BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Students at LSU return to school in ten days. Classes begin on Monday, August 24. Some have started moving in, and the university's official move-in day is Wednesday.
Some new off-campus housing options are using high end amenities to turn the students' heads and get them to sign leases, and now there's a dash to make sure those complexes are ready.
There was lots of activity right off Nicholson Drive, not far from the campus Natatorium, where workers are pushing to finish moving in furniture, lay sod and fix railings for The Standard. According to staff at the complex's leasing office, the first round of residents starts moving in on Saturday. On their Facebook page, a handful of people have questioned why their move-in dates were pushed back to two weeks after school starts.
The complex has more than 200 units, each ranging from one to five bedrooms. Besides tanning beds and hot tubs, there is also a rooftop pool overlooking Tiger Stadium.
"Really expensive for rent and that kind of stuff," is how Noah Whirley, a current student, described the apartment living off-campus. He chose to stay at home.
Others, like Neal Theriot, will live on campus. Theriot just moved in to the engineering residential hall.
"I figured it was better to stay on campus my freshman year," he said.
For some though, this new upscale, resort-style living has appeal.
"If you don't get a meal plan, it costs less than dorms," said Peyton Cuccia. He just moved into Sterling Burbank, another new apartment complex. "No one has messed it up yet."
Cuccia said the complex has everything a student could want. Good size rooms and private bathrooms, two things he liked.
The lazy river pool, beach and game lounge also have their benefits.
While students say they like that these places are just a few minutes walk to campus, it's those added offerings that make living there more attractive.
And with classes scheduled to start soon, time is winding down to make sure everything is ready.