BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU administrators and student government members cut the ribbon on the facility that is meant for upperclassmen, athletes, and married couples. Those students have access to several restaurants, Matherne’s Market, and a number of retail outlets. LSU president F. King Alexander says the Nicholson Gateway Development is one of the nicest in the nation, and it could help students be successful.
“Students who live on campus get involved in campus activities more, their numbers are better in retention and they graduate in higher rates because they get engaged in the university," said Alexander.
Because of the development, LSU now has more students living on campus than ever before, including its entire freshman class.
The 28-acre site is located between West Chimes Street and Skip Bertman Drive.
Nicholson Gateway features 763 apartment units for more than 1,500 students, with lounge spaces, study areas, community gathering locations, and 50,500 square feet of retail space. Retailers include Matherne’s Market, Frutta Bowls, The Simple Greek, Wendy’s, Private Stock Apparel, and a Baton Rouge General Express Care clinic.
The student-centered development was built in response to demand for on-campus housing and supports student success by improving campus living for students. LSU officials say research shows that students who live on campus have better GPAs and higher chances of graduating.
What Does the Project Include?
- 1,529 beds, a mix of undergraduate and graduate housing
- 50,500 square feet of campus-focused retail space
- 8,500 square feet of University Recreation space
- 1,550 new surface and garage parking spaces
Added to Community
- 700 construction jobs
- 125 new, permanent jobs
- Enhanced game day experience
- Advanced LSU’s relationship to downtown Baton Rouge
- Improved Nicholson Drive traffic patterns, pedestrian friendliness, and visual beauty
- Created a new campus entry point