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LIVING IT UP

By Kaci Yoder

The clock’s ticking until leases start running out and campus housing clears out for the summer. Do you know where you’re living this fall? The LSU area has a few new high-end options to choose from, and DIG has the scoop on what’s hot.

The Exchange 449 Ben Hur Road

Highest rent: 1 BR @ $990

Lowest rent: 4 BR @ $630 per bed

Coolest amenity: Hammock garden

Closest bar: Brightside Bar & Grill (1 mile)

Granite countertops, gourmet kitchens, custom designed modern-style furnishings, roomy bathtubs — The Exchange is definitely not the grubby dorm from your parents’ era. These industrial-chic designs will definitely have you feeling like you’re at the height of class even when you’re ordering a pizza at 2 a.m.

Though they opened last fall, The Exchange still has plenty of brand new amenities to unveil in the fall of 2015. In addition to their existing cyber café and pool, the complex is opening up three more pools (one of which measures around 4,000 square feet), a fitness center, volleyball and bocce courts, an outdoor grilling pavilion, a hammock garden, and more.

Sterling Burbank 4194 Burbank Drive

Highest rent: 1 BR @ $1,020

Lowest rent: 5 BR @ $699 per bed

Coolest amenity: Lazy river

Closest bar: Bogie’s (0.3 miles)

When you’re looking for something to shake off your study sessions, what’s outside your apartment is just as important as what’s inside. Opening this fall, Sterling Burbank will boast a 24/7 fitness center, sand volleyball courts, a private beach with tanning terraces, a Bum-A-Bike program, putting greens, a massive pool courtyard, and — best of all — a winding lazy river for you to float away from all your school stress.

Of course, the inside matters too. Wood-style floors, granite surfaces, walk-in closets, and a private patio or balcony will keep you living in style and comfort, and select units even include memory foam mattresses and special modern furniture packages. And that 42-inch flat screen TV included in each living room? Hello, Netflix binges.

The Standard Alaska Street at West Chimes Street

Highest rent: 1 BR @ $1,265

Lowest rent: 5 BR @ $695 per bed

Coolest amenity: Rooftop pool and hot tubs overlooking Tiger Stadium

Closest Bar: Slinky’s (0.5 miles)

If you spend time around the North Gate area, you’ve seen The Standard rising to towering heights right off of Alaska Street. Just a few steps from West Campus Apartments, The 5, and the Carl Maddox Field House, The Standard is about as luxurious as it gets this close to campus.

Each spacious unit comes fully furnished in the freshest styles and outfitted with granite countertops, nine-foot ceilings, high-speed Internet. The price point lands a little higher than other options, but if you’re into rooftop swims, yoga and spin classes, and morning buzzes from an in-house coffee bar, it might be worth the extra cash.

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