Six Reasons to Study in Ruston

Living in off-campus student housing places you in the heart of a dynamic community. Consider these six reasons to study in Ruston.

It’s a College Town

Home to Louisiana Tech University and just a few miles from Grambling State University, Ruston is truly a college town.  Many businesses proudly display the colleges’ paraphernalia in their windows.  Some establishments have even incorporated references to Tech in their names.  Take the Dawg House Restaurant and Bulldog Computers, alluding to the school’s mascot.  Many stores and eateries offer student discounts and are open later at night on the weekends to cater to the college population.

You’re Close to Everything You Need

Nothing is too far from anything else in Ruston.  When you live in off-campus housing, you’re close to classes but also just minutes from downtown, where you will find restaurants, coffee shops, retail establishments and banks.  Ruston is strategically-located along Interstate 20, so you can conveniently get to neighboring towns or connect to other major thoroughfares.  If you need to catch a flight, you’re only about 30 minutes from the Monroe Regional Airport.

You Will Love the Food

Ruston is known for its wide variety of tasty cuisine, from cheese fries to chalupas.  Local hometown restaurants serve Louisiana favorites, such as gumbo and boiled crawfish (when it’s in season).  Ruston is also home to major chains such as Chili’s and Chick-Fil-A.  If you like ethnic food, you can find Mexican, Asian and Italian.  Of course, when you want to grab a quick bite after a Louisiana Tech football game or on the way to class, you can find plenty of fast-food options.

Lots of Opportunities for Outdoor Fun

For a small town, Ruston has an impressive number of parks.  Railroad Park in downtown Ruston is equipped with a fountain and outdoor amphitheater. Located just steps from campus and student apartments, Hideaway Park offers wooded walking trails.  Another great place to enjoy a walk or jog is the new Rock Island Greenway.  The Regional Sports Complex is another popular attraction, with a lake, softball fields, tennis courts and more.  A short drive outside the city limits will take you to Lincoln Parish Park, a popular place for fishing, jogging, biking and picnics.

It’s Affordable

The cost of living in Ruston is reasonable compared to some major cities and college towns.  Because of its modest prices, the local Super Wal-Mart is a popular destination for college students.

It’s a Vibrant Community

Ruston is known for its Southern hospitality and sense of community.  Students can participate in a variety of special events– parades, festivals, and art shows– and get involved in civic organizations and other local groups.


If you’re looking to get the most out of your student living experience, choosing off-campus housing in Ruston is your link between campus culture and a thriving community.