right to evict you if you withhold rent.

When must the rent be paid each month? Make sure you know what day of the month the rent is due. You can be charged additional fees for a late rent payment.

Number of occupants: How many people can live in the apartment? Can you sublet the apartment?

Roommates: Who is responsible for the rent should one roommate leave? If you will be sharing the apartment with roommates, be sure that each person occupying the apartment is able to sign the lease.Realize that the only people who are ultimately responsible for the rent, damages, etc. are those whose names appear on the lease. Louisiana law states that each roommate can be held liable for the full amount of the lease, not just his or her individual share. Consider asking the landlord to sign a separate lease with each of you reflecting the individual shares of rent.

What is the length of the lease? Most leases are for a 12 month period. Some landlords agree to a 9 month lease, but the rent may be higher. 

What is the landlord’s right of entry? Check to see if you have to be present in order to allow the landlord into your apartment/house.

Is there an automatic renewal clause included in the terms of the agreement? The lease may contain a statement that automatically renews the agreement for the full term of the original contract. If you do not wish to renew your lease, you must notify the landlord in writing that you intend to move. This notice must be given before the expiration of the lease, usually 30 days in advance. If the lease does not contain a lease renewal clause, and you do not notify the landlord of your intention to move, the lease can be automatically renewed on a month-to month-basis. If either you or the landlord decides to change the terms of the lease, 10 days advance written notice before the end of the monthly lease must be given.

Security/Damage deposit: If a landlord agrees to hold an apartment for you, you will probably have to pay a deposit. This deposit obligates you to take the apartment on an agreed upon date. If you decide not to take the apartment, the landlord is entitled to keep whatever part of the deposit is reasonably necessary under the circumstances. In many cases, this will be the entire deposit. A security/damage deposit is given the landlord to satisfy nonpayment of rent or damage that you have made to the apartment. Be sure to know how much the security deposit is. Is there a "liquidated damages" clause that allows the landlord to keep the entire deposit if you move out before the lease expires? A deposit may be kept only if you do not pay your rent or for unreasonable wear or damage to the property. Normal wear and tear is not deductible. If the deposit is not enough to cover provable, unreasonable wear, you may also be responsible for additional charges. The law requires a landlord to return deposits within 30 days of termination of a lease, provided that you have fulfilled the lease and left a forwarding address. If any part of the deposit is kept, the landlord must send you an itemized list of deductions and any remaining balance.

Utilities: Who pays the utilities? Never assume that utilities are included unless it is written into the lease. Usually you will have to pay for electricity, gas, water, telephone service, and cable. Sometimes your landlord may include water in the month's rent. Either way, be sure to ASK! There are many clauses and statements that do not benefit you and that you may be agreeing with for not requesting all the information, and not taking advantage of all the resources.

Maintenance: Who is responsible for maintenance/repairs? Always notify the landlord in writing of any big repairs that are needed. Take pictures.

What to do at the end of the lease: Always give written notice that you intend to vacate the premises. Do not assume that the landlord knows you are leaving because the lease is expiring. You MUST give a written 30 day notice that you plan to vacate or the lease may be automatically renewed. If you vacate the premises before your lease ends, you may be responsible for paying the rent for the remaining month(s) and/or lose your deposit.

Having Problems?

Contact the Tulane Legal Assistance Program (TULAP). The office is located at University Square,
200 Broadway Street, Suite 212, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118. They can be reached at (504) 865-5515, tulap@tulane.edu, or http://www.law.tulane.edu/tulap/.

The Louisiana ACORN Fair Housing Organization (LAFHO) can be reached 1-800-239-7379.

 

Public Services & Utilities

Electricity, Gas, & Water

In order to get the gas, electric and water service turned on and in your name, you will have to call the utility company directly or visit their website. You will have to pay a deposit to each company for service to be turned on.

ELECTRICITY & GAS

Entergy
639 Loyola Ave # 300
New Orleans, LA 70113
1(800)368-3749
http://www.entergy.com/

WATER

Sewerage & Water Board
625 Saint Joseph St
New Orleans, LA 70165
(504) 529-2837
http://www.swbno.org

Landline Telephone Service

Remember, most services can be applied to your cell phone! However, if you would like to have a landline instead of relying solely on your cell phone, this kind of telephone service is provided by local and long-distance telephone companies. As a new customer, you may be charged a deposit and installation fee. Without a Social Security Number, it can be extremely difficult to get phone service without being required to pay a deposit.

When requesting local telephone service, you will be asked if you wish to have additional services, such as call waiting, caller identification, speed dialing, wire maintenance service etc. There is a charge for each additional service.

Cox Communications
1-866-961-0027 www.cox.com

Sprint
1-866-866-7509 www.sprint.com

AT&T 
1-888-333-6651 www.att.com

When paying your deposit, take the following items with you:

Identification: Passport

Social Security Card if you have one. A Social Security Card is not required to get telephone service although it can be difficult without one.

Your local address, including zip code.

The deposit will be returned as a credit on your bill between 11 and 13 months after service is established, if your bills are paid on time. Any held deposit will be returned when service is discontinued. When leaving remember to provide a forwarding address to receive the deposit.

How to dial long distance numbers:

Dialing Long Distance within the United States: 1 + Area Code + Number

Dialing Long Distance outside of US: 011 + Country Code +City Code + Number

Pay attention to how much you spend on international long distance calls. You may find that your charges add up to hundreds of dollars each month if you do not watch your usage.

Always check your telephone bill carefully. You may be charged for items that you did not request, or you may have been switched to a long distance carrier without your knowledge or consent.

Avoid annoying calls from telemarketers trying to sell you goods and services by registering your number on the national “do not call” registry. You may register on-line at http://donotcall.gov.

Emergency Numbers

Dial 911 to reach emergency medical services, the fire department or police.

Dial (504) 865-5911 for the Tulane University Uptown Emergency Line.

Dial (504) 988-5555 for the Tulane University Downtown Emergency Line.

Toll Free Numbers

Telephone numbers that start with either 1-800-, 1-877- or 1-888- are usually free for you to call. The institution or business that has this number pays for the call.

Telemarketers

215 and 216 numbers are advertisement numbers. These numbers can be blocked from calling you.

Beware of 1-900 and 1-976 numbers!

1-900- and 1-976- numbers are very expensive. You are not only charged for the phone call, but also for some special service offered via telephone per minute of your call. You may want to consider getting 900 and 976 numbers blocked so that no one can make a 900 number call from your telephone. Blocking the use of these numbers is a free service.

 

Shopping Resources

Shopping Hints

Shopping is a major hobby of many Americans. You will find a large selection of products and you will be bombarded with advertisements encouraging you to buy all sorts of goods. The following are some useful shopping hints:

  • Prices can vary tremendously from one store to the next since prices are not "fixed." Learn to be a good "comparison shopper" by checking the price at different stores, newspaper advertisements, and sale flyers.
  • Shop at discount stores (Wal-Mart, K-Mart) where items are usually (but not always) cheaper. Department store prices tend to be higher.
  • Wait for items to go "on sale." Sales are advertised online and in the daily newspaper, the Times Picayune. The Sunday edition is always full of sale ads.
  • When buying new items (such as a stereo, computer, or clothing) always save your receipt. If you are not completely satisfied with the product when you get it home, you may be able to return it for a full refund or store credit. Always ask what the store's refund policy is before making a major purchase.
  • You can buy used items at garage sales, using www.Craiglist.com** to find local people selling their items, or by joining the Facebook groups: “Tulane Classifieds”. People who are moving or trying to get rid of accumulated items often hold a Garage Sale at their home or post their items to Craigslist or the Facebook forum. Look in Friday’s and Saturday's Times Picayune for locations of garage sales and get to the locations as early as possible to get the best items. You can purchase furniture, children's clothing, household goods, bicycles, and many items that are in good condition for a bargain price. REMEMBER TO BARGAIN FOR THE PURCHASE PRICE WHEN SHOPPING AT A GARAGE SALE. You must pay for garage sale items in cash and no refunds are permitted. Used items, especially furniture, may also be purchased at second-hand or “thrift” stores like Goodwill.
  • Bulletin Boards or notice boards around campus are also a place to look for items that students might be selling. DO NOT PURCHASE ANY ELECTRONIC GOODS AT THE DISCOUNT STORES ON CANAL STREET. These stores have a reputation for selling inferior goods.
  • Many international students utilize Tulane’s shuttle services to shop. All of the different routes and maps can be located here: http://www2.tulane.edu/universityservices/transportation/index.cfm

 

Shopping Areas

Uptown

Oak Street and Maple Street
Many small shops, specialty boutiques, restaurants, and bars.

Magazine Street
Small shops, thrift stores, antique shops, coffee shops, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and bars.

Riverbend Area
St. Charles Avenue at S. Carrollton
Rite Aid, Walgreens, St. Charles Vision, specialty boutiques, restaurants, and bars

Riverside Shopping Center
Tchoupitoulas St. & Jefferson Ave.
Winn-Dixie Supermarket, Pier One Imports, Petco, FedEx, Planet Beach, PJ's Coffee, McAlister's Deli

Downtown

Canal Street
Shoe stores, small clothing stores, bookstores

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
500 Port of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70130
Kay Jewelers Outlet, Sunglass Hut, Clarks Outlet, Coach Outlet, souvenirs, restaurants, clothing stores, boutiques
www.riverwalkneworleans.com

Canal Place Shopping Center
333 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Saks Fifth Avenue, Laura Ashley, cinema, etc.
www.theshopsatcanalplace.com

 

Jefferson Parish (Metairie and Kenner)

Lakeside Shopping Center
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70002
Small, popular shops and department stores like JC Penny, Macy's and Dillards
www.lakesideshopping.com

Elmwood Shopping Center
1200 South Clearview Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70123
AMC Palace 20 Movie Theater and many small stores and restaurants

Clearview Mall
4436 Veterans Blvd
Metairie, LA 70006
Small shops and restaurants, as well as a Sears, Target and Bed Bath & Beyond
www.clearviewmall.com
Esplanade Mall
1401 W. Esplanade Ave.,
Kenner, LA 70065
More than 150 stores, including Dillards, Old Navy, Macy's and more
www.esplanademall.com

Drug Stores

Rite Aid
(504) 865-1111
1113 S. Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118
www.riteaid.com
Castellon
(504) 866-3784
8232 Oak St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
www.castellonrx.com
Walgreens
(504) 861-7864
718 S. Carrollton
New Orleans, LA 70118
www.walgreens.com
CVS
(504) 891-6307
4901 Prytania St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
www.cvs.com
TU Student Health Center Pharmacy
(closed for lunch 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)
(504) 865-5255
Building #92 on Uptown Campus
maptulane.edu/health/pharmacy.cfm

Remember:

Multiple locations exist, check online for the nearest location to you. The larger supermarkets may also have pharmacies as do discount stores like K-Mart and Wal-Mart.

Supermarkets

Wal-Mart
(504) 522-4142
1901 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
www.walmart.com

Winn-Dixie
(Multiple locations exist)
(504) 895-2966
5400 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
www.winndixie.com

Trader Joe’s Metairie
(504) 899-9283
2949 Veterans Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002
www.traderjoes.com

Whole Foods
(504) 899-9119
5600 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Breaux Mart
(504) 262-6017
3233 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
www.breauxmart.com

Rouses
(Multiple locations exist)
(504) 227-3838
701 Baronne St,
New Orleans, LA 70113
www.rouses.com

 

Ethnic and Organic Markets

International Markets

International market
(504)888-8832
3940 Barron St.
Metairie, LA 70002
 

Cost Plus World Market
(504)736-0571
1134 South Clearview Parkway
Harahan, LA 7012

Asian Markets

Golden City Asian Food Market
(504) 780-8588
2712 N. Arnoult Rd.
Metairie, LA 70002
 

Oriental Market
Japanese, Korean, Chinese
(504) 457-4567
3324 Transcontinental Dr.
Metairie, LA 70006

Slavic Market

Eastern European Foods Grocery
(504) 466-1982
3320 Williams Blvd.
Kenner, LA 70065
 

Middle Eastern Markets 

Mona's Cafe & Deli
(504) 482-7743
3901 Banks St.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Kased Brothers Halal
(504) 468-1950
3804 Williams Blvd.
Kenner, LA 70065

Italian Markets

Central Grocery
(504) 532-1620
923 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70116

Nor-Joe Importing
(504) 833-9240
505 Frisco Ave.
Metairie, LA 70005

Jewish/Kosher Markets

Kosher Cajun NY Deli & Grocery
(504) 888-2010
3519 Severn Ave.
Metairie, LA 70002

Stein's Market & Deli
(504) 527-0771
2207 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Latin American Markets

Norma’s Supermarket

(504) 338-8035
4230 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Ideal Discount Market

(504) 822-4232
250 S Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
www.laidealmarket.com

Regla Store

(504) 485-6494
4200 D’hemecourt St.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Norma’s Sweets Bakery

(504) 309-5401
2925 Bienville St.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Alberto’s Latin Grocery

(504) 457-4335
4524 Shores Dr. #12
Metairie, LA 70006

Union Supermarket

(504) 469-1861
2105 W Esplanade Ave # A
Kenner, LA 70065
www.unionsupermarket.com

Angela’s Latin Grocery

(504) 464-0052
8100 W Metairie Ave.
Metairie, LA 70003

Los Lainez

(504) 885-6561
2916 Cleary Ave.
Metairie, LA 70002

 

Organic/Natural Markets

Crescent City Farmers Market
(504) 861-4488
700 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org

Whole Foods Market

(504) 899-9119
5600 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Trader Joe’s Metairie

(504) 899-9283
2949 Veterans Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002
www.traderjoes.com

New Orleans Food Co-Op

(504) 264-5579
2372 Saint Claude Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70117
www.nolafood.coop

Robert Fresh Market

(504) 488-0536
8115 S Claiborne Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118
www.robertfreshmarket.com

 

 

Fresh Seafood

From The Boat To You

(504) 914-4509
3206 S Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118

Big Fisherman Seafood

(504) 897-9907
3301 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
www.bigfishermanseafood.com

Jefferson Seafood Shack

(504) 833-0300
2801 Jefferson Hwy
Jefferson, LA 70121

Crump’s Seafood Market
& Sandwich Shop

(504) 827-2804
4235 S Claiborne Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70125

 

Deanie's Seafood Market

(504) 835-4638
1713 Lake Ave.
Metairie, LA 70005
www.deanies.com

 


** CRAIGSLIST DISCLAIMER: Craigslist is open to anyone on the internet, not just at Tulane. PLEASE BE CAREFUL! Only deal locally, face-to-face — follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts. DO NOT EXTEND PAYMENT TO ANYONE YOU HAVE NOT MET IN PERSON!

**These businesses are only suggestions. New shops and restaurants open all the time, and existing ones may move locations or close. Always check online before you go!

 

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