As a graduate student at Tulane, you have the opportunity to live and learn in an autonomous, supportive environment. Graduate students and their families may live off-campus or apply for Tulane provided housing in the lower garden district.
Nothing in New Orleans is very far away from Tulane, and if you find a place close to St. Charles or Carrollton Avenue you will be able to use public transportation. If you have a car you can live anywhere! The areas closest to campus are the ones with the zip codes of 70118, 70125 and 70115 and the following streets act as unofficial "boundaries" when looking for apartments that are close enough to access campus on foot or by bike: S. Carrolton Ave, Fontainebleau Drive, Jefferson Avenue and Tchoupitoulas St. Of course good apartments can be found throughout the city. From Tulane's campus, it is about 15 minutes to drive into the French Quarter (not including time to park), and about 30-45 minutes to take the streetcar (streetcar comes to each stop about every 15-20 minutes).
In a typical lease, tenants have up to 30 days before their current lease expires to notify the landlord of their intent to stay for another year or not. Since you are probably looking for a lease that starts in May/June, most property managers don't know if their property will be available until March/April – 30 days before May/June.
Magazine Street is full of restaurants and boutique shops, good for nightlife and far enough away that it does not attract the undergraduate crowd! If you would like to live farther away from campus, anywhere along Magazine is a good place because of its location to those restaurants and shops. The houses that you find around Magazine have a very residential feel.
Fontainebleau Drive and everything near it (above Claiborne Street) is very residential, family-oriented, with a few graduate students in Law or Med School. It is farther from shops, restaurants, grocery stores, etc., but it's peaceful and a very nice community.
S. Carrolton Ave is also a good street for shops and restaurants. It has a streetcar for public transportation that runs down that street and then turns on St. Charles so there is easy access. You can find good places behind Carrolton as well, Oak Street and Maple Street have wonderful restaurants, coffee shops, and stores that are fun to walk around.
Broadway Street is Tulane's Greek Row. It is where all of the fraternities and sororities are located and is where most of the undergraduate population either lives or enjoys free time. It is a very young area, not very family-friendly, but would always prove entertaining! Of course the closer you are to campus the more interaction you are bound to have with the student body.
For a quieter living space that is within 3 blocks of campus I would look at Pine Street, Lowerline Street and on towards Carrolton, or Calhoun, Palmer or State Street and on towards Jefferson.
Papillon Apartments: Lower Garden District
The Papillon offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom furnished and unfurnished apartments in the lower garden district. All units include a stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and stackable washer and dryer. Utilities (electricity) are the sole responsibility of the student/resident. Basic cable and internet connections are provided. Pets are NOT allowed in the Papillon. Please review all residence hall policies located on the website.
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