Located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, the University campus faces historic St. Charles Avenue, directly across from Audubon Park. St. Charles Avenue is lined with the beautiful architecture for which New Orleans is renowned. The oldest operating streetcar line in the nation passes directly in front of Gibson Hall, the main administration building, linking the campus with downtown New Orleans. The neighborhood surrounding campus, while residential, contains enough commercial activity to make it lively--coffee houses, grocery stores and drugstores, laundries, restaurants and bookstores are located a few blocks from campus in the charming Maple Street and Riverbend areas.
Across St. Charles Avenue lies Audubon Park, a 480-acre public park with jogging and bike paths, lagoons, an exercise course, horseback riding, a golf course, and one of the nation's finest zoos. Just a few blocks farther is the Mississippi River.
Tulane's campus is sized and situated so that students never feel hemmed in by the concrete of a major city. A walk from one end to the other takes 15 minutes. The University is also small enough to encourage an important sense of community. Off-campus housing opportunities surround the campus, enabling students to become a part of the larger New Orleans community as well.
The campus itself offers its own share of coffee houses and eating places. The gem of the uptown campus is the new Lavin-Bernick Center for Student Life, which opened in late 2006, bringing back to campus light-filled meeting and conference spaces for both formal and informal meetings, a food court, and the University bookstore. A Kinko's copy shop, full-service Whitney Bank, and Aveda day spa are available as well.
For information about neighborhood and campus safety, see the Tulane University Police Department website.
The Tulane Virtual Tour and campus map provide a good sense of many other highlights of the campus, including:
- the Reily Student Recreation Center, containing a 50-meter indoor swiming pool, a multi-purpose gymnasium that can contain three simultaneous basketball games, seven racquetball and two squash courts, and indoor jogging track, a weight training facility, an outdoor social pool, locker rooms, snack bar, and a pro shop
- the visual arts complex, including the Pace-WIllson Glass Studio for glass and metal art work and the Woldenberg Art Center at Newcomb College, including a gallery with changing shows
- Goldring-Woldenberg Halls I and II, providing state-of-the-art facilities for the Freeman School of Business, through which many law students pursue the joint JD/MBA degree program
- an expanded performing arts center, with performance spaces for music, theatre, and dance. Currently, the New Orleans Ballet Association presents world-class dance companies in Tulane's performance spaces, and both the New Orleans Opera and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra perform major portions of their seasons on the Tulane campus.
- the Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology, with facilities for biomedical, chemical, and petroleium engineering, as well as state-of-the-art research equipment for all of the sciences; and the Merryl and Sam Israel Jr. Environmental Sciences Building, which houses a 52,000-square-foot research center designed to have a minimum impact on the environment, with non-toxic paints and finishes, recycling stations and state-of-the-art solar-activated lighting systems.
- the track and baseball diamong, intercollegiate athletics building, and tennis center, part of the James W. Wilson Center for Intercollegiate Athletics.
Plans are proceeding for a new concert venue on campus, along with a number of other improvements and additions. To get a better sense of the layout of the campus, take a virtual tour.