Welcome to the ‘Big Easy!’

To truly understand the way of life in New Orleans, you’ll have to come and experience it for yourself. It is a melting pot of culture, food and music. Many of the city’s early inhabitants were from Europe, the Caribbean and Africa. Their influence can be found everywhere, especially in its architectural styles - from creole cottages to double-gallery homes with sprawling second story porches. You can easily explore this city by foot. Walk down to the Riverwalk Marketplace for some fresh beignets or make your way through the French Quarter in search of the best gumbo in town. As the birthplace of jazz, it’s nearly impossible to walk down the street without hearing the sounds of brass instruments from local street musicians. Frenchmen Street is the epicenter of live music with a number of great venues that’ll peak your interest. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about the city, post-Katrina and the resilience of this proud community. 

Useful New Orleans Links

Visit New Orleans
What to do in New Orleans
News & Events Calendar
SNAP: Food Assistance
Apartment Finder
Roommate Finder 

Fun Things to Do

●    Indulge at Cafe Du Monde with a cup of coffee and fresh beignets coated with powdered sugar
●    Check out the French Quarter Jazz Festival; Louisiana's largest free music event 
●    Check out this list of 50 free and affordable things to do
●    Wander through the Garden District and take in the historic architecture
●    Swing by Lafayette Park on Wednesdays from 5-7 PM for free concerts, April to June
●    Visit the Lower Ninth Ward post-Katrina to learn about the neighborhood’s devastation and how it is being rebuilt
●    Discover the best gumbo the city has to offer