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Old 03-18-2015, 05:10 PM
 
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Just looking into going to this university in the fall. However, I am very curious what the area surrounding the university is like. I would like to be close to the campus but will not be living on campus. Any info on the surrounding area will be so helpful. I would like to know if this area is a safe area too.
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Just looking into going to this university in the fall. However, I am very curious what the area surrounding the university is like. I would like to be close to the campus but will not be living on campus. Any info on the surrounding area will be so helpful. I would like to know if this area is a safe area too.
North of University (street name) across the street in that neighborhood has an area called the strip with a lot of bars. College kids go there and cause a scene. Id be careful there and wouldnt recommend it at night because drunks can be dangerous. South of university along Johnston street and Pinhook is pretty safe with family friendly restaurants and student housing and a nice park. I have walked in the dark alone to my car several blocks down St Mary street many many times without incident. Going south from the university into the southside is where all the neat stuff is. Theres more restaurants than you know what to do with as well as a large cinema right down Johnston street a mile or so.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:22 AM
 
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Located near the campus is Girard Park. It's a large city park with walking/jogging path, pond, ducks, geese, children's playground, exercise station along the walking/jogging path, municipal swimming pool (open only during summer months), and recreation center with indoor basketball and a small weight room as well as various exercise classes. The park is also home to many festival events. The football stadium parking area is also home to various events. Near the football stadium is large apartment complexes made generally for university students. Near the campus is a place called "The Oil Center". This is a place for some locally owned shopping, a locally owned grocery store, and some nice restaurants. There are plenty of fast food places near the dorms, but there are plenty of good restaurants close to campus. "The Strip" is a place to avoid especially if you're a serious student. It's filled with bars and drug dealing and has been a source of problems. The university just recently tore down and rebuilt the old dorms so they're only a few years old.

If you're of a Christianity faith, there are a wide variety of churches to choose from. If you're Jewish, there is a Jewish temple. If you're muslim, there's an Islamic center on campus.

Greek/Lebanese, Thai, Indian, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese are some of the types of restaurants available in the area in addition to Cajun restaurants. There are some very good burger restaurants that aren't fast food chains.
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Old 03-21-2015, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I lived very close to the campus last year. The areas surrounding the campus are very safe. In fact, compared to most other university towns, Lafayette's off-campus and off-off-campus areas are pretty quiet.

Before you select the precise target neighborhood, you might consider staying a month in one of the many airbnb places (negotiate a week's rate or a month's rate) so you can really do your reconnaissance with boots on ground. Drive up and down the streets near the campus to find areas where you like the look/feel. Rental housing is a seller's market in Lafayette due to high demand from students, oil professionals, long-term tourists, and academic researchers from far and wide coming to Acadiana for various avenues of post-graduate study.

You might also start looking at craisglist now to get a feel for the going market rate for the square footage.
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