BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With all the amenities under the sun, off-campus housing near LSU continues to explode.
Wildwood and the Arlington Cottages and Townhomes are just the latest off-campus developments at Burbank Drive and Ben Hur Road. Both properties are scheduled to open ahead of the fall 2016 semester.
"They're gorgeous. If I had a young kid, I would love for them to stay here," said James Campbell, Sr., a construction worker.
"When I was in school, it was completely different," said Cody Bodin, Marketing and Leasing Director of the Arlington Cottages and Townhomes. "Now, we have a lot of resort-style amenities, a lot of bigger and better things for the students."
LSU Residence Life said all of the construction does not mean a shift of less students living on campus.
"Even with the off-campus boom in housing construction, we continue to maintain a normal capacity and occupancy here with on-campus housing," said Catherine David, Associate Director of Communications and Development for LSU's Department of Residential Life.
David said 6,000 students live on campus, including 1,200 upperclassmen. And like their classmates outside the school's walls, on-campus students also have some brand new places to live.
"We are in a constant cycle of construction and renovation of our facilities," said David.
Cypress Hall near the north gates of campus opened in the fall. Meanwhile, there's constant upgrades in the older residence halls, and that's creating a constant discussion among students.
"I stay off campus, but I feel like it's better to stay on campus," said Michael James, a junior studying sports administration. "You can always be where you need to be on time."
"Personally, I like living off campus," said Chris Roberts, a senior English student.
"You spend a lot of time on campus, so it's nice to be able to get away," said Rebecca Thomas, junior studying communication studies.
The rates for Wildwood and the Arlington Cottages and Townhomes begin at a little more than $600 a month.