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College Orientation Survival Guide

Everything You Need to Know to Get the Most Out of Your College Orientation

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to your college, and you’ll soon get to experience the college lifestyle in Baton Rouge. You probably can’t wait to get started!

College orientation is your chance to get to know the college that you’ll be attending next year and start building some relationships that can last a lifetime! There’s tons to learn, and you’ll need to be prepared to get the most out of your orientation. In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know, including what to bring, places to stay, things to do, and where to get the best food in Baton Rouge.

  1. Orientation Prep — The Basics
  2. Going Above and Beyond
  3. Things to Do
  4. The Best Places to Eat

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Orientation Prep — The Basics

Over the course of your orientation, you’ll have a lot of things to do: tour the campus, register for classes, meet your future classmates, and much more. All of this may seem daunting, but you can take some steps to make it as easy as possible. (And remember, always be willing to ask questions if you don’t know something.) To start, let’s go over what you need to bring to orientation.

What to Bring

Since you’ll be doing so many different things during orientation, it’s good to have a few items with you wherever you go, just in case. Use the list below.

Where to Stay

If you’re new to Baton Rouge, there are plenty of places to stay in the city.

Where to Go

It goes without saying — if you can’t get to orientation, it isn’t going to do you much good. You don’t want to miss the introduction, so be sure to allow for extra travel time to avoid being late!

Depending on which college you’re attending in Baton Rouge, you’ll need to find the right building where orientation will begin. After that, you’ll likely be given instructions on where to go and what to do. Review your orientation guide to find out what building you need to start in.

For future LSU students, orientation should start in the LSU Student Union ballroom at the center of campus, right next to the Parade Ground and Barnes & Noble.

Going Above and Beyond

What to bring and where to go are the basics for your orientation experience, but just showing up isn’t going to get you very far. Take it one step further and:

Make New Friends

The best way to get the most out of your college orientation is to engage with the people around you. Whether it’s the faculty, professors, or other students, these are the people that you’ll be spending the next few years of your life with. Get to know them! You might just create some lifetime friendships.

Get Free Stuff

Now that you’re about to be a college student, you’ll start figuring out how great it is to get free stuff. Don’t be afraid to load up on freebies!

Walk Around Campus

Once the semester begins, the campus will be bustling with activity. Take some time to walk around and enjoy the quiet campus. For LSU students, be sure to stop by Tiger Stadium and the Bronze Tiger statue.

Things to Do in Baton Rouge

There are tons of things to do in Baton Rouge, and orientation is your chance to get to know the city where you’ll be spending your next few years. The city offers a wide array of entertainment, shopping, and events that you’ll be glad to know about! Here’s a list of places to check out while you’re at orientation:

Tiger Stadium

Take a tour of Death Valley so you know the ins and outs before football season. While you’re there, be sure to stop by the Bronze Tiger statue to pay your respects! Request a tour here.

Tigerland Avenue

Check out the nightlife you’ll have plenty of during your college experience.

13th Gate Escape

You can bond with your parents and strangers while trying to figure your way out of a local escape room!

Riverfront/Levee Downtown

Check out the Mighty Mississippi, the steamboat, the USS Kidd museum, and local museums at the waterfront.

Old State Capital Museum

You’ll get a look into the history of Baton Rouge and the local culture.

Red Stick Farmers Market on Saturdays

This is a great opportunity to check out local goods and the local flavor of Baton Rouge.

The Red Stick Monument

Be sure to visit the monument to commemorate the name of Baton Rouge, which means “red stick”.


And be sure to check out our property events!

6/16 FLOATCHELLA: Join us at the Armstrong pool for over sized floaties and other freebies!

6/22 Can you take the heat? Stop by the wing bar at The Oliver‘s clubhouse to try non-spicy to the spiciest wings!

6/30 FLOATCHELLA: Join us at the Armstrong pool for over sized floaties and other freebies!

7/4 Fourth of July celebration equipped with food and drinks at The Oliver’s resort-style pool

7/7 FLOATCHELLA: Join us at the Lodges at 777 pool for over sized floaties and other freebies!

7/14 FLOATCHELLA: Join us at the Lodges at 777 pool for over sized floaties and other freebies!


And if you haven’t found something yet, check out these other local places and events:

The Best Places to Eat

Baton Rouge is full of all kinds of great places to eat — especially when it comes to Cajun food. If you’re looking for a place to experience authentic Louisiana cuisine, try some of the restaurants in our list!

The Chimes

Be sure to try the alligator, and the spinach and artichoke dip. The Chimes on Highland is a staple of the local eateries available.

Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar

Be sure to visit their location near Tiger Stadium on Burbank Drive. They offer a ton of options for local flavored cuisine, have the best parking for baseball season, and offer a unique LSU history.

Sammy’s Grill

Known best in the spring for their rocking crawfish deals, Sammy’s offers great food any time of the year! Plus, you can cruise by beautiful Louisiana homes on Highland Road on your way there!

Mary Lee Donuts

If you need a great breakfast option that’s quick, you won’t want to miss Mary Lee!

C’est Si Bon Food Tours

Got an afternoon to kill? Take a 2.5-hour walking food tour in downtown Baton Rouge!


Start your college career in Baton Rouge by having an amazing orientation! You’ll get to experience the ins and outs of being a college student in Baton Rouge while getting to meet new friends and learning about your new home. Using this orientation survival guide, you’ll be prepared to get the most out of your college experience.

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