Are you ready for the G?

Moving off campus and searching for a place to stay can be a difficult task for students in the Ruston/Grambling area. There are difficult choices to be made, from having a roommate or wanting to stay alone.

 From there, students must decide on buying furniture or obtaining a place already furnished. The area has several apartment complexes that are available with all the essentials needed for the aspiring off-campus prospect.

BREYANA ROBINSON/The Yearbook    Students welcome newcomers  to Grambling State with a pinning ceremony.

BREYANA ROBINSON/The Yearbook    Students welcome newcomers  to Grambling State with a pinning ceremony. 

 Here is a list of some apartment complexes that are popular among the college crowd:

Stadium View in Grambling: $525 for a two-bedroom (unfurnished).

Campus Evolution in Ruston: a two-bedroom for $595, a four-bedroom for $399 (furnished, washer/dryer).

University Crossing in Ruston: $475 (not furnished, washer/dryer).

Royal Crest in Ruston: one-bedroom is $450, two-bedroom, $505 (unfurnished).

Village Green in Ruston: one-bedroom $485, two-bedroom $555, three-bedroom $635 (not furnished, washer/dryer).

At times, moving off campus makes you feel as if you are moving away from everyone and also missing out on all the fun. To accommodate students and locals, the Ruston/Grambling area has a variety of entertainment options, such as Celebrity Movie Theater, monthly art crawls, summer Peach Festival, and of course, Grambling and Louisiana Tech football during the fall.

 Off-campus living is the first step of being an adult, living alone and renting/owning your own place, learning to be responsible. Moving off campus and losing the benefits of going to the Caf changes your eating habits. 

The Ruston/Grambling area provides a lot of food places, from fast food to wine- and-dine restaurants. 

Popular places in the fast food market, like Burger King, Sonic and Taco Bell, are all available in Ruston, and Grambling is home to Subway. There are also pizza places and sandwich shops all over Ruston.

Food places for a more family-oriented atmosphere would be Applebee’s, Wing Stop, Raising Canes, and Chili’s. 

For those interested in the all-you-can-eat dining experience, there’s Ryan’s, Peking, Z’s Buffet and Scott’s Catfish and Seafood.  

The Dawghouse Bar and Grill in Ruston is a popular spot for college students to enjoy friends and drinks while listening to music as well as grabbing a bite to eat. The Dawghouse also includes pool tables and darts as entertainment for customers, which can be much more exciting after family hours. 

A little more upscale are Portico, Roma and Log Cabin. For a true Louisiana dining experience, try Ponchatoulas every day or Landry’s on Thursday-Saturday.

Administrators and students light their candles as they kick off pinning welcome  for GSU newcomers.

President Willie D. Larkin and student body president light their candles as a sign of  welcoming newcomers to Grambling State. 

 For sushi lovers, Ruston has two great places to choose from. At Ronin Hibachi Sushi and Grill, you can sit and watch as the chef freshly prepares your meal, directly in front of your eyes. Raw, located in downtown Ruston, allows you to choose from all different kinds of fresh rolled sushi.  

With all these options given and many more local treasures to offer, students are able to pick and choose their living situations as well as the food they consume from day to day. Off campus living may be a fright at first but with the right knowledge and preparation the adjustment is a simple transition.