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Hot Hangouts: The Best Student Hangouts

College is not all academics. Every campus has its hot spot where students can be found when not in class. Join student blogger Katie Overby as she shares the most popular student hangouts on and around her campus.

Fred’s Bar and Grill

Perhaps LSU’s most famous spot, you can find students at Fred’s every weekend. Fred’s hosts special events such as concerts, football games, crawfish boils, and more. Fred’s has been serving LSU students since 1982, even my parents and family members who were LSU students remember weekends they had at Fred’s. Fred’s is also famous for its orange juice, which is freshly squeezed in-house.

University Lakes

The University Lakes are a set of 6 man-made lakes, dug in the 1930s just off LSU’s campus. The lakes invite students and non-students to enjoy a variety of recreational activities including walking, running, cycling, and kayaking. The lakes are overlooked by Sorority Rowe, the housing for women’s Greek organizations, and a neighborhood of stunning homes. When the weather is nice, it is also common to see students picnicking on the banks of the lake.

The Chimes and The Varsity

Chimes is a casual bar and restaurant open since the 1980s. Just a block away from campus, at Chime’s students can enjoy a lowkey atmosphere perfect for an afternoon hangout. Recently opened is the restaurant's rooftop dining room, where you can overlook much of Baton Rouge. Next door to Chime’s in the Varsity, a concert hall that has been hosting live music since the 1930s. The Varsity hosts concerts at affordable prices so that everyone can enjoy the entertainment.

Raising Cane’s

Right down the street from Chimes is Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. What started as a tiny restaurant serving nothing but Fried Chicken, French Fries, Cole Slaw, and Toast has turned into an international hit. Todd Graves, an LSU alumnus, opened the restaurant in 1996 after being inspired by a business project assigned to him while he was a student. The restaurant was a huge success and has since spread far and wide across the US and the rest of the world. Today there are almost 600 Raising Cane’s locations.

The Parade Grounds

LSU was once a military school and the parade grounds were built in order for parades and drill to be held by LSU ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps). In modern times, ROTC still meets here, but it is also a place for all students to enjoy. On a sunny day, one can find students lounging in the grass or playing frisbee. The Parade Grounds are also home to a variety of student-sponsored events including tailgating and concerts. The Parade Grounds are overlooked by Memorial Tower, a monument dedicated to the soldiers lost in WW-1, and is conveniently located just across the street from both the bookstore and student union.

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