Back to school guide

By: Meghan Henoumont

It takes 30 minutes to find a parking spot in front of Building 1, the bookstore has a line wrapped around the building and the first homework assignments have been given.

It’s official: the Fall semester is underway. I asked around campus what you, the students, wanted to know about to make your lives a little less hectic. So, stop stressing. Here it is: The Back to School Guide. I’ve compiled a cheat sheet of useful services, happening bars and yummy cheap eats to ease the transition into the new school year. Welcome back, Dolphins.


wakin bakin

Best Place for Cheap Breakfast:

Wakin’ Bakin’

Address: 4408 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119

Hours: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Daily

Price range: $ cheap

Delivery? Yep

Forget hitting the drive-thru in the morning. At Wakin’ Bakin’, everything is made from scratch. The average price on the breakfast menu is six dollars. Try one of the home-made honey butter-biscuits, pancrepes, or the queso-burrito. These menu staples are life-savers when you’ve been studying all night, or you’re hungover. The atmosphere is cozy and eclectic, like a dive bar that serves omelets instead of booze.


Best Place for lunch between classes:

Fair Grinds Coffee House

3133 Ponce De Leon St., New Orleans, LA 70119

Hours: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Daily

Price Range: $ cheap

Delivery? No, but pickup is available.

A five-minute drive from campus, or a ten-minute bike ride, this coffee house is a chill spot to get away from the beginning of semester craziness. Because it’s out of the way there’s not a long wait, and the sandwich menu is outstanding. They have vegetarian options such as garlic hummus, feta, marinated seasonal vegetables sandwich, or more traditional grub like the Rosemary roasted chicken, baby spinach, whole grain mustard sandwich. They only serve fair trade coffee and have live juicing. They also have homemade pastries and vegan options.


the bean gallery


Best nearby study spot:

Bean Gallery

637 N Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119

Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 12 a.m. Daily

Price Range: $ cheap

This locally-owned coffee shop is right down the street from campus. They have tons of seating inside and out with plenty of outlets for laptops and cell phone chargers. Free Wi-Fi and cheap cups of coffee are available to keep you going. The staff is wonderful and they play the perfect ambient studying tunes. They have a Panini menu and baked goods for study snacks.


Best place to have a few drinks after class:

Twelve Mile Limit

500 S Telemachus St., New Orleans, LA 70119

Hours: 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. Daily

Price Range: $ cheap

This small bar is situated in the middle of a neighborhood and recognizable from the bright graphic art on the building’s exterior. They have an awesome happy hour as well as free pool and a stack of board games, great music, and amazing food.  The inside is non-smoking, but there’s a back patio where people can light up. There’s something magical about this place; you’re almost certainly guaranteed to meet someone interesting every time.


Best Place to get school supplies on the fly:

Office Depot

309 N Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119

Hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Daily

Price Range: varies

If the bookstore on campus is closed or out of your price range and you need school supplies on the fly, this is your go-to option. It’s literally three minutes from campus and has anything you could possibly need school supplies wise.


banks st. bar


Best Place to see live music after a long day at school:

Banks St. Bar

4401 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119

Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 a.m. Daily

Price Range: $ cheap

This mid-city staple has live music and cheap drinks every night of the week. It’s the kind of place where every established band in New Orleans played during their early days, and it has a friendly neighborhood vibe.  On Mondays they serve free red beans and rice, and dollar shots of Jameson. On Sundays they have Spaghetti Western Afternoons, complete with free food and a screening of a classic Western movie. The bar is connected to Mid-City Pizza for when those drinking munchies attack.



Best Place for bike repair near campus:

Bayou Bicycles

3530 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70119

Hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Daily

Price Range: Repairs are reasonably priced

For when you get a flat or need a random part for your bike, try these guys. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. The shop has a laid-back atmosphere and quick repair services.


Best car repair shop near campus:

Banks Street Service Station

4338 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119

Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Closed Sundays

Price Range: Reasonably priced repairs

The guys at this family-owned shop are awesome. Fast, reliable, and very understanding of a student’s budget. It’s the type of place where all the old timers in the neighborhood hang outside on lawn chairs. That’s how you know it’s good.


Best place to chill out between classes:

City Park

Whether it’s to go for a walk or take advantage of the New Orleans Museum of Art’s free Wednesday (you just need a Louisiana state ID), there are multiple ways to relax at City Park. There’s a 24-hour Morning Call for beignets and coffee, paddle boats, and the amazing Sculpture Garden, which is absolutely free. City Park is directly across Orleans Ave. from campus.


Services all Students should know about:

●     LSU School of Dentistry

This school offers low-cost dental services. Dental students work under a dentist supervisor, providing dental care such as tooth extractions, root canals, dentures, fillings, crowns, implants and teeth cleanings. All priced low, with payment-plan options.  Call (504) 619-8770 or (504) 619- 8700 to set up a new patient screening.

●     Take Charge Program

This state- and federally-funded program provides free birth control, women’s health screenings, emergency contraceptives, and pregnancy and STD testing.  All low-income students qualify. Go to the nearest Planned Parenthood to apply. Call ahead to find out what documentation is needed.

Planned Parenthood: (504) 897-9200

●     Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans

3201 S. Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 207-3060

This community health center provides low-cost medical and behavioral health services not far from campus. Call to schedule an appointment.


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